Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-Shirt

Hi Friends!

When big ideas and don’t work out there is always a solution… right? Do you guys remember my Gingers Unite Print?

gingers-unite-alt-paperandfox-comWell…. I turn it into a t-shirt. There is no such thing as once size fits all, so I had to put my problem solving skills to use. Here is the back story…..

My two red headed little boys, my husband and I spent this past Father’s Day at the beach. We were lucky to have been invited by my father in-law a.k.a. “Big Red”.  I thought it would be a fantastic idea to get the “Gingers Unite”  image printed on a t-shirt for the three of them. It would also act as a Father’s Day gift for “Big Red”.  I had it my head it would make a great family photo opportunity.

I upload my Gingers Unite image to Custom Ink   and created a t-shirt for “Big Red” and the “Little Reds”.  It did not take long to receive the order and the print quality was really nice.  Here is Knox in his shirt.

Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-Shirt

The only problem was that the smallest youth size was huge on my toddler, Bryce.  No problem, I had a quick fix that I wanted to share with you guys.

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Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-Shirt

Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-ShirtThe first step is to cut the image out of the ill fitting t-shirt. You can also do this for shirts that are too small.

Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-ShirtPin the image to a shirt that fits.  I have used a complementary color in the past, but for this project I used a 2T white T-shirt.  Then with my sewing machine,  I attached the cut-out image from the too large shirt to the properly fitting shirt. T-shirt material doesn’t typically fray so you don’t have to worry about hemming.

big red and bryce

The cute family photo opportunity did not happen exactly like I had in my mind.  It never does, right? There was crazy wind and by the time everyone was dressed in their shirts, Bryce was tired and ready for bed. At least “Big Red” is not crying.

Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-Shirt

 The boys wore their shirts the next day and I captured a few good shots. When Bryce grows out of the 2T, I will simply remove the image and sew it to another (larger) shirt.  I do this trick with a lot of their shirts.  You know, like the “Birthday Boy” shirt you purchased for last years birthday.  I cut “Birthday Boy” out and sew it to another shirt. Easy Peasy.

Here is another example of how to Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-Shirt.  I turned my husbands “ill fitting” shirt into a brand new top for myself.

fox tshirt

As you can tell, I have a thing for foxes.

Click here for more ideas on how you can Restyle, Recycle and Reuse t-shirts.

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I hope that you found these  tips  helpful.

Thanks, Carmody

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12 Responses to Restyle, Recycle and Reuse a T-Shirt

  1. Amy Albers June 30, 2014 at 8:12 am #

    Great ideas! I’ve got some race t-shirts that are HUGE on me but I would like to be able to wear them. Will have to try it out!

    • carmody June 30, 2014 at 8:22 am #

      Thanks Amy!

  2. Aria Brown June 30, 2014 at 8:46 am #

    this makes me want to learn to sew more than a hole or a button! there have been so many shirts I’ve loved on my kids that they’ve outgrown…never thought of anything like this before!

    • carmody June 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Thanks Aria!

  3. Alli June 30, 2014 at 9:22 am #

    Great idea! Wish I could sew! I have two red headed grands. Love that hair!

    • carmody June 30, 2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Thanks Ali

  4. Kita Bryant June 30, 2014 at 11:09 am #

    I wish I learned how to be more crafty when my mom was alive this is awesome. I am pinning this for the future I want to do shirts and reuse them for the holidays that my kids only wear one time.

    • carmody June 30, 2014 at 1:38 pm #

      Thanks Kita!

  5. madisonwetherill June 30, 2014 at 4:41 pm #

    Great tips!! Love this idea of being able to reuse something!

  6. Madaline June 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

    This is SUCH a fab idea! And I’m adoring those foxes!

  7. Heather Smith {Woods of Bell Trees} July 1, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh! I love these sooooo much! Poor little guy! I LOVE your shirt too!

  8. Southern Scraps July 13, 2014 at 10:04 pm #

    Cute idea!

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