Upcycling a man’s Shirt

Whether you use an old shirt that belongs to a member of the family or one purchased from a charity shop, upcycling a man’s shirt is so much fun! The possibilities are endless.

So, hubby has had a clear out of his old shirt! Before I take any clothes to a charity shop, I like to see if any of the items can be upcycled into something else especially if I like the fabric.

I posted a blog a while back on how to turn a shirt into a memory cushion, but I loved the pattern of this shirt and I thought it would make a great off the shoulder top for my daughter.

It is such an easy project, suitable for beginners.

What you will need:

  • Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Ruler
  • Measuring tape (optional)
  • Pins
  • Elastic 10mm wide
  • Safety pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Complementing thread

If the shirt has any buttons on the top eg collar, remove carefully

Place the shirt on a flat surface.

Using a ruler and chalk, mark a straight line all across the top, just under the collar.

Keeping the shirt flat cut along the marked line. If you are worried you cannot cut it without the back moving, you can use a few pins to keep the back and front together.

Next you need to make a hem. Fold the cut edge towards the inside of the shirt and fold over again making sure your hem is approx. 15mm. Pin in place. Do this all the way around the top.

Sew all the way around, but leave a gap of around 3cm so you can insert the elastic.

With a measuring tape, measure around your shoulders (where you would like the top to sit), deduct 4” from this amount. This is how long you will need your elastic piece to be. If you don’t have a measuring tape, you can just use the elastic to do this part and cut it where it feels comfortable.

Pin the safety pin at the end of the elastic and thread through the hem, making sure you keep hold of the other end.

When it has come all the way through, secure the two ends together by sewing over it a few times.

Sew the little gap together.

That’s it, you’re done!

You can roll the sleeves up to give it a more modern chilled look.

Wear teamed up with a belt to sinch the waist or tie a knot if you like it to be short.

I absolutely love seeing what you’ve created, so if you do make this project (or any other items from my website) don’t forget to tag me over on my social media pages 

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