Re-Purposed Shirt

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Here is the scenario….

You buy your daughter a cute shirt and pay full price for it because you just HAVE to have it.  Then you feel awful about paying full price (even if it was pretty cheap and from Tar-jay).

You bring the shirt home, your daughter wears it once and you wash it.  It comes out of the washer and has mysterious blue stains on it. Said blue stains did not get on any other clothes



What to do, what to do?

And then the light bulb goes off… you go searching and find yet another stained shirt in your stash that you have kept. Upon further examination, you find that you can combine BOTH shirts into a new one and eliminate all stains!


And here is how you do it…

1. Cut off the portions of the (dark pink) shirt that are stained. (The dark pink shirt is the new one that was just purchased. How cute are the ruffles?)  Luckily, the stained portions on this shirt were on the sleeves.


2. Cut the other other (light pink) shirt so you can use a portion of the sleeves. (Luckily the stained portions on this shirt were NOT on the sleeves). The length will vary depending upon how much you cut off of the (dark pink) shirt and how long your child’s arms are.

3. Turn the light pink sleeves inside out and slip onto the dark pink sleeves. Pin the sleeves  like so, right sides together…

4.  Sew to attach sleeves together, leaving about 1/4 inch seam allowance.

The next two steps are optional.I chose to do them because after washing, the dark pink shirt shrank a little bit so I wanted to add some more length.

5.  Cut a strip of fabric a couple inches wide from the bottom of the (light pink) shirt. The width will vary depending on how much length you want to add to the shirt.

6. Sew this strip to the inside of the (dark pink) shirt.

You now have a brand new shirt!


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What types of clothes have you given new life to?

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  1. oh, i just taken the lining out of a sheer silk skirt and made it into an infinity scarf. real cool. try it.

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  2. Kelly-this is genius! I need to revamp my sewing skills. Thanks so much for linking up to Toot Your Horn Tuesday. I look forward to seeing your post every week πŸ™‚

  3. Great idea!!! I’ve been thinking about doing something like this, or even adding ruffles some how to the bottom. Anything to get your $’s out of them…right? πŸ™‚

    Thanks for linking it up @ Creatively Living!

  4. Very resourceful. It came out great. Thanks for sharing at Whimsy Wednesday at The NY Melrose Family.

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