DIY Clothes! 5 DIY T Shirt Projects – Cool!Articles . Blog
In this tutorial you’ll learn how to recycle
five T shirts from boring to absolutely amazing and unique.
Hey guys! After posting my do it yourself shorts tutorial many of you asked for more
clothes DIYs. So today we’re making shirts, tops and all that cool stuff. I’ll show you
how to transform five plain boring t shirts into fabulous tops that you’ll adore. I promise.
Want to see it for yourself? Let’s do it! Let’s start with this spiral dyed fringe t-shirt.
You’ll need a shirt, fabric spray paint, elastics, scissors and beads. First we are going to
color the shirt using a spray paint. Place the shirt on the flat surface. Locate the
center of your shirt and pinch it there. This will be the center of your spiral. Now start
twisting the fabric like so. You can also use the palm of your hand. Then start feathering
the remaining parts into a spiral with your other hand until you get a nice little cinnamon
roll. Mmm… now I am getting really hungry. On with the shirt – we need to secure the
shape with elastics, so that our roll shape stays in place while painting. Tuck the shirt
parts peeking out under your elastics like so. I want to color two opposite fourths of
the circle in pink and the other two in blue. Hold your stencil over the shirt so you have
only one fourth of the shirt exposed and spray the color on. I started with pink for the
first fourth of the shirt, now I am moving on to the blue spray paint. Then go in with
pink again and lastly with blue on the last quarter. Using the same stencil cover the
shirt and spray on the blue paint. Spray applies the color in a wider circle, therefore it’s
necessary to use a stencil if you’re working with more than one color. You can be quite
generous because spray paint doesn’t tend to leak throughout the fabric. You can also
just pour some paint on the t shirt for a higher pigmentation. When you are happy, cut
the elastics and here’s the result. As you can see the edges are much sharper when tie
dying with spray paint instead of usual fabric paint.
If you want more colored stripes, just go ahead and tie the shirt into a roll again.
Pinch it at the same spot as before, twist, feather the shirt, secure with elastics and
start spraying. Since I want to add just pink color this time I’ll spray a pink spray
paint over the entire shirt both, on the front and at the back. Cut the elastics and now
the spiral design is even more pronounced. I love how it looks! Like a cool skeleton
spiral! Finally we can proceed to the fringe part.
Start by cutting along the bottom part of the shirt to make it a bit more cropped and
to get rid of the edge. For the cute fringe make narrow cuts vertically approximately
half of an inch apart. You can go as high as you want with it, I decided to make about
four inches long cuts. You can cut both, the front and the back of the shirt in one go.
This way you get equal strings on both sides and you finish quicker. Next we need to pull
each string, this will gather the material and won’t look that freshly cut. Before
we start tying the strings I recommend placing a piece of paper inside the shirt to separate
the front and the back strings. We’ll decorate fringes with colorful beads. I decided for
lilac, blue, white and yellow ones. Take your first and fourth string – It doesn’t mater
where you start and thread on three random colored beads. Make a knot to keep them in
place like so. Then take your third string go through this loop and pair it with the
string number six. Add beads and make a knot. As you see, you need to have two strings between
the two you tie together. So now you must take the fifth and the eighth one, put the
beads on and make a knot. Continue tying the strings with beads all along the front and
then turn the shirt around and continue the same steps at the back. Take two strings,
thread on the beads and tie a knot. In the end you will get this cool cross tied fringe
that I absolutely adore. You could just make a normal fringe, maybe add some beads to each
string, but I think this cross tied fringe looks even better. My shirt had a wide neckline
so I like to wear it off the shoulder. If you cut the fringe shorter you can totally
make it appropriate for school. It goes great with jeans and will give that fun and carefree
accent to your outfit. Next we are making this adorable cat shirt.
We’ll need a shirt, fabric paint, container for color, sponge applicators or a paint brush,
scissors, self-adhesive paper, pencil, a piece of cardboard and a printed shape or caption
of your choice. You can print out words, smiley face, flower, animal, you name it. I chose
to go for a How cute caption and a kitten on the front, while painting kitty paws on
the back. It will look spectacular! First we have to cut out the kitten, the how cute
caption and the paws. I want to have three different paws sizes so I have to cut all
three out. If you want to have all one size, it’s enough to just cut it once. You can
put any caption you like on your shirt. For example a real name of your pet if you have
one. When all the shapes are cut, place them on a self-adhesive paper, outline them with
a pencil and cut them out. The important part for us is the paper embracing our shapes.
So I like to make one cut to reach the shape, a cat in this case and then cut it out in
one go. In the end you need to seal the cut with a tape or a piece of self-adhesive paper.
Do exactly the same for the caption – one cut to reach the letter, cut the letters out
and seal the cuts. See how we get a perfect caption stencil. And lastly make few paws
stencils, I made two big paws, two middle sized and two small paw stencils.
Before you start painting, place a piece of cardboard inside the shirt. This will prevent
the color transferring from the front to the back of your shirt. Stick the How Cute stencil
on the shirt and don’t forget to place a small dot inside the letter o and e. Time for my
favorite part – painting. Dip the sponge or a brush into the paint. Always apply the
paint from the edge towards the center to get a sharp and neat edge. I am using pink
and green fabric paint for this shirt. I decided to color the word “how” and a “dot” in pink
and the word cute in green. Normally the fabric paint looks best on white fabric, but you
can also buy paint meant for darker fabrics. So if your shirt isn’t white or some other
light color, make sure to use dark fabric paint. I applied two coats of paint and now
we can remove the stencil. First I am removing the two dots using tweezers. Then I carefully
peeled off the big one. Look how beautiful it is, simply perfect! Let’s move on to the
kitten. Stick the stencil in the middle of the shirt below the caption. When choosing
a shape for your shirt I recommend going for a simple one. This way it’s much easier to
make a stencil and color it neatly. Also, keep in mind that if you are using one color,
you will only get a shape of an image, so make sure that the shape is representative
enough. Once the paint on the front is completely dry, flip the shirt around and place the paws
on the back. I decided to place them diagonally starting with two smaller on the bottom and
then bigger on top. I am making three pink and three green paws, starting with the pink
one on top. Again, apply the paint from the edge towards the center for a neat result.
When you are done with the first paw, go ahead and peel away the stencil right away. It’s
much easier to remove it when the color is still wet. The edge will still be sharp and
precise. I have been obsessed with fabric paint lately, I love how you can transform
plain pieces in something unique and creative. You can also make a shirt for your friend’s
birthday, there is nothing better than a personalized present. And in case you were wondering, fabric
paint is completely washable, so you will be able to use your amazing customized clothes
for many years. Last paw stencil to peel off and I am all done with painting! I am absolutely
in love with this design, especially the paws on the back! We are not yet finished with
this shirt, no, no, I also want to cut it into a muscle T. Cut away the bottom edge,
I didn’t want to go too short. And cut away the sleeves making larger holes for the arms
like so. Give all the edges a good tuck and we are all done with this gorgeous top. How
adorable it is! I like wearing muscle Tees with colorful bandeaus underneath, so here
I went for the pink one. I finished this cute girly look with some distressed jean shorts
and pink sneakers. For all you edgy girls I’m creating this
cool American flag top with side cut outs and chains. You will need a black t shirt,
scissors, chains, black thread and a needle, star studs, self adhesive paper, masking tape,
red and white fabric paint, container for paint, sponge applicators or a paint brush
and pliers. Lay your shirt flat. Cut away the bottom edge
to get rid of that sewed part, but you still want to keep the shirt long… Next cut all
along the sides of the shirt. Start where the sleeves start and continue cutting straight
along. But before you reach the bottom start cutting towards the corner, making a curved
cut to the outside like so. Fold the shirt in half and cut the other side by following
the edge of the already cut side. This way you get a symmetrical cut on both sides!
Get your chains, I am using two different sizes of silver chains, and sew them on the
sides of the shirt. The chains will hold the back and the front of the top together and
will also add a cool detail to the design. Using pliers cut about 3 inches long chain
pieces. A combination of thinner and thicker chains will look awesome. Take your thread
and a needle and make a knot. Now we’re ready to start sewing. Flip the shirt inside
out because we want to attach the chain on the inside of the shirt. Make a first stitch
with the needle going inside and then up again. Lead the needle through the chain loop, and
make another stitch like so. Make two knots to secure the work. We have sewed one side
of the chain to the front fabric of the top, so now we have to sew the other chain side
to the back fabric of the top. Repeat the steps making sure that knots and the chain
end will be on the inside of your shirt. You can buy chains like these in a craft store
or you can use pieces of old necklaces that you don’t wear any more. I never throw away
my old jewelry because there are so many parts you can re-use. Beads, charms, chains all
that can be used for your future DIY projects. Cut another three equally long chain pieces.
My first chain was thicker, so now I’m taking this thinner one with a cross. This is actually
a part of an old necklace I don’t wear anymore. Also, I recommend checking the jewelry sections
on sale, you will definitely find a lot of super cheap DIY supplies there. A necklace
with a lot of chains will be definitely cheaper than buying a chain in a craft store. You
can then use it for anything you want. I am keeping about half of an inch space between
each chain. I went for 4 chains to begin with and this is how they will look when the shirt
is on. Pretty epic! Time to sew four chains on the other side of the shirt as well, again
two thicker and two thinner ones! I used the clip to mark where I want my first chain to
be. I decided to add a couple of chains more on each side lower on the shirt. This is why
I love making my own shirts so much. You don’t need to have the entire shirt design completely
planned from the beginning. Just start cutting and creating and then try your shirt on and
you’ll see if there’s something missing. You’ll get so many awesome ideas along the
way! My last chain is on so I can flip the shirt again and pull firmly all the cut edges.
See how cool the sides of our shirt look! Absolutely amazing!
For the American flag start by placing a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to prevent color
transferring on the back. Take a rectangle piece of self adhesive or normal paper in
the desired size of your flag and stick it on the shirt where you want the flag to be.
Stick four masking tape pieces all around it, and then peel the self adhesive paper
away. Stick masking tape pieces horizontally one close to another. Then peel away every
other tape piece and you are left with the perfect stripe stencil. In the top left corner
of the flag, we will attach the stars studs so we need to keep it black. Dip the brush
into red fabric paint and start coloring the first stripe. I want the flag to have that
distressed look. To achieve that, don’t color the entire stripe perfectly from edge
to edge. Leave some parts on the edges without color. Just paint quickly and don’t pay
attention on making it neat. This will give you a cool distressed flag look. We’re done
with the red paint. Make sure to use fabric paint for dark fabric if you want the colors
to look bright on a darker material. Stick new pieces on the top left corner as before
and on the red stripes when they dry. Go in with white fabric paint. I like coloring the
stripes with a brush as it gives a more distressed result while the sponge applicator will give
you a more even layer of color, which is not what we want in this case.
We are ready to peel off all the tape pieces! I like to still keep the top and the left
one on for the time being – they will guide me where to place the stars. Take the studs.
Place them on the top left corner of the flag, push them through the fabric and with the
help of scissors bend the spikes inside. Peel off the two remaining tape pieces and we are
all done with this epic top! Since the top has cuts all along the sides, I am wearing
it with a black bandeau. See how the chains pop on top of the black! At the bottom of
the shirt I tied two knots to hold everything together and I paired it with distressed denim
shorts and white sneakers. Or you can also make the same design on a white shirt. In
that case you will need red and blue fabric paint. Color the little square on the top
left corner in blue and make red stripes elsewhere on the flag.
From rock chick style to happy and cute. I’ll show you how to easily make a halter top out
of a plain shirt. For this project we need a white fitted shirt, scissors, few needles
or pins, white thread, heart shape print–out and colorful fabric pens.
Lay your shirt flat and cut away the sleeves. Make a cut on both shoulders to separate the
top straps. Then flip the shirt around and make a cut across the back of the shirt connecting
the bottom of the sleeve cuts. Be careful that you only cut the back layer of the top.
Next cut the neckline on the front of the shirt, keeping that rounded shape. Now we
need to make a fold on the neckline. Fold about half an inch edge of fabric towards
the inside of the top and secure it with needles all around the collar. Cut away any extra
fabric in the corners. It’s time to sew the folded edge. Thread your needle, go through
the folded edge and tie the ends of the thread together twice for a secured knot. Continue
stitching up and down along the neckline, making sure you have enough space for a string
in this pocket that we are creating. Keep removing the needles while stitching until
you reach the other side. Make one final stitch through the fabric upwards. Go through the
loop with a needle and make a knot. Repeat this twice to secure your work. Cut away the
excess thread. On the bottom of the shirt I am just going to snip of an inch of the
fabric. To get a straight cut, fold the edge upwards, you can secure it with needles and
cut along the line. We’re going to use that extra fabric to get a string for our halter.
I had to pin the edge along with needles as the fabric kept rolling inside. You should
end up with a fabric ring that you need to cut on one side to get a long string. You
can also cut away the already sewed part here and sew it yourself by making a few stitches
like this. Now you got a nice even string for your halter. Pull it firmly to give it
a more rounded shape, attach a pin on one end and lead it through the folded pocket
on the neckline. Do this step by step. Lead the string through the pocket a couple of
inches, deruffle the fabric, go on a few more inches and deruffle again until your string
comes out on the other side. Pull the string so you have equally long pieces on both sides
and deruffle the neckline. Make a knot on each end of the string. You could also thread
on a bead before tying a knot. That would look so cute! Give all the cut edges a tug
and we are done with the shape of our top. But we still have to give this plain snow
white halter some color. Cut a heart shape out of the print out and place it on the center
of the top. To keep the fabric stretched and flat you can place some heavy objects on the
corners. Secure the stencil in place with some masking tape pieces.
Finally we are ready to use some fabric markers! I am going to fill the heart with colorful
dots of different sizes. First I am making some larger dots and then smaller to fill
the empty space around them. I am using pink, yellow, orange, turquoise, green and purple
markers to create a color explosion in a shape of a heart.
The fabric markers work best on white fabric, see how live and bright the colors are! A
few final dots and we are done. Peel off the masking tape pieces, remove the stencil and
look at our absolutely spectacular design. The heart looks like a beautiful mosaic made
of tiny colored stones. So pretty. I paired the top with my yellow shorts and white sneakers
for a simple yet lovely look. Last but not least we are making a knotted
smiley shirt. You will only need a shirt, piece of chalk or a pencil, and scissors.
That’s it. Lay your shirt flat and sketch where you want to have a smiley face. Make
three cuts along the lines. Next make short cuts crosswise on the left and the right of
the cuts. Give all the little strings a nice tug. Now we need to knot the left and right
string pairs together like so. I like to knot each pair twice. Pull the knots firmly to
secure them. Here I am also cutting the mouth, pulling the strings and tying the upper and
lower pairs together. This knotting technique is a great method for shrinking shirts that
are too big for you. It gives you some nice ruffly texture and also makes the shirt more
fitted. In the end I am just going to cut the bottom edge of the shirt. I’m snipping
away some fabric on the neckline to make it a bit wider, so I can wear it off shoulder.
And I am also cutting away a bit of the sleeves. Here goes the first one. I placed that extra
fabric from the right sleeve on the left one as a guide. Pull all the freshly cut edges
so that the material rolls up and our fifth shirt is finished. I paired it with a flowy
navy skirt and white sneakers for a super comfy but very adorable look.
And these were my five DIY shirts ideas, I really hope you guys like them. If you want
more clothes DIYs give this video a “thumbs up” or let me know in the comments. Also tell
me which of the five shirts is your favorite because I’m really interested in what styles
you like and this also helps me when I’m planning for new DIYs. OK, I hope you’re doing great
and I’ll talk to you soon! Bye! Give another life to your old clothes and
be the creator of your own unique style. Along the way you will freshen up your closet, save
money and protect the environment.
Written by Brian Rohrer
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