T-shirts never go out of style, but why not take yours to the next level? Refashion existing clothes by adding a sheer panel to the back, front or sleeves, or simply add color or texture to turn a basic tee into a fashion statement. This easy sewing tutorial will inspire you to revitalize any basic white tee with just a few supplies and tools. With minimal time and financial investment, you can turn any old t-shirt into something awesome.
The best part is, the options are endless! There are so many different fabric patterns and colors out there. Your shirts will never go out of style because you can always modify them again to keep up with current fashion trends.
Tutorial on Modifying a T-Shirt
By Emma Jeffery
- Highlighted seam allowance makes it easy to cut fabric strips up to 6" wide directly from the bolt
- Broken grid lines and easy-to-read measurements make measuring quick and accurate
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree line indicators make it easy to cut at perfect angles
- Optional non-slip vinyl feet can be added or removed without damaging the ruler
- Made of 3 mm-thick acrylic for lasting durability
- Lifetime warranty
- Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
- 12" x 18" mat is easy to transport, easy to store and perfect for anyone who has limited fabric-cutting space
- Self-healing mat provides a cutting surface that lasts longer than others
- Easy-to-read measuring grid on both sides means you can turn the mat over for double the usage
- 30-, 45- and 60-degree bias lines make creating triangle and star shapes easy
- Store flat away from sunlight, heat and cold
- Clean with warm water and mild soap
- Lifetime warranty
- Self Healing Cutting Mat: Small (12" x 18")
Perfectly sized for cutting fabric from the bolt.
Compact cutting mat is perfect when space is at a premium.
Lace or sheer fabric
Pins, sewing machine, thread
Tear away stabilizer such as this one
Step 1: Cut your material. Cut a 4” wide strip of lace or sheer fabric using the Fiskars® 45mm Fashion Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter, Fiskars® Acrylic Ruler (6” x 24”) and Fiskars® Cutting Mat.
Step 2: Apply stabilizer. Following manufacturer's guidelines, apply the tear-away stabilizer to the back of the lace or sheer fabric.
Step 3: Turn the shirt inside out. Turn the t-shirt you wish to refashion inside out and insert the 12” x 18” cutting mat so that the back of the t-shirt is facing you.
Step 4: Pin the lace in place. Pin the lace or sheer fabric (with the stabilizer attached) across the back of the t-shirt, using the cutting mat to prevent you from pinning through to the front of the t-shirt. The stabilized side of the lace should be facing you, while the short edges of the lace should extend beyond the side seams of the t-shirt.
Step 5: Sew the lace to the back of the shirt. Sew the lace to the back of the t-shirt, through the stabilizer, along the two long sides.
Step 6: Align the edges. Next, align the two short edges of the stabilized lace with the side seams of the t-shirt and stitch together.
Step 7: Cut away the extra fabric. Turn the t-shirt to the right side. Use the Fiskars® Scissors (8") to cut away the t-shirt fabric in between the stitched lines to reveal the stabilized lace. Be careful to not cut the lace as you cut away the t-shirt fabric.
Step 8: Tear away the stabilizer. Turn the t-shirt to the wrong side and tear away the stabilizer to reveal your lace panel.