Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hip to Be Square Upcycle Top

I love using loved-on t-shirts to make new clothing for the girls.  I get overly sentimental about things, even worn-out shirts.  Plus, they're free.  And if that weren't enough, it's GREEN! 

So here's the Hip to Be Square Upcycle Top.  It takes about 5 minutes to make, so you can spend the rest of your time deciding how to spice it up.  Leave it with a boatneck...

Or give it an 80's-inspired asymmetrical neckline.

 Cinch the bottom...

Or leave it as is.

Even throw on an applique of some sort from the scraps.

I made both versions two-toned, from two different shirts, but you could do it all from the same shirt, too.

Let's get started:

one or two loved t-shirts
elastic (if you want to cinch the bottom)
sewing gear


Cut your t-shirts into squares.  I did them as large as I could which ended up being 16.5".

Place marks 3.5 inches from the center of the top, so you'll have a 7-inch neckhole.

Mark 5 inches down on each side for the arm hole.

Just sew up the shoulders (from one mark to the edge) and the sides.  And then, for real, you're done!

If you want to cinch the bottom, cut a 1/4-inch strip of elastic, about 6 inches shorter than your square (though this doesn't have to be exact).  No pics, but mark the center of the elastic.  Start sewing it at one side seam with a straight stitch.  Stretch the elastic, holding in front and behind, lining the mark you made up with the other side seam.  Then keep stretching the elastic till it comes full circle.

Or if you want to make a funky neckline, do that.  Full disclosure-- I tried this out because there was a little left of this tee's graphic showing. :)

Or use your scraps to add an applique!

Whatever you do, it's sure to be cute! :)

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