Sunday, November 18, 2012

From Frumpy, to Fabulous!

We all have those boring, baggy, old tee-shirts we don't really wear anymore...and we all either donate them, turn them into rags, or simply throw them away. But...why should be so ready to give up on something, just for being a little ugly? Why not turn something frump, into something fabulous!


This super cute shirt was made in less than 5 minutes, with no sewing required, and all from one of those ugly throw away shirts. Isn't it amazing what a bit if imagination, and some scissors can do? To make this shirt you'll need:


  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 spool of grosgrain ribbon
  • 1 peice of chalk
  • 1 bottle of fabric glue
  • 1 ugly ass tee-shirt, in a color you like

Look at the diagram below, and get your piece of chalk ready!



1st: Lightly sketch out where you want your neckline to be. I would suggest only taking off the collar in the back, and not going any lower...otherwise you're tee will become an off the shoulder number.

2nd: Sketch out the lines for the ribbon. You need to have 4 lines, with the inner two right below the middle of your tata's, and the outer two about 4 inches from the inner line.

3rd: Cut the collar, and the ribbon lines.

4th:  Now, take your ribbon, and cut it into 4 pieces...with each piece being 10-14 inches. It depends on how long you want the ties to be.

5th: Put one end of the ribbon inside one of the cuts on the chest, and glue it to the t-shirt. Make sure you use glue that will hold through being washed and dried! If you prefer, you can always handsew the ribbons into place, which will only take about 10 minutes.

6th: When the glue is completely dry, you can put the tee-shirt on, and make your two knots. Tie the inner ribbons into a knot, and then the outer ribbons into a pretty bow.

Voila! Now you have a super cute new shirt!

Love and Lightning Bugs,
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22 comments:

jenny at dapperhouse said...

I love your new blog look...it is so beautiful! I cannot WAIT to try this out tomorrow Isabella! Thank you for such a useful and easy tutorial (I don NOT sew and I am excited that I can make something so cute)! I will let you know how it goes.

Isabella_Grey said...

Please do! I can't wait to see what you come up with. Also, thank you! It took me while to come up with this theme today.

Maryam Zeibaq said...

Hmmm, seems simple and yet elegant =) I usually wear my clothes for about, hmm, 8 years or so, lol. I have some shirts that are so warn out I feel like rag doll wearing them, lol. This does seem like a very creative and stylish way to jazz up those frumpy old clothes. Love the tip Isabella!

Mama Nibbles said...

Simple idea! I think that would make shirts really cute for maternity too.

Anonymous said...

What a great idea, thank you. This is simple enough even I could probably do it!

Hobbies on a Budget said...

Really cute idea! Love seeing people upcycle something instead of toss it in the trash! Great tutorial!

Ashley T said...

That is super cute! Great idea, I can't wait to try it :)

Gena said...

That is cute! Good job!

Jessica said...

This is such a great idea, not only is it really cute but it will accent your waist nicely!

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

What a truly fantastic idea. This is so cute!!!

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I would have never guessed that shirt came from an old tshirt! You are so creative!

Dawn
www.cheapisthenewclassy.com

Crista Hebel said...

I'm not sure what grosgrain ribbon is, but everything else looks like a cinch! (haha- get it?) :)

Amanda @ Survival Guide by The Working Mom said...

Most of my clothes are frumpy! I have heard this idea around but it just sounded too complicated... you make it look so easy! I will have to give it a try!

Dawn Kropp said...

This is a terrific idea!!!

Malia said...

such a cute idea!

Julia Potvin said...

very creative, great way to recycle

Mama Luvs Books said...

AWESOME! I'm sure I would still mess it up! You're crafty!

Coupons and Friends said...

I love re purposing!! and this is great Thanks!!

Anonymous said...

So creative and a great way to recycle those ugly t-shirts!

DeDa Studios said...

Great way to Reuse! Sharing!

MumbleBee said...

This sounds great and I have a shirt that looks very similar to this. Just sits in the closet and it is an old maternity but if no one needs it I bet I can turn it into something more :) PLH

Lil' Daily Deals said...

Very cute. Great Idea. Love it.