Thursday, June 13, 2013

Another No Sew T-Shirt Transformation.

Adult T-Shirt Transformed Into Child's Beach Cover UpHi there fellow Crafty People. Welcome to my little blog.  I am so glad that you are here. 

Today I want to share another t-shirt transformation project that I just completed.

Last summer, my daughter, Cole tried her hand at tie dying. For whatever reason, she decided to give it away. So I rescued it. 

The T-Shirt is an adults small which won't fit anyone I know. Then it struck me. I'll just transform it into a nice little beach cover up for my four year old granddaughter. 



  • One t-shirt 
  • Sharp scissors for cutting fabric
  • Ruler 
  • Darning needle 


I started with the neck of the T-shirt. It was too big. So I cut it off.

I know, cutting it off doesn't make it smaller, but the idea was to add a drawstring. I'll get back to this in a minute.

The second step was to cut off the t-shirts small hem at the bottom.

Then I cut four thin strips off the bottom of the t-shirt and pulled them tight so it looks more like thread or yarn.

One strip was designated for a drawstring around the neck. One was for lacing up the back and one each for lacing the arm sleeves.

I cut the fringe along the bottom of the shirt. It isn't too long because my granddaughter calls it itchy. I know she means it tickles her legs.

The strips are as thin as I could comfortable cut them. Then I stretched each strip out by pulling it tightly.

Okay back to the neck line. I used one of the strips that I had cut from the bottom of the shirt to weave a drawstring around the neck line. If you look at the first picture up there you can see what I mean.

I had my granddaughter try on my new creation. I knew that I wasn't done yet but I wasn't prepared for the awkward looking shoulders on the cover up. That definitely needed to be fixed.

I laid the laid the t-shirt down flat on the table and using a ruler I cut a straight line from the neck line to the edge of the arm sleeve.

To close up this opening I used one prepared strip as laces on each arm sleeve.

At the end of the sleeve, I tied a knot. And at the end of each lace, I tied a knot.

The last part of the project was to lace up the back of the cover up which was actually my first idea for making the cover up.

All done!

I asked Faith to model her new beach cover up. She felt a little silly and shy but I think the pics turned out nice.

She is wearing a dress under the cover up but you
 can see the neckline, laced sleeves and fringe along
 the bottom.
Faith is feeling a little shy and not sure what to do.
Holy cow her hair is getting so long. 

That was fun. I hope to do a few more in the up and coming weeks. There are so many ways to cut a t-shirt.


Do you know someone who would love this T-Shirt Transformation? 

Are you going to give it a try?


Well, thanks for stopping by. I hope the instructions were clear enough. Please let me know if there is something I could have explained better.

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  1. How fun is this! So creative Darlene! :)

    1. Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for the compliment. :)

  2. This is so cute. What a fabulous transformation.

    1. Hi. Glad to see you again. I appreciate your kind words.

  3. Love this such a great idea! Thanks for the very clear instructions.

    1. Thanks Sarah for stopping by and leaving your lovely comment. Glad to know the instructions were clear.

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  5. Hi Christina,
    Nice meeting you and so happy you will be sticking around. I'm looking forward to seeing you again. :)
    Bye for now, Darlene

  6. thanks for another t-shirt transformation, Darlene!!

  7. What a fun transformation! Your granddaughter must love it. Thanks for sharing at Inspire Us Thursday at Organized 31.

    1. Hi Susan,
      Thanks for stopping by. She loves it. And the other two granddaughters are now waiting in line for theirs. LOL.
      Bye for now. Darlene

  8. Hi Darlene! Thank you for joining our Let's Get Social Sunday Party! Have a wonderful day :-)

  9. Very cute! Oh and the t-shirt is too ;)

  10. This is so cute! Would love to have you share it at our Ladies Only Blog Share link party - which has a summer theme this week! Visiting from Social Sunday! :)

  11. So cute! So glad you joined us at the Ladies only Blog Share. I have never seen anything like this!