Thursday, May 19, 2011

How To Recycle A Stained Shirt Into A Jacket

We all know what happens when I get bored and stuck in the house. . . yup, I cut up my clothes and make things out of them

As I was doing laundry, I discovered a favorite shirt had an oil stain right on the front that would not come out even with special treatment and several washings.  I was about to toss it out but decided to try something different.

The shirt is really chocolate brown, but shows up as this purplish blue on the computer.

First, I cut the shirt down the middle, trimmed the sleeves, and trimmed the bottom off. 

Then, I hemmed the two sides of the new front openings on the sewing machine. 

Next, I double hemmed the bottom so it wouldn't curl up.  I'm not terribly happy with how it turned out, but it ruffled it a bit which is kind of cute.

Next up, the ruffle.  I cut off the hem of the bottom of the shirt and then cut the remaining fabric into two pieces, cutting lengthwise.  Then I ran each strip through the sewing machine set on the basting stitch.  I pulled on one of the threads while gently "scrunching" the fabric to form the ruffle.

I pinned the ruffle to one side of the shirt (on the front) and sewed it down.  It took a few minutes to get the ruffles even, but was easy to do.

I had some fabric left from the shortened sleeves so I decided to make some flowers.  I cut a circle of fabric and found an old button in the button box. 

I pinched the button in the center of the fabric and ran a needle and thread around the button to "hide" it in the fabric.  The button forms the center of the flower.

I attached the button to the jacket by hand sewing it with just a few stitches.

Here's the finished product! 

I'm linking to:

Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden

 freckled laundry


  1. This is Beautiful! I always love looking at your blog, it is always so inspiring!

  2. I definitely know where Ashley gets her craftiness from!! That is super cute!

  3. I found your blog from the CSI project! I love this sweater! I am going to try this! Thanks for the idea!

  4. That is super cute! I wish I had an eye for that kind of stuff. I have no ability to look at a ruined item and see something else.

  5. This is really creative mom - great job!

  6. I love it! Great idea and execution.

  7. Just lovely! The ruffles and flowers make all the difference!

    I would love if you came and linked this project to my clothes upcycling page. It has a long term linky, so your project would stay there for more than just the week of a usual linky. We have over 60 projects linked up now – some fantastic ideas – and this month I’m upcycling lots of clothes and trying to feature lots of the links too!
    Do come and take a look!

  8. Gorgeous! I really want to learn to sew! You should put this in your etsy shop for people to send you their ruined shirts and you can transform them! You are a genius!

  9. Unbelievable. I am in awe. I bow down. And to think of all the things I throw away!! I should save them and send them to you!

  10. Just found you over at round tuit and I just had to tell you I love your cardi redo here.

  11. Interestingly posted with photos which makes the post & techniques of stitching Understand very easily.

  12. I LOVE THIS! I have shirts with those tiny little holes in the bottom that this would work PERFECTLY for!! Thank you for sharing it!!

  13. That looks awesome! Nice job! I love how you made the flower with a button - very smart! :)


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