A DIY Spring T Shirt Refashion

As the youngest of four children, I’m used to hand-me-downs.

Since I’ve started refashioning, hand-me-downs have now become a treat!

Not only do the thrift stores supply my new habit, but my friends have been joining in and donating to my obsession.

Here’s a t shirt that was in a bag from Jakkie.

Now let’s get this party started!

I just had to show off my 75 cent thrift store shoes.

Here’s a few other ideas for styling your new shirt:

This was a fun and easy refashion. Think I’m going to make one in every color!

If you try this, I’d love to see pictures!


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About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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171 Responses to A DIY Spring T Shirt Refashion

  1. joybrewed says:

    i’m loving the ruffles!!! πŸ˜‰

  2. Stepping My Way to Bliss says:

    Love this! How are you making the ruffles? Are they from the sides you trimmed off?

  3. Cara Olsen says:

    Okay . . . that shirt is seriously cute, but are you stinkin’ kidding me?!? .75 cents?! Those are adorable, Beth. You find another pair, just go on and buy them and I will send you three quarters in the mail, plus cost of shipping. πŸ™‚

    Also, wanted to tell you that your tutorials have been so nicely laid out recently. I have noticed the time and effort you have put into making every step of the way appealing to the reader.

    Happy Sat!

    • Thanks for noticin’ Cara! (Be sure to read that with a Minnesotan accent)

      My friend gave me, yes…. gave me her old Canon Rebel XT. So I’ve been experimenting with the new camera and Photoshop. I’m having so much fun, just wish I didn’t have to work full time (Maybe I should say “get to work full time”) Then I’d be doing this 24/7.

      I’ll keep my eyes open for some more shoes!!!!

      Hugs, Beth

  4. Molly says:

    You are amazing! Love this t-shirt!!

  5. Ms. Fastspeed says:

    Excellent! I’m wondering if my brother would give me his old t-shirts and if I could make this. There’s only one way to find out!

  6. Meris says:

    Wow! That is awesome.
    Did you leave the sleeve openings raw or did you sew up a hem around the arm? I’m not sure whether I should finish the sleeves or leave them raw on the shirt I’m working on. Especially if I need to make some cuts that are angled across the grain in order to make the sleeves fit better.

    • I just left them raw for now because I’ll most likely wear something over it. But if I end up wearing it this summer by itself I might finish the sleeves.
      Thanks for visiting!

  7. Wow, I’m seriously impressed. The tshirt looks fab πŸ™‚

  8. I adore the ruffles and also that this shirt would be so comfy since it was originally a t-shirt! Very impressive resourcefulness, Beth:)

  9. Bat Ma'am says:

    BEAUTIFUL JOB! I’ve never tried ruffles, I can see I need to! LOVE the jacket in the last photo, that’s adorable! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much!! I’m so glad you like the jacket, I picked it up for a couple bucks at the Salvation Army a few years ago. It’s cute AND it fits me perfectly without any alterations. (That’s usually unheard of for me)
      Have a great Saturday and thanks again for visiting!

  10. Anonymous says:

    That is just too cute! I am thinking I am all over that one! πŸ™‚

  11. Ginger Faro says:

    Oops…left off my name…

  12. Char says:

    Holy Cow Woman. Love Love Love the pictures. You are soooo artistic. Not just the Shirt, but the layout and all! Did you steal Steves shirt????

    • Ha Ha! Not this time :). Jakkie gave me a bag of old t shirts to use. Thanks for noticin’ the pictures! (Be sure to say that in a Minnesotian accent) I’ve been learning my new (to me) camera and photoshop and getting a little carried away. This is a blast and I’m totally hooked!

  13. Cathy says:

    You are ready to cowgirl up with your new shirt and denim jacket!

  14. The refashioned t-shirt is just great! So cute, fresh and feminine! I would never guess it was a refashion – very inspirational πŸ™‚

  15. Super cute and styled quite nicely!

  16. waldenredux says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial… you make it look so easy! I am definitely going to try this…

  17. You are amazing! I need you to come over and stay while, and refashion everything in my closet! I am ready to throw the whole works out!! And LOVE the shoes, way to go!!
    Happy Easter!
    xo, Leanne

  18. Trudy Callan says:

    Very nice and great tip for ruffling. I’ll have to try it. Those shoes are such a great find. They are gorgeous and perfect for summer. Love all of the styling ideas, too. Have a great easter. Looks like you’re ready. That would be a cute outfit to wear for after church.

  19. agy says:

    Love the ruffles and love the shoes – a great find πŸ™‚ Enjoy your Easter!

  20. Thanks Agy! I think ruffles are easy to do and look great in so many ways. Thanks again for taking the time to visit and comment!
    Happy Easter to you, too!

  21. mostlymusing says:

    Love this! Can’t wait to try it.

  22. Love how the top turned out… Super cute! And those are some awesome shoes… Score!


  23. Jennifer says:

    wow, you’re creative! i love this idea! i will need to try this soon. thanks for visiting and liking my post. awesome blog you have here. you have a new follower! πŸ™‚

  24. Anonymous says:

    That is sooo cute! I so need a ruffle shirt now!

  25. Penny says:

    Too Cute. Cooper missing some tee shirts? I wonder if a long tee shirt would make a cute dress. Happy Easter!!

  26. Great shirt refashion!! I’ve been wanting to do this forever and just haven’t gotten around to it yet.

    I love the shoes, but I really want to know where you got the great bag!!!

  27. Lee Ann says:

    Ive always wanted to get ideas how to make an blah tshirt fit better.. love this idea.. ive not really sewn much, think a beginner can do it???
    i am a resale junkie, so just gotta tell ya love the deal on the shoes! it is addictive to shop those stores… my hubby is amazed at all the great stuff i bring home…not thrilled at the amount tho!!! hard to say no to some things!!

    • I hear ya about the thrift store addiction! My daughter was teasing me about sitting outside our thrift store on morning waiting for them to open. She said, “Mom, it’s like a crack house” πŸ™‚ Funny but a little true. I get such an adrenaline rush each time I get a good deal on something.
      I bet you could resize a shirt for yourself. I have several tutorials on this. You can always give me a shout if you need some help. Have a good day!

  28. blankenmom says:

    Love the shoes and love the tip on machine ruffling, I’ll definitely be trying that! Just curious – does the weight of the ruffles pull on the neckline?

  29. Simone Araujo says:

    I love your refashions! I live in Brazil and people donΒ΄t do this (ItΒ΄s sad)! Your blog is the best discovery I did this year! Thank you very much for share (??) !! (Sorry for my bad english)

    • Hi Simone!
      Wow, you’re from Brazil. It’s so fun for me to meet new friends from all over the world. Perhaps you can start a new refashioning crazethere! Thanks for visiting. I hope you’ll be able to visit again soon!

  30. Tracey says:

    I can’t believe you are a grandma!! You are one young looking grandma! Love your t-shirt!

  31. Anonymous says:

    Awesome idea. Thanks for sharing

  32. candy says:

    I love this little tee! I’ve found recently that crew neck shirts just don’t look as good on me as they used to. (That age thing!) I have a closet full of them that could be repurposed. Thanks for the idea!

  33. tealandtulle says:

    So impressive! The ruffled details on the shirt look so professional! Thanks for sharing these ideas and making it look so dang easy. πŸ™‚

  34. Just love it – who’d have thought that baggy tee could look hot? I’ll be trying this myself. I’m having a case of shoe envy too (and ticket envy, our thrift shops cost more than yours!)


    • I hope you try this! It’s so fun and easy to do!
      We are lucky with our little thrift store. I went in last Tuesday, looking for a couple of things and she handed me a bag and said it was bag sale day. Fill a bag for $2.00. I managed to find enough to fill the bag.
      Thanks for visiting!

  35. Love it. The colour really suits you. The green shoes + purse are awesome as well.

  36. oldvogue says:

    Great idea! You make it seem so simple!

  37. huffyron says:

    Wow, your t-shirt is great! Now, if only I could find my portable sewing machine. Oh, who am I kidding, it’s so old I can’t find replacement parts. But seriously, you should be a stylist — your blog is marvelous.

  38. Mellie Lang says:

    love the ruffles & all the new clothes you’re making and LOVE the AE shoes, 75c, AMAZING!!!!

  39. RagDollsRising says:

    Beth, you are a Rock Star! That’s not only a wonderful transformation but your tutorial is excellent, simple and clear, as well as your photos!

  40. Super cute!! This is great for those oversized shirts you get when you are involved in a charity, pub crawl or large event. I would love to add this to a new DIY section on my website (www.thelinkshoppe.com). I’d love to collaborate with you! Let me know if you are interested. πŸ™‚

  41. Love this idea! I will definitely be trying this out. I love your simple step by step instructions with pictures πŸ™‚

  42. Christine says:

    Think of all the things you could add these lovely ruffles to!! Love it!

  43. Anonymous says:

    This is very neat! Will have to try! πŸ™‚

  44. I hope you are able to try it. So fun and easy to do!
    Enjoy your day!

  45. Well that’s just the most amazing thing I’ve seen in ages! I’ve not heard of refashioning – probably because Oklahoma is about 2 years behind everyone else in the country AND I don’t sew at all – But I LOVE this!! Following you now for sure because canning is great but this looks like magic to me!

    • Oh it’s so nice to have new friends! Thanks for the follow and your encouragement. Up until now I’ve mostly posted sewing and craft projects, but now that summer is almost here, I’m hoping to post more about my canning adventures.
      I can’t wait to see what you have in store!

      • I was going to take pictures this weekend but it’s been cloudy the whole time! I’ve got about 10 new recipes (for the specialty nano-canning book) – However, I will be picking your brain on pickling! I can get beets, peppers, and okra down well but cukes crispness seems to elude me!

        • I tried a great recipe for refrigerator pickles last fall and they are so crisp and good. Taste just like Claussen pickles. No processing involved and they stay good for a year in the fridge. We are still enjoying them.

        • Hey I just noticed you published an e book for Kindle. How cool! I was just looking into this the other day and put it on my list of things to do this summer. Congratulations! I might need to get your help on this, too.

          • Yes! it was a great experience and continues to be! The pictures I mentioned before were for the follow up nano-canning book for specialty jams. It’s taken a long time for me to get the recipes good, safe, and correct for very very small batch canning. If you need help just let me know! I will be happy to do it!

  46. I love it! Reuse,resource and recycle are all great ideas, but managing to do this and have the end product actually better than the parts is brilliant!

  47. marlandphotos says:

    Very frugal! Nice idea. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  48. Bonnie says:

    Wow again! I’m amazed by your sewing skills.. like, seriously, I need lessons from you!

    -Bonnie @ Crafting a Green World

  49. Fantastic ruffles, I love your tutorial!! I’ll definitely be following along for more from you!

  50. Thanks for the easy how to. I shared with my fans on Facebook!

    • Oh my gosh, Heather, that means so much coming from someone as experienced as yourself. I stopped by your blog and you do amazing things!!!! Thanks for sharing it on Facebook, too!

  51. LOOOOOOOOOVE this!!! Great idea!

  52. Thank you soooooooooo much! πŸ™‚ Not as cute as your new little Lily though! Congratulations!

  53. This is AWESOME! I love to sew — I make my own tennis dresses!! But this is the coolest! What a beautiful, easy-to-follow format! You go, girl!! And thank you for liking attentiontoeating! Maybe I can save you time and effort on food prep and ideas and you can do the same for me via sewing! Thanks πŸ™‚

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  55. suchwildlove says:

    Lovely! And thanks for visiting my blog!

  56. greaseladder says:

    Very, very pretty and an idea I must try.
    Thank you for passing by my blog πŸ™‚

  57. Linda says:

    I made this shirt yesterday! So easy! I bought 2 t-shirts at a garage sale for $1.00 and made this beautiful shirt. Thanks so much for the clear instructions. I’m going to make it in different colors. Thank you!

  58. CraftyStaci says:

    Love this top, and I just saw it featured on Totally Tutorials! Congrats!

  59. Amy Pirt says:

    Cool idea. Wish I wasn’t so terrified of sewing machines! Thanks for the like.

  60. gaiamethod says:

    Wow! That is so good!!! I wish I had the creativity for this but I just can’t ‘see’ it. Spinning, knitting and wool craft? That I can see. But I hate waste and would dearly love to be able to do this!!! Nice job!!!

  61. Boo.clothing says:

    I can’t believe that’s the same top! Gorgeous! Thanks for liking my post. Boo. x

  62. SoundStitches Blog says:

    Love how the ruffles are substantial. Thanks for posting! I see you’ve also liked a recent post of mine at SoundStitches blog, so it led me to this post. Thanks for that!

  63. Linda Cooper says:

    Do you sew ruffles on top of each other or below first ruffle? Great idea!

  64. sewnsusan says:

    Love it. I want to try this! but I will be away from my machine for two months. So I am going to bookmark this!

  65. deedeemallon says:

    nice!!! I love the new neckline.

  66. Lesa Wilder says:

    Love it! Thank you so much!

  67. Mare F says:

    Very nice. I wouldn’t have thought it possible.

  68. pinkebody says:

    That is so cute! I will definitely have to go & dig through the hubbies old tees & see what I can come up with. Excellent score on the adorable shoes as well!

  69. Alison says:

    NICE !!!

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  71. Aislynn says:

    Wow, this just re-affirms my lust for a sewing machine. Great post!

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  77. How cute! And its just a simple tshirt! Thanks for explaining the ruffle- easier than some directions I’ve read!

  78. bristolbelle says:

    This is great – those round-necked baggy t-shirts don’t flatter me either, but these ruffles make such a pretty neckline. I’ll definitely be trying this.

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  81. Jonas says:

    Great info. Lucky me I found your website by chance (stumbleupon).

    I have saved as a favorite for later!

  82. Crystal says:

    I have several maternity shirts that can will be able to refashion in a few short months. I will definitely be using this tutorial.

  83. Cara says:

    Hi! I love this and tried the ruffling technique but it didn’t work on my Bernina…longest stitch length and highest tension? What did I miss? Thanks!

  84. Alison says:

    Just found this, and I so want to try it. You said, “set your machine to highest tension and longest stitch length for automatic ruffler” …. does that mean you have to have a ruffler attachment? I’ve never done that before (have to look and see if I have a foot or attachment for that).


  85. Beverly says:

    I love this shirt. It’s really cute and can be worn dressy or casual. Thanks for sharing!

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  87. Trenie says:

    Hi There, My name is Trenie, a senior that recently moved to Mexico and ran across your wesite (or blog, sinces I am not familar with all the terms) and enjoyed the newly designed T-shirt. When i moved here I came with only 2 suitcases in hand, knowing that I had always wanted to live here. With that said, I liked the T-shirt very much and even tho I am not a “seamstress” I am fairly certain that I could make one. My sewing machine (one of the first portable Singer machines ever made, early to mid 1930’s) was left in storage in Ca. but would like to get it soon on one of my return trips to the US. It may take a few months but would like to follow you so when I do get the machine I will have a few of your choices to make one of your items. Also, of course love the shoes but at this stage of the game better stick to “flip-flops” due to the cobblestone streets and my “experienced” age lol..
    Lookng forward to seeing new items that you have “designed”, Trenie

  88. Arzu says:

    I love this shirt and the other things… Thanks for sharing. Congratulations!

  89. Nanky says:

    Love, love, love the ruffles!

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