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Re-Pursposing: Boy’s T-Shirts, Part I

I know, I know……there are girl projects everywhere. For some reason, they quickly come to mind, and I love to make them. 

However, I love dressing up my little Mister too……it’s just not as easy as throwing on a ruffle and calling it good though. I have to stretch my brain a bit.

So my mind has been thinking about boys Tshirts.
And ones easy enough for anyone to try.

So, go on and turn that old Tshirt….into a new one.
All with the help of some knit scraps from your stash.
(You don’t have a scrap stash yet? Better get started on that…..)

Who needs a plain ‘ol Tee?

Go on and give it some character……

Don’t worry, they can still play like boys in them.

The inspiration?

Ha ha. This Old Navy tee here.
I know, I didn’t change much or use much creativity with this one. But hat’s because once I saw it, I had to have it. (but not pay for it…..)
My husband has a similar electric guitar and totally wanted our little guy to sport his own.

(And if you ask him, there is so much more detail I could have added….)

So I found a guitar to copy here.
Then I drew it on paper, cut it out, traced it onto some knit, and then cut that out. Then I pinned it to the Tshirt and then sewed around the entire guitar. Then I used chalk to draw some of the details on the guitar and then sewed over top of them….being sure to back-stitch at the beginning and end of each line.

That was it.

I did the same thing here…..but just cut strips for the stripes and sewed them on first. Then I cut a little giraffe (no, not a dinosaur) and sewed him on next.

I didn’t use interfacing at all. I figured there was enough stitching on both to really hold them in place.
Tip: If you’re using a large piece of knit (like the guitar)….make sure to use lots of stitching all over for your detail. This will help keep the knit in place. Otherwise, you may want to use interfacing.

Easy and simple……..just like that.


A few new Tshirts for those rascally boys.
(and okay, this works great for girls too.)

Yes, there will be a couple more styles tomorrow. Stay tuned……..

**Edited to Add: Part II of the Tshirt project can be found here.


Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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