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Don't you hate it when your coolest, most favorite/lucky/sentimental old T-shirt finally is no longer fit to be seen in? This 'ible will show you how you can save the best part of your old favorite and get many more years of wear/luck and sentiment from the new one.

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Step 1: Suplies

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  • Sewing machine and contrasting thread
  • "Steam-a-seam 2" fusable webbing
  • Old beloved T-shirt
  • New blank T-shirt
  • Scissors
  • iron
T-shirt fabric is really stretchy and trying to sew the fabric together without the benefit of Steam-a-Seam 2, will turn into a mess. There are other products on the market to act like a stabilizer but this is the only one that I have used that lets the T-shirt feel just like a soft old T-shirt. 

Step 2: Your favorite old T-shirt

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When my son was 3, he loved this shirt and as you can see from the first photo he was able to wear it for many years as he slowly grew into its large size. Fast forward (not really, as they were the slowest years of my life so far) 10 years and I still have the shirt. Being a sentimental (read also as semi-mental) mom I could not bring myself to give it away. 

Step 3: New T-shirt

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Find a new blank T-shirt that sort of goes with the graphic you are going to cut out of your old favorite T-shirt, now turn it inside out. 

Step 4: "Steam-a Seam 2"

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I love this stuff, it is magic. Read the instructions on the box or for more details go t

Anyway, trace a circle or square around what you want to keep from your favorite old shirt and make about an 1/3 inch border to surround the design.

Step 5: Iron

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You will want to pull off the paper backing of the Steam-a-Seam 2, center your design with the back of it facing you, and iron it to the front of your new inside out T-shirt.
AndreaN3 years ago
I've made a bunch of these, and next month will be showing other people how to at the Maker Faire (as part of the Swap-A-Rama-Rama remake/re-use/upcycle/whatever you want to call it room.). I'll be doing all kinds of applique but prominently featuring yours. And I will give credit where credit is due. Thanks so much!
Ninzerbean (author)  AndreaN3 years ago
Cool!! Thanks! Show me what you've made.
Where's the best place to post the pics?
Ninzerbean (author)  AndreaN3 years ago
Right here, see down on the left when you open the reply box it says "add images"? I cant wait!
Are those special scissors?
Ninzerbean (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
They are applique scissors, they are really nice to have but you don't need them. They allow you to cut really close to the edge of something that is on top of another piece of fabric.
Love it!!
Ninzerbean (author)  porcupinemamma4 years ago
I'll bet with your babies you could do a lot with this 'ible, thank you!
lol ;0) grandma wants one too ;0) xxoo
All of these years I was just sewing the holes closed and stuffing them with pillow batting.. I got a great shirt with a cool logo on the back.. I will just cut out the back and sew it on the front of a new one... So I can look at it..
Ninzerbean (author)  Blackdog Barker4 years ago
MsViv4 years ago
Neat idea. My daughter had a T that she didn't want to part with and a friend made her a clock using the T as the face.
Ninzerbean (author)  MsViv4 years ago
It's weird how we get attached to the stuff on shirts or the shirts themselves, I think it would be fun to do a whole new shirt with lots of old shirt parts attached, I'm glad your friend made good use of your daughter's shirt.
beccawee4 years ago
You can also buy Steam A Seam 2 on a roll. I use it all the time when I'm closing seams that normally would need to be hand stitched. It's probably more expensive, but I'm not sure. My roll is 1/4" x 40' & was +/- $4.00. I like it for projects like this simply because I'm lazy, and you can tear the small strip. LOL. Great I'ble! I'm "semi-mental" about a few of my son's old t-shirts too & it never dawned on me to do something like this. :)
siriradha4 years ago
Great instructible! A few years back, a friend challenged me to come up with a "manly" reusable grocery bag. When DH was ready to toss his Mexican wrestler tee with the "Quien es mas macho?" slogan, I cut out the design and sewed it on a denim bag. Way cool!
luvit4 years ago
is that stymie? stymie's hand's are so.. flesh-tone'd.
guysgirl4 years ago
love this! I do this all the time with sports clothes and jerseys that don't fit me. I cut out the logo and glue it using E6000 to a cute shirt I can find at a store I like. Its also a good way to save money and recycle shirts you would otherwise throw out. Great job on the post and good to know Im not the only one out there who does this! :)
Creativeman4 years ago
Great instructable, Ninzerbean! Wish I could sew...looks like fun. Cman
red-king4 years ago