Introduction: Make Your Favorite Old T-Shirt New Again

About: I love to stay home as much as as I love to travel, I've been to 49 states (missing Alaska) and 31 countries. I have two wiener dogs now and a cat. We all live together in a house in the woods. With no roaches.

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

  • 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

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

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"

I love this stuff, it is magic. Read the instructions on the box or for more details go thttps://www.instructables.com/id/Monstrously-Easy-Applique-on-T-Shirts-and-More/

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

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.

Step 6: Sew From the Back and Then Turn Right Side Out

I like to use a thread that contrasts with the new shirt and goes with the color of the old one. You can sew neat concentric rings or zigzags all over the place. The sewing is going to become an integral part of the design so you want it to show up. 

Now you are going to turn your new T-shirt right side out.

Step 7: Cut

I love this part. If you have applique scissors by all means use them, if you don't have them just carefully cut smoothly along close to the edge to show the graphic from the old T-shirt that is just hiding underneath the new one. 

Step 8: You're Done!

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