DIY: Designer Dupe 'Worry Doll' T-Shirt




Introduction: DIY: Designer Dupe 'Worry Doll' T-Shirt

About: Crafty creator, frugal fashionista. My glue gun is my best friend.

I love a designer splurge as much as the next girl, but this t-shirt takes the cake...

I saw this quirky little number on Instagram and immediately fell in love. My t-shirt dreams were crushed when I clicked the ‘shop now’ link and discovered it cost a whopping £140. Yep. For a t-shirt.
Why spend £140 when you can make it for less than £15!

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials!

You’ll need:

  • A plain pocket t-shirt (if buying from don't forget to do a quick Google search for a discount code!)
  • Assorted ribbon
  • Wonderweb
  • 6 Worry dolls
  • An iron
  • Fabric scissors

Step 2: Measure the Ribbon

Measure your ribbon along the length of the pocket leaving a 1cm ‘hem’ at each end to stop any fraying. Fold the ‘hem’ underneath and pin a strip of wonderweb the same length and width as your piece of ribbon in place.

Step 3: Iron in Place

With additional pins so as not to move the wonderweb, pin the length of ribbon to the pocket of your t-shirt. Set your iron to a medium – high setting and iron along the ribbon starting at the edge. Keep ironing over the ribbon for about 20 seconds or until the ribbon doesn’t budge.

Repeat until you have completely covered the pocket with strips of ribbon. If the edges of your ribbon don’t feel secure lightly hand stitch around the outer edge of the pocket but remember to leave the top open.

Step 4: Add the Dolls

Evenly space the worry dolls along the top of the pocket and hand sew in place. If sewing isn’t your forte, use a good quality fabric glue but don’t forget to place a piece of grease proof paper inside your t-shirt to avoid gluing the t-shirt together.

Ta-dah! Your t-shirt is complete!

(If you’re not feeling frugal you can shop the real thing here!)

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    3 Discussions


    3 years ago

    Would be sweet on a girl's dress! (Removable for washing!)


    4 years ago

    Very cute. Will the dolls hold up to being hand washed/ soaked when the shirt needs to be laundered? My worry dolls have all had sort of a paper for the heads.


    Reply 4 years ago

    Hi Ashley! The care instructions on the real thing state dry clean only. I haven't tried washing mine yet, but i'm guessing handwashing it would be ok as long as it's not left to soak for too long. If you're worried you could sew small snap fasteners to the t-shirt and to the back of the dolls to allow you to remove the dolls before machine washing.