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t-shirts.com giveaway The fine peeps at T-shirts.com have offered one lucky Craft Gossip reader the chance to pick out 1 free t-shirt from their site of hundreds of cool t-shirts! Open to U. S. residents only please. Leave a comment in today’s post by Saturday April 5, 2014 for a chance to be the one who gets to choose a free t-shirt!

how-tos-diy-tutorials-for-refashioned-t-shirtsAt T-shirts.com they have compile a list 18 t-shirt altering and upcycling ideas. And I wanted to share one of my personal favorite t-shirt altering tutorials for a total of 19!


I love turning XL and XXL t-shirts into little tank dresses.

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I got two of my favorite music t-shirts from T-shirts.com. Here they are before I took my scissors to them. If you are working with a brand new t-shirt I suggest NOT prewashing it as then it will be a bit stiffer and not curl as much. I find it easier to work with that way.


Here are two of my XL t-shirt dresses from the front and back. I used them as my “pattern”. I suggest using a dress that fits you as a pattern or guide to calculate how low to cut the arm holes/ties.

T-shirts are stretchy and therefore very forgiving so don’t worry too much about exact cutting.


My older dresses were simply tied in the back so I marked them with safety pins and untied the knot in the back.

Then I laid the cut t-shirt over the uncut t-shirt.


I first cut the front of the t-shirt and then flipped it over, tucked inside the front tie and then cut the back. The front bottom part of the sleeve stays attached and becomes the tie around the back.



I also cut the neckline to be a bit bigger.


I tried on the t-shirt dress and pinned the ties to fit. I like using safety pins for fitting when I am trying the garment on and off a lot.


In this case I decided to sew the “ties” so I aligned them right sides facing and sewed them using a straight stitch. But you can just tie the t-shirt “sleeves” and this is a no-sew dress!

I had planned on trimming off the excess but I kind of liked how the tails looked peeking out from the bottom.

I can’t wait to try some of the 18 t-shirt altering and upcycling ideas featured at T-shirts.com.


By Stefanie Girard

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43 Comments so far

  1. Sarah jaquay on March 27, 2014 12:53 pm

    Hope I win!

  2. Debbie on March 27, 2014 1:08 pm


  3. Anne in NC on March 27, 2014 2:06 pm

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! Please pick me!! :D

  4. Debbie Prater on March 27, 2014 3:07 pm

    i would to love to win!!

  5. SusanM on March 27, 2014 3:22 pm

    My friend needs to update his t-shirt repertoire – thanks for a chance to win!

  6. J. Pario on March 27, 2014 3:49 pm

    I’d love to win– T-shirts were the beginning of my upcycling adventures!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  7. MelodyJ on March 27, 2014 4:02 pm

    I love the idea of upcycling. I want to try it.

  8. Eska on March 27, 2014 4:03 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I love the list.

  9. nancy d on March 28, 2014 1:41 am

    Love the tshirt dress! Very cute!

  10. Alice C. on March 28, 2014 9:01 am

    It’ll be hard to choose just one! What a wonderful prize from T-Shirts.com!

  11. Shari Harniss on March 28, 2014 10:06 am

    Please enter me to win!

  12. Cheryl L. on March 28, 2014 11:15 am

    Love what you did with those t-shirts!

  13. Brenda B on March 28, 2014 11:26 am

    Great idea on this design. Keeping my fingers crossed…

  14. tina morris on March 28, 2014 11:31 am

    went and looked at your website such amazing t=shirts would sooooo looove to win one for my partner even but they are grouse

  15. Michelle Miller on March 28, 2014 11:33 am

    Some awesome T-shirt recycle/upcycle ideas, I hope to win.

  16. Chris D on March 28, 2014 11:46 am

    Warm weather is on the way…I need a new T-Shirt!

  17. Angel on March 28, 2014 11:48 am

    So awesome!

  18. Cindy Moore on March 28, 2014 11:49 am

    I love t-shirts and love altering them even more.

  19. Margie on March 28, 2014 11:54 am

    I love novelty t-shirts! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  20. OHSue on March 28, 2014 12:13 pm

    I love your t-shirt refashion, so different from the usual style.

  21. Anna on March 28, 2014 12:28 pm

    Awesome. Thanks for the chance.

  22. jane d on March 28, 2014 12:29 pm

    Hope I win–love these ideas!

  23. Helen K. on March 28, 2014 1:01 pm

    Ooh, pick me!!!

  24. pat on March 28, 2014 1:34 pm

    I have 3 daughters and I know they would enjoy t-shirt makeovers.

  25. Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) on March 28, 2014 1:44 pm

    I live in t-shirts!

  26. Janet A on March 28, 2014 2:12 pm

    Really neat shirts and great ideas. Hope I win one of these awesome shirts.

  27. Bonnie on March 28, 2014 2:31 pm


  28. Donna on March 28, 2014 2:56 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win a great t-shirt!

  29. Theresa on March 28, 2014 3:04 pm

    I love repurposing things. Thanks for the chance to win.

  30. Susan on March 28, 2014 5:05 pm

    What a great prize. Who doesn’t need an awesome tee-shirt?

  31. Barbara Moore on March 28, 2014 8:11 pm

    I’m t-shirt crazy! Would love to win one!

  32. Gwen on March 28, 2014 8:37 pm

    What a fun giveaway! I love altering t-shirts. My favorite alteration so far is the SuperMom cape I made myself from an XL shirt. :)

  33. kim on March 28, 2014 10:49 pm

    It’s fate! I made headbands out of t shirts today and plan on making scarfs tomorrow!!!

  34. thia Beniash on March 28, 2014 11:11 pm

    This is crazy cool! Fingers crossed I win ! Thanks for the chance!

  35. becky d on March 28, 2014 11:58 pm

    I love their t-shirts. Thanks for the great giveaway chance

  36. gil duncan on March 29, 2014 12:01 am

    Seeing as how I just opened a package from them; their shirts are great karma says maybe I’ll be the lucky winner. Thanks

  37. Ann on March 29, 2014 3:51 pm

    cool idea!!

  38. Dennis Mullins Sr on March 29, 2014 4:22 pm

    Thanks for the cool giveaway. I hope I win.

  39. May on March 29, 2014 6:08 pm

    Ooh! That looks like fun! Pick me!

  40. Kathy H on March 30, 2014 7:31 pm

    I love your Tshirt makeover!! Very cool!!

  41. Jackie on April 1, 2014 11:00 pm

    I LOVE making new clothes out of old t-shirts! Hope I win so I can try your dress design!

  42. Carmen on April 2, 2014 3:21 pm

    Great altering ideas!

  43. Elle on April 2, 2014 7:23 pm

    I love the different ideas! Thanks for this giveaway.

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