DIY - Upcycling your old t-shirt.

Instead of throwing away your old clothes, there are great ways of turning them into new clothes. Here's how you can upcycle your old t-shirt...

First up grab an old t-shirt and some scissors. To create the second part of the upcycle you will need a sewing machine, thread, pins, tape measure and elastic.

To make a simple crop top out of your old t-shirt all you need to do is cut a straight line where you want it cropped.

If you need to adjust the sleeves (make them smaller) make sure you put it on yourself first and then pin/mark where you want to cut the sleeves, if you're feeling like a pro you could always take the sleeve off (unpick the stitching) , adjust the arm hole/sleeve and re attach the sleeve - just have fun with it!

The next part is for everyone that has sewing machines. Using the left over fabric (part of the t-shirt) we can make a tube top. You will need a sewing machine, thread, scissors, tape measure and elastic.

First things first, cut the fabric to the size you want your tube top, use a tape measure to get the sizing you need.

The front of the tube top needs to have a slight curve at the top and the back piece of the tube needs to be cut slightly smaller in length than the front piece. You can decide how small/big you want the tube.

Next you will need to sew the side seams together, start by pinning the sides then sew. You can use a simple straight stitch or add a zig zag stitch in too.

Next you will need 2 bits of elastic, pull the elastic around your chest just below your bust to measure how much you will need for the bottom part then do the same above your bust. Once you've cut two lengths of your elastic you will need to sew the ends together (still keeping the 2 separate pieces of elastic).

Then fold the elastic in half and mark the half way point, then fold again and mark the quarter way point, do the same for both pieces of elastic.

Then take the elastic you measured for the top part of the tube and pin the half way mark to the centre top part of your fabric.

Then pin the quarter part on the side seams and pin the same as you've done for the front on the back. (Confusing I know).

You will need to do the same for the bottom of your tube top but it may be easier for you to sew the top elastic first then pin the bottom part and sew. Use a zig-zag stitch to sew the elastic to the fabric.

When you're sewing make sure you are stretching the elastic as much you can so that the fabric and elastic sew nice and evenly together. Do the same for the bottom part of your tube.

Once the elastic is sewn to your tube top turn it in on itself to hide the elastic, then sew this down with a straight stitch. Again, stretch the elastic as much as you can when sewing this down so that it's nice and even.

Voila! You should hopefully end up with a tube like this..


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