No need to pay a small fortune for designer tees, here are over a dozen ways you can make pretty tops using t-shirts that just cost a few dollars each. Some full of ruffles, others with lace or petal embellishments. Many of the projects below use just one shirt (a larger size) or two of the same color. I’ll be adding more goodies to this list as I find them, have fun!
Easy Lace Strip Tee : You can use either stretchy or non-stretchy lace for this project, apply lace in a straight line or zigzag pattern.
Textured T-Shirt Tutorial : Strips from one tee are cut then sewn across the top of another tee (center panel, not the whole front).
Flutter Flower Shirt : Inspired by a JCrew design, you’ll need two matching t-shirts to make this (one is cut in strips then handsewn together to make petals).
Shirred Makeover : Transform a larger t-shirt than what you would normally wear with a flared waist, flared sleeves, shirring, pleats and contrasting trim.
DIY Knotted Tee : Easy project! The neckline is cut into a bigger roundneck then all the way down the side, knotted at the top and then re-sewn.
Ruffle Necktie : Easy project using a thrifted tie, a t-shirt and a button. Tie is sewn onto tee in a ruffle design, button added for embellishment.
T-shirt Redo : Circles and leaf shapes are cut from knit material the same color as the tee then sewn around the neckline.
Ruffle Waterfall Tee : Made with Liquid Stitch, ruffle fabric, a t-shirt or tank top.
How To Lengthen : Is a cute tee too short? Here’s an easy way to fix that using a pretty fat quarter.
Ruffle Neck : Transform a V-neck into this ruffled square-neck with elastic and a zig-zag stitch.
Lettuce Edged : The sleeves and bottom are cut then zig-zag stitched to make a frilly lettuce edge, neckline is gathered with elastic thread, ties at the waist.
Anthro Inspired Tee : Made with two tees (or one + matching jersey fabric), 2 1/2″ strips are cut then pleated into a curved shape before being sewn onto shirt.