25 August 2011

Re-purposed T-Shirt Shrug

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I don't wear tank tops. Why not? I'm a Mormon.  However, I sometimes get a little sad and just a little mad when I'm walking through a store and see a large variety of very cute tanks and I always think to myself why can't they make stuff with sleeves that cute? This summer I caved and bought a few tanks and figured I could find a cardigan or something else with sleeves that I could wear over the top of them.  It took me forever to find something to modest up my tanks. Then, while browsing Pinterest  a couple days ago I came across a pin to this link for a shrug re-purposed from a T-shirt. It's really cute and really, really easy and only requires an old T-shirt you never wear, or I guess a cheap t-shirt from a thrift store or yard sale. This made me happy, because that means I'll never have trouble finding a shrug and it opens it up to finding, well making shrugs in a larger assortment of colors, because it's a lot easier to find colored t-shirts than shrugs, or maybe I just don't know where to shop. I just had to try this little tutorial out, so I dug through my closet and found an old t-shirt and got to work. Now, when you click on this link. You'll notice she has you cut straight done the middle of the front of the t-shirt and cut out the collar. Then, she has you sew a casing along the cut edge, run a ribbon through it and then, ta da, you put it on and fasten it with the ribbon.  Well, I decided I didn't want my shrug fastened with a ribbon, I'd rather have a button. So, I ran a cheep ribbon through a casing, cinched it to where I wanted it and then stitched down the ends of the casing to have the ribbon hold the cinching in place, then cut off the extra ribbon.  The button hole was also a pain in the rear, but that was only because I had to fight with my sewing machine, which resulted in a horribly misplaced button hole that probably took me an hour to achieve. I do like how it looks with the button and would try it with a button again, hopefully with more cooperation from my sewing machine.


  1. Cuuuuuute! I've been looking for a cute shrug-type thing and I haven't found anything. I'm definitely going to try this!!!! (I found you through Tea Time Thursdays, btw)

  2. I'm definitely going to try this! And I love how you did the button instead of the ribbon. So cute! And I agree, shrugs are hard to find.
    PS: I can't get your blog button to work. I don't know if it's me or the button. :)

  3. Oh Wendy, It's probably the button. This Html code thing likes to fight with me.

  4. This is really cute and a great idea! I have large arms so I don't wear tank tops or dresses so having this and as alternative is great!

  5. This turned out SO SO cute!!! I would never of guessed it was a tshirt!

    I would love for you to come link this up at my new diy fashion party called DIY Diva Thursdays! I hope to see you over there :)


  6. What an awesomely cute idea!! I love it! You are right about the colors too. new follower from Tea Time Thursdays. Hope you could visit my blog and follow back at tootsabellarose.blogspot.com

  7. Cool... did not think about making shrugs from t-shirts. Nice idea.

    Thanks for linking up at Tea Time Thursdays @ Kreative Korner and adding to the fun.

    The party for this week is going on... hope to see you there again :)


  8. So cute! I have a ton of tanks I wear t-shirts under, but this would be another fun option. Thanks for linking up with DIY under $5!

  9. What a fabulous idea! I love this and will definitely be trying it out. I wear cardigans a lot since I too am a Mormon and man those tank tops I see in stores are way too cute! I also make my cardigans by cutting sweaters done the middle and adding fun buttons. Way cheaper than buying cardis in the store. Thanks so much for linking up to my Homemade Year linky party:> I can't wait for a Homemade 2012 and thanks for joining in the fun!


  10. Thanks for adding my button as well! You rock!


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