I made this shirt from scraps of t-shirts.
I had the remains of a shirt I bought at Target for $.60 a few weeks ago. I decided to use the remains of it (I cut off the bottom and sleeves for this project) to make a new shirt.
I used a tank top that fits well to cut out a pattern for the body. There wasn’t enough of the shirt left to use for the entire top.
I squared off the neck and back so they are cut straight across. I used the back part of the shirt as the front (I don’t like when my tops are too low-cut). I cut the front piece higher than the back.
I wanted to use the sleeves to make binding for the neck and armholes, so I cut them apart at the seams to preserve as much fabric as possible.
I pinned the sides of the tank top and sewed with a zig-zag stitch. I stopped right under the arm hole. (Don’t stitch the arm holes closed. You won’t like your shirt as much.)
Now measure the arm holes. Cut a piece of binding 1.5 inches wide and as long as the arm hole. Fold it in half and iron it.
I sewed two rows of stitching to make it *look* like a serged seam. (I don’t have a serger.)
Repeat for the other arm hole.
I measured the front and cut another piece of 1.5” wide binding as long as the front piece.
I like my shirts to be long. I also hate to hem things. So I added a little band to the bottom. I used a scrap of pink fabric from this skirt.
I just folded the fabric in half, cut to the length of the bottom of the shirt and used a stretch stitch to attach it.
Next, I made some straps. I used scraps of 3” jersey fabric. I made mine 11.5” long and sewed them on three sides like a tube, then turned the tube right sides out. Then I pressed it and sewed it closed on the other end.
To finish off the straps, I top stitched around the perimeter.
To attach them to the tank top, I sewed a square of stitches.
And that was it. I love to use scraps to make something useful and cute.