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Anthro-inspired T-Shirt for $4

I am always on the lookout for stylish, cute t-shirts for the Summer. One of my favorite stores — Anthropologie, recently had a great t-shirt they were selling. But for almost $80 I wondered if I could find a way to make something similar for a fraction of the cost.
I bought two t-shirts on clearance for $2 each. I bought one for the t-shirt and one to cut up for embellishments.
Materials Needed:
2 T-shirts
Matching thread
Button Cover
Coordinating fabric scrap
Sewing Machine
Liquid Stitch
  1. Take your two t-shirts. Cut one t-shirt into three — 3 inch-wide strips by 4 foot long sections. {You will have to sew the sections together to make long enough strips}
  2. Fold the strips in half length-wise.
  3. Pin one long length of fabric on the shirt – forming a wave pattern.
  4. Sew that length of fabric onto the shirt. Keep the seam in the middle of the fold with the exposed edges outward.
  5. Do this with all three sections, sewing each one on separately, one on top of the next.
  6. When all three lengths of fabric are sewed on the shirt, cut a length of material 4 feet long by 2 inches in width and pull it on both ends until it is stretched out and thin. Then make a big loop with the material 4 times around and tie it in the middle with a small length of material. Spread it out so it looks like a flower. Sew the flower onto the shirt.
  7. Take a button cover and cover it with the fabric scrap. Use Liquid Stitch to secure it to the shirt.
So now I have a fun, one-of-a-kind shirt at a fraction of a price. It’s a great project for a Summer afternoon!If you want to see some amazing t-shirt refashions, check out my friend Megan’s blog — Brassy Apple. She has the sewing skills!!!

Have a fabulous Friday!
XOXOI’m linking up to these fun parties!





  1. That is one fabulous remake. My favorite of t-shirts I've seen in blogland. So cute!

    Funny Shirts

  2. This is more like it. Think I could get away with wearing this, I love the addition of that flower. SO cute. And I love the color you picked, one of my favs.

  3. Rue de Vamp says:

    Shared this on my blog. Very very cute!

  4. Connie Weiss says:

    That is solo cute! Love that it's 4 dollars.

  5. Yours is seriously cuter!!!!

  6. Pati @ A Crafty Escape says:

    Love it, especially the color!

  7. Kami @ Sweet Charli... says:

    I have been wanting to make one of these ever since I saw you with them on Studio 5, I just haven't gotten around to it yet! Love this tutorial! Thanks so much for dropping by my Linky Party this week! Hope you'll come again! :)


  8. Could you be any cuter? How about I just hire you to make some for me? Since I DON'T have the sewing skills!

    I've missed you! Hopefully I can get back into the swing of things now that school's out!!

  9. What a fantastic diy! I've got to try that this summer.

  10. Kayleigh says:


    Also, is that YOUR craft room? I think you may need to post a tour of it… It looks so cute/organized!

  11. stylish shirt,
    loved it!

  12. It's a Hodgepodge Life says:

    Love, love, love it! Thanks for linking up Jen…you always have great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    Oh I am squeeling with delight! Well done!

  14. Michelle says:

    I love it!! Makes me wish I had learned to sew when my mom tried to teach me.
    You have some very creative ideas.
    Thanks for sharing.

    My `Round Robin` is up.


  15. Kimberly says:

    That is very creative! I am so impressed! Stopping by from round robin.

    Come by Mia Monday and share embarrassing moments.

  16. Wow! Your shirt turned out fabulous! :)

  17. Braley Mama says:

    U always inspire me~!!!!!! Thanks!

  18. Liz @ Sugarplum Creations says:

    That is adorable, Jen! I love it way more than the anthro one!!

  19. Hundy and Undy says:

    Holy wow! Great job. I like yours better than the Anthropologie one!


  20. Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com says:

    Wow – that is so great! I love this shirt. Such a great color too!

  21. Ann Marie @ Twice Lovely says:

    I love T-shirt Re-Dos!! You should do a giveaway for those of us with no sewing skilz! ๐Ÿ˜›

  22. Franchesca says:

    That is too cute!!! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Love Stitched says:

    Jen I love it!!! You did a great job :) Love the color too!!

  24. Brassy Apple says:

    thanks for shout out Jen! :)

    we need to get together and craft up some fun t-shirts! :) hint, hint….or something else cool! LOL

  25. One would need to have mad sewing skills to do this, but I'm so amazed at how inventive and thrifty you are. I would wear my $4.00 (?) tee shirt into Anthro and make sure to tell them you made it when they ask……and they will ask.

  26. This is awesome! I always see things I want to "copy", but they never turn out right.

  27. Laura Trevey says:

    Great DIY …
    Just found your fabulous blog, and so glad I did!!

    xoxo Laura

  28. Andrea at Opulent Cottage says:

    That's great! I have been copying some of their T's also, and it's so fun and easy, and better than spending $78! I didn't see that one though, it's adorable.
    Cheers, Andrea

  29. L ~DIY Diva~ says:

    That shirt turned out great.

    You should link this to my Make My stle link party on Monday


  30. I'm with Amy…where is your Etsy shop?? I could of swore you had one at one time? You do so many creative wonderful things! I know you could sell them!

    I love this shirt! It is even cutier than the Anthro shirt. I better get to learning how to use my sewing machine!!!

  31. Michelle says:

    Love it! Would you let us know how it washes? I'm curious to know if the embellishments stay flat or if the edges roll.

  32. 1 Funky Woman says:

    Sew cute, Sew cute, Sew cute! I love them!

  33. Wow you should open up a shop and sell these. Thanks for linking up with me today. It was great to have you.

  34. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    So cute, Jen! I love the color too. :)

  35. ok this is amazing!!! thanks for sharing the tute!

  36. I really wish I could sew!! I LOVE it!!! Do a give away! HA!

  37. Take THAT, Anthropologie! They can keep their $80 tank top. I like yours better…thanks for sharing! :)

  38. That is great!! Yours is so much better than the Anthro one! Great idea :)

  39. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    This shirt is so cute! I bought a couple tshirts from Target a while back with plans to fancy them up, but they are still plain:) I love the eye you have for cute fashions!

  40. Princess of Everything (and then some) says:

    That rocks! You cannot tell that it is not the real thing!!

  41. What a great project! I like yours even more than the $80 version:)

  42. That is just too cute!! I saw some shirts at the Dollar Tree yesterday and thought, "What would Jen create with these dollar shirts?" Funny that you posted this today. Great job! I think I"m going to try it.

  43. sydney @ sewineededapaycheck says:

    I saw this of yours when you shared it at another blog and LOVE it. call me crazy, but what's liquid stitch?

  44. Wow! I like your interpretation better than the original. Thank you for posting this project. I will also pop by Brassy Apple. Have a great day!

  45. michelle b @ every little thing says:

    great knock off!! your skills arent so bad either! ๐Ÿ˜‰
    please stop by for my giveaway if you get a minute!

  46. Heather-Paper Princess Studios says:

    I LUV it!! I like your version better then the Anthro version…thanks for sharing!

  47. Sarah @HarriganHowdy says:

    Oooh, I've been eyeing that Anthro shirt for a while, too. :) I was afraid to try making one because of the "winding road" placement though. Good to know it's not too difficult!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  48. Suzanne says:

    That is one fabulous remake. My favorite of t-shirts I've seen in blogland. So cute!

  49. Get outta town! That is just way TOO cute. I must say, I am more than impressed. I have got to start sewing cute things on my clothing more, seriously. Thanks for posting!