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Super Easy & Cute T-Shirt Refashion

This is easily my favorite and easiest t-shirt refashion that I have tried so far. All it requires is a needle and thread – no machine!
I started with two clearance t-shirts from Forever 21 {$2/ea.}. I used the second t-shirt to make the flowers. But you can use leftover fabric for the flowers and then you only need one shirt.
I made a sketch of what I wanted the t-shirt to look like.
Then I used my circle template to cut out some circle forms.
I made four sizes of circles, ranging in size from 4 inches in diameter for the largest to 2 inches in diameter for the smallest.
I cut out squares of material and then stacked the squares under the template and cute them all out at once — saves a ton of time!
I cut out:  9 ex. small (2 inch), 11 small (2.5 inch), 5 medium (3 inch), 3 large (4 inch).
 Then I laid the circles out on the t-shirt — the way it looked in my drawing. I layered the circles — two circles for each flower and three circles in a couple near the center of the t-shirt. I pinned the flowers in place.
Then I made the flowers. I folded the circles in half.
And put three stitches through the back, then I unfolded the circle and folded it in half the other way and did the same thing. This gives the flower more dimension. Then I put the needle through the center of the flower, up toward me and attached a matching bead (found them at Michaels Crafts). I threaded between 3-7 beads in the center of each flower. I didn’t want each flower to be exactly the same. When I got all of the flowers sewed on, I tried the shirt on and if the flowers flopped around too much, I put a couple of extra stitches in the edges of the flowers to keep them in place.
 Super easy and the beads add a little bling. Kind of fun with a pair of capris for Summertime! I am frantically running around getting projects ready to go on Studio 5 on Thursday. I am going to be doing a segment on Subway Art!! I can’t wait to show you the subway art projects!!!
Updated to add: When washing your shirt, turn it inside out and wash it on delicate. Then while wet, turn it right side out and lay on a flat surface. Arrange the flowers so they are flat and air dry. Have a Happy Day!

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  1. Katherine says:

    I love this and can’t wait to try it, but I’m a total novice at sewing. How do you keep the fabric circles from fraying?

  2. Katherine says:

    I’m excited to try this but a total novice at sewing. How do you keep the fabric circles from fraying?

  3. i saw a similiar shirt in walmart….but your shirt costs less and looks better!

    Crazy Tees

  4. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

  5. This is AWESOME!! I love it! I also love Forever 21!

  6. Ashlee @ I'm Topsy Turvy says:

    I LOVE it! So cute. I love t-shirt refashions. In fact I just bought myself 8 new shirts to play with.. when I fix my sewing machine! Anyway I just started a link party and I would love it if you would drop in and add your amazing shirt! http://imtopsyturvy.com/index.php/2010/07/topsy-turvy-tuesdays-1/

  7. Cute, CUTE T-shirt makeover!! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

  8. ★All Thingz Related★ says:

    Thanks for helping us have another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

  9. Heather says:

    This shirt is so cute I featured on my new blog if you want to check it out and grab a button!

  10. Stephanie says:

    Great job, I love it!!

  11. jen @ homeinthecountry says:

    Super-cute! I just picked up a few tees to embellish and was looking for a how-to. Thanks for providing one!

  12. Stephanie says:

    What a pretty shirt (and such a fabulous color too!). I'm impressed by your craftiness. :)


  13. Jennia Hart says:

    I love that you used your Fiskars cutter for the circles. The first thing I thought when I saw the shirt was " I wonder if I can use my Sizzix to make the circles?" Guess I got my answer!!!!

    The shirt is adorable. I'm bookmarking this and I'll be back to make one!

  14. Jenn, this is the cutest! I love the color of the shirt.

  15. Ann @ makethebestofthings says:

    Beautiful redo. Love the color too.

  16. Jacqueline says:

    My girlfriend just sported several of these she had made on a trip we took to Cabo together. I bought matching t shirts but haven't done any yet. This is so cute and easy. Thanks. Looks like you have a lot of other fun shirt make overs too. Tre fun.

  17. This is amazing!!! I linked over from The Girl Creative this morning. I'm looking forward to spending some serious time looking around your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  18. FrouFrouBritches says:

    That turned out great! I love the little beads in the middle – such a great detail.

  19. I saw this one when you posted the link to Studio 5, it's my favorite t-makeover! I love that blue, it is so pretty. You have so much talent Jen :) I wonder if there is a Forever 21 near me…

  20. So great! I love how it turned out!

    Andrea @ TheTrainToCrazy.com

  21. Sibel'in hobi dünyası . . . says:

    Super, very nice idea, this fashion is loooks great, thanks for sharing 😀

  22. Jennifer says:

    i love "super easy"!
    and this shirt is super cute!
    can't wait to give it a try!!


  23. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    I LOVE this!!

  24. The refashion looks great. I love the color of the shirt as well. Thanks for sharing.

    Tricia Leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com

  25. Fleur de Bee says:

    Girlfriend….haha! When do you find time to sleep? You have blown me away again! I am SO making one of these….but AFTER I get some sleep :)


  26. Shop Without Money Sisters says:

    This is great! Another non-sewer here who thinks she could handle it…maybe bringing back to life some shirts with a few food stains dribbled on them that just won't come out? Hmmmm….now that would be fashionably frugal!

  27. ellie g says:

    Loved this shirt from the first time I saw it. I think the circle flowers look so cute! I say this, while qualifying that I won't be wearing a shirt like this because I stood in the "big chest" line 7 times in heaven. And, consequently, try not to bring any attention to the top half.

    I will totally be tuning in on Thursday. I think they might do a little mention about a funny story that happened to my Mom. (they said either tomorrow or Thursday)

    Anyway, I can't wait to see what you have ready for Thursday. DVR is SET! Yay!

  28. The Farmer's Wife says:

    This is great stuff! I'm so glad you have a blog to teach us!

  29. Chelsey - The Paper Mama says:

    That is very cute! I may have to try this.

  30. I love this project – easy & classy! Thanks for sharing

  31. BLJ Graves Studio says:

    Adorable! I am so going to try this… after I finish painting my kitchen island. This could take a while. :-)

  32. Beth at Aunties says:

    Seriously, this turned out so adorable! I am going to head out and find some of the t-shirts and make my daughter and dil's each one. What a great idea and so darling!
    Is your mom doing alright? I miss her posting although I too have not been very diligent with our lives happenings. Please give her my best…
    I remember her last years 4th of July celebration post which was filled with family, great ideas and fun. ~♥

  33. seemommyknit says:

    Oh I LOVE this one! I might have to make some for my toddler as well! (without the beads ;-))

    Thanks Jennifer!

  34. Terrell says:

    UH-MAZING!! Just love this idea! I'm going to have to make up some for my daughter and myself! WOOT! can't wait! Thank you for sharing the idea!! HUGS!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  35. Kelli @ RTSM says:

    That is a seriously cute shirt! I have one kind of like that from Target, but I love the bling that you added!

  36. Tracy Rogers says:

    LOVE this idea! Simply adorable…! Love your blog…love your ideas…you rock!

  37. Yea, more Studio 5! You are doing awesome. I love the color of this shirt…it would really bring out my blue eyes. I bought 2 turquoise shirts to do something too. I may try this one. Too cute!

  38. Amanda@Imperfectly Beautiful says:

    Ok…I think I can do this, me and my non-existent sewing skills! That turned out so stinkin cute and I am in LOVE with that beautiful bold blue!

    Good luck with Studio 5…I know you'll be great!


  39. Staci J says:

    I LoVE how this turned out!! It's super cute, I sooo want to do this!

  40. Absolutely love this!

  41. Courtney says:

    So cute, Jen! This is getting added to my to-do list!

  42. Take it Personally by Christine says:

    Super Fabulous! Thanks for the amazing ideas!!!!!

  43. Leah @ A Butterfly In My Stomach says:

    I'm in love with this shirt! I can so do this! THANKS!

  44. I like that!!


  45. Jenglamgirl says:

    Totally adorable. Love that color too. Great job Jenn! HUGS, jENN

  46. Love it! I have been wanting to make a shirt just like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

    I am glad to hear you say you are working on Studio 5 stuff. They have been showing re-runs for so long that I was worried it had been canceled!

  47. That is so cute!!! Love it!

  48. The Working Home Keeper says:

    Very cute! And easy enough I could do it with my non-sewing abilities!

    Mary Ellen

  49. L ~DIY Diva~ says:

    That looks great. i saw a similiar shirt in walmart….but your shirt costs less and looks better!

    Fashion DIY Giveaway going on

  50. L ~DIY Diva~ says:

    That looks great. i saw a similiar shirt in walmart….but your shirt costs less and looks better!

    Fashion DIY Giveaway going on

  51. Country Mouse says:

    This is great!!! Thanks for the tutorial!!!!

  52. Wow! super adorable!!

  53. Regina Moore says:


  54. Real Life Reslers says:

    It's beautiful! Now I have to run….got to go find some shirts!

  55. Genevieve Le Bel says:

    WOW!!! LOVE IT!!! So super cute! I'm so trying this TODAY!!! :-)

  56. This is a great refashion! looks fab!

  57. Very cute! The beads in the center of each flower really look great!

  58. Bethany @ The Paper Pony says:

    So cute and totally doable. Thanks for sharing such a fab idea!

  59. This looks like something easy enough that I can do! I don't have a sewing machine yet.

    The colour looks gorgeous on you :)

  60. Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants says:

    That is adorable!!!! I wear large size clothes and they never have anything like that in my size, I will have to try to make my own!!! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Nina @ Momma Go Round says:

    Seriously so adorable! I have a closet full of plain, boring shirts that need some help. Can't wait to try this one!