Sewing with t-shirts seems to be all the rage these days. If I had a nickel for every sewing project I’ve ever stumbled across that calls for an old t-shirt or two, I’d probably have enough money to discard my sewing hobby completely and just buy couture from now on!
But it makes sense that t-shirt sewing continues to dominate the sewing and crafting blogosphere; t-shirts are made out of knit fabric, which is the most comfortable and ubiquitous fabric in clothing, so why not sew with it? Plus, if you buy a huge, oversize t-shirt (or steal one from your Uncle Bernie), all you have to do is cut it below the arm pits and you’ve got a pretty large piece of jersey, all for a few pennies (if anything).
We’ve all got loads of free t-shirts lying around (or hanging around, if you’re more of a closet person). They give free t-shirts away at just about every school event or activity, fund-raisers, 21st birthdays, sporting events…Basically I have more t-shirts than I know what to do with. And if you’ve somehow managed to evade the t-shirt collecting frenzy, you can always purchase a pack of men’s under shirts in bulk for a couple of bucks.
I decided to round up some of the best t-shirt sewing patterns I’ve discovered in my blog-browsing time and turn it into a free eBook for all of you wonderful blog readers to download. You can download it and save it right on your own computer, or even print out the patterns you like best. I’ve included some t-shirt embellishing projects, home decor, and accessories, all sewn from old t-shirts that would otherwise be relegated to the back of your closet or stuffed into a forgotten drawer somewhere. You can download the book here.
And here are my two cents on sewing with t-shirts:
- To save time, use the bottom of your t-shirt as the edge of your project, so you have one less hem to make.
- If you’re making a project that requires stability, make sure you use fusible interfacing or stabilizer with stretchy fabrics like t-shirts.
- If you don’t have a large t-shirt collection at home and you’re scouring thrift stores for cheapies, look in the plus size or men’s department. They’re more fabric for the same price!
- T-shirt fabric can be ruffled just as easily as non-stretch fabric.
- Save your t-shirt scraps (sleeves, neckline, etc.) and make t-shirt accessories from them. Knit fabric will roll and stretch nicely if you pull it tight, creating these gorgeous necklaces.
- Don’t put t-shirt projects in the dryer, especially if you’ve made ruffles, pleats, flowers, or other embellishments out of your t-shirts.