The Tea-rific Towel Top Refashion Tutorial

3 Materials
1 Hour

Take a plain long sleeve from boring to brilliant with a wee bit of imagination and an item from the kitchen:

Let’s get started:

Grab a long sleeved shirt and a vintage tea towel with embroidered sides (or just a nifty pattern).

Cut the embroidery or pattern into 2 even strips (these will be your sleeve inserts).

Turn the shirt inside out and fold a sleeve sideways (make sure the sleeve and fabric insert are the same length).

Chop straight up from the cuff until just below the shoulder seam (about 2cm).

Lay a fabric insert right side down over the sliced sleeve.

Pin at the top, just above the V-cut.

Stitch together with a tight zigzag to secure it into place.

Flip right side out and stitch the edges of the V-cut sleeve to the insert until the sides of both fabrics evenly match up (8cm in this case).

Turn inside out again and stitch the rest of the sleeve and insert together the repeat the entire process with the other arm.

Trim and hem the sleeve cuffs if necessary, flip right side out and then use the remaining tea towel to make the neckline cuter.

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Suggested materials:
  • Plain long sleeve shirt
  • Vintage tea towel
  • Sewing gear

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