How to DIY a Big T-shirt Into a Dress in 4 Simple Steps

Quiana Unique
by Quiana Unique
5 Materials
20 Minutes

Hey, everyone! In today's tutorial, I'll show you how to DIY a big t-shirt into a dress. Yes, that’s right, we’re going to make a dress from a t-shirt and it’s so easy. If you want to know how to make a t-shirt dress, keep reading!

Tools and materials:

  • T-shirt 
  • Pins
  • Fabric scissors 
  • Dress
  • Sewing materials
Cutting off the sleeves of the t-shirt

1. Cut off the sleeves

The shirt I picked was a 2XL or an XXL, so keep this in mind when picking out a shirt for this t-shirt dress DIY.

To get started, lay your shirt out flat and cut off the sleeves because we don’t need them. The seams are going to affect how you cut your dress. 

Matching up the dress with the t-shirt

2. Match up your dress with the t-shirt

Next, pick out a dress that’s body fitting and lay it down against the t-shirt. Since t-shirts stretch, I chose a dress that also kind of stretches so I got the same feeling when I put my t-shirt dress on.

Simply lay the dress over the t-shirt, making sure the fabric is stretched out as much as possible.

Cutting out the dress shape from the t-shirt

3. Cut out the dress shape from the t-shirt

Cut along the dress, leaving a half-inch to an inch seam allowance. You should do this based on how confident you are that the dress will fit well.

Leave more seam allowance if you’re not sure as you can always take it in if it doesn’t fit the way you like. 

DIY t-shirt dress cutting ideas

If your dress doesn’t have sleeves, you can create them by cutting them out when you get to where the armpit hole is. 

How to make a t-shirt dress

4. Pin and sew

Flip the dress inside out, make sure the ends are aligned as best as possible, then pin along the sides. This is to make sure the dress stays lined up perfectly. Then, sew along the pinned lines.

You can hand-sew or use fabric glue. I sewed with a zig-zag stitch.

Make a dress from a t-shirt

Stretch the sleeves after they’ve been sewn.

DIY a big t-shirt into a dress

DIY a big t-shirt into a dress

Here’s the finished product of our DIY big t-shirt into dress tutorial! This dress was super easy to make and so cute! If you liked this tutorial, let me know down below.

Suggested materials:
  • T-shirt
  • Pins
  • Fabric scissors
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  • Ril50580288 Ril50580288 on Jun 03, 2022

    Thanks for the idea I ended up making them an selling them I have my own business I made Jersey dress out a t-shirt an u know what they made me alot of money thank u so much I hope u didn't mind me using your idea to profit my business .