Look Like a Million Bucks With These 10 Ways to Upcycle T-Shirts
I love a good T-shirt and there’s nothing better than taking one and making it look like something you spent a lot of money on! Upcycling is the name of the game! Follow my tutorial and learn 10 different ways you can transform your T-shirts to make them look expensive. These tips and tricks are easy to follow and will have you wearing stylish, fashion-forward pieces that could have cost a pretty penny but didn’t! Follow my step-by-step guide and get started on learning 10 different ways to upcycle your Ts!
Tools and Materials:
- Sewing Machine
Check out the video to see the full list of tools and materials I used for each project
I started this fun color change up, by twisting the T-shirt with a fork.
I mixed together 1.5 cups of water and 1.5 cups of bleach and poured it over my twisted T. This bleach tie-dye is a super fun way to change the color of your clothes! I rinsed the T-shirt, left it to dry and the results are just amazing.
I absolutely love this monochromatic look! I decided to crop the top to add a little something extra. Ths color change is just amazing! You can make it really subtle or bold but either way, it’s gorgeous!
For this next T-shirt upcycle I used nothing but scissors to add amazing layers to this top. I had an oversized T that was ready for a makeover and I started by cutting off the top of the shirt.
I created these little strips of fabric on the side and tied them together
I then made little slits in the middle of the shirt to thread my ties through.
I pulled the shirt up with the ties and was left with this stunning, layered shirt. This is a complete no-sew shirt and looks totally high fashion.
To create this awesome magenta tank top I repeated the same steps but this time I added another layer to give more of a ruffled effect.
Shoulder pad Ts are so popular right now! I found two awesome ways to make these Ts. The first was a no-sew which was so easy and fun to make! The second was a very simple hand sewed T.
I even made my own shoulder pads to create this fashion-forward look!
These padded T-shirts are just too good for words! You can dress them up or down and style them in so many different ways.
For this next upcycle I used two different Ts to create an incredible puffy-sleeved T-shirt. I used one for the sleeves and one for the body.
Puffy sleeves are so in right now! I love how they take a plain T from simple to a little bit extra!
For this next look, I wanted to mix it up! I looked at mixing T-shirts and materials to give the upcycled shirt a little more wow factor. I joined two Ts together in the middle and couldn’t believe the end results!
I am obsessed with this look and the effect that it has. It is definitely an upcycle that makes a fashion statement!
For this T-shirt transformation, I cut out the back of a T and added mesh from an old football shirt. I then added straps as an amazing detail on the back.
The best thing about upcycling is that all the details are in your hands! Add as many or as little as you want.
If you have any extra denim lying around, which I always do, this upcycle is for you! Add some denim pieces onto your T-shirt and make it into a corset.
This is an amazing upcycle! Adding this denim can make your T, look super high fashion!
For this look, I decided to completely change things up! To make this tie-dye T look like an expensive piece I chopped and changed until I had exactly what I had envisioned.
I upcycled an oversized T into an incredible jumpsuit which is just perfect for the summer!
Lastly, I made one giant upcycle creating a new, expensive-looking shirt, using all the elements I had in my other upcycles.
I love how easy it is to make something so simple look like an expensive clothing item! Which upcycle is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!
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- Sewing machine
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This is amazing! I can’t wait to try some of these...or my own. I have a bunch of old t-shirts stashed. Thank you for the inspiration!
Stay elegant and creative!
Much thanks for the inspiration.
Continued Blessings and successes,