The Easiest Most Beginner Friendly T-shirt Upcycle Ever

Paola Gonzalez
by Paola Gonzalez
6 Materials
25 Minutes

If you have an old t-shirt, don’t throw it away just yet! I have the perfect DIY upcycle for you.

Today, we’re going to create an awesome split t-shirt. You’ll need two old t-shirts, preferably one graphic t-shirt and one plain, sold-color t-shirt. Let’s get started!

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Tools and materials:

  • 2 t-shirts
  • Cutting board
  • Fabric cutting knife
  • Ruling or straight edge
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
Cutting t-shirt

1. Cut your t-shirts in half

Cut your t-shirt in half. Judge where to cut based on the design of your graphic tee. I cut slightly off-center so I didn’t spoil the print. 

Attaching t-shirts

2. Attach the two t-shirt halves together

Make sure you carefully align the collars of your two t-shirts to give the end-product a professional look.

Turn the garment inside out and pin the sides together, making sure everything is nice and flat, and then sew!

This shouldn’t take you any longer than 10 minutes if you’re using a machine.


T-shirt upcycle

And viola! Here’s the finished upcycle:

T-shirt upcycle

This is one of my favorite beginner-friendly upcycle projects. I love how this turned out. I think it’s such a cool and interesting piece.

How did you get on with this project? Let me know in the comments section down below.


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Suggested materials:
  • 2 t-shirts
  • Cutting board
  • Fabric cutting knife
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  • Leslie Leslie on Jun 06, 2023

    Cute Idea, thank you for sharing. LOL when I saw your nails near the needle area I shivered. I know they are fake but still :)