How to Transform an Old T-shirt Into a Cute 2-piece Set

Enitan Agbabiaka
by Enitan Agbabiaka
6 Materials
30 Minutes

Do you want to transform your t-shirt from a boring shapeless shirt into a fabulously stylish top and shorts?

I’m going to show you how to upcycle an old t-shirt to reduce waste and freshen up your wardrobe.

Find an old t-shirt and follow along to make a fun crop top with matching shorts.

Tools and materials:

  • Old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Safety pin
Marking t-shirt

1. Make your mark

Put on your t-shirt and figure out where you want to crop it. Mark it with a pin. Take off the shirt to begin the project.

Cutting t-shirt

2. Cut

Cut off the bottom half of the shirt. 

Cutting t-shirt

Then cut the center of the front of the shirt from the bottom to the neckline.

Then start cutting upward from one edge of the bottom of the shirt at an angle and continue to cut up and around the neckline. 

Cutting t-shirt

Continue cutting around the neckline and back down again to the bottom of the shirt opposite the side you started from.

Tying t-shirt

3. Tie

Now that your shirt is cut open at the front, tie the bottom corners together in a small but secure knot.

The front of your old shirt is not the back of your soon-to-be-finished crop top.

Making shorts

4. Make some shorts

Let’s make sure we’re not creating any waste. We’re going to use the bottom half of the shirt for this part of the project.

Take a pair of shorts that fit you well. Tuck one pant leg into the other and lay it on top of the fabric from the bottom half of the shirt.

Use this to trace out your pattern. Cut around the shorts with the crotch facing one way. This will be the front of your new shorts.

Making shorts

Now flip the sample shorts so the crotch is facing the opposite direction. Use this to trace and cut out the back panel for your new shorts.

Making shorts

You will also want to cut about an inch off from the top of the fabric to use as a drawstring.

Making shorts

Open the pattern pieces you cut for the shorts and separate them.

Fold each in half aligning the edges for the crotch. Sew the inner leg together on each piece separately. 

Making shorts

Then pin and sew the pieces together from the crotch.

Sewing in drawstring

5. Sew in the drawstring

Turn the shorts inside out, fold the waist down about half an inch and then sew.

Then cut a small hole to insert the drawstring. Use a safety pin to thread the drawstring into the waistband.

DIY top and short set
DIY top and short set

DIY top and short set

T-shirt transformation: DIY top and short set

I can’t even believe how easily I was able to turn a boring old t-shirt into an adorable outfit.

You guys have to try this DIY at home. This is such a great way to repurpose old clothes.

Leave me a comment to let me know what you think. 

Next, learn How to DIY a Cute Knit Sweater Vest.

Suggested materials:
  • Old t-shirt
  • Scissors
  • Needle
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