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DIY Baggy T-Shirt to Fitted T-Shirt

Updated on January 12, 2012

Here is a fun little craft I did today. I got this T-shirt as a gift and it has always been very big and baggy on me. I decided to make it a fitted T-shirt instead. The process for this is quite simple. You need the following:

  • Sewing Machine
  • Chalk
  • Baggy T-Shirt
  • Form Fitted T-Shirt
  • Scissors
  • Pins

I started off by laying the T-shirt out on the floor after ironing it. You always want to iron your fabrics before working with them especially when you are cutting fabric. I flipped the T-shirt inside out and found a fitted T-shirt to trace. With the fitted T on top and the bottoms lined up, I traced the body. Then I removed the fitted T and eyed the arm tracing (See picture 3). Next I simply cut where the lines are. Then I made sure the bottoms were lined up and pinned up the side of the body. Then I sewed along the sides of the body only. I left the arm fabric for later (see image 6).

Now you basically have a wearable T-shirt, but you have go back to complete the arms. With the T-shirt nice side out I folded the arm fabric in a half and inch and then up another inch. Then I pinned this in place. I repeated for the other side then turned the shirt inside out. Now I removed the pin from the nice side and pinned up along the underarm to prepare for sewing. I sewed along the edge as seen in image 11. Now to finish off the T-shirt I removed the extra fabric as seen in image 12, but of course always be careful not to cut the stitching. I turned the shirt right side out and voila! Finished! Now I have a fitted T-shirt instead of an unwearable baggy T-shirt.

This is fun little project to do with your old T-shirts. The sewing is very simple so don't be afraid to use a machine for this. There are also other methods you can use as well if sewing is not your thing. YouTube has various tutorials on braiding or tied off T-shirts to make them more form fitting. These fitted T's are awesome for working out and daily wear. I loved doing this, because I didn't want to dispose of a gift from my nephews. So if you are looking for a project for a rainy day, give this a try!


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    • Mary Merriment profile image

      Mary Merriment 5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      This will come in very handy for helping my daughter to have more fitted style shirts. Too bad, we just sent a TON of over-sized tees to the thrift store. Oh well, we know better now!

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      A useful hub if you have sewing skills, which unfortunately I don't. Voting it Up and Useful.