No-sew t-shirt alterations

3 projects with step-by-step instructions

 

Pink top

It takes only a few minutes to make this top! (But it will take about 30 minutes to clean the workplace after that). 

You will need

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Spray paint ( or you can do it with bleach)

Glitter

Unicorn template (you can download it – see the link below)

Temporary hold spray

They advise to start with clean, dry fabric (no fabric softener) – my tops are new, I just bought them for these projects. Tank tops are great for casual outfits in hot summer weather. But you can actually refashion any pieces of clothes like these nice t-shirt dresses I found on Amazon.

Take look at these cheap but nice t-shirt dresses

KORSIS Women's Summer Casual T Shirt Dresses Short Sleeve Swing Dress with Pockets DarkGreen XS

$29.99
$20.79  in stock
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Features

  • This simple random floral print go to dress is 95% Rayon and 5% Spandex. Price is fair, the fabric is very soft and stretchy, which makes it light and ideal for summer weather but heavy enough to where you don’t worry about it flying up or getting stuck somewhere.Hand wash and they dry quickly with little or no ironing. No shrinkage.
  • The casual dress is above the knees and long enough that you wouldn't need to wear leggings with it if you didn't want too.It's a Swing style so it would fit comfortably over large hips. The pockets are such a nice addition,it's loose enough but not baggy.
  • Wear this dress to a casual evening out for drinks with friends, doing your hair&make up,to a graduation party, and to beach walking,etc. They’re comfy enough to wear around the house and appropriate for office work.You can dress it up very easily with any combination of cape jewelry,sandals, heels,flip flops or even sneakers.
  • US SIZE:S(US 4-6),M(US 8-10),L(US 12-14),XL(US 16-18),2XL(20-22)3XL(24-).Many solid color and floral dresses available for your choose. Add to your wishlist, we will uupdate new color every week.
  • SHOPPING TIPS:We will be happy to ask you about your service ! Comfortably constructed & backed by a 30 day 'love it or your money back '. Either you LOVE the product or you are entitled to a full refund.

MOLERANI Women's Casual Plain Simple T-Shirt Loose Dress

$25.99  in stock
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Features

  • Attention 1:The Floral Print is random,we couldn't guarantee the position of floral print on each dress,but they are definitely made of same pattern fabric---Attention 2:The Rose White Color & Light Color are a little bit see through, please use a nude or lighter color underwear,and don't have to wear a slip.
  • US Regular Size: XS(US 0-2),S(US 4-6),M(US 8-10),L(US 12-14),XL(US 16-18),2XL(US 20-22),3XL(US 24).We will try our best to update new color ,you can add to your wishlist for easy search.
  • Features: casual style,short length,short sleeve,O-neck,soft and stretchy,Flowy dress, comfortable to wear.
  • Occasion:This Basic Long Tunic Top Mini T-shirt Dress glad for daily, Beach,going out, party, work, casual wear. Loose t-shirt dress design,put on a belt and paired with a pair of boots will make you looks great.
  • Note:Hand Wash Seperately in Cold Water. Package Content: 1 x Women Dress.

BTFBM Women's 2019 Casual Crew Neck Ruched Stretchy Bodycon T Shirt Short Mini Dress (104Black, Small)

$26.99  in stock
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Features

  • You Will Never Regret To Get One - The Womens Summer Dresses Adopts High Quality Cotton Blend Outer Fabric, Soft And Breathable,Will Offer You First-Class Comfort; With The Same Color Lining, Makes Sure Will Not See Through; The Comfy And Stretchy Material With Simple And Solid Color Plain T-Shirt Dress Design Makes This Summer Mini Dress Suitable For Most Lady’s Body Shape
  • Thanks To The Pull On Closure, This Short Dresses Can Be Dressed Up And Down Easily. The Elastic Material Hugs Your Figure Perfectly And The Bodycon Cut Creates A Seductive Silhouette. This Is One Side Ruched Shirt Dress With Irregular Hem Design To Modify Your Body Lines, The Above Knee Length And Wrap Front Look Makes You Look Slimmer And Prolonged The Legs Length
  • You Will Catch Everyone's Attention In Every Occasions With The Gorgeous Ruched Dress - Combines With Sneakers And Sandals, A Daily Outfit Is Completed, Nicely For Casual Style, Daily Look, Home, Shopping, Hang Out, Lounging, Vacation, Holiday, Beach; With Exquisite Accessories/Jewelry, A Clutch, High Heels, You're The Star At Every Event, Like Party, Cocktail, Clubwear, Night Out, Evening, Dinner, Romantic Date, Wedding, Cruise
  • This Casual Dress For Women Will Perfectly Meet All Your Fashion Style Meet Whatever You Pair With, Like Small Accessories, Jackets, Denim Outfits, Leather Outwear, Coat, Cardigan, High Heels, Sandals, Sneakers, Flats, Even Flip Flop, This Women Ruched Bodycon Dress Always Can Create A Variety Of Style And Adapt To Different Temperatures And Every Season Spring Summer Fall Winter
  • There Are Two Different Style Of This Women Casual Short Dress: Short Sleeve (104 Color) And Sleeveless (106 Color). Please Pay Attention About That, To Create More Relaxed And Casual Feelings Of This Women Elegant Dress, This Bottom Of The Dress Doesn’t Sew The Hem, That's The Original Design

DB MOON Women's Summer Casual Tshirt Dresses Short Sleeve Empire Waist Swing Dress with Pockets Navy Blue XL

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Features

  • Fabric Material: 95% Rayon, 5% Spandex. Material is breathable, flowy, lightweight, soft and stretchy
  • US Size: X-Small/US 0-2, Small/US 4-6, Medium/US 8-10, Large/US 12-14, X-Large/US 16-18, XX-Large/US 20-22, 3X-Large/US 24.
  • Features: Round neck, Short sleeve, elastic waist and pockets. This dress is light and casual, There is an elastic band at the waist seam.
  • Attention: The "White" and "Sunflower White" dress looks a little bit see through, suggest wear a nude or lighter color bra or underwear, and the "White" dress is a little heavier than the other colors, please notice it before placing an order. Attention 2: About the floral dress, the "Floral Print" is random, we couldn't ensure the position of floral print on each dress, but they are definitely made of same pattern fabric.
  • Suitable Occasion: Casual, Party, Shopping, Work,Outside, Home,Nightgowns, Sleepwear, Shopping. Bohemian style. Many solid color and floral dresses available for your choose. Add to your wish list, we will update new color every week.

AUSELILY Women's Short Sleeve Pockets Pleated Loose Swing T-Shirt Dress Purple Gray XL

$38.99
$25.99  in stock
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Free shipping
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as of August 5, 2020 1:55 am

Features

  • Super Soft and Comfortable.Breathable and great to wear all day
  • US Size:X-Small/US 2-4,Small=US 6,Medium=US 8-10,Large=US 12-14,X-Large=US 16-18
  • Suitable Occasion: Casual/Party/Work/Beach/Holiday Style.Good for Spring,Autumn,and Summer
  • Loose Fit Casual Knee Length Tunic Dress,Plain Pleated Swing Party Dance Dress,Scoop Neck T-Shirt,Loose Dress With Pockets.
  • NOTICE: Before order, please carefully read the Size Chart we provided in the last picture ,Select the size according it. Amazon Size Chart is not ours, DO NOT USE IT !!!(#Last Picture#)

Use a well-ventilated area – I worked in my garage which I kept open.

Cover the work surface and adjacent area – I used an old sheet to cover this.

Shake the can well for at least 1 minute and start painting. Go slowly and keep it 6-8 inch from fabric spraying with smooth, even strokes. Paint does tend to fly everywhere, so put on an apron maybe before you get started.

Everybody loves Unicorns, Unicorns seem to pop up everywhere. So why not put it on a t-shirt?

Do you want an SVG file of my Unicorn template for your cutting machine? The file is in my RESOURCE LIBRARY.

Don’t have the machine? You can easily convert the .svg file to a regular image file for free online.

I thought that the Unicorn template has to be fixed somehow on the tank top because pressure from the paint can move the lightweight template (I made it from regular paper).

So for this, I used another spray (Temporarily hold spray) – I use it often in my sewing projects for temporary hold of something, usually paper patterns. I sprayed the template and left it for 5 minutes for the spray to get dry.

And as you can see from the video below, the template didn’t move during painting. Remove the template after you are done with painting. It can be removed easily.  

I wanted to add some glitter for extra shine ( I think it’s very trendy these days) and the fresh fabric paint was working as a glue for the glitter. But you have to put the glitter right away so it stays glued to the fabric.

This is only a refashioning idea, you can use it not only on a tank top but also on a pillow, on a dress, on any kind of t-shirts.

You can see how it’s done in real time in the video below.

Yellow top

The instructions for the yellow top are the same except that I used a different template – I wanted some lacey image but it’s too many small holes for an SVG file and a cutting machine. So I used a placemat made of plastic but it looks like crocheted lace, right? I could actually cut it and use only a part of the design. Plastic is heavier than paper so I didn’t need to use a temporary spray for this lace.

You can see how it’s done in real time in the video below.

White top

This technique is called “string painting” and is used mostly to draw on paper. But why not to use it on fabric? I tried and it turned out pretty good. And the best part is that it only takes a few minutes to transform a plain top into this fun piece.

You will need

Regular fabric paint

Piece of thread – I used cotton thread for crochet, cut to around 18-20 in

Piece of paper – not very thin

Heavy book

Some container to put the paint in

Small brush

Iron-on rhinestones (optional)

 

So, how to do it? Note: you might want to try this first on scrap fabric, after all practice makes perfect!

Prepare a top (a t-shirt, a pillowcase, etc.). Place a piece of carton, or wax paper, or something else (I used a writing board) between fabric layers to prevent bleeding through.

Soak the thread in the paint. I used a brush for this. Also, scrape off the excess paint with the brush: drag the thread through the brush as you see in the video. Leave about two inches of the thread without paint to hold onto. Make sure that the paint doesn’t drip. Arrange it on the fabric in the shape of loops.

Now place the paper on top of the thread and add a heavy book on top. Pull the string out. Uncover the shirt – you will see a very interesting shape. Leave it for a while to get dry.

I decided to add some iron-on rhinestones – extra sparks are fun also.

Below you can see the video about making the white top.

So, these are a few inspirational ideas for transforming tank tops/t-shirts. As you could see all projects were pretty simple with almost no sewing and a little work will allow you to stand out while wearing a unique top.

Ready to try refashioning and make something truly unique? Let me know what you think about these projects in the comments below. I would love to see what you can come up with!

 

Did you find this tutorial helpful? If so, save this pin (see below) on your sewing board so you can come to this tutorial later when you want to refashion something and follow me on Pinterest for more tips, tutorials, and inspiration!

no-sew t-shirt alterations pin for Pinterest

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