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Topic: Tutorial Long sleeved to Bow sleeve Tee  (Read 43940 times)
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« on: March 25, 2011 12:03:12 PM »

If you've ever checked out my blog you'll know I love to change things up,  my Hand-Me-Down Horror series has been all about buying yucky or just plain boring clothes and making them into something I'd be proud to wear. Hack off those sleeves, raise that hemline and bob's your uncle a cute custom piece, for pittence.

Excuse the large photos I have no idea how to make them a more reasonable size and please be kind I've never posted a tutorial on Craftster but I've used loads so I'm paying back some crafty love this year  Wink

So without further ado get your sewing needles and thread out and sharpen up those scissors!

Before, a plain long sleeve Tee from Old Navy, that cost me a wopping $2.60 sorry no uncut pic but you know what it looks like I'm sure.

1. Hack off those sleeves, keeping the cut line as neat as possible, then turn the sleeves inside out.

2. Next cut off the cuff again nice and straight, then cut off the stitching (serged seam) keep this as straight and neat as possible and keep everything. This photo I took after I had opened the sleeve up (by cutting the sewn edge off)

This is what you'll end up with, don't throw anything out, nothing goes to waste on this project.

 Next you'll be making the bows, out of the sleeves (I know, genius right!)

3. Start at the bottom cuff end of the sleeve and slowly pinch your way up, it's a very informal pleat, just basically grabbing finger fulls of the sleeve all the way up until you get to the top and have the entire sleeve pinched between index finger and thumb.

Whole sleeve pinched together

4. Next take the cut off sleeve cuff and wrap it around the middle of the bunched up sleeve, I fanned the sleeve out a little so you can see what it's starting to look like.

5. Keep wrapping the cuff edge around until it's tight and the sleeve is unlikely to fall out.

 6. You've just made yourself a cute bow out of a sleeve, now to repeat the process until you have two.

There's a distinct (to me anyway) top and bottom to the bows, the top of the bow will be the rounded edge of the sleeve cap (the top part) just keep this in mind when you come to sew them on.

7. Next we're finishing off the neckline, and for this we're using the two long pieces you have left over from the sleeves, I only kept one so I just sewed the serged piece to the front and it looked fine but if you want to have matching front and back to the tee just continue sewing around the neck.

8. I just used a simple in and out 'running stitch'  for the neckline, making sure to line up the serged piece with the neckline edge to make sure it's even.
The finished neck edge, it looks great doesn't it and to think it's just a piece of t-shirt scrap!

9. Next take the bow and making sure the top shorter edge is facing the neck edge line the middle of the bow up with the shoulder seam and simply stitch through the centre of the bow all the way through the t-shirt, I went all the way around the centre piece to make sure it was secure.

That's it, if you want to be extra fancy you could add a few stitches to the bow edges to keep it from flapping around but I've found I didn't need to do this and the bows stayed put. I also left the sleeve edge unturned, you could always turn it under and stitch, personally I liked the raw edge.
So there you are, it shouldn't take longer than an hour even for newbies to hand sewing so even us naptime crafters can make a cute new addition to our wardrobes.

If you like this feel free to check out my blog for more refashion tutorials.

« Last Edit: March 25, 2011 01:36:54 PM by mink_bikini » THIS ROCKS   Logged

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« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2011 12:05:07 PM »

Wonderful and tres chic!


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« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2011 12:13:21 PM »

So cute!!! I wish everything I tried to sew didn't turn out wonky!!! Fantastic job, will be checking your blog out! (hopefully you have some tutes for us sewing impaired!)
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« Reply #3 on: March 25, 2011 12:36:23 PM »

That is great! So cute and easy. Brilliant idea with the surged scrap neck detail, inspired!

« Reply #4 on: March 25, 2011 12:41:16 PM »

First, NEVER apologize for ginormous photos. Us craftsters enjoy seeing your hard work up close! Second, GREAT recon of a mostly-boring long-sleeved tee! The stripes are adorable and so is the blue colour.... but yeah, a bit boring off the rack, eh!?! I really like the scrap detail you added on the neckline. It adds a nice bit of texture. The bows? SUPER sweet! I'd wear this in a heartbeat... and I have bookmarked your blog for later consuption :O)

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« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2011 12:49:54 PM »

Oh great idea! Super well done.
« Reply #6 on: March 25, 2011 12:55:25 PM »

gonna make one for my niece!! Id make one for myself but my arms are too beefy. thanks so much for the tut!
« Reply #7 on: March 25, 2011 02:04:29 PM »

Awwwwie! This is just too freakin adorable.
I wanna make one right now. Smiley!

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« Reply #8 on: March 25, 2011 02:14:36 PM »

This ia lovely, I will def try this out!

« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2011 03:03:23 PM »

How clever! Simple but striking.
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