Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Upcycled Fourth: Red, White, and a Little Blue

Cannibalizing two shirts for the greater good

Two thrift store men's shirts, each sporting a red and white stripe pattern, are combined together to create one new upcycled shirt. And here's how:

The how-to

Some detail shots:

Detail, top of shirt

Detail, inset pocket (hand-stitched)

Detail: patches covering old shirt logos

Detail: Cuffs reattached at elbow height

And a bonus for the Fourth of July: Since the shirt sports red and white stripes, I decided to add a pin to round out the ensemble for the holiday. The pin is fashioned from an old tin can lid (for more how-to info on tin can pins see Tin Can Frames Tutorial, or enter "tin can pins" in the search window of this blog and see a whole range of past tin can pins).

And yes, the sentiment is both political and emotional.


  1. LOVE this idea! I've loved some other refashions needing three shirts...but have struggled to find 3 coordinating patterns. Two patterns...I've got!

  2. LOVE this! I've seen other refashions that use three patterns/patterns. I've yest to find three I like. But two...I've got! Looking forward to making one of my own! And the BLUE pin...clever on all levels and sentiments!

  3. So happy I found this. I have been given 6 men's linen shirts that don't fit. Now I have a way to combine them for a fun & comfortable summer shirts! Thank you for sharing.


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