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Men’s T-shirt Refashion


Father-in-law needed some larger T-shirts, which meant a pile of too-small ones were destined for the charity shop – until I saw several holes in them.


I don’t know about you, but anything which is slightly damaged goes in the clothes recycle bin rather than the charity shop as I know lots of people are unable to make small repairs.

As the holes could either be cut around or patched, I decided to have a go at refashioning them into T-shirts for The Boys.

They were all polo-style shirts and the piqué fabric was good quality with plenty of wear in it yet.


Using a well-fitting T-shirt from No.3 Son’s drawer, I cut around the basic outline from the body of the shirt, cutting the sleeves from the original sleeves.


After sewing the shoulder seams, the sleeves were set in and the raw edges overlocked, then I sewed the side seams (right sides together) in one continuous seam from the sleeve hem to the bottom edge.

The raw edges of the seams and the hems were overlocked, then the hems were top stitched in place.

The side seams were reinforced at the bottom with some decorative stitching.


For the collar, I cut off a strip from the original polo collar, sewed the short edges to make a circle…..


….and stitched it to the neckline right sides together, finishing with some more top stitching.



Then to deal with the hole in the middle of the back….


I cut a square of left over fabric (about an inch larger than the hole all around) and pinned it to the inside over the hole.


Working from the right side, I used this stitch on my sewing machine (combined with a stitch length of less than one) to completely fill in the hole.



The repair is virtually invisible on the outside.


The inside looks like this: –


Trim close to the stitching for a neat finish.


No.3 Son was excited with his ‘new’ T-shirt!



I was just pleased to be able to make another wearable item from something which would otherwise have been discarded.

Now, onto the other two….

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33 thoughts on “Men’s T-shirt Refashion

  1. Love the way you’ve changed the neck. And well done keeping it out of landfill. Look forward to the refashioning of the other two.

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  2. That’s brilliant! Very inspiring 🙂

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  3. You have made a fantastic job of that! Your son looks so pleased 🙂 I am doing a spot of up cycling/repurposing at the moment too, hopefully I will be ready to post later this week. X

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  4. A very useful post! I’m very good at keeping clothes for a long time but once they get holes in them I normally throw them away. Thanks for showing me what I should be doing!


  5. Looking good, the shirt hole looked like an easy fix.

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  6. Looking good, the shirt hole looked like an easy fix.


  7. This is great, I especially like how you did the collar. I hope your father-in-law is happy!

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  8. Thanks for the detailed collar instructions. Collars are still a bit of a mystery to me.

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  9. This is amazing & so green! Upcycled is an understatement! Definite success and so highly preferable to landfill 🙂

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  10. A brilliant save and a job very well done, not to mention a very happy son 😉

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  11. Fabulous! You have every right to be feeling extremely virtuous! I love recycling/upcycling projects and this is one of the best I’ve seen! Well done you! 🙂 xo

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    • It was true upcycling, this one, as it had already been put in the rag pile. It will get plenty more wear and, if he grows out of it before any more holes appear, can probably go to the charity shop instead of landfill after all:)

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  12. Another lesson learnt! Great post!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  13. Great refashion! Like how you’ve reused the edge of the collar – we’ve loads of old golfing tops and I’d not thought to use the old collars. Thanks! 😀

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  14. Great post! One of the best up-cycles I’ve seen!

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  15. What a fantastic idea and a(nother) great tutorial! Thanks for sharing! Marianne xx

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  16. Such a great idea! I’ll definitely be saving my husband’a discarded tops after seeing this 🙂


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