Guest Blogger: Keriann from Blue Jeans and Pearls

Hello there! My name is Keriann! I just love Linda here at Craftaholics Anonymous so you can imagine how excited I am to be able to create a tutorial for her! I am an ADD mom, wife, tutor, cook, housekeeper, laundry maid, spit rag, musician, mechanic, scrapbooker, seamstress, photographer, and well all around craftaholic just like the rest of you. I invite you all to come check out my “new” blog just remember that like the rest of you I have diapers to change and mouths to feed too. Someday I’ll figure out these talented ladies “do it all”!

So you have a nasty stain on the front of your little guy (or girls) long sleeve Tee or a little whole on the side? What about that darling longs sleeve that just doesn’t cover the baby belly anymore? Well….“Don’t worry, Be happy!!” (insert cheesy raggae music here, can you tell how old I am now?) Re-Purpose it!

Get out your sewing machine and a short sleeve Tee that is too cold to wear now and that ripped stained or too tight long sleeve Tee and here we go!

Step 1: Cut your long sleeve Tee
If you happily accepted a bag of hand me downs and are using different sized Tee’s to create something new from something old then you can use a long sleeve Tee that fits your child to measure where to cut! If you know the shirt fits then cut at the under arm seam straight up!

Step 2: Measure it out
Generally a long sleeve will be the length of the body of the shirt from the under arm down. Lay your cut long sleeve down on top of the short sleeve Tee lining the wrist end of the sleeve up with the bottom of the Tee like so…

Fold the short sleeve down over the long sleeve at the under arm seam and place a straight pin through the long sleeve only to mark it.

Step 3: Measure some more!
Most Tee’s have two seams at the open end of the sleeve. You need to know how far the seam second seam is from the arm opening (the seam closest to the shirt body). Then measure how far apart the two seams are and add them together. I had 3/4″ and 1/4″ totaling 1″.

Now measure that far from the pin you marked on your long sleeve to the cut end and cut again.

Step 3: Pin!
I don’t always pin when I’m asked to but I’ve learned the hard way when it comes to anything stretchy Pin Pin Pin!!! Turn your short sleeve Tee and pull the long sleeve down over it wrong sides together. Line the raw edge of the long sleeve up to the seam on the short sleeve that is closest to the open arm and pin!

Step 4: Sew first seam

Step 5: Turn shirt right side out

Step 6: Sew second seam

Now give yourself a pat on on the back…you have just created a sort of “french seam”, which simply means you hid the raw edge. Yay for you!

Step 7: Find a cute little guy to model for you!
(Just make sure to put your glasses on so his eyes are as perfect as real life…Ooops!)

I’m sure most of you have already written a mental list of all the stain shirts in your closest or started mapping out the nearest thrift store so please, go, have fun! And remember this works for any size of kid! Keep in mind that the long sleeve can be a size bigger, the width won’t change enough to worry about and you can just cut the sleeve shorter like I did. Oh and if you have boys and girls in your house…no worries! It doesn’t matter if the long sleeve had a girlie design or a skateboard on the front…you’re only using the sleeve!

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Hi! I'm Linda, the craft addict behind Craftaholics Anonymous®, a craft blog. Crafting is cheaper than therapy, right? When I'm not DIYing something, I can be found taxiing around our 4 crazy kids or working out. Or shoe shopping... because you can never have too many shoes! Happy crafting! ♥

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  1. 1

    linda muhteşem olmuş

  2. 2
    Haute Deb Designs

    What a great idea! I have 3 boys, so this will definitely come in handy. Thank you!!

  3. 3
    ~Beth D.

    love the french seam idea! I've done this to summer shirts so that they last into the winter. It's really fun to put on a beach shirt and still be warm in this fog here!

  4. 4

    What a cute idea :) and a cute model!

  5. 5

    Thanks for sharing the information ..