New Shirts From Old Shirts

The kid is growing so that only means one thing - he is in need of new clothes! I bought him some new shoes over the weekend and got a couple of shorts on cheap clearance at Target for him. But I couldn't find any shirts in his size that I was willing to spend the $$ they wanted for them. So instead I got busy making him some shirts. 
I don't do real patterns, my mind just doesn't work that way, so I always draft my own and put together whatever I am sewing how it makes sense in my head (which is why I am only a so-so seamstress and don't do anything extremely hard).

To draft your own pattern all you need is a current shirt that fits (or even is just a little small) and some kind of paper to trace it on (I use brown paper bags from the grocery store that I get when I forget my reusable bags). In case you aren't sure how to go about this Made has a tutorial showing you is for a lap tee but the basic idea applies to any t-shirt and she even shows you how to make a pattern from a smaller shirt.

After I cut out the pieces I simply sewed them together the way a shirt should go together. Make sense? If not, maybe I'll get around to making a tutorial one day. If you're lucky ;)

There is nothing fancy about these shirts but they fit and are cute. But do you know what the best part is? They cost me absolutely nothing (other than the gas to drive to my mom's to use her sewing maching since mine is acting up again)! I used a couple of old t-shirts of mine to make the blue and grey one and a polo that the husband didn't like the collar on to make the other one. This is what we call repurposing and upcycling.

I really like using old shirts to make shirts for the kid because 1) it saves me money,  2) it gives new life to something that would have otherwise been thrown out, and 3) I cut it out so I can use the shirt's existing hems. I hate hemming! 

If you have any kind of sewing skills,  you could whip one of these up in no time!

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