Make a T-Shirt Dress

This T-shirt dress does not require any sewing,  I have small kids, really small kids for their ages.   I’m small.   They are doomed.   One of the problems with being unusually petite is when we get a “group shirt” – you know the ones they wear on field trips, or to VBS, or as part of the “team” – my girls “shirts” are usually dragging well past their knees.   I can’t be the only momma with that problem.   Our solution is to re-creating too big T-shirts into T-shirt dresses.   Here is how.

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How to Convert a too-big T-Shirt into a dress:

no-sew kids TShirt Dress

First cut the sleeves off of the T-shirt.

Then cut thin slits into the folded sleeve.

Cut the sleeve on the slit side so that you have strips.

Pull the strips through the sleeve so that you have half the strips coming out of the collar and half the strips coming out the cut sleeve end.

Knot the strips tightly together.

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She still needs to wear bloomers, and it could probably be a bit smaller in the arm holes   and across the chest, but she can look like the rest of her class now – and not drag her sleeves through her plate!   I love it!

11 Comments

  1. I love it. I’ve sewn the sleeves on adult muscle shirts and added a belt to make dresses for little girls. But this lets them be like everyone else and doesn’t make them look like they’re in fancy dress! Plus the practicality of being able to move their arms is great.

  2. Really cool idea. I love all no-sew craft ideas

  3. I’ve seen tied up sleeves before, but I like your take on it.

  4. brilliant and so cute! thanks so much for sharing this and your other projects on Craft Schooling Sunday!

  5. I am a visual person and for some reason even these instructions I can’t get..lol..is there any chance someone can post pics of each step or video..thanks so much

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