A Very Special T-Shirt Refashion


I loved the BundleUP Boys pattern bundle so much. I had a great time previewing the Field Pants and Lumberjack shirt, but I got so many great new boy patterns I wanted to try them out ASAP. The next one I did was an upcycle, a re-imagining if you will, of a couple adult sized t-shirts I have had for 2 years.


These t-shrits were event tees from a memorial fundraiser a couple years ago in honor of my father, who was a law enforcement officer killed in the line of duty when I was 11. My mom and brother were at the memorial event and sent our whole family t-shirts, unfortunately the smallest size available (It was a motorcycle ride, there weren’t many kid participants) was adult medium. I had them tucked away in a closet but it will be a while before my 4-year-olds are wearing adult medium.

I found this amazingly adorable police fabric, which was über expensive and imported from Europe. I only bought half a meter and decided to make it work. I used the Zee’s Tee pattern from TieDyeDiva, (Affiliate Link) which was in the bundle, but is now available individually. The pattern has very good directions for up-cycling, and has options for long and short sleeve, color block or yoke tees as well as standard t-shirt style.

The t-shirts I used have my Dad’s name on the back and a small chest logo. For these shirts I decided to swap their location, I thought my boys would like to see their Grandpa’s name on the front. The logo of the ride I added to the back yoke. I was able to squeeze out both these shirts from my half meter of the Euro-knit fabric and still have a scrap large enough left to make one for my nephew if I can get another shirt. The sleeves I used a jersey bed sheet I got at a thrift store for $1. It is a nice heather blue and I was able to use the finished hem for the sleeves. I did add a new ribbed neckline and learned how to use the twin needle to finish the hem and neckline. (Thanks to the tutorial from TieDyeDiva!)

I made the size 5 for my almost-5-year-olds and it is a perfect fit. I will definitely add this to my go-to pattern pile, it was so quick and easy, and now that I get the twin needle thing I feel like I would whip one up in no time! My boys both love their shirts, and I love that they can wear them now and don’t have to wait a decade to fit into them.




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