Today I took some old t-shirts from summer camps, clubs, events, etc. and decided to make some bows! There are lots of tutorials online, but here’s a brief tutorial on how I did it. Since I have very limited sewing skills and no sewing machine, I made mine with a glue gun!
For my first project, I used a plain cotton t-shirt from track and field, my trusty mini glue gun, and a cream short-sleeve lace-backed shirt.
I cut a rectangle from the tee (you can see the missing fabric in the first picture) and used the glue gun to fold in all the sides. This way, I created a double-layer rectangle with no frayed edges. I also glued in the folded in corners so that they wouldn’t show from the front. Finally, I cut a short strip of fabric and wrapped it around the middle of the rectangle to cinch it in and create the bow. I made 3 pink bows and stuck them onto the shirt down the front. You can also put them along the neckline, on the sleeves, on the back, etc. The possibilities are endless!
I also made a navy bow with a hair elastic tucked in the middle strip of fabric. You can see the bow modeled by my little sister in the last picture 🙂 It looks somewhat like the bow that Karen from Stylcrumb wore here!
There are lots of other things you can do with old tee-shirts. Click here for over 50 ways to repurpose old shirts. Have fun crafting!
Until next time,