September 22, 2023


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DIY upcycled flannel shirt w/ a T shirt applique

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Earlier than you donate or toss out your garments, do that DIY upcycled flannel shirt with a T shirt applique! It’s a good way to mix clothes objects into one thing inventive you may put on, promote, or give as a present.

Upcycled Flannel with T shirt applique

This upcycled flannel with T shirt applique undertaking is one I did in 2020 as a TikTok, however I by no means did a full-blown tutorial. There have been a couple of of you who requested, so I made it once more.

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In the event you take a look at YouTube, this can be a widespread DIY with so many inventive alternatives. Whereas I say “flannel shirt” it actually works properly on any button-up merchandise: Flannel, cotton, a costume shirt, a Hawaiian shirt. Simply make it your personal!

Check out my video for this DIY Upcycled flannel shirt project!

Causes to upcycle clothes 

Photograph by Tom Fisk


I’ll always remember after I participated in a recycling marketing campaign and realized that the WORST class to ever toss out is CLOTHING. Why? As a result of it goes straight to the landfill. And the USA sends 12 million tons of textiles to landfills yearly. 

To not bum you out, however that data actually caught with me and made me consider the larger image. Upcycling our clothes is a superb motive to have fun our creativity.

And don’t even take into consideration placing shirts or different wearables within the recycling bin. They need to be eliminated as a result of they are going to change into caught within the sorting machines.

I used to be advised one of the best factor to do is both donate them or upcycle them into one thing else. We’ll take the latter, por favor!

What to do together with your upcycled flannel shirt

upcycled flannel shirt
This was a tee I purchased in Mexico Metropolis, however they solely had dimension Small. I purchased it anyway and made this shirt!


RELATED: Methods to recycle like a boss!

There are LOTS of how to make use of it!

 – Add it to your personal clothes.

– Present it as a present.

-Promote it at a pop-up (make a number of).

-Donate to an area thrift retailer to allow them to promote it and use the funds to help their enterprise.

-Carry it to a clothes swap.

-Push your creativity to design different clothes from these shirts!

Selecting a shirt

thrift store shirts

Look by means of your closet, ask relations if they’ve any buttoned shirts they wish to donate in your artsy trigger. Go to a clothes swap and as a final resort, take a look at a thrift store.

You may at all times discover sale days to purchase a stack of shirts on a budget.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a flannel shirt, select no matter you want! I like patterned shirts as a result of they make the consequence look extra attention-grabbing. 

So far as T shirts – there isn’t a scarcity of these!

upcycled flannel shirt
This was a shirt I purchased on clearance at Goal within the children part!


Provides in your upcycled flannel shirt 

Flannel shirt – or different form of button-up shirt, even a hoodie!

T shirt of your selection

Background material

Non-compulsory: Basting spray or light-weight fusible interfacting

Scissors or rotary cutter

Straight pins

Stitching machine (or needle and embroidery thread in case you are stitching by hand)

Non-compulsory: Trims, appliques, and so on

Non-compulsory instruments: Stitching mat, chopping information

RELATED: Extra stitching and material initiatives HERE


Set out your T-shirt flat and run your fingers over the material to take away any bumps. 

t-shirt on a sewing mat

Utilizing scissors or a rotary cutter, minimize the design right into a rectangle. You may trim it down later.

Lower out a chunk of material to be the background. That is required, however it provides your shirt extra character!

Crafty Chica fabric


Mess around with the location of your t shirt appliqué and the way in which it’s going to set on the material. In case you are utilizing striped material, make sure that the whole lot strains up properly. Or you may set the background material diagonal so that you don’t have to fret!

In case you are utilizing basting spray or ironing on interfacing, that is the time so as to add these.

pinning fabric

Pin the t shirt applique in place on the background material. Set the shirt down on a flat floor, unfold it out so it’s easy and freed from wrinkles.

Iron it if neccessary.

After which pin the background material to the again of the shirt.

Take it to the stitching machine.

Methods to sew on the t shirt applique

sewing fabric

In my video, I sewed the primary two shirts a technique – I sewed the outer edges first after which the t shirt half, as seen on this photograph.

The opposite two, I sewed the inside t shirt space, then the background material. I appreciated this fashion significantly better.

Listed here are my completed shirts – effectively, virtually completed! They might appear like a pile of previous shirts, however they’ll be fabulous!

pile of shirts

Now comes the clean-up half. Undergo with a pair of scissors and snip away any unfastened threads. That is the place the standard management portion of this undertaking are available in. 

Examine your garment to see if there are any stitching mishaps you may repair. And in addition if you wish to add any trim or different elaborations.

snipping loose threads from fabric on a t shirt applique.

Listed here are the completed shirts, I like how they turned out and may’t wait to make extra!

This one is my fave! 

upcycled flannel shirt with a t shirt applique

And sure, I’m promoting these as a result of I’m able to make extra! I’ve quite a lot of cool shirts!

What do you suppose? Will you be making one?


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