VBS T-Shirt Refashion Time! {sew AND no-sew possibilities}

Oh y’all! VBS t-shirts are out for my church! So, while I am so not a t-shirt girl, I am always up for the refashion challenge! 🙂  As a group leader, I will wear my shirt each day that week, so at $5 for 4-5 days, it’s a low-pressure, high-fun project!

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Last year, I made this super simple tank (tutorial here), but the star of the show was Sissy’s dress.

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By the start of VBS, we had a whole army of cuteness ready to roll out in ruffled cuteness!

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The navy shirts worked well with red…

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…pink, green, or pretty much any color or pattern!

t-shirt dress tranformation

In 2012, blue shirts with red print called for red ruffles and striped ribbon!

07 sleeve to pouch simple  upcycle tutorial

[And yes, even the sleeves got used… eventually.]

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And I’ve loved refashioning old shirts and–in the above case–travel shirts like this. so fun and easy!

Li'l Bro & Sissy safety green shirts

Maybe match her brothers’ school spirit wear?! [And I’m a huge fan of dressing my kids in matching neon when we’re out at the fair or whatever for easy visibility!]

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The boys can have some fun too! Bleach pens to embellish perhaps?

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Or add on an iron-on? for the above shirts, I pulled the “Aussie Adventures” VBS logo off the internet, then embellished it with a “crocodile crew” crocodile I drew and scanned in, then printed out on transfer paper (I love the transfer paper for dark t-shirts, even if I am working with light shirts–Avery brand are my fave, found in office supplies at Walmart, Target, office supply stores, etc.). Big Bro got an embellished shirt, and I made my own… in pink, of course! 🙂

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Maybe add your child’s name with an iron-on? And–back to the girliness–I have a friend who embellishes her girls’ shirts each year with little rhinestones, fun!

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Or maybe turn a shirt into a pair of pants? Add a ruffle for girls. 🙂

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Or, if you are looking for another no-sew option, there are some great tutorials out there! [Wobisobi is sort of the authority on t-shirt refashioning, IMHO! Check out her tute for the above vest, and see some of her top t-shirt refashion links here.]

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So here’s the back of our shirts this year…

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…and the front.

So my wheels are turning! Originally, I thought I’d do this, but that does not work so well with a back printed design… So maybe this? Fun! Hmm…Anyone else out there doing a little t-shirt refashioning this summer? Wheeeee!


One response to “VBS T-Shirt Refashion Time! {sew AND no-sew possibilities}

  1. Do you have the tutorial for the t-shirt dress you yourself are wearing in the picture with your daughter and son who are also wearing VBS shirts?


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