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I have a couple T-shirts that I like the design on, but don't like the men's cut/neckline ... they feel like they are choking me! Is there a way to easily or somewhat easily alter the shirts and make them look cute? Maybe something with the sleeves and neckline? I thought of just cutting both, but I'm not sure how that will look ... unfortunately the whole shirt is a men's cut (your basic T-shirt) ... I'm not wanting to get into re-serging side seams, etc if I don't have to ... any ideas? Or should they just become cute diapers for my son? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I don't know about altering them to wear, but maybe? My brother always cuts the necks off his tee shirts because they choke him, and he doesn't do anything else to them. might be a little too 'flashdance' for your taste though.<br><br>
What I like to do with old tee shirts is cut the design out in a square or rectangle and use them to make a kind of patchwork memory quilt.<br><br>
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I do a horseshoe or notch neck on my tees. You just cut a notch in the center front or a U-shape, as deep as you want. For the sleeves, you could cut them shorter and narrow, or take them off and reshape the cap, maybe even gather the cap and add a small binding at the hem.
 

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If you really like the shirt but don't want to wear it, make a pillowcase out of it for your couch pillows. Center the design. Works best on thicker t's with some color. I did this with my college t-shirt and a few concert t's that I just never wear anymore.<br><br>
You could also cut out the design and frame it if it's something fun that fits the decor in your house.
 

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Cool ideas! I always wondered about using T's for a quilt ... dh used to have way too many "sentimental" T's but then I convinced him yo declutter. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Hmm ... I might do the notch in the neckline for the one T I have ... it's not quite as boxy as a full-cut men's Tshirt, so it might only need that to make it more comfortable.
 

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I have in the past cut out the design I liked on an old tshirt and zigzag stitched it onto a tshirt that fit better. That works pretty well too. And it's quick!
 

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family cloth is another great idea!
 

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I recycle tshirts into clothes for my DD. She LOVES them. The logos on these came from old tshirts from me and DH.<br><br><a href="http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k113/rzberrymom/Size68_4.jpg" target="_blank">http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...m/Size68_4.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k113/rzberrymom/Size68_2-1.jpg" target="_blank">http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...Size68_2-1.jpg</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I recycle tshirts into clothes for my DD. She LOVES them. The logos on these came from old tshirts from me and DH.<br><br><a href="http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k113/rzberrymom/Size68_4.jpg" target="_blank">http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...m/Size68_4.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k113/rzberrymom/Size68_2-1.jpg" target="_blank">http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...Size68_2-1.jpg</a></div>
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Those are adorable!!!<br><br>
There is a book you may want to get out of the library I cant think of what its called but it is all about reconstructing tshirts....its got a girl with short black hair on it and she makes mens tees into skirts and everything!!
 

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Cut off the neckband and re-sew it if you want it to look finished, or:<br>
make underwear! <a href="http://www.supernaturale.com/articles.html?id=70" target="_blank">http://www.supernaturale.com/articles.html?id=70</a>
 

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I saw a tote made of a t-shirt design backed with canvas--if you can cut out a big enough square, you could do that! (The other side was just plain canvas.)
 

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So do you just sew them together? Someone told me you need interfacing or something for a tshirt quilt, and that just seemed odd to me. And like it wouldn't be as soft and comfy.
 

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i took all my kids baby clothes and cut out the design on them and made curtains for their room with them my son loves going through and naming whos was whos and what is on each patch and i love being able to see the stuff but not have to keep it all. you could do it with t'shirts too. another idea is making reuseable grocery bags., pillowcases, even an intresting table cloth
 

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Generally when you have a bunch of different fabric weights (like for a crazy quilt), it will work better to back them with something. I don't like the idea of interfacing, though... what about a nice soft cotton or flannel? So you'd have the patches, the flannelette, the batting, and backing - not too many layers, especially if the t-shirts are wearing thin.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I recycle tshirts into clothes for my DD. She LOVES them. The logos on these came from old tshirts from me and DH.<br><br><a href="http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k113/rzberrymom/Size68_4.jpg" target="_blank">http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...m/Size68_4.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k113/rzberrymom/Size68_2-1.jpg" target="_blank">http://i86.photobucket.com/albums/k1...Size68_2-1.jpg</a></div>
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i would love if you could give me some tips on how to do this they are really awsome!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Generally when you have a bunch of different fabric weights (like for a crazy quilt), it will work better to back them with something. I don't like the idea of interfacing, though... what about a nice soft cotton or flannel? So you'd have the patches, the flannelette, the batting, and backing - not too many layers, especially if the t-shirts are wearing thin.</div>
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i just sewed them together and used a large curtain and sewed them all to that after. so i reused the curtain and the shirts!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i just sewed them together and used a large curtain and sewed them all to that after. so i reused the curtain and the shirts!</div>
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Brilliant! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"> I love the way you did double-duty on the reusing, there!
 

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yeah me too! today i made a bag out of pants for my umbrella stroller check it out <a href="http://s153.photobucket.com/albums/s233/corritaylor/?action=view&current=family269.jpg" target="_blank">http://s153.photobucket.com/albums/s...=family269.jpg</a>
 

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Excellent!! Time to haul out the sewing machine! Look out closet, here I come! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> (should I warn DH that I'm thinning the tshirt stash? Or just wait and see if he notices/recognises the quilt?)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i would love if you could give me some tips on how to do this they are really awsome!</div>
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Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I use the lap tshirt pattern from Ottobre 1/03, and then you just cut up a bunch of different tshirts for the sleeves, the back, the neckline, maybe sew 2 or 3 different ones together for the front piece--whatever you like!
 
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