Saturday, September 27, 2014

Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

Doesn't it drive you crazy when you have a perfectly good t-shirt with some horribly ugly logo, graphic or stain on it? For me, it's a great opportunity to do some brainstorming of how to either cut it out or cover it up. Today I'm sharing a fun way to cover up unwanted elements of a t-shirt with appliqué ombre stripes. I love this technique because 1) you save a piece of clothing from the donate pile, 2) you just use scraps of t-shirts you already have hanging around, so it doesn't cost anything, 3) the ends of the stripes are inserted inside the sleeve seams, making for a perfectly professional-looking finish, and 4) it's a great embellishment for boys! (or men, too!)

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes


So grab your t-shirts...

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

...and your t-shirt scraps...

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

...cut out some strips...

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

...and sew them into panels.

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

To apply them to the t-shirt, you first need to open up a bit in the sleeve seams...

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

...sew the stripe panel onto the shirt...

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

...sew the sleeve seams back up with the edges of the stripe panel...

Refashioning Tutorial by Cucicucicoo: Cover Logos, Stains & Graphics with Applique Stripes

...and nobody would ever guess that there's something underneath those stripes! I just love applique, but I love even more this version of applique that looks as if it had been made like this in the first place, not just doctored up!

Be sure to visit my website, Cucicucicoo, for the full detailed photo tutorial as well as lots of other refashioning tutorials!

8 comments:

Becky Dorricott said...

This is great! I love that you do refashions for kids as I have 2 tiny terrors of my own and neice I sew for ;o) After seeing this refash I've been through all your posts and there some really great and useful inspirations there!! Thank you :oD xxx

Feeling Kinda Thirfty said...

Great idea! Live seeing little boy refashions.

Elizabeth Hill said...

You're so full of great ideas! You'd never be able to guess what the shirts used to look like.


- Elizabeth, EOD
aka The Hungry Octopus

Nina said...

Clever! I love it

Sticky Genius said...

Awesome!!! I love this!! I may have to use this idea! It's a great way to make use of t-shirt scraps from other refashions. Looks totally professional, like you bought it off the rack this way. Great job!

cucicucicoo: ecological living said...

Thank you, everyone! Yes, I'm a big fan of using t-shirt scraps for embellishments and also of fixing up the crazy hand-me-downs I get for my kids! And whenever I can come up with something for boys, I'm extra happy! (it's so much easier to come up with girly ideas, isn't it?!)

KL said...

Such a great idea!!! Thanks for sharing it!

Clare said...

Thank you for this idea. I love it.