DIY upcycled flannel shirt w/ a T shirt applique

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

Upcycled Flannel with T shirt applique

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

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If you happen to take a look at YouTube, this can be a widespread DIY with so many artistic alternatives. Whereas I say “flannel shirt” it actually works properly on any button-up merchandise: Flannel, cotton, a gown shirt, a Hawaiian shirt. Simply make it your individual!

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 discovered that the WORST class to ever toss out is CLOTHING. Why? As a result of it goes straight to the landfill. And the US sends 12 million tons of textiles to landfills yearly. 

To not bum you out, however that information actually caught with me and made me consider the larger image. Upcycling our clothes is a good cause to have a good time 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 may turn into caught within the sorting machines.

I used to be instructed the very 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!


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There are LOTS of how to make use of it!

 – Add it to your individual clothes.

– Reward it as a present.

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

-Donate to a neighborhood thrift retailer to allow them to promote it and use the funds to assist their enterprise.

-Convey it to a clothes swap.

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

Selecting a shirt

thrift store shirts

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

You’ll be able to all the time 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 any scarcity of these!

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


Provides to your upcycled flannel shirt 

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

T shirt of your selection

Background cloth

Non-obligatory: 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-obligatory: Trims, appliques, and so on

Non-obligatory instruments: Stitching mat, reducing information

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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, lower the design right into a rectangle. You’ll be able to trim it down later.

Reduce out a bit of material to be the background. That is required, nevertheless it provides your shirt extra persona!

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 cloth, be certain every thing traces up properly. Or you’ll be able to set the background cloth 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 cloth. 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 cloth to the again of the shirt.

Take it to the stitching machine.

The way to sew on the t shirt applique

sewing fabric

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

The opposite two, I sewed the internal t shirt space, then the background cloth. I appreciated this manner significantly better.

Listed below are my completed shirts – nicely, nearly completed! They could appear like a pile of outdated 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 challenge are available. 

Examine your garment to see if there are any stitching mishaps you’ll be able to repair. And in addition if you wish to add any trim or different gildings.

snipping loose threads from fabric on a t shirt applique.

Listed below are the completed shirts, I like how they turned out and might’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 plenty of cool shirts!

What do you suppose? Will you be making one?