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Monday, September 11, 2017

I think that the greatest thing about having a t-shirt hoarder for a father is that when he's really sleepy and feeling generous, you can convince him to clean out his stash and provide you with the raw materials to make some new workout/yoga tanks... and just in the nick of time!  I wear the handful that I had so much that even after making several repairs, the fabric is starting to get holey.  

Why am I telling y'all all of this?  

Because re-purposing is kind of my thing these days and I just have to tell you how incredibly easy it is to turn old tees (like the ones with funky armpits, hems unraveling, etc.) into tanks and prolong their lives!  I had to use a sewing machine for part of mine, but only because my dads tees are XL and I am a small.  I have included photos to help you do nothing more than simply cut your tee down to a tank.  

All you need is: 

: a tee to cut up
: a tank for reference
: fabric scissors
: pins and a sewing machine, but only if your tee is really 
big and you have to give it a super re-size

Step 1: Lay out your tank.  You can leave it right-side out if you're just using the cutting method, but I recommend turning it inside out if, like me, you have to do a bit of sewing. 

Step 2: Lay your tank on top of your tee for reference. 

Step 3: Cut off the sleeves and hem.  I like to cut one sleeve and then place it on top of the other one to use as a reference.  For the hem, I like to start on one side and then fold it over to the other side once I get halfway through.  This helps to keep each side equal.  Of course, if you're feeling a bit laissez-faire, you can eyeball it.  If you're super analytical, you can always use a seam gage, ruler, or measuring tape. 

Step 4: SEWING METHOD ONLY- If, like me, your tee is super huge and you'll be sewing, cut the sides of your shirt down.  You can always cut one side off and use it as a reference on the other, can eyeball it, or can measure.  Once the sides are cut, pin and run a couple of quick seams through it.  Don't worry about zig-zag stitching or serging unless you really want to!  Knit cotton tees don't really fray! 

Step 5: There is no step 5!  You're done!  SO easy, right? 

I'm totally digging my awesome new pirate tank.  I used the leftover sleeve fabric as rags for cleaning and sewed the leftover hem fabric to make some 2-ply circular face scrubbies.  They are a great way to get makeup off or apply astringent and they can be washed again and again and will save you zillions of cotton balls! 

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