Clothing + Fashion 10 T-Shirt Reconstruction Tips

Published on August 26th, 2014 | by Becky Striepe


Spotted: 10 T-Shirt Reconstruction Tips

10 T-Shirt Reconstruction Tips

T-shirt reconstruction can range from simple to complex, and working with reclaimed tees can come with its own challenges. These are some handy tips to make it easier!

We love a good t-shirt reconstruction craft, so you know we also loved this guide that Beth Byrge contributed to Sew Mama Sew. Beth walks you through 10 crucial steps to reconstructing an old t-shirt. She goes into everything from choosing the right pattern to choosing the right needle to understanding the fabric. It’s an awesome resource!

Related: Crafting with T-Shirt Sleeves, A Neckerchief-Style T-Shirt Scarf, A T-Shirt Refashion Done by My Kid

We’ve got the list of tips below, and I hope that you’ll head over to Sew Mama Sew where Beth has outlined each one with lots of helpful detail!

1. Choose the right sewing pattern.

2. Fit the shoulders.

3. Don’t force the fabric.

4. Understand ease.

5. Use a rotary cutter.

6. Use a ballpoint needle.

7. Test different stitches.

8. Use a stabilizer.

9. Memorize the order of construction.

10. Use steam.

Whether you’re new to sewing or have been making your own t-shirt reconstruction projects for ages, I highly recommend checking out the fleshed out list at Sew Mama Sew. It includes a bonus tip that we didn’t list here!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .

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