Changing out the sleeves on a T-shirt is super easy and can change an average T-shirt into a special occasion shirt in no time.
- Always wash your shirt and sleeve fabric before beginning your project so both the t- shirt and sleeve fabric will shrink.
- Iron fusible cut-a-way stabilizer to the back of the shirt if you will embroidering a design to your shirt.
- Find the center of your shirt before embroidering. I like to use tailor’s chalk and mark the center of my shirt to line up my design.
- Embroidery your design to the front of your shirt
- After embroidery carefully pull the cutaway back and cut it close to the design – TIP if you heat the fusible cut-a-way with the iron it will peel back easily.
- I also like to Iron a thin piece of interfacing or underlining (like french fuse) on the back of the design to keep the back of the embroidery from being itchy.
Now to transform your T-shirt!
- Cut off the sleeves from your t-shirt
- I like to mark the front, back and center of the sleeve so when I cut the new sleeves I don’t sew them in backwards.
- Cut your t-shirt sleeve and spread it open to make a bell pattern for a fuller sleeve. Cut up close to the sleeve cap, but not through . The top part of the sleeve cap should remain the same measurement. Just use one sleeve for this step.
- Lay out your new sleeve pattern on the fabric you will cut. Don’t forget that you will need to cut through 2 layers. Your fabric should be either right sides together or wrong sides together. That way you get one sleeve for each arm!
- Cut out your new sleeve. Don’t forget to mark the front, back and center on your new sleeves. I added length to my sleeve. You are the designer!
- Sew the new sleeve into the hole of the t-shirt right sides together. Use caution to match front, back and center so you don’t sew the sleeves in backwards!
- That’s it! Super easy! A new custom shirt just for you!