DIY Short Sleeves

Sometimes I come up with a made-up DIY project (or even try a DIY project that someone else has done) and it is a total flop.

Other times, however, I come up with a project and it actually turns out! Yay!

These DIY short sleeves was one of those those projects that actually turned out. Even better, it was a simple, quick project that filled a need.

Back when I was pregnant with Talitha, I went shopping for maternity clothes and found a nice t-shirt for a couple bucks. I liked the color and style. However, it had long sleeves, and considering that I was going to need to wear it during the height of summer, that was a major problem!

However, deciding that it shouldn’t be too hard to make it into a short-sleeved shirt, I went ahead and bought the shirt.

In working to figure out how to turn my long-sleeved shirt into a short-sleeved shirt, I found another t-shirt that had sleeves that were simply cut off, folded up, and tacked into place with a few simple stitches. It looked simple enough!

So here’s what I did:

Step 1: I laid my short-sleeved shirt on top of the long-sleeved shirt to get an idea of where to cut the sleeves and the angle to cut them.

After measuring the rough length of the short sleeve and accounting for a couple extra inches to make the fold, I cut off the sleeves.

Cut off sleeve

Step 2: I folded the edge over twice and ironed it to make a nice sharp crease.

Again, no precise measuring or pinning–the ironing holds it in place just fine.

Fold over twice and iron

Step 3: After ironing the fold, all that was left to do was make a few stitches in four different spots: one at the top of the sleeve, one at the bottom of the sleeve, and then one on each side, halfway in between the top and bottom. These stitches took a total of about five minutes to complete. If you look closely, you can see two of the little tack-stitches.

Final product with original model shirt

I repeated these steps for sleeve #2. When it was all said and done, the whole project took all of about fifteen minutes total (including the cutting and ironing)!

Anyway, this particular DIY project turned out great–I ended up wearing this shirt a lot that summer I was pregnant! I will definitely be keeping this idea in mind for the next time I need to make short sleeves out of a long-sleeved t-shirt. (And yes, in case you were wondering, this little project can be done with any t-shirt, not just maternity shirts!)


(This post was originally posted on Angie’s personal blog, In the Meantime.)