Layered T shirt Rehab



Learn how to turn an old t-shirt new again with this awesome tutorial for layered t-shirt rehab. Using a technique similar to reverse applique, Jennifer Juniper teaches us how to update our closet with a layered look.

T-shirt Rehab


  • 2 T-shirts
  • Paper
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine (optional)

Crafter's Note: I have a problem… All my shirts grow holes near the bottom, in the tummy area. I’ve come up with many ideas as to why this happens (leaning against the counter to wash dishes might be the culprit). What in the world do you do with these shirts with all the tiny holes? Cut out the offending parts and layer it!


  1. Begin with two t-shirts, I chose the outer shirt one size larger.
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  2. Free-hand a leafy sort of design (or hearts, or stars, or smiley faces...) on a sheet of computer paper. Cut out the design like this:
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  3. Lay your stencil onto the outer t-shirt and rub the chalk over the open spaces - Yes, I stole this sidewalk chalk from my poor children.
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  4. Cut out the design with your scissors (*tip: it's easier to do this by cutting a snip out of the center of the leaf first, then work your way out to the edges.)
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  5. My friend from www.JoyBeadworks.blogspot.com , thought of this, and is so amazingly brilliant! Using a q-tip, dab bleach along the edges of the cut out leaves. (Line the shirt with a newspaper to protect the back first)
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  6. You end up with these aged-looking edges that make my heart sing! (La, la, la!) Now, quit singing and rinse her off and dry her a bit before moving on to the next step.
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  7. Layer the two shirts together and sew the leaves around the edges. You can sew this by hand with embroidery thread, or use the machine instead. Some contrasting hot pink thread with the gray and orange was just the ticket!
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  8. Now, stand around a take pictures of yourself in your cute new Layered T! Imagine the color combos! The designs! The possibilities!
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Jun 20, 2012

when you layer the shirts and sew the leaves are you sewing the two shirts together?


Mar 17, 2012

Can't wait to try this out!!! LOVE IT!


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Oct 26, 2011

This is a great idea, even for t-shirts that are new. I envision using fabric scraps or cut up, contrasting colored t-shirts to layer under the cutouts and not having to wear two shirts ( I live in a warm climate).


Jan 23, 2011

That is too interesting and I must try it!! Thank you for this!


Jan 12, 2011

I signed up just to save this project i can't wait to try this on all of my bleached tshirts. Your insturctions are great and funny too thanks


Oct 28, 2010

I can't wait to try this! looks really cool, it almost reminds me of Gap's style clothes, hip and cool! thank you.


Apr 29, 2010

I sewed it at the leaves only and haven't had any issues though it has been washed.


Feb 28, 2010

wow i have been wanting help with bleached spots in places you wouldn't put a patch over to hide it like in the middle of your bossom front and center. this will do the trick nicely especially on my expensive and favorite oprah t shirt i got for xmas. ppeek


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