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Zipper T-Shirt Refashion

This is one of the easiest T-shirt refashion ideas.

Zipper T-Shirt Refashion
Zipper T-Shirt Refashion
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Zippers aren't just for function anymore! Choose fashion over function and refashion a T-shirt with this tutorial. Make a zipper t-shirt simply by choosing where to place your zipper and sewing it on for a striking detail. Take an ordinary T-shirt from plain to fashionable with this video tutorial. It's amazing what you can do to make a shirt new and unique when you add your own embellishments! You can even add multiple zippers if you'd like, and sewing zippers is super easy to do.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniqueSewing


Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • A T-shirt you want to redesign
  • Locking zippers
  • A sewing machine
  • Straight pins


  1. First, play around with the placement of the zippers until you find a look you like. For this tutorial, we'll use just one zipper and add a lapel zipper.

  2. Pin it in place. In this example, pin just outside the collar and downward, towards the underarm.

  3. Using the zipper foot on your sewing machine, sew it in place.

  4. Cut the fabric underneath the zipper teeth.

  5. You're done! A great way to accessorize T-shirts by adding zippers to update your look.

How would you refashion a shirt with zippers?

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Exposed zippers are all the rage right now. If you don't have an item of clothing that has one of these or maybe you're thinking that you can't wait until you make one on your own then this is the place to be. This is the easiest zipper tutorial because it's fully for aesthetic purposes and not functional.


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