Braided Tee

Some of you might be asking, another t-shirt craft? Of course there’s another t-shirt craft! There’s unlimited Pinterest links and thrift store piles of tees. And, this one actually yields a shirt! I love the embellished tees I see in stores but I refuse to spend $20 on one, so I decided to make my own.

I’d count this as an advanced project: as far as I know, you can’t do this with a machine. It took about three Project Runway episodes of hand-sewing and wine drinking. Once again, I neglected to take any in progress pictures, but I promise to start with my next project. Now, on to the craft!

Start with two t-shirts of the same or complementary colors: a fitted tee that’s the base, and another tee to cut up for the braids, of any size or fit. Take “braid shirt,” cut off the hem and discard, then cut strips of fabric across the torso. Snip one end of each to make long strips of fabric. Safety pin three strips together and braid, closing at the end with another safety pin. Repeat to make as many braids as you’d like. Lay out braids on fitted tee to make a pattern you like, then pin. Try not to pull the fabric as you go to prevent puckering as seen in the picture below. Turn shirt inside out and tack down the end of the first braid by folding the ends under and sewing them down. Then continue down the braid braid, taking a small stitch through the tee into the braid, feeding the needle through the braid for a bit, then out to take another small stitch, continuing the entire length of the braid. When you get to the ends of the braid, trim the ends, fold them under and set them a couple of small stitches. Repeat for all braids.

Turn inside out and admire your creation. Feel a little smug at making a fancy shirt for a whopping $1.50 worth of thrift store tees and prepare to receive compliments (and not just from your dog)!

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