Ballin’ On an Eco-Friendly Budget

 

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Hello, lovely people!

You know that old baggy t-shirt you have crumpled up in the back of your drawer that you never wear? Well, pull it out, because today I have the perfect solution for the aformentioned  t-shirt that is both wallet and eco-friendly.

I think most of you know by now that I am very much an advocate for being kind to the planet. And if you read my post about why I love thrift shops, you will also know that I love fashion as well. Unfortunately, in today’s society those two things don’t always go hand in hand.

Since I consider myself to be an eco-friendly fashionista, I am constantly finding new ways where I can be both fashionable, and still stay true to my morals. I wanted to share with you all today this awesome idea that I came across not long ago for a great summer top using things you most definitely have in your house.

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Here is what you will need:

1. An old/thrifted t-shirt
2. Scissors
3. Marker or pen
4. Ruler

 

 

 

 

 

First things first, find a flat surface for you to make your shirt on (I used my rug, but I don’t recommend that if this is your first time making this). Then flip the shirt inside out so that any pen marks aren’t visible when you wear it. Try and smooth out the top as much as possible before making any marks or cutting so that you lessen the chance of making a mistake.

Once that is all done, it’s time to decide how long your top is going to be. Mark that point with your pen or marker, and then use your ruler to make a straight line across the top and then cut along that line.

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(Tip: If you want longer ties, use a shirt that is a few sizes bigger than your normal size. I’m an x-small/ small and I used a large to make the top.)

The next step is to measure the shirt and find the middle point. Once you’ve found it, mark it with your pen, and cut straight up the shirt.

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Now it’s time to make the ties! Basically, you want to draw two isosceles triangles on both sides of your shirt. Use your ruler to do this, it’s too hard otherwise. Make sure that the triangles are equal on both sides and that they meet at the base so that it looks even when you wear it.

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Once you’re done drawing the outline, you’re ready to cut the ties. Stop cutting once you get to the side seams of your shirt. You should end up with something that looks like this:

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And, voila! You have a new awesome shirt for the summer and it didn’t cost you anything! If you wanted to, you could sew up the edges of the ties to make it look a little more polished, but that is totally up to you. I ended up having to fold the top down under the shirt because there was about an inch of extra fabric at the top. Other than that, everything was fine!

Let me know what you guys think of this top and if you decide to make it yourself. As always, if you have any questions about making this shirt, please feel free to leave a comment and I’ll try to help as best as I can.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope you enjoyed.

-Gianna

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