Sunday, September 23, 2012

(Almost) No Sew Braided T-Shirt

This is one of those projects that I stumbled upon, had to stop what I was doing and immediately make. I found it on her new leaf . I say ALMOST no sew because you will need to make a few hand stitches, but if you are really against sewing, you could just use a safety pin to close the braid. Best part, it only took a few minutes to make and looks fabulous!
* You may want to experiment on an old shirt (I used one of my husbands) before you make the one you really want to add a braid to. You can adjust the size and width of the braid as you will see further down. I put my braid on just the front of the shirt. You could also make it go all the way around, make a double braid if you had a really long shirt, or even put one around the bottom of your shirt (it will act almost like elastic when you put it around the bottom of the shirt).
You will need a knit shirt. You will want one that is a longer shirt. Making the braid will shorten the shirt by a couple of inches. You will also need scissors, matching thread, and a needle.

I hope this next part makes sense. Fold the collar over like this. Cut a 1/2 inch slit for the first cut by the shoulder. The first and last slit will stretch out so you want to make Them smaller. Cut 1-2 inch slits the rest of the way around the neck every 1/2 to 1 inches. It kind of reminded me of making those paper lanterns when I was little. You don't want to cut through the collar. The length and width of your slits will determine the size of your braid. The bigger the braid the more your shirt will shorten.

Your shirt should look something like this when you are done.

To braid, take the second slit and thread it under the first slit. You will now have a loop. Thread the next slit through the loop. Continue around the neck.

You should form a braid that looks like this.

Continue around the neck until you get to the opposite shoulder. This is where you will need your needle and thread. Sew the last loop down to the shoulder. I needed to add a few stitches to the first and last slits because they had stretched more than I wanted.

Voila! I love how the braid gathers and drapes the fabric the front! It's like I have a brand new shirt!

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