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DIY T-Shirt Hack – No Sewing Required!

I’m all about easy these days, what with the 4 month old and the potty training 2.5 year old running me ragged. I want easy hair, easy makeup, easy and practical clothes…anything to make this chaos easier.

No Sew T-Shirt Hack

No Sew T-Shirt Hack


During one of my nesting phases I pulled out a few T-shirts from the hubbo’s collection of throw-aways that I thought I could turn into something fun and useful for myself.

So, here is one of those upcycle projects that is so easy, you’ll want to go steal all of your hubbo’s shirts and make your own! It’s perfect for working out or hanging out around the house in — and yeah, I totally wore it to the grocery store.


DIY T-Shirt Hack – Easy, No-Sew Upcycle Project


  • Large T-Shirt – knit material, preferrably soft and well worn, bonus if it belonged to someone you love
  • Scissors – sharp ones or you’ll get hacky
  • Feet. You’ll see.

1. Lay your shirt flat on the ground

Lay shirt flat on the ground

Lay shirt flat on the ground

2. Cut shirt as shown below. It doesn’t have to be perfect, and remember since it is knit, the edges will roll. If you want a deeper plunge at the neck, or longer armholes, make it so!


Cut shirt as shown here

3. Discard the arms and collar, but save that handy bottom piece!


Save bottom part of shirt

4. Cut the bottom piece at the seams so you have two strips, and throw one away – you only need one!


Cut at seam to make one long piece

5.  Flip your shirt over so the backside is on top facing you. Gather the center of the shirt in between those two armholes with your hand.

Gather back of shirt with hand

Gather back of shirt with hand

6. Center the strip you kept from the bottom of the shirt underneath the gathered back of the shirt.


Center the strip you cut from the bottom of the shirt underneath the gather

7. This is where your feet come in to play! Wedge those babies at the top of the straps so you can pull on the shirt without it going anywhere, and start to twist the ends of the fabric strip around the gather.

Feet make great tools - use them to hold the shirt while you twist

Feet make great tools – use them to hold the shirt while you twist. Thankfully my toes are hidden, because I sure need a pedi!

8. Wrap it around and around until you have two short ends left and tie them in a knot (or a bow if you want a bow?). You can choose whether you want it on the outside or the inside.

Tie a knot or a bow, on the inside or the outside (your preference) when you have two short ends left

Tie a knot or a bow, on the inside or the outside (your preference) when you have two short ends left

9. That’s it. Just ssssstreeeeeeetchhh your shirt out in every direction so the edges curl and you’re good to go

Stretch it out

Stretch it out

The finished product — I’m wearing a black sports bra underneath but I sometimes branch out and wear a hot pink or flourescent yellow one (fashion maven, I am).

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Selfies — All about the easy: bun and yoga pants, baby!

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IKEA Poang Chair Slipcover

***August 2014 Update: Sadly, my blog was hacked and rendered useless! I had to restore from a backup but it was from just prior to this post so I lost all of it. I have the pictures and have re-created the directions but I no longer have the exact measurements, but you’ll need about 4 yards (measure length including flap extended x 2, plus 10-15″ for movement, fold overlap & Sean allowance. Give yourself 2″ on each side for the width / seam allowance). 

The IKEA Poang Chair is a very popular staple in many budget savvy homes — but it only comes in a few colors and patterns, white being the only one that would work in the baby’s room. We all know white won’t last long, and I wanted a chair that would POP, so I decided to attempt to make a cover for the Poang cushion that would do the baby’s room some justice. 


You know these chairs – you’ve seen them, and you may even own one! We opted for one of these guys over a rocker (saving us hundreds of dollars) when we were decorating Logan’s room, and it turned out to be a great purchase. Logan is 2 now, and we still use the chair every night for story time, and he likes to climb up and sit and read by himself as well. We decided to save our pennies again and go with the same chair for the nursery, but with an added twist!

I found this fantastic duck canvas at Hobby Lobby, one of my favorite sources for fabric (40% off coupon – can’t beat that!). There were a few ways that I could have tackled this project, but I wanted to make it as easy on myself as possible (8.5 months pregnant and all). I decided to forgo zippers, but since I wanted it to be removable – knowing full well that spit-up WILL make it onto the beautiful fabric – I made it a giant slipcover, much like a normal pillow cover.

I couldn’t get a piece long enough to cover the cushion with one whole piece of fabric (if you can, do it, it will be easier!) so I had to use two pieces (one long, one short), but really the hardest part of the whole project was just shoving the cushion into the cover. 🙂

I followed the same method for creating the ottoman cover – a large piece of fabric, overlapping in the center on the backside.

Here is the tutorial for you DIY-ers — hope it is clear, if not please feel free to contact me with any questions!

IKEA Poang Chair Slipcover!

Materials Needed:

  • Fabric – a few yards, you’ll need to measure your cushion to determine, but I think I used 4.
  • Velcro – one piece the length of the velcro that is on the existing cushion, and you’ll just need the one side (soft side).
  • Sewing supplies — machine, coordinating thread, scissors, pins, etc.


1. Measure your cushion (flap extended) and get the length of fabric you need to cover the whole thing (length of cushion x2 + 4in) if you can. If not, do the math to figure out how you can get it covered with two pieces – I had a long and a short piece that I sewed together. You’ll want to do this prior to starting the cover.


*Had not yet sewn on my second piece of fabric – so imagine the top has an extra few feet of material that would fold over the top of the cushion and overlap the other edge!

Lay the fabric face down on the ground and place your cushion on top (flap extended, back side up so you see the velcro). Wrap the fabric around the cushion so there is an overlap.

2. Fold back one edge about an inch twice and pin in place. Do the same with the other edge — the two edges should still overlap if you measured correctly. IMG_69823. Pin up the long sides of the fabric, but leave the shorter side open (so you can slip the cushion out later) IMG_69814. Use a pin to mark on one edge of the fabric where the velcro is on the cushion. This is the edge that you will sew new velcro on so that your cushion connects to the chair. IMG_69875. Fold the edge back and pin your piece of velcro (check to make sure the length and texture matches what is on the existing cushion) IMG_69916. Pin just the corner of the short side that you haven’t pinned yet to hold it in place – you’re going to then slip the cushion out and start sewing!IMG_6981

7. Take your fabric to the sewing machine. First sew your folded over edges.  I sewed mine right in the middle of the fold, so it left a nice-looking seam.IMG_6995IMG_69968. Next, sew on your velcro strip!IMG_6994
9. Now you can sew up the pinned sides on the long half of your cover. Start at the bottom fold and go up – when you get to the top where the folded edge is, stop at the top of the edge and do some back-stitching several times for reinforcement. IMG_7000
10. You’re almost done – it looks like an envelope right now. Lay it out and pin the remaining sides on the short half, and sew those up too. Your folded edge at the top should be past the folded edge on the other half of the cover, so when you sew you’re going to sew right over the first edge (underneath your current layer) and up to the top of the current edge — again back-stitching several times for reinforcement.

*Showing first edge under the current layer - sew right over it!

*Showing first edge under the current layer – sew right over it!

11. One last bit of maintenance. Since the cushions are rounded – you’ll want to clip and sew the corners. Use pinking shears if you have them – it makes it easier! IMG_7004IMG_7005 12. Turn your project inside out, press it if needed, and proceed to STUFF the cushion into the cover. Stuff the long side first. This isn’t easy and you will think you did something wrong – but just keep pushing, I promise it will go in!

Stuff it!

Stuff it!


And Voila! You’re done 🙂


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