Red Heart Stenciled Shirt Refashion

Red No-Sew Heart Stenciled Shirt Refashion I have decided that there needs to be more refashion blogs! I love to see how people transform old clothes.  It gets me motivated to refashion my own clothes.  I was thrilled to be able to get together with some fellow refashion bloggers and refashion something RED out of my closet.  I chose a red shirt that I had relocated to my refashion pile.  It was frumpy and a little bit ahhhhh (yawn) boring.  I had just purchased a fabric marker and thought I would try out a few different designs on my red shirt.  fabric marker shirt refashion The first thing I did though was cut off the sleeves.   The sleeves were too baggy and they added to the overall frumpiness.  I used a rotary cutter and just cut them off real quick.  I used one of my discarded sleeve pieces to try out a few different patterns.   I tried free handing some designs and I tried using a stencil.  As you can tell by my bottom two tries, a stencil was definitely the way to go.  In the end I decided on the little black hearts.  I also took in the collar but this shirt can totally be a no-sew shirt.  If you start with a plain shirt that fits well already, you can just stencil in the hearts, no sewing needed.

heart stenciled shirt refashion tutorial

I cut the hearts onto a piece of cardstock using my Silhouette CAMEO.  You could also use a hole punch or exacto knife to cut any shape you want into a cardstock template.  I put a piece of cardboard inside my shirt so that I wouldn’t get any bleed through.  Using a paint marker, I filled in the hearts.  I matched up the stencil with the bottom row of hearts so that I could keep them spaced right.  I kept going until my entire shirt was filled with hearts.  For the back of the sleeves I did some hearts right side up and some hearts upside down so that it would blend into the hearts that were right side up on the back.

DIY Shirt Refashion_heart Stencil

At first I felt like a giant watermelon but since that initial thought, the shirt has really grown on me and I like it quite a bit.

t shirt pen refashion

no sew shirt refashion

This is the second stenciled shirt that I have done.  You can see the first one here and an aztec pair of stenciled pants here.   You can transform a shirt by adding a fun pattern to it and move it from the donate pile to the front of your closet!

Want to see more RED refashions? Check out what the other refashion bloggers created!


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  1. As always, you are one smart lady! (And certainly, no one can call you heartless :-))

    Now I can dream of similar Christmas t-shirt projects using store-bought plastic stencils of trees and angels.

    Thank you for sharing!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Haha! Thanks Marcia! The possibilities are endless :). So glad to hear from you again!

  2. I love this idea! I’m going to have to try it.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Ashleigh! It was fun working with you! You are one beautiful lady!

  3. Ooooh! I love this, definitely on my to-do list now. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing Lisa!

  4. You looked so cute in this shirt!!