This easy DIY shirt hack is the perfect way to turn a plain shirt into something a little more fun! And this no sew approach makes it easy for anyone!
With 4th of July around the corner, you can spruce up some old shorts or shirts by adding patriotic colored stars. With the no sew approach, it’s easy enough for anyone to do. Olivia did this at just 8 years old! Keep scrolling as there will be link for you to download the stencils used in this tutorial.
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Easy DIY Shirt Hack Instructions
For this no sew project, you’ll need:
- A shirt or other items of clothing
- Fabric marker or anything that will draw on fabric
- Fabric glue
- Lace fabric in your choice of color
- Stencil – You can download the cat stencil here or the star stencil here
If you are looking for a different design, you can easily do a google image search to find a shape you are looking for to create your stencil. You can also resize the star stencil to create multiple star cutouts for your design.
Trace Your Stencil Design
Print your stencil and cut around the edges. Then trace the stencil design onto your shirt or desired clothing.
Cut Out The Design
Once you have drawn the stencil onto your shirt, you’ll cut the design out.
Cut Your Lace
Now draw the same design on your lace, making sure to trace about an inch wider than the stencil. Cut the shape out of your lace fabric.
Glue On The Fabric
Flip your shirt inside out. Then glue your lace fabric to your shirt and let it dry completely before wearing.
Fabric glue will hold up through washing. We have washed both shirts several times and the lace is still attached!
Try a 4th of July Design
For the lace on this design, we had to dye white lace red because we couldn’t find a red lace. Lace dyes really well so consider this option if you can’t find the color you are looking for!
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Watch the full tutorial below:
I hope you have fun turning some of your old shirts into fun shirts with designs! Don’t forget to pin this for later!
I had never thought of this, what an amazing tip/hack to update your clothes and add your own style. Love it, thanks for sharing!
I love this diy! I wish my daughter was older so I can do them with her, cute!
How adorable and perfect for a little fashionita like her!
This looks like so much fun! I will try this with my grand-daughter. I know she will love it!
Oh I love easy things! What a fun activity for kids this summer!
This looks like a fun and easy hack. The kids would enjoy this for sure!
What a fun idea! My kids could totally do this with some of their old shirts.
So easy! How did you dye the lace?
We used the RIT dyes that you can find at any hobby store or even a grocery store!
What a cool post! My kids are always changing up their clothes. They would love this idea! Thanks for sharing. 🙂
What a great idea! Thank you for sharing!
Aw what a fantastic idea, so creative and a great way to use up excess material. I love the designs ya’ll created xxx
I love this! Really appreciate you having your daughter model for this post. Goes to show you even a child can do this 👍🏼
What a fun idea!! This is something this No Sew Mom could actually handle and do with my Kiddies. I love it!
such a cool little project, perfect for Summer!
I love this idea, and how easy it is to make 🙂 the cat design is definitely my favourite, as I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady haha! x
Love this, I want to come and be creative with you and your daughter.
How lovely, what a fun and creative idea!
Great idea. Your girls are going to grow up so creative with all these experiences.
This is such a cute idea…and might be a solution for stains or rips in old shirts.
That applique technique is so cool! I may have to try it for myself 😉
OMG so easy with the fabric glue!!
So cute! Love this DIY project to try with my twinsies!
I love this idea! No sew sounds achievable to me. Thank you!
I love these DIY projects that I can do with my daughter… She loves to do hands-on crafts… And wearing her creation is an extra plus… Thank you…
This looks like a fun! A great way to add your own spin on and old shirt and create something fun and new.
What a great way to upcycle an old shirt!
So cute, it is great to involve kids into fabric craft, they will love their customize shirt!
Oh, this is adorable and what a great project for the summer!
Cute ideas for any young person to let out some creativeness!
That looks like a good way to change things up!
super cute hack that even the littles can do. Fun tips!
I love that this is the no-sew edition because then I can actually try it!
This is so fun and cute!
Such a cute idea! My daughter would love to do this!
Like the short cut for the kids and the outcome. Nice boost for their self esteem.
My 9-year-old loves crafting but I am not always up for her projects! This is something I would be comfortable letting her do with a little supervision. Thanks for sharing!
Super cute idea! I love that your daughter did the whole tutorial!
These are so cute! I just love DIY shirts!