DIY Under $5: Ruching Shirt Refashion in 10 Minutes

Do you have a shirt that is a little too big, too long, or just needs a little flavor? You are gonna love this little 10 minute shirt ruching refashion.

Did I mention that it will cost you $1.50?!


All you do is hand wind the elastic thread on the bobbin. Put the coordinating thread on the machine and through the needle as usual, turn your shirt inside out and sew using a large baste stitch along the existing seams. I stitched from 4 inches down from the arm pit to the bottom. Be sure to back stitch at the top and bottom to keep it more secure. It is sooo easy!

I got the elastic thread idea from my friend Amanda, who was awesome enough to let me borrow hers. She has a more detailed tutorial on how to use it to make a cute ruffly scarf.

My sweet sis Jen sewing away. :)

Before<————————–> After

It made it a few inches shorter and more fitted. I love that it hides the things I don’t want to display (namely post baby bulges and that odd poker from my jeans’s waistband that makes me look like I have an outie belly button.) and made my super long shirt a more flattering length (look at my elbows in both pics for a reference point on how much shorter). I’ll totally be debuting this baby at the Creative Estates conference this weekend.

I have not washed it yet, so I’m not sure how that will go, but this shirt is hand wash only so I’m sure it will be fine.

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  1. says

    Great way to add more shelf life to your clothes! I have SO many shirts that are just too long. And I’m 5’2 and half of me looks like I’m wearing a short dress half the time.

  2. says

    i have a bunch of shirts that are too big for me now that the post baby weight is finally going away. this would be a perfect way to be able to wear them again!

  3. says

    As usual, what takes other people 10 minutes stretched to over an hour for me… but I finally figured out what to do to fix my problem of the elastic not gathering (so maybe my next one truly will take only 10 minutes!) and thought I’d share in case anyone else with a drop-in bobbin was having the same problem. Here’s the link: Creative Heart: Shirring Problems

    Thanks for the great idea, though. I’m new to your blog but I will be back for more!

  4. says

    I have that shirt and you just made me love it more, I’m going to find elastic thread this weekend so I can do that!

  5. Erica says

    I have been meaning to do this with several of my shirts. Didn’t think about elastic thread. I was going to use 1/4 inch elastic. I have an existing shirt that us d the elastic. Might be helpful for those that can’t find elastic thread!

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