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Cool 4th of July Looks: Make a Woven Flag T-shirt

June 18, 2019

Best dressed for all the parties & fireworks.

That’s you, wearing this one-of-a-kind T-shirt. This look comes together really easily using a basic T and bias fabric strips you’ll make from bandanna-themed fabric and clever Dritz bias tape maker tools. There’s a pattern that provides the perfect placement for the flag. Finish it off with tabs at the sleeves, cinched with star snaps – patriotism at its best!

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape


DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

Take a closer look at the T-shirt. We really like its subtlety. It’s a fun way to wear red, white & blue and still look cool and understated. The technique for creating the flag with fabric strips is versatile, too. You can use any color of bias fabric strips to make all kinds of striped flags.

Supplies to Make a DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

The key tools for making this T-shirt are the Dritz bias tape makers – these are so handy to use for making bias fabric strips. Once you start playing around with them, you will want to add bias tape to all kinds of sewing and quilting projects. Watch this quick YouTube video to see how easy it is to use them.

For the flag T-shirt, you’ll need both a 1/2″ bias tape maker and 1″ bias tape maker. Jump over to Trash To Couture to see the full list of supplies and detailed instructions for making the T-shirt.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

First you’ll cut your fabric into strips to insert into the tape makers.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

Then, use the bias tape makers to make your fabric strips.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

These are what the finished bias strips will look like – note the varying widths that you’ll create by using the 2 different sized tape makers. Note that smaller fabric prints work best.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

Follow the above guide to make a flag diagram on your T-shirt. Use a water soluble marking pencil to draw the outline of the flag and its stripes.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

Follow the details over at Trash To Couture to make the slits in the fabric. You’ll weave your strips of fabric in and out of the slits to create the flag’s stripes.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

This is what the wrong side of the T-shirt will look like when you’re done weaving.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

Add flair to the sleeves and give them a more flattering look by adding fabric tabs that are secured with Dritz plastic star snaps on each sleeve.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

Each fabric tab will be sewn into the shoulder seam and then snapped into place using Dritz plastic snap pliers and a plastic snap.

DIY 4th of July Refashioned T-Shirt with Bias Tape

Now it’s time to wear it! You like? If T-shirt refashioning is your thing, be sure to check out these top techniques that you can use to create all kinds of custom looks starting with basic T-shirts. Pick techniques and looks that suit your style and have fun making an eclectic summer wardrobe packed with unique, easy-to-wear pieces.

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