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The Upcycle Diaries: Orange Tube Top

I hope the pandemic has been treating you all well. Well as good as a pandemic can be. It’s been hard out here for me, bouncing around from job to job trying to make ends meet all while trying not to fail school has been a journey, to say the least. Although I’ve been having an overall terrible time socially, the pandemic did help me get back to one of my hobbies—sewing. Since I started school, I started exploring more about upcycling and fast fashion, and while the problem is much bigger than people just need to make their own clothes I thought maybe this a good way for me to start. I don’t have a sewing machine but so I have to resort to sewing by hand like I’m stuck in the 1800s but at least it gives me something to do with my hands. So this month (sewing by hand takes a month), I made my own tube top upcycled from a T-shirt.

This month’s t-shirt is from this lovely orange baby tee I bought from Bing Bong Group in Fukuoka. While I can fit into this shirt, it’s a little too small than I’m willing to tolerate anymore but I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. So instead of donating it or throwing it away to end up in some landfill, I thought it’d be best to upcycle it.

Read more DIY Projects:

Self-Made: DIYing my own Satin Suit
DIY: Upcycling my Dress into a Bodysuit


Lenny Kravitz orange baby tee on a wooden floor
  1. Cut off the arms along the seams
  2. Cut along the side of the shirt until you get two separate pieces.
  3. Iron down the shirt and fold in the shirt edges and iron again, so you have a clear seam to sew along.
  4. Sew the two pieces together along the sides
  5. Try the shirt on!
Black women wearing an orange tube top with Lenny Kravitz's Face

And there you have it as easy as pie. How did I do? I still have more projects planned, not necessarily from upcycled t-shirts but some more projects are coming in the future. Have you done any upcycling? Leave a comment below.

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