October 30, 2011

Canalis Shirt Tutorial

Lately I've been on a kid shirt redo kick so I decided to take a break from that and make something for me...finally, something for this Mama...
and, yes, it's another tshirt refashion.
It reminds me of tube corals on a shirt...
and that is why I named it Canalis which is Latin for "tube".
You will need two of the same color shirt; one shirt needs to be one size larger than what you normally wear.  Take the other shirt, fold in half - hot dog style and fold in half - hot dog style, again. Cut it into strips like this:
You will end up with lots of tshirt  loops...cut your loops in half at the seams...you want to take off the seams and then pull each strip till it curls up...do this to each one.
Now take the larger shirt and cut right at the seams...from the bottom of the shirt all the way to the end of the sleeves. You want to open up your shirt completely so that it is easy to sew on the strips of from the other shirt. 

Now start sewing your strips onto the front of the shirt, beginning from the neckline and work your way around the neckline and then start filling down and across...just take one strip and begin sewing and fill up the front of your shirt in any pattern you like. If a strip is too long, just cut it and use elsewhere on the shirt.  Use up as many strips as possible to get it to fill in nicely. Since  your shirt is opened up, you can sew on strips even over the seams at the shoulders and onto the back of the shirt...Have fun with it...Just be careful to sew down the middle of each strip and make sure that the curled up part doesn't get caught with the needle...
like this...but if it does, just stop, put your needle up, release the foot and gently tug and snip off the thread until the shirt is free again 
Once you've filled up the front of the shirt with lots of tshirt tubes, turn the shirt inside out and line up the sides again, pin and sew up again...once with a straight stitch and a second time with a zig-zag.  
And you're done
Once you wash it, the tubes will curl in more...if you end up with some strips that don't want to curl up, just take your scissors and cut across the length of the strip about half ways and they will curl up for you.


Jill said...

Great tutorial! I love your curly embellishements! They look fantastic!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Babes and Sages said...

Great Shirt! I have one that needs a little refashion and I might just have to do exactly this :)

megan @ homemade ginger said...

wow, that is so fun and looks super easy!! love it!

Christie said...

Awesome job!

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Neat idea! Interesting texture. I wonder if this could be adapted to a Halloween costume? Maybe for an alien or octopus?

memakingdo said...

This is such a cute and fun refasion. Thanks for Linking up at So Very Creative. I featured this today.

Unknown said...

Ahh this is so mega cool. I need to learn how to sew asap. I keep seeing cool things like this & wanting to make them. I think it takes some talent to come up with something like this :)

Unknown said...

This is so good looking. I really like this and want one! I am going to feature this tomorrow on Strictly Homemade Tuesday come by and grab a Feature button. Also, be sure to enter to win my Shabby Apple Necklace Giveaway!

Albion said...

I found you through pinterest and love this tutorial. I love that this is different from others I've seen and it's something I can make today! Thank you for sharing!

Casandra said...

Awwww....this is so adorable. I like the way you did your tutorial. Very informative!

Blissful & Domestic said...

Awesome tutorial! I just found you on Crafting Roulette. I would love for you to link up to Blissful and Domestic Feature Friday Linky Party.


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Once you wash it, the tubes will curl in more...if you end up with some strips that don't want to curl up, just take your scissors and cut across the length of the strip about half ways and they will curl up for you.
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