Thursday, April 22, 2010

T-Shirt Nightgown Tutorial


Happy Earth Day! I love Earth Day & I'm really excited to share this eco friendly sewing tutorial with you today. :)

My clever sister-in-law, Lilia, came up with this great idea to make nightgowns for our little girls out of adult size t-shirts. So using t-shirts from your donate pile or ones that you've picked up from the thrift store, you can make some easy breezy night shirts for your little ones that are adorable & cost next to nothing. Plus it's eco friendly as you are giving something headed for the trash a whole new life & a whole new use.

I picked up this Bruce Woodbury t-shirt at Goodwill this weekend for .75 cents. I think it's awesome & hilarious because when I was a little girl we had a bunch of t-shirts from this local politician that we wore for pajama shirts. Remember that, my sisters?

Anyway, start with an adult size t-shirt. A size small works really well because the neck hole is smaller.


I was making this nightgown for Sadie, so I took one of her existing nightgowns & laid it on top of the t-shirt, folding the sleeves over like this:


Using the nightgown as a pattern, cut up the sides and around the arm hole openings.


Now you'll need to cut smaller sleeves out of the original t-shirt sleeves. We just free handed this. Cut a shape like shown below.


Just make sure the sleeve looks like it will fit the size of the arm hole plus 1/4 inch for the seam allowance at the underarm of the sleeve.


Next, with right sides together, sew the bottom of sleeves together & the sides of the t-shirt body together. Use a serger if you have one. Or check out this video on how to sew stretch fabrics without a serger.


Okay. Now turn the sleeves right side out & insert them into the arm hole opening this way.
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Pin it in place. Then take it to the serger or sewing machine & stitch into place, removing the pins as you go along.


Turn your nightgown right side out. At this point you can leave the nightgown as it is, or you can cut a curve along the bottom like I've done here:


Then just serge along the edge to finish it up & you've got a cute, comfy little nightgown that looks like this:


Here are some others that I've made. They're not all perfect, but they look adorable on the little girls. They are light & perfect for summer. Not to mention super cheap to make & great for the environment!

52 comments:

Brooke said...

Sooooooo cute and simple! I'm gonna have to raid the hubby's old shirts!

Melissa Everett said...

bruce woodbury!!... brings back lots of memories!!

Monica said...

Love it! I actually just made my girl a nightgown out of an old shirt of mine. It's a little ghetto because it was a tank top and I had to deal with shortening the straps but it's only a nightgown so it doesn't matter how ghetto it it, hah!

chanel said...

oh my goodness this is WAY cool! now i want a serger.
remember richard boner? nice.

kirsten said...

cute stuff! growing up we all slept in big tshirts anyway!

Kayanna said...

This is awesome Candace, I love it! My 5 year old refuses to wear nightgowns right now but hopefully she gets past this phase and I can make her some of these!

AshleyAnn said...

My baby girl has three big brothers...I'm thinking one of their old t-shirts would be the cutest nightgown ever. Thanks for the tutorial!

casserole said...

Great tutorial!! I've been making similar playdresses for my daughter out of old t-shirts because the knit is so much softer than anything we could buy already made.

I have scheduled a link to your tutorial to go live on Craft Gossip on Saturday morning:
http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-make-a-girls-nightgown-from-an-adult-t-shirt/2010/04/24/

--Anne

Agi said...

Great idea! I have a stash of hubby's old t-shirts :)

Michelle said...

I love these-what a great idea!!

Sandra said...

Love this idea Candace.

Sandra said...

Another idea would be to leave the sleeve intact and shape the side like a magyar style and thus giving a drop sleeve look....:)

Julie B. said...

Thanks! I did it -- made a few for my daughter. Awesome!

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Nice one! Looks nice.

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Alisa said...

cute stuff! growing up we all slept in big tshirts anyway!

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kiki comin said...

i LOVE these, Candace! I need to get my old t-shirts out!:)

Linda@CraftaholicsAnonymous said...

So cute Candace! Love this idea! now if only i could convince my little man to wear a night gown... LOL
thumbs up!
happy crafting!
Linda

missbossypants said...

My daughter is badly in need of summer pajamas. I was going to make some from sheets, but I think I'll throw a few of these into the rotation too! Thanks for the great tutorial!

Sewing-Chick said...

Darling! I love taking old tees and turning them into clothes for the kiddoes!

bean said...

thank you for this! i LOVE the first one i made so much, now i'm making one for big sister's little sister. they are both quite hilarious as they are a friend's old funny basketball shirts - the kind with a huge picture of my friend. lol, not a typical nightgown. :)

Jenica said...

I know this post is old, but I found it and loved it! It was super easy to follow, thanks!

http://pumpkinsboutique.com/blog/2011/06/tire-shirts-to-nightgowns/

Admin said...

The superhero nightgown is so cute it will fit a little girl. A t-shirt can be recycled in many things, options are limitless. In the past I have made bermudas out of them, made tote bags, many things can be done. Thanks for sharing those awesome ideas.

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aidam said...

Awesome Design.some more tshirt over at Cool shirts

Dorothee said...

Love your tutorial, pinned it at http://pinterest.com/pin/224124518926112534/ hoping you are alright with that!

lutecewoman said...

Hi, I just did one for my six-years-old girl - you can read more in french here http://lutecelettucewoman.blogspot.fr/2013/06/dormir-dans-un-vieux-t-shirt-diy.html
Thank you.

el.mar said...

you don't do anything with the neck opening? Seems like it'll be too big around daughter's little neck... We just went through our closets and have plenty of shirts that are candidates for becoming nightshirts! :)

Unknown said...

I just found your site while searching for a pattern to make my granddaughter a nightie. Thank you for your great tutorial. I love that idea and I have just the T-shirt in mind! For me, I found it easier to sew on the sleeves BEFORE sewing up ANY of the seams. This way I could sew it while the sleeve is still flat. Then once the sleeves are attached, just put wrong sides together and sew up the side seam and sleeve seam all in one motion.

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