Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Makeover Tutorial

Gooey Hearts Day is what they named Valentines Day on this cartoon my daughter likes (spelling? Rolly polly olie). I thought it fitting to make this shirt with things that were Valentine like so it could be her Gooey Hearts Day shirt. She loved the shirt and most importanly, the name :) It’s a simple makeover to give a shirt for a little one or an older one. I love the bottom part because it made this shirt longer, expanding it’s wearable life. Many times she can still fit in smaller sizes, they are just too short on her.

What you need:

  • A shirt to makeover
  • Fabric
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine, thread, etc.
  • Sewing needle and thread (to sew on buttons)
  • Iron
  1. -Determine how wide and long you want the strip down the middle to be. To determine the width measurement, take your desired width x 2. For the length, add how long you want the strip to be plus how much longer you want to leave for the part to tie and add an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance. (My daughter’s was 13″ by 3″). This will be piece one.
    -The second piece you need to cut is for the other tie to make the bow. Take the length of piece one minus the length of the middle strip (the part that will have the buttons on it). Add an extra 1/2 inch for seam allowance. The width will be the same. (My daughter’s was 9″ by 3″).
  2. Take the two strips and fold in half, wrong sides facing. Iron.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  3. Open pieces up, then fold each side towards the middle crease and iron.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  4. Turn up the bottom at each end and iron.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  5. Fold back in half and sew down the open side and the bottom that will be left hanging to tie into a bow.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  6. Pin the longest piece at the middle top of your shirt.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  7. Pin the second piece on the middle a little above where the middle strip will end. This will make sure it is sewn on.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  8. Sew down the side right on top of where you had sewn it earlier, but this time it’s on the shirt. Then continue sewing around until you have it all sewn on. Tie the ends in a bow.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  9. Sew on buttons. I used embroidery thread to extra contrast and a stronger hold.
  10. To add a bottom flap, clip at the bottom of the side seams. I would cut it to right above the bottom seam.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  11. Measure how long the bottom is on the now front flap and the back. This will be the width of your fabric measurement plus seam allowance. (I added an extra 1/2 inch). For the length, just decide how long you want it to be plus seam allowance. (I added an extra 1 inch for my seam allowance). Cut two pieces in these measurements.
  12. Fold one side end over once, towards wrong side, and then again and iron. Sew down that side. Do the same for the other side.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial

  13. Fold up the bottom once, towards the wrong side, and then fold again. Iron. Sew across.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial
  14. Place front flap on, right sides together, and pin. Sew across. Repeat for back flap.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial

  15. Turn seam towards fabric on the inside of the shirt. This will cover the fabric ends and prevent fraying.

    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial

  16. Sew right over the pushed down seam to hold it in place.
    Gooey Hearts Day Shirt Refashion Tutorial

Admire your pretty new shirt.

Finished

And then maybe think of some pretty accessories to make to match.

Heart Hair Clip

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Comments

  1. says

    I love the lengthening of the t-shirt idea. I think every mother runs into that problem. It has something to do with the little toddler budda belly. Now I’m off to adapt this for my boys!

  2. says

    Hi I’m back again today! I am so going to try this – just the help i need to start me off – Thanks again! Feel free to visit my blog it’s new and i don’t think anyone knows about it yet – just a newbie on the blog scene… :-D

  3. says

    This is adorable–I was just thinking that I needed to do some valentines clothes shopping, but you’ve inspired me to remake something we already have. I love the buttons especially. Nice work.

  4. says

    So sorry – I was a bit distracted while posting my last comment… I suspect you’ll understand. :>) I also have a skinny minnie who grows out of things in length long before width! :>) Super cute job – I linked to this on my weekly roundup – thanks so much!

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