Shorten Long Sleeves: Tutorial

In case you missed this when I posted this at On the Laundry Line, here it is!  I realize that it’s shortly going to be moving into cooler weather, but around here in Utah it is still very hot!How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

I found some long sleeved shirts at Wal-mart for $2.00.
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First, take your shirt and measure about 4” down and cut, making sure you have your cut at the same angle as the original sleeve is cut.
How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

So I cut four inches down, then a cut 1” from that, then another cut 3/4” inch from there.  See picture below. How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

Now just layer the 3/4” strip on top of the 1” strip. How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

Pin to shirt sleeve, making sure to line up seams.How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

Sew closely to either edge of the 3/4” strip.  I realize that my stitching is crooked, but since it’s an unfinished edge now, I think it works.How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

You could do the same thing, even more simplified with just a 1” strip.How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

B was excited it matched her purple headband.How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

She even let you see her cheesiest grin she could muster :).
How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

Yay for a couple more summer shirts for super cheap!How To Easily Shorten Long Sleeves {lemon squeezy home}

Comments

  1. says

    I bought that same purple shirt a while ago and cutted the long sleeve too! It’s amazing the money we can save just by knowing how to sew!!!!

  2. says

    i totally did this on a bunch of my kids shirts after you posted it on the other blog. it worked like a snap and they all look so good.

  3. says

    Ha, my baby has that yellow shirt :) I may just have to do that! Found you through Ucreate today and am a new follower!
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  4. says

    THANK YOU!!!!I love this idea. I repupose adult shirts for my three year old and this is perfect for thoses “rocker” type tees, Just a little edge but a finished look. It is also a good idea for boy shirts. It is hard to find a fun way to finish hems for boys. I was thinking of stacking colors in a mulity colored shirt.

  5. says

    Also great for shortening sleeves or leggings when they develop holes in the elbows or knees. I also shorten jeans to shorts when they get holes in the knees.