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Sewing to Salvage Stained Shirts

Two shirts with one problem: stains. One shirt with a special feature: decorative embroidery. Here's a simple solution to use what's left of the pair and create a cute "new" shirt in the process. Maybe you don't have two stained shirts. Maybe you have an outgrown shirt with a favorite decoration on it, and a shirt with staining or a hole, which is otherwise fine. Combining two shirts into one will give you a "new" shirt to wear, where you once had two hopeless cases. Satisfying and thrifty.


  1. Align the problem areas of one shirt with the special feature of the other.
  2. If there are multiple motifs you plan to use to cover a stain, cut the motifs and arrange them on the other shirt, until the alignment is pleasing and also covers the problem area.
  3. Secure the arrangement with pins.
  4. Stitch the layers together. A zig-zag stitch is a good choice to help prevent fraying.

Presto, new shirt!

By Kirsten from Logan, UT


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April 23, 20120 found this helpful

Really smart. Especially for kids that attract stains like a magnet. You can also apply a pocket from a complimenting piece of fabric to cover a stain. I do this on pants a lot when the stain is down the sides of the pants. Of course it depends on where the stain is.

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