Interchangeable Flower Shirt- {Choose to Thrive}

Hi everyone! I’m Nike from Choose To Thrive and I’m thrilled to be guest posting here at The CSI Project!

Some of you know my story: the layoff fairy stole my crafting budget so I’m on a mission to create, build, refashion and remodel using only what I have on hand. No money, no shopping, no problem.

So now that warm weather has finally arrived, I emptied out my kids’ summer clothes bins and realized my little girl had outgrown all her shirts. No biggie. It’s time for a project!

Two long underwear shirts (one grey and one white) from my son got a quick trim to make a more feminine 3/4 length sleeve. The raw edges were rolled and tacked in place.

And while my daughter loved her new shirts and I loved having two new staples to mix and match with her pants and skirts, they just looked so … plain … and there was still only two of them.

But after a quick look through my fabric stash, I decided that some worn out t-shirts and some snaps could help me TOTALLY FAKE a larger t-shirt wardrobe.

For this project you’ll need:

Make a 1” wide paper pattern in a smile shape to match the neckline of your shirt.

Pin pattern to felt and cut out. Make one for each set of flowers. Set aside.

Mark spacing for 5 snaps with a marker just below the neckline …

… and attach snaps using a snap setter or hammer.

(Need help setting snaps? I learned how to HERE.)

{And a little tip here: if you’re worried about the snaps tearing through the fabric, cut an extra “smile” shape out of felt the same color of the shirt and pin it on the inside of the neckline before adding your snaps like I did with this white shirt. This will help reinforce the fabric and prevent tearing when the flower collars are snapped on and off.}

Lay your felt piece along the neckline and mark where you feel the snaps underneath …

… and attach the other side of the snaps so that it looks like this.

Flip the felt piece over and snap it into place.

Arrange your flowers where you’d like them …

… and attach with hot glue or thread.

(Need help making rosettes? I learned how to HERE.)

After glue has set, carefully unsnap the flower collar and trim away excess felt.

And that’s it …

Now lather, rinse and repeat for as many different flowers and colors as you’d like!

And you can add all sorts of fun twists to this basic idea!

Try adding snaps and flowers to the sleeves …

… or ribbons and bows to each end for a pretty faux bib necklace.

And just like that, those 2 plain refashioned shirts turned into 8 different looks (and I’m already plotting for more!)

And those besides being versatile, those sweet little flowers can come off for meal time, play outside or even laundering. Love that.

Thanks again to The CSI Ladies for letting stop by today and hope everyone has fun getting ready for summer!

  1. Reply
    Wani May 17, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

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    Angela D May 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

    Love this idea! Also great for hiding small stains on the collar. Super duper idea!!!

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    Danielle May 17, 2011 at 10:25 am

    What a great idea! Love this!

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    Michelle Owen May 17, 2011 at 11:02 am

    LOVE this idea! I am so ready to get my craft on! Thanks for sharing!!!
    You rock it girl!

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    alyssa May 17, 2011 at 11:11 am

    Shut the Front Door! That is such a cute idea!!!

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    aubrey May 17, 2011 at 11:15 am

    smarty pants 😉

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    Lori May 17, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Sooooo stinkin’ cute…and clever! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    Rea May 17, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Wow what a clever idea!! Am going to try this now! Thanks for sharing

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    Mackenzie May 17, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Wow! This is so clever Nike! Really ingenious!

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    Vanilla Bean Crafts May 17, 2011 at 11:59 am

    Love this idea! I was just about to weed through the kids closets to get ready for spring! This is gonna save me TONS of money this year! Thanks so much!

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    Christine May 17, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    What a FABULOUS idea! I love rosettes on EVERYTHING these days! Thanks for the tutorial, it makes it looks super doable!

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    Mary May 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    What a great idea to interchange them like this!!

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    Caroline May 17, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Such a clever way to expand a wardrobe !!

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    Chiara May 18, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    What a GREAT idea! I am in the same shoes as you since last week. I am a stay at home mom, but my husband was visited by the layoff fairy last Thursday. Now I’m avoiding Michael’s, Joanne’s and Target and just reaching into my scraps stash. It is keeping me creative! Thanks for the encouragement and the great idea!

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