I came across a few T-shirts that I really liked for really cheap, but they were way too big. I went ahead and picked them up despite the size and decided to redesign them into something else.
Blue T-Shirt Before
I flipped the shirt inside out and cut off the sleeves.
I cut off the very bottom all the way around.
I cut off the top underneath the neck of the shirt. I noticed that the top would bunch due to the design I chose and would make the words on the top of the shirt illegible, so I attached another piece of scrap fabric to the top as to extend the bunching away from the words. Then folded the top down and made a zig-zag stitch towards the bottom of the flap.
Lastly, I took the bottom that I cut off earlier and put it though the top loop creating the tie. Here is the final product.
Blue T-Shirt After
Cream T-Shirt Before
First I cut off the sleeves.
Then I cut a straight line from under the arm to the other side of the neck.
I found some coordinating fabric and cut it into 4 long strips. Next I braided the strips about halfway using two of the strips as one.
Next, I sewed the braided end to the back of the shirt.
Then I pinned the other side to the front of the shirt.
I added buttons to each strip in coordinating colors.
Cream T-Shirt After
I think that I could have spent more time on these and given them more of a finished look, but over all I am pretty happy with the transformation.