Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!

Boy's undies from recycled T-shirts

Added May 10, 2011

by verypurplepe...

Tokyo, Japan






Undies made from my son’s outgrown T-shirts. I copied one of his undies to make the base pattern. Then I made a pair of test undies from old T-shirt so he can tell me what he wanted to change. Yes, I made a muslin for recycled undies…. He wanted his undies to be a bit longer and not too tight around the bum, and I altered the pattern accordingly.

The original undies actually doesn’t have those side strips, the front and back pattern are in one piece. But the T-shirts were too small for this, so I added the side strips to the pattern. I think it looks even better, kinda like cycling shorts. As usual, I only use ordinary sewing machine to make them. I used zigzag stitch set on 0.5-1 on width and 3 on length. It works perfectly!

also blogged here

Material Notes

knit fabric (old T-shirts)




Garment Type

14 Comments Sign in to add a post

  • Th_noodle-6_large

    May 11, 2011, 08.13 PMby hukilaulei

    What a smart idea! I’m ashamed to say I just bought my boy a pack of unders yesterday!

  • 7477921d82b9cd62dad6abe75756cb0b30ea2282_large

    May 11, 2011, 07.11 AMby flowergirl22

    that is so good,, just even to think,,,, of using old t-shirts great,, inspiring

  • Sxsw_fashion_show_chickclick_photos_large

    May 11, 2011, 03.58 AMby robiedodson

    I love everything you do!!! Fun to see you here on Burdastyle – one of these days let’s finally make that trade!

  • Dsc01647_large

    May 11, 2011, 02.36 AMby eccentric57

    To heck with the boys…I am thinking I may like these for myself. Just skip the opening in the crotch and make myself some bloomer/panties!

  • 30dc666f97397fb31c295913f5a1f0ab992d7e22_large_large

    May 10, 2011, 10.26 PMby nuiwida23

    Awesome! I wish I had the guts to attempt such a thing ;D

    1 Reply
    • 1-p1280522_large

      May 11, 2011, 02.09 AMby verypurpleperson

      Believe me, it’s not as difficult as it looks! Knits are very forgiving and there’s no need to press the seam allowance every time! :)

  • Naburdaprofil_large

    May 10, 2011, 08.43 PMby janul

    you´re fabulous! I want to try to make some underwear too and I´m a bit scared to work with jersey…

    1 Reply
    • 1-p1280522_large

      May 11, 2011, 02.13 AMby verypurpleperson

      Thank you! I used to avoid jersey too because I don’t have a serger. But after I tried, it is really easy. Sewing jersey is much more faster than non-stretchy fabric, I spent more time cutting the fabrics than sewing these undies :)

  • 68e375b12add746db86ff64186ed232b50021fd9_large

    May 10, 2011, 07.53 PMby alexus1325

    Those are seriously cute recycled undies! I found a free men’s pattern for something similar, but alas! No men in my life like that style of underpant :P

  • Mzl_ljixuoxi_320x480-75_large

    May 10, 2011, 05.21 PMby FabricUiPhoneApp

    This is a clever re-use….man, your little guy’s is set for life in the underwear department. No more RTW for him!

  • Beach_baby_ii_large

    May 10, 2011, 03.54 PMby seasidelaundry

    From start to finish-so very clever!

  • Dahlnyc_1352392376_600_large

    May 10, 2011, 03.08 PMby alisondahl

    cute! you never cease to intrigue!

    1 Reply
  • 243e706940e9ec6ee5590c8d3bfdfce316b1ac98_large

    May 10, 2011, 11.45 AMby amibambini

    That is SUCH a great up-cycle. Well done you! Love it.

  • 3044175_l_large

    May 10, 2011, 08.48 AMby olystyrene

    Great work! What a fantastic way to recycle!

  • Img_3699_large

    May 10, 2011, 07.09 AMby michelle ><><><

    Love these gota try and make some <><

  • Aibeiaiaaabdcivp8_6utmdjkcildmnhcmrfcghvdg8qkduxmzljmtbkmzi0zjq1yzbkzme5mtewmmqymtzjode3ymzindhmzjewacujhxjosiikms4lfglgsrd75kga_large

    May 10, 2011, 06.00 AMby Shira B

    Thats so cool :) it turned out so great!

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post

Add to Favorites 15 people added it