24 Men’s Button Up Shirt Refashion and Upcycle Tutorials

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With all the extra men’s button up shirts that can be found at thrift stores, sew them into something else with one of these men’s shirt refashion tutorials!

I love refashioning men’s button up shirts. It’s definitely at the top of my list of favorite items to refashion. There’s plenty of fabric, and the woven fabric is always easy to work with. I love reusing the button placket in a unique way!

To show you what you can do with a men’s shirt. I found lots of great tutorials, so you can try one with a men’s shirt you have laying around.

button up shirt refashion

What is Refashioning?

Refashioning is to fashion clothing again or differently. I usually use this to describe when I’m sewing clothing to fit different or to look different, but the majority of the item stays the same.

What is Upcycling?

Upcycling is to reuse material to create something better than the original. I usually use this to describe when I’m sewing adult clothing into clothing for children or I’m sewing clothing into an accessory or house item.

Upcycled Shirt Cuff Pouch

Why reuse a men’s button up shirt?

A men’s button up shirt is made from great fabric like cotton shirting or cotton flannel. This is a comfortable fabric to wear and an easy fabric to sew.

There’s lots of great details to reuse like the front button placket, the front pocket, and the curved shirt hem. There’s also a lot of fabric in one shirt so it works for most projects.

men's shirt to skirt diy sew upcycle

Do you love to refashion? Check out these lists of refashion ideas! There’s something for everyone!

Men's Button Up Shirt Refashions

Use a button up shirt to make something new and fun. These refashion tutorials are for women and children, so you'll find something for everyone!

Button Up Shirt Refashion for Women

Button Up Shirt Refashion for Kids

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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Hi…I didn’t see the apron done with men’s shirts..I luv mine…and everyone would luv to make them…please add to yr great list…

Oooh loving the peplum top!

Just pinned! Will definitely need to try this. Remaking stuff is my favorite type of sewing. Thanks!