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DIY Lab Coat for Kids from a Men’s Shirt

Learn how to make a DIY lab coat for kids from a men’s shirt. This is a great upcycle project to make a simple Halloween costume!

My son has been working on a biography in school and decided to research Albert Einstein. For his final project he got to dress up as Albert Einstein and give an oral report. He was so excited to wear a lab coat and wear a wig and mustache.

I didn’t want to buy a cheap costume, so I decided to upcylce a white men’s shirt into a DIY lab coat. It was a great way to reuse the details which made the project much faster and easier!

DIY Lab Coat for Kids from a Men's Shirt

Luckily, my husband had recently gotten rid of one of his white button up shirts. It was starting to fray at the sleeve pleats, and some of the edges were discolored.

I knew it would work perfectly to turn into a lab coat. I loved being able to make this simple DIY lab coat for almost no money.

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.

DIY Lab Coat for Kids from a Men's Shirt

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DIY Lab Coat for Kids from a Men's Shirt

DIY Lab Coat for Kids from a Men’s Shirt

supplies

men's white button up shirt

Mark a straight line across the bottom of the shirt hem.

mark a straight line across the bottom

Cut the shirt hem off along the straight line.

cut a straight line across the bottom

Mark a straight line across the sleeve just above the sleeve placket.

mark a straight line across the sleeve

Cut both sleeves straight across just above the sleeve placket.

cut straight across the sleeves

Fold the sleeve hem up 1/2 inch twice. Fold the shirt hem up 1/2 inch twice.

pin sleeve and shirt hem

Sew the sleeve hems and shirt hem in place.

sew sleeve and shirt hems

With the fabric cut off from the sleeves, cut the cuffs off and cut open the sleeve along the seam.

cut the cuffs off and open sleeves

Cut two rectangles from the fabric and press flat. Cut the rectangles as large as possible and the same size.

cut two rectangles from sleeves

Fold the pocket hems down and pin in place.

fold top hem and sew

Sew the pocket hems.

Sew around the pocket 1/4 inch from the edge along the sides and the bottom. Press the sides and bottom in along the stitching line.

fold pocket sides and bottom in and press

Pin the pockets onto the bottom of the shirt. Sew around the sides and bottom of the pockets to secure.

sew pockets onto shirt

Give the lab coat a final press. You finished!

press to finish

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

DIY Lab Coat for Kids from a Men's Shirt

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