Upcycled/Recycled T~Shirt Tutorial #2: Underwear

I don't know if you've ever noticed but in most of the pictures of my boys, they aren't wearing anything but their underwear.  Mike and I thought this would be a phase that would pass, however, after three years and many pairs of underwear later, it has become their primary wardrobe.  They get dressed only to leave the house {this is Wisconsin, in January, after all} and the minute they come back in, everything gets stripped back off again.

In a crazy upcycling ~ brainstorming session one night, Mike came up with the idea to make the boys some underwear out of t-shirts, and they LOVE them!

I used Katrina's Sew Quick Pattern and chose the appropriate size.  I used the XXXL for my 8 year old and the XXL for my 5 year old.

1 men's large size t-shirt left over from Tutorial #1.

My 8 year old has requested elastic in the waistband, but other than that he says they have good coverage and the leg bands are very comfortable!

Here's a few other free underwear patterns for the whole family:







  1. My eight year old wears boxers. I've thought about making them - even went so far as to buy a pattern (and a mess of elastic) more than three years ago. Alas, the sewing machine and I are not the best of friends. :/

  2. Just found this blog, what a lovely way to spend a rainy afternoon! I have really enjoyed looking back though your posts. Beautiful photos and words, cant wait to visit again

  3. now this is something really great!
    love your blog, lovely lady!

  4. This is such a great idea- I love the Bourbon Whiskey on the butt! We've made pillows out of some of my husbands old (PHISH) tee shirts but I would laugh if I saw a clever logo on my monkeys' butt!

    Great to meet you- Ren

  5. Thank you so much everyone! My husband works for a liquor store, so we get all kinds of crazy t's!! I'm trying out some other new underwear designs for older guys that don't look so much like diapers:)

  6. I had downloaded that pattern a while back and when I saw how you used it to make t-shirt undies I knew I had to give it a go. Thanks for the inspiration! http://karlamcurry.wordpress.com/2012/04/21/i-cant-believe-im-sewing-underwear/