DIY Workout Shirt

Happy Fashion Friday!
I have a super fun arts and crafts project for my beautiful little bunnies to try over the holiday weekend!

I love buying new clothes, but sometimes I love making them even more!
I started college as a fashion design major, so I have always been a little crafty when it comes to recycling old T-shirts. This has to be my new favorite DIY reclaimed shirt. You can wear this casual racerback to your workout and then dress it up with a lacy bandeau when you meet your friends for some rabbit food afterwards. Turn your basic into a chic little number and go hit the gym like you own it!

DIY Workout Shirt
Makes 1 sexy little tank

Ingredients:
1 old T-shirt
1 pair of scissors
20 minutes

1. Start with a pre-washed T-shirt. Any old shirt will do! The bigger the better.

2. Cut away the ribbed neckline and bottom hem. For the sleeves, cut downwards starting from the shoulder, determining how thick you want your straps. Cut straight down and then begin to curve down below the armpit seam.

3. Determine how low you want your front neckline, and cut away.

4. Flip the shirt over and make a narrow racerback, curving inward from the armpits.  Then cut a deep “V” shape from the top neckline.

5. Using the excess bottom hemline, stretch it out until it becomes one long string of fabric. Knot the string a couple of inches above the bottom of the “V” shape.

6. Wrap the string all the way down around the center of the racerback, and back up to meet the other ends. Knot the ends together tightly. Trim the loose ends.

7. To give your tank a high-low look, lay your shirt sideways, flattening it out evenly. Starting a few inches up at the front of your shirt, start cutting diagonally until you reach the back.

Throw it on with some cute yogis, grab your water, and hit the gym!
Post or email your photos if you make a shirt! I can’t wait to see your creations!

If you loved this DIY, you may also like my DIY Multi Strand Scarf! No sewing required! 

216 Comments on DIY Workout Shirt

  1. Paige Pedersen
    April 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm (3 years ago)

    Hey Catherine! Im glad you posted your blog, you look freaking awesome! I just started my own healthy way of life (not on a diet because I should not lose any weight :) ) But I have green smoothies everyday and my food groups are the “Rabbit Food” I love that! I’m wondering if you are selling those shirts? I would love one so I can cut it like you did!!

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    • Catherine
      April 6, 2012 at 10:12 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Paige, you are so sweet! Don’t you love eating healthy? When I eat healthy, I feel so much better, and it makes such a difference in my mood! I have tons of healthy recipes and treats coming up to keep healthy eating fun and exciting!

      As for the shirt, I actually hand cut a stencil for the writing and then carrot and spray painted it onto a guys shirt from Target! A few people have been asking me about buying shirts, so I think I am going to screen print some in a couple of weeks! I’m so glad everyone is liking them. I will definitely let you know when I make my first batch! xo

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      • Kirsten
        July 11, 2012 at 8:04 am (2 years ago)

        I would love one of these shirts too! You have to sell them! I want to buy some as gifts too!

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        • Catherine
          July 11, 2012 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

          Working on it! xo

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      • Catherine
        June 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

        Omg it looks so good, Danielle!!! So cute!

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  2. Crista
    April 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm (3 years ago)

    Great DIY! I’m going to HAVE to try this today – going to root around in my boyfriends closet for some t-shirts :) Thanks girl! Love the layout of your site, its gorgeous

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    • Catherine
      April 7, 2012 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! Let me know how the shirt goes, or send a picture! Health & Happiness xo

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      • Anna
        May 29, 2014 at 12:51 pm (6 months ago)

        Are these washer safe or do the strings come undone/ shirts get excessively frayed?

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    • Catherine
      April 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm (3 years ago)

      I’l let you know once I screen print some shirts! xo

      Reply
  3. OishiiTreats
    April 13, 2012 at 3:46 am (3 years ago)

    Such a cool idea! I can’t wait to try it out.

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    • Catherine
      April 13, 2012 at 5:20 am (3 years ago)

      Let me know how it turns out!

      Reply
  4. Iris
    April 22, 2012 at 3:20 pm (3 years ago)

    Found your workout tshirt tutorial via Pinterest.
    Love your well written tutorial (I’m making one) and for sharing your weight loss story on your blog. So geninue and unpretentious! Keep up the great blog and I look forward to more DIY posts. Lululemon style maybe?;-)
    And you look absolutely gorgeous :)

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    • Catherine
      April 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much Iris! I Love hearing from readers, and it’s always so fun to hear how they stumbled upon my blog :) I started my “Fashion Friday” posts right before I left for a vacation, so now that I am home I will definitely be working on some new DIY projects! I love Lululemon, so I’m sure I will come up with some Lulu inspired creations in the future! Let me know how your shirt turns out! Health & Happiness xo

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  5. maribel
    May 15, 2012 at 11:54 am (3 years ago)

    Just made one, and super pump to go to the gym… Thanks a lot! :)

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    • Catherine
      May 15, 2012 at 8:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Awww I’m so excited you made one! So comfy and really cute over a bathing suit for summer too!

      Reply
  6. Jennifer
    May 16, 2012 at 6:58 am (3 years ago)

    I found this tutorial on Pinterest and I love it!! But I have a question, did you get a shirt the same size you normally wear or a larger one?
    Thanks! <3

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    • Catherine
      May 16, 2012 at 9:13 am (3 years ago)

      That’s so awesome! I love hearing how everyone stubmles upon my Tutorial :)
      I bought a men’s size small at Target, so it was pretty big on me.
      Pick a shirt that fits as loosely around the waist/hips and you will get the baggy look!
      xo

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  7. Bianca
    May 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Where can I buy this shirt!?

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    • Catherine
      May 16, 2012 at 3:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Bianca! I actually bought a plain men’s green shirt from Target and then cut my own stencil and spray painted the shirt! A lot of people have been asking for them, so I am currently looking into having shirts screen printed to sell on my website. I’ll definitely let you know of I have a batch made :) I’m so happy everyone likes the shirt! Thanks for your interest!

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      • Angella Pizzo
        June 5, 2012 at 1:33 pm (2 years ago)

        Yes please let us know, would be interested as well to purchase:)

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        • Catherine
          June 5, 2012 at 4:24 pm (2 years ago)

          I will definitely let you guys know if I have shirts made! xo

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  8. Bethani
    May 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm (3 years ago)

    Just did this with a plain whit t that I plan on adding design to, but it looks awesome!!! Thank you for sharing, very quick and easy. I have two kids and not a whole lot of money so it is always nice to add something to my wardrobe without spending any money:)

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  9. Leah
    May 18, 2012 at 5:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Love this! Made my new workout shirt today and it is awesome. I left the section at the top because it had something printed there and then tied it from there down and it worked great. Basically skipped the big V cut out on back and curved it down about 3 inches from top toward arm pits. So cute. Thanks for sharing! And I am enjoying your blog!

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    • Catherine
      May 18, 2012 at 8:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi leah! That sounds so cute! I’m so glad that it worked out and you were able to save the top section of your original shirt! xo

      Reply
  10. Kiko
    May 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm (3 years ago)

    I just finished my shirt for the charity walk that I am participating in tomorrow morning and it turned out great!!! Thank you for the great idea!!!!

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    • Catherine
      May 18, 2012 at 9:59 pm (3 years ago)

      Kiko that is such a great idea! You are definitely going to be the most fashionable participant! Have fun tomorrow! xo

      Reply
  11. Rebecca
    May 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I saw this on pinterest & I had to try it! So quick & easy and cute! Great for those t-shirts that you don’t quite know what to do with! Thank you so much for posting!
    <3

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    • Catherine
      May 20, 2012 at 8:53 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you so much! It’s always so fun to hear how everyone finds my blog.
      I’m so happy that you enjoyed the tutorial!
      Health & Happiness xo

      Reply
  12. Hillery
    May 21, 2012 at 7:42 am (3 years ago)

    I just did this to an old drab maternity shirt. Love the way it came out. Thanks!! It was so easy and your instructions were perfect.

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    • Catherine
      May 21, 2012 at 7:54 am (3 years ago)

      Haha that’s a great idea Hillery, I’ll have to share your idea with other mommies! You are going to be one hot momma in that shirt! I’m so glad it was a success! xo

      Reply
  13. Alyssa
    May 21, 2012 at 10:56 am (3 years ago)

    Yay just made 5 from some $1.99 t-shirts I got at michaels plus a tye-dye kit super psyched to see how they come out !

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    • Catherine
      May 21, 2012 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

      That’s awesome, Alyssa! I can’t wait to hear how they turn out!

      Reply
  14. Nichole
    May 22, 2012 at 12:43 pm (3 years ago)

    are you selling these tshirts? super cute! new reader via pinterest… i love annie’s bunnies. :)

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    • Catherine
      May 22, 2012 at 6:03 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Nichole! That’s awesome, I love hearing how people found my blog! Unfortunately right now I do not have any shirts for sale. I actually handmade the “eat more rabbit food” shirt by stencil and spray paint, but I have been getting a few emails asking for them so I am looking into having them screen printed. I’ll definitely let you know if I have a batch of shirts made :) Thank you so much for you interest! P.S. Annie’s is the best! yummy AND cute!

      Reply
  15. Jane
    May 23, 2012 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    hmm…love the idea, but it looks familiar

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    • Catherine
      May 23, 2012 at 12:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Jane! Ya, this style of DIY shirt has been around for a while! I love it!

      Reply
  16. Sarah
    May 25, 2012 at 4:46 am (3 years ago)

    I’m super excited to make my t-shirt for a hiking trip I’m going on in Oregon! There is a design on the upper half of the shirt I want to use, so I plan to cut along the lower back for the coil. Also, where did you get your bandeau? So cute!

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    • Catherine
      May 25, 2012 at 8:47 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks Sarah! You are going to look so fashionable on your hike! I got my bandeau from Urban Outfitters! Here is the exact link to the one I have!

      Reply
  17. Katherine
    May 26, 2012 at 7:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Nice! I’ve seen this style of diy t shirt before, and I really want to try it. What kind of thing do you wear under it?

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    • Catherine
      May 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Katherine! You should make one, they are so comfy! I wear mine with a sports bra when I workout or with a lacy bandeau and jeans when it’s nice out! If you have a big shirt that is long, you could even wear it as a beach cover up!

      Reply
  18. Sarah
    May 27, 2012 at 8:43 am (3 years ago)

    It took me four tries to finally get this right, but that’s fine with me. I kept shrinking the size of my shirt every time I made it, so here are some tips that helped me if you’re having the same problem:

    1. practice on a shirt that you don’t really care about messing up. More than likely it will happen.

    2. cut the exact same way demonstrated in the pictures. Your shirt should resemble a tank top with thin straps. Also cut a deep V in the back.

    3. and above all, make sure that you start tying your knot a couple inches above the V like it was specified.

    If I had done those three things, I could have saved at least one shirt, but hey, it’s a learning process :P

    Thanks for the tutorial and I can’t wait to show it off at the gym!

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    • Catherine
      May 27, 2012 at 9:11 am (3 years ago)

      Oh know! I’m sorry it took you a few tries, Sarah! Glad that one worked out in the end. At least you are a DIY Workout Shirt Professional now! Enjoy xo

      Reply
  19. Rae
    May 27, 2012 at 4:36 pm (3 years ago)

    I would totally buy one of your t-shirts if you had them made!!!!

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    • Catherine
      May 27, 2012 at 5:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Rae! I am looking into having shirts made so I will let everyone know what the outcome is :)

      Reply
  20. Vanessa
    May 28, 2012 at 12:14 pm (3 years ago)

    I just finished making the shirt and it looks great! Thanks for taking the time and posting this! I will definatly be making more of these shirts!

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    • Catherine
      May 28, 2012 at 12:41 pm (3 years ago)

      Awesome! I’m so glad you loved it!

      Reply
  21. Jess @JessCantCook
    May 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm (3 years ago)

    I have so many shirts I could use for this, love it!

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    • Catherine
      May 28, 2012 at 9:54 pm (3 years ago)

      Me too, Jess! I’ve recycled tons of old shirts from 5ks and volunteer projects! They are so chic now!

      Reply
  22. Jen | Something Turquoise
    May 29, 2012 at 8:29 pm (3 years ago)

    L O V E this tutorial!!!! I am totally going to do this with all those funky, big t-shirts I have! Perfect for summer! Thanks for sharing!

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    • Catherine
      May 29, 2012 at 8:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Great idea, Jen!

      Reply
  23. Shelbey
    May 30, 2012 at 2:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I just made this and I love it. But it looks weird with my sports bra on. What would be good to wear under it instead?

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    • Catherine
      May 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm (2 years ago)

      I think it’s cute with a sports bra, but I also like to wear mine with a Lacey Bandeau underneath when I’m not working out!

      Reply
  24. Lisa
    May 30, 2012 at 5:15 pm (2 years ago)

    please please please please please make a video. the first one i made was way too low cut in the front. woops. or i could just send you my shirt and you can do it for me!! hahaha p.s. i freiken love the carrot

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    • Catherine
      May 30, 2012 at 6:47 pm (2 years ago)

      You’ll get it Lisa! Thanks for the carrot love :)

      Reply
  25. Nicole
    May 31, 2012 at 4:07 am (2 years ago)

    I love my new workout shirt, however my one tip is to make sure you use a shirt that is a couple sizes larger than what you wear because cutting it shrinks the size. ;)

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    • Catherine
      May 31, 2012 at 10:30 am (2 years ago)

      Great tip, Nicole! I’ll have to add that :)

      Reply
  26. Samantha
    May 31, 2012 at 1:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi,
    I just tried to do one myself, but it didn’t turn out the way I wanted. I wish I would have read through the comments first cause then I would have known to use a larger then normal t-shirt. But I plan to go pick up some cheap ones soon. I would use one of my hubby’s shirts but he is a 3X and I am not sure how that would turn out…..Thanx :)

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    • Catherine
      May 31, 2012 at 1:26 pm (2 years ago)

      Give it another try! They are sooo easy once you get the hang of it!

      Reply
  27. Lauren
    May 31, 2012 at 7:45 pm (2 years ago)

    What kind of spray paint did you use for the lettering??

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    • Catherine
      May 31, 2012 at 8:07 pm (2 years ago)

      Plain black Krylon spray paint! It was all I had on hand when I got the idea haha

      Reply
  28. Jaine
    June 1, 2012 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, I just made one of these out of a shirt I tie dyed to sell and it came out pretty low in the side boob department lol. I am larger up top so maybe I should’ve cut accordingly but hadn’t done this before. When I wear my sports bra it covers all the goodies at least but not sure I did something wrong or the side is supposed to be that way? Anyways not sure if I will keep this one or try to give it to someone less busty!

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    • Catherine
      June 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Jaine! A bandea or sports bra usually helps with coverage! The shirt is meant to be loose and low cut, but you could try to start closer to the original arm pit seams for a more modest fit!

      Reply
  29. TIffany
    June 2, 2012 at 6:27 am (2 years ago)

    I just found this post on Pinterest! I love this idea… will be making a few of my own! Your site it very nice… will be spending more time on it!

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    • Catherine
      June 2, 2012 at 10:42 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Tiffany! Let me know how your shirt turned out xo

      Reply
  30. Ang
    June 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm (2 years ago)

    I fell across your site on pinterest and love it. I made this workout shirt from one of my old large tshirts and it came out so cute!
    Im big on working out and an avid runner but my eating isnt so great. You’ve enspired me to try juicing :) and switching over to a more “vegan” way of eating :) Ive always been a fan of raw fresh fruits and veggies! Everyone has to start somewhere huh?

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    • Catherine
      June 6, 2012 at 4:53 pm (2 years ago)

      I’m so happy you found my blog, Ang! I think you are off to a great start! Health & Happiness xo

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  31. Kate
    June 7, 2012 at 11:00 am (2 years ago)

    Hi! I just want to say I love your website! I used this tutorial to make my own work out shirt out of a huge, free t-shirt that I got. It worked great! I posted about it on my tumblr, linking to your site. I hope you don’t mind! A picture of my creation is on there as well. :)

    http://freepineappletomorrow.tumblr.com/post/24618844861/diy-work-out-shirt

    Thanks for being YOU!!
    Kate

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    • Catherine
      June 7, 2012 at 11:37 am (2 years ago)

      Kate, your shirt looks ADORABLE! Thank you so much for linking the tutorial to my website, you are so sweet :)
      I’m so happy that you found my blog! You are such a sweetheart!
      Health & Happiness xo

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    • Catherine
      June 8, 2012 at 12:05 am (2 years ago)

      I can’t wait for you to make a shirt! xo

      Reply
  32. Anndrea
    June 8, 2012 at 11:29 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this DIY project I found on Pinterest! I just did it and it came out super cute the first time, I normally wear a small so I sliced up a medium and it fit perfect! Now I know what to do with all the medium shirts I never use! And if you are really interested in screen printing your design, which is super fun, my family owns a screen printing supply store and can get it done for you at a decent price. Email Anne at conscreen@msn.com
    Best of luck with your blog!

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    • Catherine
      June 9, 2012 at 12:41 am (2 years ago)

      HI Anndrea, I’m so glad that you loved the tutorial! I have transformed so many of my “free” shirts from school, and volunteering events! Thank you so much for the screen printing help! Health & Happiness xo

      Reply
  33. Tiffany
    June 9, 2012 at 5:02 am (2 years ago)

    Wow! I just love your detailed and creative tutorial! :) Youalways have such great ideas!

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    • Catherine
      June 9, 2012 at 10:49 am (2 years ago)

      Thank you Tiffany! xo

      Reply
  34. Emily Abigail
    June 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE IT! I made my own & made a little blog post about it– giving you full credit of course! Here’s the link if you want to check it out: http://www.emilyabigail.com/?p=1383

    You’re amazingly inspiring, by the way. LOVE the blog. :)

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    • Catherine
      June 9, 2012 at 6:06 pm (2 years ago)

      Love your post, Emily! Your shirt looks amazing :) xo

      Reply
  35. Rachel Paes
    June 10, 2012 at 1:04 am (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for this idea, im so glad i just by chance happened to see it on pinterest…im definitely going to try it with some of my shirts, so cute!! thanks again :)

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    • Catherine
      June 10, 2012 at 1:28 am (2 years ago)

      I’m so happy you love the tutorial! xo

      Reply
  36. Jennifer
    June 11, 2012 at 6:01 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE your blog! Like many others, I would definitely buy your shirt.

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    • Catherine
      June 11, 2012 at 9:41 pm (2 years ago)

      Thanks Jennifer! Health & Happiness xo

      Reply
  37. MaryBeth
    June 13, 2012 at 8:03 am (2 years ago)

    Love the shirt, blog, tutorial. I second that you should have these screen printed t-shirts made. I would buy one in a second.

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    • Catherine
      June 13, 2012 at 10:26 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks MaryBeth!

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    • Catherine
      June 14, 2012 at 5:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Haha me too! I have transformed my closet of old shirts into new workout shirts!

      Reply
  38. Rachael
    June 15, 2012 at 12:01 am (2 years ago)

    I don’t know what you guys do when you can’t sleep but I just made a bunch of racerback tank tops to work out in :)

    Reply
    • Catherine
      June 15, 2012 at 1:11 am (2 years ago)

      Haha I love it, so productive!

      Reply
  39. Michal Kuang
    June 15, 2012 at 1:24 am (2 years ago)

    I’m still learning from you, while I’m trying to achieve my goals. I certainly love reading everything that is posted on your blog.Keep the posts coming. I loved it!

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    • Catherine
      June 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much Michal! Health & Happiness xo

      Reply
  40. Jennifer
    June 15, 2012 at 4:14 pm (2 years ago)

    How do you wash these shirts? Do they stay together in the washer? So cute, though… can’t wait to try it! :)

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  41. Heather
    June 17, 2012 at 7:34 pm (2 years ago)

    OMG! I found this post via Pinterest. I *just* made my first shirt using an old stained up t-shirt (not sure why it was even still in my closet). It turned out so cute!! I am off to make a second one and I will post the pics to share with you.

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    • Catherine
      June 18, 2012 at 11:38 am (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome, Heather! So glad you loved the tutorial! xo

      Reply
  42. Priscilla
    June 18, 2012 at 3:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I love your blog I love healthy eating and working out 6days a week I’m down 24 lbs thank u for the food ideas keep it up u encourage me to keep going thanks;)

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    • Catherine
      June 18, 2012 at 4:57 pm (2 years ago)

      Wow Priscilla that’s fantastic! I’m so glad you found my blog. Keep up the good work! Health & Happiness xo

      Reply
  43. Karly
    June 23, 2012 at 11:39 am (2 years ago)

    LOVE your blog (very clever blog name too)! Just found it yesterday and it is great. I would also love to buy one of the shirts if you decide to make some for sale! :)

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    • Catherine
      June 23, 2012 at 1:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you so much, Karly! I’ll let you guys know when I have shirts! xo

      Reply
  44. Caline
    June 24, 2012 at 1:27 pm (2 years ago)

    Not very good for ab exercises, we must admit. But I love it in spite of it! :D

    I just did one and I’m anxious to run with it next weekend! :)

    Congrats!

    Kisses (from Brazil)

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    • Catherine
      June 24, 2012 at 4:29 pm (2 years ago)

      Hello to Brazil and Caline! Haha not the best for ab and floor workouts when you’re on your back, but fab for everything else! So happy you loved the tutorial! xoxo

      Reply
  45. Rachel
    June 24, 2012 at 9:22 pm (2 years ago)

    I love it so much it is such a cute idea! I can not wait to workout in my creation!! :)

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  46. Emilie
    June 26, 2012 at 9:23 pm (2 years ago)

    Where can I buy actual t-shirt? I looked on the site And maybe I’m blind but I couldn’t find it haha but it’s so cute!! :)

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  47. Jessica
    June 29, 2012 at 7:28 pm (2 years ago)

    They worked out great! I love them! Thanks for the tutorial! :)

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  48. Arien Grosskurth
    June 30, 2012 at 4:17 am (2 years ago)

    I found some Star Wars shirts on a clearance rack for $5. I usually wear adult S/M, but the smallest they had was L. I bought it and used this DIY to make it into a beachy shirt and it looks so great! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    • Catherine
      June 30, 2012 at 8:55 am (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome! So happy you have some new beachwear now :)

      Reply
  49. Megan Sunny
    July 1, 2012 at 6:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Thank you so much for posting this! I created a 4th of July Flag Shirt…much more comfortable as a tank than a tee! And do much cuter!

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    • Catherine
      July 1, 2012 at 8:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Such a cute idea Megan!

      Reply
  50. Christiane
    July 1, 2012 at 9:00 pm (2 years ago)

    hi, how are you? I loved your blog! I made a shirt and I published on my blog. I have put your link up there. visit and see. kisses!

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    • Catherine
      July 1, 2012 at 10:25 pm (2 years ago)

      Christine, your shirt turned out so cute!!! Thank you for sharing your photo! xo

      Reply
      • Colette
        July 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm (2 years ago)

        I LOVE this DIY I just reinvented 6 of my “frumpy” shirts and I cannot wait to run in them! Please let me know when you make some of your shirts I will Definately buy one for me and the hubby!! Your blog is amazing and I love it! Keep it up you look amazing!

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        • Catherine
          July 11, 2012 at 1:43 pm (2 years ago)

          Love it! Thank you so much for reading my blog :) xo

          Reply
  51. Grace
    July 3, 2012 at 7:37 am (2 years ago)

    Just made mine! I switched it Up on the back though. Instead of wrapping the hem in a long line, I tied 3 knots, one right below the previous. I love it!

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    • Catherine
      July 3, 2012 at 11:17 am (2 years ago)

      So cute, Grace! xo

      Reply
  52. angela
    July 3, 2012 at 11:54 am (2 years ago)

    just a question – does the twist in the back hurt if you do abs or any floor work? i made a tank from some tees using another how-to on pinterest (where you just gather the back of the shirt and wrap cut fabric around it, then knot), and the knot digs into my spine super bad when i do abs lol

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    • Catherine
      July 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm (2 years ago)

      The twist and knot could be a little irritating during floor work, this could be better as a “cardio” top haha

      Reply
  53. Abby
    July 4, 2012 at 10:17 am (2 years ago)

    I love this tutorial! I am going to the store now for some tees :) I was wondering where you made your blog. I have been trying to make my own but the web address always shows up with /blogger.com or something like that at the end. :P

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    • Catherine
      July 4, 2012 at 10:25 am (2 years ago)

      That’s great Abby! I cannot wait for you to make a shirt! My blog is made from a WordPress platform and hosted through my own domain!

      Reply
    • Catherine
      July 5, 2012 at 2:20 pm (2 years ago)

      Oh my gosh Iris, you did such a great job, your shirt looks adorable! Thanks for the link love on your blog too! xo

      Reply
  54. Biota
    July 5, 2012 at 8:13 pm (2 years ago)

    Please print these shirts! I will be the first in line to buy. Bunnies are my favorite animal, and these are genius. :3

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    • Catherine
      July 6, 2012 at 9:21 am (2 years ago)

      So cute!! You did a great job! xo

      Reply
  55. Hannah
    July 6, 2012 at 4:26 pm (2 years ago)

    This is too cute! Can’t wait to make one for my hiking trip on Tueaday and it will be perfect for cheer practice in this hot summer weather. Thanks so much for the great tutorial!

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    • Catherine
      July 6, 2012 at 4:43 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s great! You will love it :)

      Reply
  56. Hannah
    July 6, 2012 at 4:28 pm (2 years ago)

    Oh, and one quick question, how did you make the stencil that you used?

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    • Catherine
      July 6, 2012 at 4:42 pm (2 years ago)

      I made it by hand with an Xact knife and plastic!

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    • Catherine
      July 7, 2012 at 1:16 pm (2 years ago)

      Kristin your shirt looks sooooo cute!!! Love how you dyed your shirt! xo

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  57. shannon
    July 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm (2 years ago)

    Any news on the shirt printing front yet? I REALLY want one!!

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    • Catherine
      July 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm (2 years ago)

      I am having such a hard time locating the shirts that I want! It will happen though! Hopefully sooner than later :) xo

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    • Catherine
      July 9, 2012 at 10:57 am (2 years ago)

      Too cute! You did a great job! xo

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  58. Ashley
    July 9, 2012 at 9:59 am (2 years ago)

    Hello! I was wondering if the spray pait you used for the graphics held up after washing? Did it make the shirt stiff?

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    • Catherine
      July 9, 2012 at 10:57 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Ashley! It help up alright but definitely faded a bit!

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  59. Eveline
    July 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm (2 years ago)

    Just made one! From an old shirt I got when I was younger, when there weren’t that many slimfitshirts yet. I only used it to sleep in. But now…. let’s do some yoga, go on a holiday to the sun en celebrate the weekend :-) Thank you!

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  60. Joya
    July 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the super cute idea!! my shirt turned out great!!

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    • Catherine
      July 10, 2012 at 5:50 pm (2 years ago)

      Yayy so glad you loved the tutorial! xo

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  61. Kirsten
    July 11, 2012 at 8:05 am (2 years ago)

    Please sell these shirts! So cute!

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    • Catherine
      July 11, 2012 at 11:04 am (2 years ago)

      So cute!!! Thanks for sharing your photo! xo

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  62. Lauree
    July 12, 2012 at 7:50 am (2 years ago)

    Loved this, so I tried it. Yours totally came out better! :) I’ll just have to keep trying. I left a link on my blog back to yours. Thanks for the great idea!

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  63. Lauree
    July 12, 2012 at 7:55 am (2 years ago)

    I loved this so I tried it out. I think I cut odd with the V in front but its still a decent workout shirt. I posted a link back here from my blog. Thanks for the great idea!

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    • Catherine
      July 12, 2012 at 2:59 pm (2 years ago)

      Your shirt looks awesome, Lauree! It can be really tricky to work around graphics on certain shirts, but I think you did a fantastic job! xo

      Reply
  64. Jackie
    July 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Just made three and they turned out fabulous!! I’m a volleyball player so the style of the shirt is great! I love your blog and you’re my inspiration to a healthy lifestyle! :) Thanks for the cute tutorial and I would definitely be interested in buying a few of these shirts!

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    • Catherine
      July 12, 2012 at 2:55 pm (2 years ago)

      Awww that’s great! So happy that you can wear there when you play volleyball! xo

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  65. Toni
    July 12, 2012 at 7:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I just made my shirt and really like the way it turned out. Thanks for the tutorial! However, I’m concerned about what will happen when I wash it. Since the seems are gone, will it fray?

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    • Catherine
      July 12, 2012 at 8:28 pm (2 years ago)

      Glad you loved your shirt! I had minimal fraying on my shirt, but it could vary based on the fabric and weave. You could try hanging it or laying it flat to dry!

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    • Catherine
      July 13, 2012 at 4:22 pm (2 years ago)

      Omg Elizabeth your shirt is beyond AMAZING! Did you hand draw the logo and everything?! SO cute!!! Thank you for sharing it with me xo

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  66. Char
    July 14, 2012 at 10:45 am (2 years ago)

    Love, love, love the carrot shirt. Please make them available to all your fans.

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    • Catherine
      July 14, 2012 at 3:42 pm (2 years ago)

      Thank you, Char! I am in the process of having shirts made :) coming soon! xo

      Reply
  67. Amber @ Wickless Candles
    July 14, 2012 at 1:54 pm (2 years ago)

    I have recently lost a lot of weight and own a lot of t-shirts but they are way too big, I am super excited to finally make use of them. Time to put the little one to bed and make some workout shirts :) Thank you for sharing!

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    • Catherine
      July 14, 2012 at 3:40 pm (2 years ago)

      Congratulations on your weight loss Amber! So happy you can up-cycle your old shirts! xo

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      • Amber @ Wickless Candles
        July 14, 2012 at 4:40 pm (2 years ago)

        I made 4 in the matter of 45 minutes…if only I could figure out how to post a picture LOL
        Thank you again!

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  68. Mary
    July 17, 2012 at 11:19 am (2 years ago)

    my 1 yr old daughter had a shirt that someone had given her that was way too big…this was the perfect way to turn it into a cute little dress that she can wear now!

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    • Catherine
      July 17, 2012 at 12:19 pm (2 years ago)

      Thats amazing, Mary! Too cute :)

      Reply
  69. Marta
    July 19, 2012 at 1:20 am (2 years ago)

    Supeeer to jest , udało mi sie ! wyszła fajna ~ xd

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    • Catherine
      July 19, 2012 at 10:43 am (2 years ago)

      Glad it turned out grew, Marta! xo

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  70. Katrina
    July 19, 2012 at 10:08 am (2 years ago)

    Love this! I’ve been looking for a good tutorial for this for a long time. My martial arts gym lets us wear their branded t-shirts in the summer instead of our uniform jacket. I’m hoping I can get away with doing this to mine!

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    • Catherine
      July 19, 2012 at 10:42 am (2 years ago)

      Hahah I hope they let you wear it too! xo

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  71. Katy
    July 23, 2012 at 12:01 pm (2 years ago)

    Love this shirt , made one and love , where I work it is very HOT so this make it a little comfy to wear to work and still have some resepect for my co-workers , looking forward to more DIY’s from you ….

    Katy

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    • Catherine
      July 23, 2012 at 12:30 pm (2 years ago)

      Glad you loved the tutorial Katy! xo

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    • Catherine
      July 23, 2012 at 6:58 pm (2 years ago)

      Your shirts turned out awesome Sarah! Love the multi colored racerback!

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  72. Alyssa
    July 24, 2012 at 9:05 pm (2 years ago)

    Just tried this with an old Tshirt and I LOVE IT! Can’t wait to go to the gym tomorrow… walked into my mom’s room with it on and she asked wear I bough it. Haha thanks for posting this- easy to follow and adorable! :)

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    • Catherine
      July 25, 2012 at 10:31 am (2 years ago)

      haha that’s awesome Alyssa!! Can’t wait for you to show it off at the gym!

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  73. Kristine
    July 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi Catherine!
    I absolutely love your blog, it’s very inspiring. After a couple weeks of procrastinating and 1 practice shirt later, I made my DIY workout shirt. Super cute! I cut my sides a little low though. What do you wear underneath yours for a little extra coverage? I thought it was a tank top but I don’t see any straps. Thanks!

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    • Catherine
      July 26, 2012 at 4:41 pm (2 years ago)

      So happy you made a shirt! If I wear it to a workout class I swear a sports bra underneath but if I wear it on a normal day I wear a black lace bandeau :) xo

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  74. Vickie
    July 28, 2012 at 7:18 am (2 years ago)

    I’ve tried this, but with a DDD chest – it’s really tight around the chest – any suggestions?

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    • Catherine
      July 28, 2012 at 11:07 am (2 years ago)

      The shirt does fit a bit smaller once it is completed, so I would suggest using a shirt that is baggy already :) xo

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      • Vickie
        July 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm (2 years ago)

        Thanks – I will try that…I’ve been looking for something alot cooler (pun) to run in :)

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  75. Jenn
    August 3, 2012 at 11:29 am (2 years ago)

    I just found your website and I absolutely love it and you! You have totally inspired me to begin a new, healthy lifestyle! I’m beginning it by making the workout shirt (completed 5 mins ago) and the Cauliflower Pizza for dinner tonight! Thank you Catherine!

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    • Catherine
      August 3, 2012 at 4:12 pm (2 years ago)

      Awww I love it!!! xo

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  76. Jade
    August 3, 2012 at 7:52 pm (2 years ago)

    LOVE this shirt…saw on on Pinterest a while back and definitely remembered it for a white shirt I want to wear to the Color Run in Sacramento tomorrow!! I think I eventually want to try the scarf! “Excercise to be fit, not skinny” <3 it!! take care and thanks for the shirt tutorial!!

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    • Catherine
      August 3, 2012 at 8:29 pm (2 years ago)

      That’s awesome! Have fun at the Color Run! xo

      Reply
  77. Ashlee
    August 6, 2012 at 7:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Hey! I really want to try this, but I’m curious about how it looks AFTER you wash it. I know I’ve cut up t-shirts before and the ends roll. Does that happen in this case? Thank you!

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    • Sarah
      May 28, 2013 at 8:22 pm (2 years ago)

      I made this almost a year ago – yes the ends of the shirt roll up, but other than that, I LOVE the ones I’ve made. I still wear them every week for a bunch of different things – cleaning, working out, yardwork, etc. My advice is to use shirts that are too big for you. I wear a women’s Medium and I used Men’s Large shirts. Worked out perfectly, but I also have a pretty short torso :)

      I posted about mine in a comment above with a link back to my blog so you can see what other final products look like, and I know other commenters have done the same. My blog is thecraftrookie.blogspot.com

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  78. Andrew A. Sailer
    August 15, 2012 at 11:47 am (2 years ago)

    Me gustó mucho leer tu blog …. Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para escribir!

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  79. Cat
    August 27, 2012 at 5:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Great tutorial! You just helped me rescue an old polo of my father’s (the thing is probably older than I am). It was really badly frayed at the shoulders and seconds away from the garbage. I just made the back the front (cutting of the buttons made a ‘V’) and then followed the rest of the directions and it is awesome! Thanks

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    • Catherine
      August 27, 2012 at 8:08 pm (2 years ago)

      So cute Cat!!! xo

      Reply
  80. Nessy
    September 13, 2012 at 9:23 am (2 years ago)

    This post was featured on truecharismacrafts.blogspot.com
    Check it out!

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  81. jenimitch
    October 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm (2 years ago)

    just made three of these, took this SAHM’s at home look from frumpy to fabulous!

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  82. Trinity
    November 15, 2012 at 2:12 pm (2 years ago)

    Used the idea from this tutorial to make a very similar style raceback workout shirt – only I did 3 knots on the back (one on the vertical raceback bit, then one on each shoulder strap type area) to create more of a triangle shaped racerback style. Thanks for the idea! Managed to turn a t-shirt that I’d never wear into a workout shirt I love.

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  83. Kelsea
    November 27, 2012 at 12:40 pm (2 years ago)

    Absolutely loved this idea:) thanks!

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  84. rosalotalita
    December 5, 2012 at 7:42 pm (2 years ago)

    Found this on Pinterest, like everyone else, apparently. Just wanted to say thanks! I’m 7 months pregnant and have been wearing my husband’s undershirts to the gym an feeling like a whale. I made a few of these and feel so much better, like a person again. Sometimes it is something so silly as feeling less awkward to help motivate you, so thanks for that!

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  85. Danielle
    January 14, 2013 at 12:38 pm (2 years ago)

    Just curious, have you started selling the one in the tutorial yet?? It’s so cute! Just made one of my own from one of my hubby’s old tees!

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  86. Elizabeth Shoemaker
    January 25, 2013 at 5:00 pm (2 years ago)

    Such an awesome idea!!! Just made one. Its not perfect but will do . Can’t wait to wear to gym.

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  87. Gen
    February 18, 2013 at 7:51 pm (2 years ago)

    Just made 2 of these shirts! I live in a relatively small town, so I couldn’t find any fabric paint, but I cut out a template from cling wrap (the stuff that is sticky) and sprayed bleach over my picture then cut- came out super cute!!! Might be an idea for other followers of yours that are in the same situation as I am! Thanks so much for posting this!! Can’t wait to wear over swim season and to the gym!

    -gen

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  88. paula
    February 20, 2013 at 5:57 pm (2 years ago)

    love this idea. just made my first shirt. it’s going to be my favorite shirt to work-out in…until I make more. Thanks for the idea. is there a way to send you a picture of it?

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  89. Ashley
    February 26, 2013 at 9:17 am (2 years ago)

    This is so cute. I’m going to try to make one tonight! Does anyone know how well these hold up in the wash though? Just wondering for re-wearing after working out/sweating a lot? =]

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  90. Cindy {crazloucreations}
    March 7, 2013 at 11:53 am (2 years ago)

    Just wanted to know that I will be featuring this post in an upcoming blog post I did on making your workout shirt! I love it! I’ve made 2 so far! Thanks for the inspiration!
    I’m hoping to have it up on Saturday! I hope you swing by and check it out!
    crazyloucreations.blogspot.com

    Cindy

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  91. Daisy
    April 27, 2013 at 7:48 pm (2 years ago)

    So I made an attempt at making this shirt and 2 things happened. Although I followed the instructions as closely as possible, my shirt came out awful and all the cut edges were so ragged! But yours looks great! What gives?

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  92. Jas
    May 1, 2013 at 8:36 am (2 years ago)

    I just made the shirt in preparation for a sports/arts competition between campuses at my uni in France and it turned out amazingly! Thank you so much for your helpful tutorial!

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  93. Doiscounted shirts.
    May 27, 2013 at 6:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Thanks for the very nice post about workout t-shirt.

    Reply
  94. Ilse
    May 31, 2013 at 5:44 am (1 year ago)

    Wow I love this shirt! I just made one for the ladiesrun in Rotterdam next weekend of mine old pink shirt from last year! The only thing I’ve change is macramé-knotting instead of wrapping it down! Thank you so much for this DIY! :)

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  95. Lillie Moss
    June 15, 2013 at 10:51 am (1 year ago)

    Everybody love the shirt,so do I.I like buy a shirt.Cool!! love workout and be healthy. Thank for blog!

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  96. Brea
    June 19, 2013 at 2:53 am (1 year ago)

    I found this via the 36th avenue and literally just converted a bunch of my brothers old t-shirts :) thanks a bunch

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  97. Elizabeth Dunsby
    July 3, 2013 at 9:21 am (1 year ago)

    I just found this site on stumble upon and its super cute!! Great diy work out shirt idea and i especially love the rabbit food pyramid!! I’m a vegan and live my life almost exactly the same as yours and just wanted to say great job with the site! Keep up all your great work!
    I blog over at http://www.veggieeatsandothertreats.com/

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  98. lacey
    August 29, 2013 at 8:12 pm (1 year ago)

    I love this tutorial, going to give it a try! Did you ever get these awesome shirts made up? Would love to buy one! :)

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  99. Aly
    September 9, 2013 at 1:36 am (1 year ago)

    I have actually been working out for a few months, and I am realizing just how expensive workout clothes as alone. I bought two sport bras for $20.00 each and that isnt including the pants and shirts. I saw your DIY and I knew that I had some old ratty shirts and I tried the design and I really like it. Much cheaper than buying all the clothes. I am going to the gym today when i get off work and can’t wait to try it out.

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  100. מסעדת יונה
    September 10, 2013 at 1:37 am (1 year ago)

    Fantastic blog! Do you have any suggestions for aspiring
    writers? I’m planning to start my own blog soon but I’m a little
    lost on everything. Would you advise starting with a free platform like WordPress or go
    for a paid option? There are so many options out there
    that I’m completely overwhelmed .. Any recommendations?
    Many thanks!

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  101. JennyJen
    September 28, 2013 at 3:05 pm (1 year ago)

    Hi Catherine,
    thank you so much for the Diy idea. I actually created a similar shirt to yours. I wrote the phrase “EAT MORE RABBITH FOOD” and also painted the carrot on my T-Shirt because it looks so cute. I found your blog today (thanks pinterest) and I would like to tell you that you seem to be a very nice and inspiring person so I wish you good luck :).
    Jenny

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  102. Nikki Comma
    December 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm (11 months ago)

    Love this! I’m going to make one or two. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  103. Shannon
    January 23, 2014 at 2:43 pm (10 months ago)

    Do you have bunnies?

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  104. Kai
    March 9, 2014 at 12:30 pm (9 months ago)

    Hey c:. I totes LOVE this idea for the shirt. I want to try the stencil thing though for my art class. Can I use the ‘Eat more Rabbit Food’ slogan??? It’s just so creative

    (btw, I’m 14 and it’s solely for my art class but I might wear it around when I’m done.)

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  105. emma
    May 10, 2014 at 6:30 pm (7 months ago)

    will this work with a vneck tshirt?

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  106. Jenny R
    July 31, 2014 at 7:02 am (4 months ago)

    Love this DIY shirt!! 1 question: How did you protect the shirt when spray painting?

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  107. Kimberly
    September 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm (2 months ago)

    Where can I buy the t-shirt that was on Instagram and reads the following?

    CHIA SEEDS
    GREEN SMOOTHIES
    COCONUT OIL
    KALE FOR DAYS

    Reply

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