Showing posts with label t-shirt. Show all posts
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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Upcycling: scrappy t-shirt baby hangers



We cleaned out my son’s closet…again! He outgrew another closetful of clothes. I kept a few of the colorful t-shirts to use for projects but I wasn’t sure what I was going to use them for.

I also found some of those small plastic baby hangers buried in the back of his closet. Keep in my mind my son is a teenager so I don’t know how those hangers have been overlooked all these years. I decided to use the t-shirts and hangers together.


  
These plastic baby hangers are just the right size for baby and toddler clothes but they’re slippery and the clothes tend to fall off.



Using the old t-shirts, I cut long strips and wrapped the plastic hangers. A dab of hot glue here and there will keep the strips in place.



Smaller strips are tied on to create the scrappy / rag rug look. The strips did take a while to tie but if you cut them all out you can tie them while watching your favorite TV show.



I didn’t have any baby clothes to hang on the hangers for these photos so I used some of my tops that tend to fall off regular hangers.



They work perfectly. The old t-shirts are soft and add padding to the hangers.



These would make great baby gifts. The plastic hangers are very inexpensive and old t-shirts are free! 


Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn
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Monday, June 11, 2012

Sew & Tell: refashioned t-shirt {summer navy & white}

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I love navy and white. It’s so crisp and summery. I was cleaning out my drawers and found a navy blue t-shirt that had barely been worn. It wasn’t a fashion t-shirt but one of those logo t-shirts that you would wear to paint the house. The redeeming quality about this t-shirt was that it was the perfect shade of navy blue.


I decided to refashion a plain white t-shirt so I could have a new navy and white summer top.


To make a t-shirt like this, you need to first cut t-shirt yarn from your throw away shirt.



T shirt Diagram 1
To make t-shirt yarn, you cut one long continuous strip going around and around the bottom of the shirt. I drew a little diagram above. 



Here’s what you end up with – t-shirt yarn. You can knit or crochet with it or do just about anything you would do with yarn or ribbon. 

For step-by-step instructions, here’s a little graphic you can save.


Once you have your strip, start pinning it to our t-shirt in whatever design you want. I chose rosettes in a continuous swirly pattern. I hand stitched the rosettes into place and then machine stitched the entire ribbon down.


I love it. I think I'll wear this with jeans or denim capris, espadrilles and a straw hat!

Thanks for visiting.
Carolyn


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Etceteras: t-shirt binder



Back in January when the new year was still new, I posted a few organization ideas including a pretty fabric covered binder. You can see it here. I had the best intentions of getting organized at the start of the year. I’ve made some progress but mostly, it’s one step forward – two steps back – who’s with me on that one?



My teenage son commented on the binder and asked me to cover one of his school binders. I went through my fabric stash but nothing seemed appropriate for a teenage boy. Then I remembered the bag of clothes that I had been meaning to drop off at the donation center {another thing on my organization list that was halfway done}.



I rummaged through the bag and found a bunch of my son’s t-shirts – perfect to cover the binder with. To see how I covered the binder, you can check out my earlier post here.



As with my previous binder, I used corrugated cardboard on the inside complete with little imperfections.



I’m sure I’m not the first person to cover a book or binder with an old t-shirt but I was patting myself on the back for this upcycling idea. The best part is, whatever old t-shirt you have will be age appropriate for your kid’s books or binders. Little kids will have flowers, stripes and fun cartoon characters and older kids will have funky skateboard logos like mine did.

Thanks for visiting.

Carolyn



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