Upcycled Tshirt Wreath

Upcycled Tshirt Wreath Tutorial

When decorating for the holidays consider upcycling materials from around your home instead of buying new.  I have a million and one old tshirts that I saved for crafting and couldn't wait to try making an upcycled wreath.  This project was inspired by the upcycled wreath that I made for my daughters room using a bed sheet. Supplies:  2 large tshirts, foam wreath form, and scissors or rotary cutter Time:  1 hour for med-large size wreath Directions:  Cut fabric strips approximately 1-2" by 6".  Tie each strip onto the wreath form with a simple knot.  Continue tying strips to the wreath until you fill up the entire form.  Embellish with a fabric flower. (Directions for the tshirt fabric flower can be found at Emily's Little World blog.)  I used tshirt scraps and braided them to for the hanging ribbon for this wreath.  You can use straight pens to attach the braid to the back of the wreath. Hang your wreath and enjoy!  Happy Holidays!   ... [ Read More ]

T-shirt Apron Tutorial #freefromtrash

Tshirt Apron Tutorial #freefromtrash

Today is the first day of July and the first day of my Upcycled Crafting Challenge.  The first day is to create something using t-shirts.  Many of you may wonder where I get my patterns from.  I usually make them up by looking at pictures or by looking at items I see in the stores. Today I started with a quick Pinterest search for 'Aprons' and decided I wanted a full apron and not just the one that goes around the waist. Here is a list of materials you'll need to complete this project: 3+ large t-shirts (I used 3 of my husbands old shirts) scissors (invest in some good sewing scissors, mine are lost at the moment) straight pins sewing machine thread (I used only 1 color but you may want to change it up to coordinate with your fabric) iron and ironing board Optional: an extra needle in case you break one like I did! I started by sketching a pattern on some old newspaper.  I used my own measurements to decide how wide and long I wanted it.   After I cut my ... [ Read More ]

Trash to Treasure Halloween Wreath – Inspired by Pinterest

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A few weeks ago I shared with you a pin-spiration project that was found while searching Pinterest for hours on end.  A few days later the boy and I made a trip to our local craft store to pick up the wire form needed to complete the project.  I ended up with 2 large wire wreath forms and 2 small forms.  We experimented with the small form first, here is our progress: Trash to Treasure Halloween Wreath Tutorial (with pictures): First start with a pile of fabric and/or t-shirt scraps and select the color scheme for your wreath.  Since this is a Halloween theme we went with oranges, purples, blacks, greens, yellow, and a few old Halloween scraps. The tools we used for the project were very simple - a wire wreath form, a pair of scissors, and fabric.  We didn't use anything else for our project and it was very kid friendly. Cut your fabric into strips about 1" in width.  The length of the strips depends on the size of your form.  Using a small form our strips were ... [ Read More ]

Cloth Diapers for Baby Dolls

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Day 12 - Baby dolls need cloth diapers too! Starting last December (2009) I've been slowly growing confidence behind my sewing machine and sewing up some cute projects around the home.  Lil' B has recently fallen in love with baby dolls and now has three of them.  All of which have bare bums - no diapers included.  I decided last night to look around online and see what I could find for doll cloth diapers.  Thanks to @taprilcrosier and @mrsob1 for leading me to Etsy where I actually bought a few items that I'll share with you once they arrive. However, I'm very impatient and my super mom complex kicked in tonight so I decided to make my own baby doll cloth diapers.  I actually started out making a baby doll sling so Lil' B could wear her baby doll just like I once wore her.  That project took an entire 5 minutes to make (seriously it was that easy) so I found a pattern for doll cloth diapers on Skip to my Lou - a fabulous craft blog that I read almost daily. Here is how my ... [ Read More ]

Oldie But Goodie – Upcycled T-Shirt Scarf

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Please enjoy my Oldies But Goodies while I take a break from the computer and enjoy my family and other things that I'm THANKFUL for this year.  New content will return later this week. I have been sewing lots lately and decided to use the fabrics that I have on hand instead of going back to the store to buy brand new, fancy fabrics.  Most of my on-hand fabrics are old, retired t-shirts.  I’ve seen many different varieties of a t-shirt scarf and here is my own version. Supplies:  2 adult t-shirts, a sewing machine, pins, needle, thread, and scissors Directions: -Decide how wide you want your scarf to be.  I used a scarf I had on hand as a guide. -Cut strips from your shirts.  I cut about 8″ wide strips starting from the bottom of the shirt (cute through both sides).  Remove arms and neck pieces. -After I cut the width strips I cut those strips into 12″ lengths (approx. size only – all sizes can vary). -Decide on a pattern and color scheme by laying the strips out the ... [ Read More ]

Oldie But Goodie – Handmade T-Shirt Doggy Bed

Please enjoy my Oldies But Goodies while I take a break from the computer and enjoy my family and other things that I'm THANKFUL for this year.  New content will return next week! I usually save these posts for Thursdays but I had to share my latest project with you today.  My sewing machine has been quite busy lately but I’ve put myself on a fabric buying ban!  Seems that I get a little carried away at the fabric store with all the pretty prints.  If you remember my last Trash to Treasure Thursday (tie-dyed ruffle skirt) I still had parts of that the tie-dyed t-shirt in my fabric box.  My sweet (mischievous) pug decided recently to attack (and destroy) his pet bed – or should I say he redecorated the house with stuffing!  I decided it was time for him to have a new bed – but I refuse to buy him a new one!  Afterall it will only be a matter of weeks before it’s used to redecorate the house too. For this project I measured the size of the crate to determine the dimensions of ... [ Read More ]

Trash to Treasure – T-shirt Scarf

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I have been sewing lots lately and decided to use the fabrics that I have on hand instead of going back to the store to buy brand new, fancy fabrics.  Most of my on-hand fabrics are old, retired t-shirts.  I've seen many different varieties of a t-shirt scarf and here is my own version. Supplies:  2 adult t-shirts, a sewing machine, pins, needle, thread, and scissors Directions: -Decide how wide you want your scarf to be.  I used a scarf I had on hand as a guide. -Cut strips from your shirts.  I cut about 8" wide strips starting from the bottom of the shirt (cute through both sides).  Remove arms and neck pieces. -After I cut the width strips I cut those strips into 12" lengths (approx. size only - all sizes can vary). -Decide on a pattern and color scheme by laying the strips out the way you would like them on your scarf. -Pin the front sides of two (2) pieces - continue this process all the way down the length of your scarf.  My length was about five (5) pieces - well ... [ Read More ]

Trash to Treasure Doggy Bed

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I usually save these posts for Thursdays but I had to share my latest project with you today.  My sewing machine has been quite busy lately but I've put myself on a fabric buying ban!  Seems that I get a little carried away at the fabric store with all the pretty prints.  If you remember my last Trash to Treasure Thursday (tie-dyed ruffle skirt) I still had parts of that the tie-dyed t-shirt in my fabric box.  My sweet (mischievous) pug decided recently to attack (and destroy) his pet bed - or should I say he redecorated the house with stuffing!  I decided it was time for him to have a new bed - but I refuse to buy him a new one!  Afterall it will only be a matter of weeks before it's used to redecorate the house too. For this project I measured the size of the crate to determine the dimensions of the doggy bed.  From that I cut the t-shirt into the outer dimensions (plus a few extra inches for seam allowance).  Since the t-shirt wasn't quite large enough for the entire bed I cut ... [ Read More ]