Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Hey There Delilah

It always makes me grin when I can take a jumble of craft supplies and turn them into something spectacular!
One of the biggest trends in the crafting community is "upcylcing".  It is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value (from wiki answers)

One upcycling project I found was at (check out this site-lots of great projects!!)


t-shirt (We used adult size XL)


sewing machine with matching thread

1. Begin by straightening out your t-shirt. Iron if it's very wrinkly. Then, fold your shirt in half so the sleeves are lined up.

2. Cut around the sleeves

3. Cut around the neck . At this point, your t-shirt will look like a tanktop.

4. Sew across the bottom of the shirt while it's right side out. Then flip the shirt (now a bag) inside out and sew across the bottom again. The second seam you sew is going to be above the first.

5. Now to make the bottom boxy. While still inside out, make a triangle. Sew across (perpendicular to the seam) to make the stitch the base of the triangle
decorate and embellish! Or you can leave it naked too...


Nara Malone said...

Hey, thanks for posting this. I bought some upcycled t-shirts at a thrift store in Hawaii to use instead of plastic shopping bags. I've been planning to make more and now have your clear instructions to guide me.

thelaughinghousewife said...

I love the idea of upcycling. I've used my son's favourite tshirt for a cushion cover before now, but that's it. really.

Lilibeth said...

What a clever idea. I've got a lot of old T-shirts that need recycling. This is perfect. P.s. I also like not reading another answer to this prompt that didn't involve something sensuous (enough's enough, I think.)

Bethe77 said...

That is so clever how you used the three word prompt to show us great crafts and upcycling. I have never heard of that before.
Thank you for sharing
Visiting from Three word Wednesday

mindlovemisery said...

Your journal background is so bright and fun! Wonderful hobby you have. Great job!