Wednesday, April 15, 2015

No Sew T-Shirt Tote

 Yep, another piece of clothing needing a new purpose.
This time one of my favorite t-shirts... and I'm really not a fan of t-shirts.
But this one is super cool.
Sadly the neck and sleeves were starting to show their age.
Thankfully the logo of our local roller derby team still looks great.


Got a cool shirt, but it's showing it's age?
First step, cut the sleeves and neckline off.  Leave the seams so it's less likely to pull apart. 

Next make your fringe. You can make this as long or short as you want to.  I want mine on the inside so they don't show. That means turning the shirt inside out before marking, cutting and knotting.
Time to knot, and knot, and knot some more.
If you've made no sew blankets you know there's a gap between the knots.
So the smaller stuff won't fall out, knot each knot together... surely that makes sense.  ;)
Because the spacing between the neck and sleeves are so wide, I used the seam of the old sleeve as a tie to close the gap. 
Still looks a lot like a shirt, but the tote is ready to use. If your shirt has graphics lower, then by all means make the top larger. I just couldn't lose anything on this one.  :)
Finished tote!  I tossed a big, heavy wooden box inside and swing it around... cause I'm a daredevil like that.  ;)

And so NOTHING goes to waste... the sleeves make great hairbands.  ;)

No Sew Up-cycled Apron


I have a small pile of old clothes building on my craft desk.
I couldn't donate them because they had holes.
But I HAD to do something before I went nuts.
So today I pulled out my fancy "you touch you die" scissors and went to town.

First Project
 Up-cycled Apron

Got a pair of old jeans?
Need an apron you don't mind dirtying up?
Cause come on, the one we bought off Etsy is too stinkin' cute to actually do work in.
... or is that just me?  
Anyway, here you go.  A way to reuse those old jeans.

Cut straightt across, about 1 to 2" below the back pockets. 
To make the belt, cut just below the waistline and then down the sides of the legs.
That's basically it! The button/snap works as your closure. 
 
... and if the jeans are a bit small, just add ribbon and extend it.