Thursday, September 22, 2011

How to make old t-shirts into new pretties

Everyone has a closet full of old t shirts that they never ever wear.  I know from experience that no one wants to get rid of these t shirts either (although I don't know why... maybe it's some weird mental thing, like "I may not have a ton of money, but at least I'm rich in t shirts!")  Well, now you can start busting those uglies out of the closet, and making them into stuff you actually WILL use.  The first one we're going to do is t shirt scarves.  I had been wanting to try this for a while, and found a bunch of tutorials online, as well as one in a book that I have. I kind of mish mashed it all together to make my own step by step tutorial for you guys today.

Here's what you need:
scissors and rotary cutter not pictured
-1 t shirt
-self healing mat
-rotary cutter
-beads if you want them for decoration

Here's what you do:
Cut a straight line across the t shirt, just below the lettering (your scarf might look really weird with the lettering on it, or it might look really cool... but I cut mine off.)

Cut strips across your t shirt, I made mine 1 inch wide, but I would actually suggest going a little wider.  Leave about a 1-1.5 inch margin on each side (see picture below)

This is what it should look like after you cut it.  You don't want to cut all the way across, because margins are going to be what holds the scarf together.

Pick it up like so.  (Look at me being a dork smiling for the camera).  Put you hand through the t shirt, in the layer between the strips and pull it apart so it looks like this:
We're getting there!!!

Now we're going to use the sleeve to make a new strip to wrap around each side.  Cut the sleeve open so that it's not a cylinder anymore.  Then cut 2 strips from the piece of fabric.

Wrap the new strips around the part of the shirt that didn't get cut initially.  It's hard to explain, you should know by looking which part this is.

This is what it's gonna look like, you can tuck the edges of the wrapping strip underneath.

At this point, it can be all done if you want it to be!!!
Or, you can put some decorations on!

For beads:
Cut one piece off of each side, you will need it to be longer than just one piece.  Pull out tight so that the strand gets skinnier.  You can string the beads on to the piece, then tie a knot between them, or just put on beads without knots.  Really, you can do whatever you want!!!
Here is my finished version:
It's sort of scarfey-necklacey.  But super cute, especially for Fall!  I can't wait to wear it!  It's actually really hot out right now and when I took the picture outside yesterday I was sweating while I was wearing it.  If you make one, send a picture, I would love to see them!


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