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The Upcycled T-Shirt

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Did you know the average American throws away more than 68 pounds of clothing each year? Join the revolution to reduce your carbon footprint—one T-shirt at a time! Widely known for her recycling efforts, environmental crafter Jenelle Montilone will show you how to upcycle tees into fun and fanciful quilts, accessories, toys, and gifts for the whole family. With nearly 30 easy-to-make ideas, you’ll consume less and create more!

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Save the Planet: Sew!

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SAVE THE PLANET: SEW!

I can still remember the day I fell in love with sewing. Frustration had me standing in front of my cleared-off kitchen table, staring at a boxed-up Brother sewing machine. I was tired of shopping for little boys’ clothing when I walked into every store and faced the same lackluster options. I wanted instead to design clothes for their quirky personalities (and to match their cloth diapers!). So I gathered up different materials I could find around the house, took a deep breath, and promised myself I was going to give sewing another try.

Yes, another try. The love hadn’t come on my first attempt. My previous experience had left me with thread nests and a few broken needles—but I had been all too stubborn to read any instruction manual. This time I was ready. I set out to repurpose or upcycle some clothing for my two little boys, and a few short hours later I emerged victorious—with enough time to clear off the table and prepare for dinner!

Growing kids meant that a donation pile was always in progress: prime for picking fabrics where I would find just the right colors or patterns to use on whimsical appliqués right at home. Talk about convenience! As friends and family took notice, they began dropping off their unwanted clothes and requesting custom clothing for their kids too!

 

The Basics

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THE BASICS

Deconstructing a T-Shirt

Throughout this book I will use terms and techniques that will allow us to deconstruct a T-shirt (or any other shirt) to get the largest amount of workable material. Familiarize yourself with the parts of your T-shirt.

The hem is the finished edge on the bottom of a T-shirt and on the ends of sleeves. The fabric is folded under about an inch or so and sewn into place. In the projects Drawstring Sleeve Bag and Reusable Produce Bag, we actually take advantage of the existing hem to make reusable bags. This is one way I try to maximize existing characteristics of a garment to practical reuse.

Terms to Know

APPLIQUÉ   Stitched by hand or machine, appliqué is a method of applying a piece of fabric on top of another piece of fabric.

BASTING   Stitching used to hold two pieces of fabric together before sewing with a more permanent stitch. If done using your machine, use the longest stitch setting.

 

Wearables

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SUMMER FLOUNCE DRESS

SUMMER FLOUNCE DRESS Cloud-soft, pajama-comfortable, and especially sassy thanks to the flounce,* this dress may be your favorite by the time summer ends. Pair with a cardigan for fireside wear, or wear it every day to and from the beach.

* A flounce is strip of decorative, usually gathered or pleated material attached to an edge of a garment.

Change will not come if we wait for some other person, or if we wait for some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
— Barack Obama —

YOU’LL NEED

3 yards of 54˝ jersey or interlock knit fabric or approximately 6 extra large T-shirts made into yardage

Coordinating thread

Marking tools (chalk or chalk pen, etc.)

T-shirt yarn—enough to wrap around your waist twice

Prep

1. Using the patterns, cut:

1 Bodice Front (on fold) • 1 Bodice Back (on fold)

 

Home

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TRIANGLE T-SHIRT QUILT

Create with the heart; build with the mind.
— Criss Jami —

YOU’LL NEED

8 to 10 T-shirts in a variety of coordinating colors

A square quilt ruler (suggested 9½˝) or create your own template from cardboard

Lightweight iron-on fusible interfacing—about 1 yard per 2 shirts

Poly/cotton blend batting—size based on the size of your quilt

Extra-wide backing or a flat sheet—try flannel for extra coziness

Safety pins—100 or so

Thread to match your backing fabric and a contrasting color

Crafter’s paint in contrasting color

Sponge paintbrush

Blue painter’s tape

Prepare

1. Choose your T-shirts! Make sure every shirt has been washed to prevent shrinking after the quilt is made.

2. If you want to use T-shirts with printed designs or logos in your quilt, place a square ruler over a T-shirt so that the design you want in your quilt is placed where you want it to be. A clear square will allow you to see the design through it, allowing for more accuracy. Remember that approximately ½˝ around the edge of the square will not show after it is sewn.

 

Kids and Furry Friends

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DEER PLUSHIES

DEER PLUSHIES This stuffed buck and stuffed doe are so cute that they might find a home on your bed instead of in the kids’ toy chest.

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity.
— George S. Patton —

YOU’LL NEED

(For one toy)

3 T-shirts or large scraps from other projects

6 oz. of polyfill

½ cup of rice

Wooden dowel or blunt tool for turning

Iron

½ yard lightweight interfacing

¼ yard fusible webbing (optional)

Walking foot (optional)

Thread

Prep

1. Using the patterns, create templates.

2. Cut:

15˝ × 15˝ rectangle of brown and interfacing for head, ears, arms, and legs

7˝ × 8˝ square of beige and interfacing for antlers

6˝ × 12˝ square of your choice and interfacing for shirt

NOTE: Additional materials are needed for the cape.

 

Celebrate

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GIFT BOWS

GIFT BOWS This is a quick way to use up some T-shirts to great effect!

The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson —

YOU’LL NEED:

T-shirt

Glue gun

Needle and thread (hand stitching optional)

Felt (optional)

Prep

1. Square up your fabric and cut (using rotary cutter, ruler, and cutting mat) 3˝-wide strips. You will have approximately 4 large loops, and this will make 4 gift bows.

2. Take 1 loop and cut to make a long strip.

3. Fold the strip in half lengthwise, and make 1˝ cuts along the length of the fabric about ½˝ apart—you’re cutting through the folded edge and leaving about ½˝ uncut along the raw edges. (Pssst! I use scissors here, and generally don’t measure.)

 

No Longer Disposable

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NO LONGER DISPOSABLE

Do your little bit of good where you are. It’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.
— Desmond Tutu —

I don’t recall being taught to recycle or reuse. My first introduction to the concept was sometime in elementary school when as first graders we would collect paper for recycling throughout the school. It was one of those privileges you were given to leave the classroom with a buddy … unsupervised by the teachers! Even then I didn’t actually understand what it all meant.

My commitment to reuse before recycling is something that is practiced daily in my home. It’s my hope for my children, your family, and future generations alike that we’re able to instill the values and ideas now so that it’s not a habit that needs to be learned—it becomes their way of life.

I’ve included simple and fun ways to practice in your everyday lives and create a happy and healthy home in this last section of projects.

 

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