Thursday, September 8, 2011

Up-cycled Tees (again)

So this time, it wasn't even my idea.  Last time, I wanted to tell you all about what to do with T-shirts that you had lying around.  And so I harped on and on about T-shirt quilts and how amazing they are and how easy to make and how much I love them and... wait, where was I going with this?

Oh, right, not my fault.  It's actually my SIL's fault.  I was just wandering through Sally Anne's, looking at things and touching stuff, reading off interesting shirts while talking on the phone like a total jerk-face.  Really, I felt bad about it.  Clearly not bad enough to alter my behavior, but enough to try and talk quietly, when I remembered.

There was one shirt that was all teal, and on the front it just said "Chinese Delivers".  I wanted it.  But I didn't feel moved to pay $1.79 for it.  And then, I found one that my SIL would like, so I read it to her.  One thing led to another, I walked out a few bucks lighter, and now we've got a new project for T-shirts.  That's just how things go sometimes.

So I've gotten this shirt to my place, and now all I'm concerned with is being careful not to rip it's arms off at the seams.  Wait, I mean, I'm interested in conversation and totally not just it's chest area... wait... Really, I'm just interested in her future... as an ECO-TOTE!! *whatwhat!?!*

Step 1: Cut the body of the shirt into two equal rectangles.
You can do squares if you want.
Since technically, squares are rectangles.
Doesn't that just bottle the mind?
Step 2: Use the remaining pieces of the body (sides & bottom) to cut rectangles to fit the sides of the pieces from Step 1.
You want them to all be the same width.
For example, my fronts were 13"x15", and so my sides were (2) 15"x5", and (1) 13"x5"
Here's the flannel that I used to line the bag.
Because (1) You can't be picky when you shop at Sally Anne's, and
(2) I love the flannel/T-shirt combo more than most things.
Step 3: Cut the same-sized pieces of flannel as you have of T-shirt.
Step 4: Pin like you've never pinned before.
We're pinning flannel to shirts here, people.
And really,you get your pins back at the end.  Don't be stingy.
Step 5: Sew some sort of pattern on each individual piece so the bag isn't floppy.
I did nested rectangles.
I have a thing for right angles, alright?
Step 6: Sew the pieces together.
I suggest a french seam.
That's not my video, but we do have the same sewing machine, so it's like we're sisters.
She just has better fingernails (see above pic)
Step 7: Sew all the pieces together.
Yes, easier said than done, but I was tired by this point and forgot to take pictures.
I suggest lots of pins, and a decent sense of spacial relations.
I'm really starting to feel like the possibilities of T-shirts & flannel are basically endless.  I was starting to believe that I could start wearing the combo, but then my other sister (not to be confused with The Other Sister) called me back to the world where other people can see me.  So that business will have to wait.  However, if you have any other ideas for what could be done with T-shirts, I'd love to hear them!  Flannel is optional.

Regretting what I just said about flannel,


  1. I am loving that. Great job.

  2. this is is so funny! Great bag!!

  3. I LOVE this! As an English major and former English teacher, it makes me smile! I think I need one. :)

  4. @Amy@OneArtsyMama,

    My SIL is also an English major, which I think was the draw :) It's not too difficult to carry out, I suppose its just the matter of finding an awesome shirt... Happy Hunting! Let me know if you make one, I'd love to see it!

    <3 Mariah

  5. @Tanya & @Alexa,

    Thank you! It was a lot of fun to make!

    <3 Mariah

  6. So ... I've been neglecting my Google Reader for days at a time lately. Trufax. I apologize for my lack of comment sooner. I seriously love this. I'm so glad you were rudely talking to me on the phone while you hit up the Sal-Val. I'm so glad I pondered whether you thought it might be possible to convert a shirt into an eco-tote. I'm so glad you seemed to have some sort of Barney Stinson-esque meltdown in the middle of this post. I'm so glad you made me this. You're truly the best. <3

  7. I love this too! Putting on my list of stuff I'm apparently never going to do!

    I'm still trying at the t-shirt blanket. Of all the dumb things, I can't seem to be able to find a flannel sheet at the thrift stores.

  8. I fully anticipate this being in my stocking on Christmas morning. Just sayin'. I'm having this problem where I want to put about a half dozen or more things in yours. Good thing your birthday is shortly after Christmas. :)


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