But in my effort to avoid stores (I'm one of those strange women who actually DISLIKES going to the mall), I'm starting to get my eyes opened to how I can repurpose or upcycle things from home.
Now don't get me wrong....I still don't plan on hanging on to every scrap of cardboard or material in case it comes in handy one day...We are a family of six living in a 1,400 square foot home with no garage or basement, but I will take a little closer look at items before I decide whether or not I could use them for something right away. Not someday. I don't want my family to have to deal with mountains of toilet paper tubes when I've gone on to a better place...
Anyway, back to the point of the post. Did you know that there are COUNTLESS cool ways to upcycle an old t-shirt. I do now. Look what I made out of an ugly, old, shapeless t-shirt!
|I love big, chunky necklaces, and scarves. Can you tell?|
Remember, I'm not crafty. I don't know how to sew (other than a hem & a button), knit, crochet, do calligraphy, scrapbook, etc, etc.
But I do know how to use a pair of scissors, braid three strands, and sew a button!
Here's the tutorial I used for the basic idea.
To make the flower detail, I just cut out some petal shapes out of the leftover material on the sleeve, tugged on them to give them a slight curl, layered them, & sewed on a button.
Cost to me: ZERO
There are SO many ways to use a t-shirt!
Here's a bunch more links for crazy inspiration.
The next thing I want to make? A braided rag rug! I'm starting to sound practically pioneerish, aren't I? (No chickens in my backyard yet though...)
P.S. I joined in on this Link Party - so many great ideas there!