Why I Love Jersey (the material…not the state)

So, I have somewhat of an affinity to jersey. I mean, how could you not love jersey? It’s so workable, so pliable that I continue to rack my brain to think of new ways to try to use this versatile, comfy fabric. So here’s the latest. My daughter recently attended a kids event where she received and wore a tie-dye t-shirt with the name and date of the event on it. Being the fashionista that I am..ehm, I mean that she is, she probably wont be wearing that t-shirt again unless using it to play around the house in. Well, I was trying to think of a better way to utilize this pretty cool and colorful jersey tee and here’s what I came up with. Being in her queen phase lately…no, not princess, queen – my daughter has something on her head or in her hair at every moment of the day. So I decided to take some of her plain headbands and kick them up a notch. Here’s what I did:

1. Lay the t-shirt on a flat area and start cutting it into 1-inch strips. When you have the desired amount of material take the strips and cut them so they are separated from each other (they will be big circles because you cut the front and back of the shirt together).

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2. Then pull the strips individually so that they curl up, go ahead, give them a good yank…

3. Then cut the strips further to your desired length (I cut mine into 3’s from the one long strip, about 4″ to 5″ each)

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4. Now gather as many curled strips of jersey as you need (I used 6 to 7 per headband) and secure them to the headband by tying them with another curled strip (you could cut this one a bit thinner so that it ties tightly)

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5. Ta da! You have a one-of-a-kind colorful, tie-dyed headband for your little one! Oh, and this took like 10 minutes! No gluing, no sewing just tying!

And the possibilities are endless! Gather up the strips, tie and place a pin on the back and you have a cute accessory for a shirt or jacket. Braid the strips and make into a bracelet…or gather up the large circles of material (before you cut them to separate) and pull on them making them a fun necklace. Great for summer!

P.S. Just for the record I do love “Jersey” too! How could I not? I live there!! Ay Oh… πŸ™‚

 

 

 

 

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Another DIY T-Shirt Upcycle

I love the feel of cotton jersey t-shirts, but alas, some of them end up in the back of my drawer because of a stubborn stain that I just can’t get out. But that doesn’t mean that it needs to be the death of the tee – here’s another way to upcycle that comfy shirt and get more wear out of it.

The T-Shirt Bracelet

1. Cut three strips off of the tee, equal length…then put a stitch or two at the tops of the strips to hold them together (You can add a piece of embroidery thread here too for some extra color & texture)

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2. Gently pull on all three pieces so that the material curls up slightly

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3. Start braiding the t-shirt strips together – if you’ve added embroidery thread just braid it with one of the jersey strips

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4. After you’ve braided the strips, figure out what length works for your wrist and then cut the excess material off

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5. Secure the two braided ends with a stitch or two just to hold together

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6. Take a scrap piece of the tee and wrap around the ends of the braid, then stitch up and invert the scrap piece so that the stitches are now on the inside and not visible…You can add a dab of hot glue to further secure the braided ends of the bracelet underneath the scrap covering

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Voila!

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And you can make the bracelets thinner or thicker depending on how wide you cut your strips of fabric in step 1. This is really a very basic t-shirt idea but it can be jazzed up with beading, zippers, chains, etc…

Happy t-shirt upcycling…again!