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… 🙂

 

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOP: do NOT throw out that T-shirt! Upcycle it!

I am slightly gitty about the ways that I have learned to take an old tee and turn it into something (or multiple things!) absolutely fabulous! Here it is, worn out T-shirt into uber-chic pillow:

Take an old t-shirt, preferably with something written or pictured across the front. Place it on a large workspace and smooth out the surface. Mark a square out with fabric chalk – however big you want your pillow to be . Then make another square inside of the large square – about a 3″ line  from the sides and 2 1/2″ from the top and bottom of the shirt. Then cut the large square out, careful to cut BOTH the top and bottom layer of the tee. Keep it flat on your work surface.

Then take your scissors and cut 1 ” indents from the outside of the square to the inside, marked square – all the way around and through both layers. You can cut the corners off.

Now, keeping the two layers together, start tying each top and bottom coordinating 1″ strip.

Tie 3 sides and then slide an old pillow through the top or fill with stuffing.

Then finish tying off the top of the pillow and make sure all ties are secure.

There you have it!

Your no sew t-shirt pillow! SO cute! Check out mine below, perfect for my theatre/sports memorabilia room.

And for all of you wondering about that bottom piece of the t-shirt that you cut off…uh huh, keep that, too! You can make them into ultra fabulous infinity scarves!

I hope you try this totally easy way to make something so cool out of…almost nothing. What a great gift idea, eh? (You could BUY a new t-shirt if you’re thinking gift item!) I may have gotten carried away here…and my husband may be searching for some of his fave t-shirts. Oops. Happy t-shirt-hunting! 🙂