Monday, September 13, 2010
Trashed Tee Stash Tutorials
Fathers and mothers hoard their old college T-shirts full of sentimental value, while children muss, smudge, grow out of and just plain destroy their tees, then return them to the dresser without another thought. Thankfully, professional crafters have found ways of dealing with this calamity, and they are willing to share their knowledge to reign in worldwide TTS. Listed below are two projects aimed at reducing your TTS while still getting some used out of your old friends.
Tee Ruffles Embellishment:
To add a little pizzazz to your newer tees without breaking the bank, embellish them with older tee add-ons.
Tools: a new tee and an old tee in complementary colors, scissors, a soda can, fabric chalk, needle, thread.
Step 1: Lay your old tee flat and place the soda can on top. Use the can as a stencil to create many circles. Draw as many circles as will fit on the old tee.
Step 4: Stitch each circle in place at the center. Now you're stylin'!
Tee Purse and Boot Stuffers
Leaving purses and boots folded over and crumpled can shorten their life. To get lengthy wear out of both, stuff them with this quick tee project.
Tools: Some tees from your TTS, scissors, each purse and boot you would like to fill, chalk for marking fabric, straight pins, a sewing machine, serger or needle and thread, potpourri satchel (optional)
Step 1: Turn a slightly worn tee inside out and lay flat. Place your purse (or boot) on its side on top of the tee.
Step 2: Trace around the item onto the tee with the fabric chalk. Cut this shape out of both layers of the tee fabric (for boots, lay two tees flat and cut all four layers at once).
Step 3: Pin the two layers of tee fabric right sides together along the edge.
Step 4: Sew around the edge with a 1" allowance leaving a 3" gap along the bottom. Turn the purse stuffer right side out.
Step 5: Take another worn tee and cut it down into approximately 2"x2" squares. Use these squares as filler for your purse stuffer. Fill the stuffer and test the size by placing inside your purse. Add or remove filler as necessary.
Step 6: Insert a small potpourri satchel into the purse if desired and stitch up the last 3" gap using a running stitch. Now your boots and purses will stay fresh and plump even in the off-season!