6/11/11

Re-purposing: Shirt to Cardigan

I have a HUGE stash of clothes that I don't wear anymore, but don't want to give away (Heaven's no)...and have an idea of what I want to do with every single last one of em!!

But they have sat in a pile for months....and months....

But I am proud to say this week I have gotten several of them done...this being one of them.


I took this plain Jane, black, long sleeve shirt and cut it right down the middle!

If you couldn't picture that...well here is a picture to show you!


Then I took this other black polo shirt that I haven't worn in months...maybe years and cut it up!


I cut it in strips, starting from the bottom...oh and I saved the top part, because yes, I have a plan for it too! Waste not...want not....
I sewed all those strips together and then ruffled them by sewing a large basting stitch at the top and pulling the bottom thread to create ruffles.
I did it in about 2 foot increments. Don't try and sew it all the way down and think you can pull that bottom thread for the whole thing...won't work! I have learned this the hard way!


With what I had left over in ruffles I made this flower and pinned it on!

I HATE modeling...and I think all my neighbors think I am weird...or vain. I feel funny having my daughter take pictures of me, I am sure they think I am so vain!
I do love how it turned out though...even if my husband said I look like I am going to play in a concert...what a weirdo! :)


27 comments :

  1. I think you look so cute! I love how it turned out!

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  2. How in the world did you come up with this idea? It looks amazing and you are a very cute and tiny model!

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  3. Very cute! I just cut a shirt down the middle today to do the same thing. Thanks for the inspiration to finish it!

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  4. Found you through the Sunday Showcase and am a new follower! This is a great idea! I like how you have a plan for every scrap! I now have a shirt in mind- it is too big for me now, but I can make something like you did and keep it! Thanks for the idea. I hope that you have timeto follow my life in South Africa here at http://withoutcomplexities.blogspot.com

    Thanks

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  5. How FUN is THAT!? :) I love it. Good Job!

    ~Liz

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  6. I need more cardigans in my life. Thanks! I have the same fear about how silly I must look to my neighbors when I'm taking photos of my creations. Oh well! They probably don't even notice, right?

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  7. Great repurpose! LOL about your daughter taking your photos. My daughter has that job, too.

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  8. What a great idea! It turned out so cute and looks so comfortable! :) Thanks for sharing!

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  9. I've been wanting to do this for a while but was too chicken. I'm a teacher and cardigans are my go to wardrobe:) I'm trying this TODAY!

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  10. I love your ruffled cardigan! I have so many shirts I could do this to but have been afraid I'd end up ruining them. You've inspired me!
    shannonsews.blogspot.com

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  11. love it! I plan on trying it out after I take a trip to the thrift store sometime soon. Oh, and after I get a sewing machine at college with me.

    I also do a lot of sewing and I like what I'm seeing of your blog! check me out at venturingintodiy.blogspot.com if you want!

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  12. This is so adorable. And you look SO cute in it. Thanks for sharing this great idea!

    Warmly, Michelle

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  13. What a great idea!
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  14. I love how it turned out! Great job!!
    www.karismaheartsavannah.blogspot.com

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  15. This is great! I've been searching your blog to see if you have an Etsy shop. You really should sell these. I'd love one! I enjoyed your Scripture Bag too. :)

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  16. K that is the best idea! I totally did something like this with and old shirt and a dress. If you want to check it out, here's the link! http://rolledupprettyandcutoffthoughts.blogspot.com/2011/06/holey-shirt-ghetto-dress-do-over.html
    I'm definitely trying this cardigan this week :) Thanks so much for sharing! I found your blog through Creative Itch, have an excellent day!

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  17. thanks for the post! I've been wanting to refashion one of my old shirts but feel like some details are needed. And now ruffles are perfect. :D
    montrealkitchendiary.blogspot.com

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  18. Your so talented to come up with that cool dress. You've turned that not much used tshirt into a wonderful one!

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  19. This is seriously adorable!! I've linked up my blog to your project - can't wait to try it!

    Jen
    www.chickypoo209.blogspot.com

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  20. thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday - I featured you today!! - - Mandy, www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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  21. i forgot to mention, you were also the most viewed link!

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  22. Just featured you today!!!
    Check it out! http://threeyearsofdeath.blogspot.com/2011/07/feature-favs-4.html
    Love this project!!

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