It’s no secret that I am a bit of a cheapskate. So when I decided that I wanted a new t-shirt with a camera on it for my photography job this summer, I scourged the internet for the most inexpensive shirt I could find. I found an adorable shirt for only $10 and was ready to check-out of the online store when an idea came to me.
Last year I ordered a camera shirt for the summer. When the shirt came in the mail, it was the wrong size. The store sent a replacement and offered to let me keep both shirts. Since then, the incorrectly sized shirt has been sitting in my craft drawer.
Using a Goodwill t-shirt, the too-large shirt in my craft drawer, and some acrylic paint, I recreated the online $10 steal for less than $4. A penny saved is a penny earned.
- Ill-fitting graphic tee
- Properly fitting plain tee
- Acrylic Paint
- Cut out the image of the ill-fitting tee.
- Pin the image onto the shirt that fits.
- Use a zig-zag stitck to sew the image onto the shirt.
- Place cardboard inside the shirt so that it separates the two layers of material.
- (The next two steps are optional)
- On a piece of paper, I wrote the text that I wanted to add, and I placed it on the shirt to decide where I wanted it.
- I used permanent marker to lightly write the text on the shirt before painting it.
- Use acrylic paint to decorate the shirt.
I love being busy. On top of classes, I am an RA, student body president, peer tutor, choir member, “Brewin’ Den” barista, and admissions aid. I am not quite sure when I breathe or sleep, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Sadly, all these responsibilities mean that I do not complete many “just for fun” projects during the school year. With foreknowledge of the coming busyness, I spent the entire week before school sewing, crafting, and cooking. One of the last refashions I completed that week began with a denim frock that I snagged for $1 at a local outlet sale (the same monthly sale where I grabbed this last year and this the year before). With a few snips and stitches, I had a cute new dress for fall.
First, I laid a well-fitting dress over the bulky denim frock and used chalk to outline the smaller dress.
I pinned and sewed along the chalk marks, and cut off the extra material with pinking shears.
I then repeated this process with a favorite oxford shirt so that the arms would fit.
With the addition of a belt and accessories, my dress was ready to wear!
While looking for images to use in another post, I came across a few step-by-step pictures from when I made a headband holder for my dorm room. I am a hair-accessory-lover, and this simple hanger has kept my headbands in line for the past two years. With just a few quick stitches (and even less if you use grosgrain ribbon instead of a fabric scrap), you can have your own headband organizer!
- fabric scrap cut 2 inches by 30 inches (or a 30-inch strip of ribbon)
- coordinating thread
- sewing machine
If you are using ribbon, skip to step 3.
1. Place the fabric horizontal in front of you. Starting at one end, fold the two long sides in so that they slightly overlap. Pin the sides in place.
2. Run the entire piece of fabric long-ways through the sewing machine to make a long strip, removing pins as you go.
3. Fold the strip in half by placing the two ends together. (Sadly, this is where my pictures end!)
4. Sew a short, straight stitch across the folded strip every 2-3 inches.
5. Hang and slide headbands into slots.
Do you give yourself presents? I do! For my high school graduation a few years ago, I decided to give myself a t-shirt quilt. Instead of paying upwards of $500 to have a stranger create my quilt, I decided to pay less than $50 on supplies and employ myself to sew. Under my mom’s instruction, I completed my first quilt.
If you are interested in making your own t-shirt quilt, check out some of these tutorials: