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Tuesday Tips: T-shirts

February 7, 2012

-Ginger Johnson

I’ve been in “up-cycling” mode that past couple of weeks. When the new year comes, it’s as if an internal switch is flipped, and the down-sizing Ginger comes out. However, the downsizing Ginger has internal warfare with the “waste-not-want-not” Ginger, so the multiple personalities turn to up-cycling.

If you’re not familiar with the term “up-cycling,” it’s recycling an item to make something nicer out of it. For example, you can take old hard-cover books and turn them into a purse, or a book wreath even.

Recently, I’ve been on the hunt to up-cycle t-shirts. Did you know you can make yarn out of old t-shirts? Here is a tutorial. From that yarn, you can knit dishcloths, shawls, bags, or even sweaters.

Here’s a link for the most adorable little girl’s skirt made with ruffles of old t-shirts.

And the ubiquitous t-shirt bag here.

I’ve also seen tutorials for making woven rug out of t-shirt yarn, if you’re feeling ambitious.