Thursday, June 15, 2017

T-Shirt Tassels Among Other Things


Good morning friends! I hope you are enjoying a beautiful spring day! We had the most beautiful weather yesterday and today is much the same....lots of sun, blue skies and temperatures in the 70's. After a sudden heat wave and rushing to put in the air conditioners earlier in the week, this beautiful weather is a welcomed change.

During the week I spent some time on these zipper bags out of some remnant, irregular (I think) pieces of fabric. I love the fabric and even the irregularities in the weave. It is a home decorating fabric of rayon polyester. I lined it with the prettiest teal silky fabric; the actual fabric content is unknown to me.

After I was finished with the bags, I really wanted to add something of interest  to the bag which seemed a bit plain to me. So while going through some materials I came across a partially cut up tea shirt in the perfect teal color and it sparked an idea! T-shirt tassels!


I have a stash of various skeins of t-shirt yarn that I have made from old t-shirts and it occurred to me that I could probably make neat pom poms and tassels from them. I tried it and I liked it! I also used some crinkled seam binding and embroidery flosses in some colors that were in the fabric, and wrapped it around the tassels to tie it all together. It helps to bring out the lovely shades of green.





The lining fabric was in my stash and it matched perfectly!


So I was very happy with the way these turned out!  I will definitely be adding these neat tassels to some more of my bags.....

I have also used t-shirts for other bags, zipper bags and drawstring pouches. You can actually make a drawstring bag from one sleeve of a t-shirt in a couple of minutes--so that's two bags per t-shirt!!
They are very handy too. I use them for jewelry and when I am traveling, it's a great way to pack a chunky statement necklace for example...


Here is a zipper bag to the left, lined with fabric from a rust colored t shirt. Because the fabric is stretchy, you can stuff these bags to the max! The drawstring bags on the right utilize the sleeves from the t-shirt. The beige bag is stitched inside out to expose the seam.....you can choose right side or wrong side....




Here is a better view of the exposed seam. I like that look!


Then I used some of my off white t-shirt yard to wind some shabby flowers. It is a cute and easy way to embellish anything!



Well, folks, I have to run but I hope I made you think twice about tossing out those t-shirts that have a way of accumulating over the years. We have so many and sometimes when I am sitting in front of the TV, I take some t-shirts with me, cut off the sleeves and then cut the shirt into one continuous strip. Once I have that step done, I wind it in to a ball--just like yarn. You can use that yarn for a million different things: crafts, wrapping packages, etc.

Have a wonderful day!