Friday, March 29, 2013

Re-Inventing the T-Shirt

Lately I've been really into taking the stash of favorite old T-shirts at the back of my closet (you know, ones that are stretched, holy, stained, etc., but you can't stand to throw away because, well, you just can't) and transforming them into creative-looking new shirts I can actually wear out in public again without looking like a total bum.  

Sound fun? Two great books for inspiration are Tease: 50 Inspired T-Shirt Transformations and Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-Shirt. Both books are filled with patterns and ideas for stitching, snipping, sewing, appliquing, dying, tieing, and just about everything else that can be done with a piece of fabric. In addition to showing you how to re-design your favorite old T-shirt, you'll also learn to make: a skirt, a purse, a scarf, a headband, a cover for your iPod or Smart Phone, and many more awesome ideas that are fun, flirty, and fantastically easy to do. Several of the projects are even no-sew, meaning no needles required! Perfect for a gift or to keep for yourself!

With warmer weather on the way, T-shirts will be making a welcome comeback. Why not check out one of these books and create a one-of-a-kind item everyone will be asking about? All you need is your imagination! --AJB

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