Sunday, February 7, 2010

Recycled Tshirt Flower Tutorial

Amy here with another tutorial. This one is fast, fun, and also budget friendly!! I like not spending money, don't you?! Well....let me rephrase HUSBAND likes me not spending money :) So today we are going to be recycling something that I am sure many of us have laying around the house - Tshirts. My kiddos go through tshirts like crazy. They get stained pretty easily and I hate to just throw them out so I decided to figure out a way to use them and came up with a flower - because we all love flowers, right?! Let's get started!!

Supplies Needed:
*Tshirt (any color) - cut into strips. Mine is 1.5in wide and 15in long.
*needle & thread
*Glue Gun
*Circle for base. I used a Large Chipboard button.
Start off by creating a running stitch down the very center of your fabric strip.
Gather your fabric strip until you have about a 9in strip.
Tie off the end to prevent it from coming undone.
Next we need to fold the fabric strip in half along the stitching.
Add a glob of hot glue to the center of your circle.
And begin to roll your fabric strip (still folded in half) onto the glue.
You will need to continue to add glue as you twist your fabric around still keeping it folded in half.
Make sure to glue as close to the fabric as possible and keep your rolls tight.
When your done gluing down all your fabric strip use your fingers to pull the 'petals' apart until you get a look that is satisfying to you...and there you have it....our recycled tshirt flower! I would love to do one of these in a pink or red, I think that would be beautiful, but the only Tshirt I could find tonight was a grey one :) Maybe it's time to "clean" out my daughters closet!! lol


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