Scarf it Up

Delicious DIY project of the day: cheap, cheap T’s sliced into tasty scarves.

Dirt-cheap t-shirts have become a vice. I have a basket full, just waiting for some scissor love. I have made costumes, bags, headbands, dresses, play food, and more out them. Locally, I paw through the 5 for $1 bins at an otherwise obnoxious, and (for the sake of peaceful small-town living) unnamed) thrift store.

I even found a book on altering t-shirts second-hand. (Yes, I am a firm believer in the Thrift Guides from a strange and frugal spiritual realm.)

T-shirts and me go back a long way. In high-school I was making dresses and pants out of vintage He Man sheets and the like. And then I started chopping t’s.

Here are some more recent additions…

Usually, I won’t spend more than 10 to 15 minutes on a t project, but every once in awhile I settle in for a half hour or so of pinning and sewing.

Today, I made some scarves while I watched old school Speed Racer cartoons with the boys.

  • Lay out the t on a cutting mat
  • Slice off the bottom hem
  • Cut 1 1/2″ strips horizontally across the shirt (not a continuous spiral) up to the bottoms of the sleeves

  • Pull and stretch the strips to lengthen and so the edges roll

  • Cut an extra strip that is about 18″ in length from the chest area of the t to use a a tie for the bundle of strips
  • Stretch the extra strip and wrap the bundle of strips
  • Stitch the ends in place

  • Wear and pretend that the vines/octopus tentacles/mutant earthworms are strangling you, fashionably

What are some t-shirt projects that you love?

Nifty thrifty: Gotta love those second-hands

Pretty much everything I own at one time belonged to someone else. Now that we have kids, our dumpster-diving days have dwindled (Plus, that’s such the hipster thing to do now, anyway.).

But catch us bright and early on any given Saturday and we’re probably getting prepped to hit up some yard sales. Or we might make an evening out of visiting one of the local Goodwill’s- the only thrift stores that are open later than 6pm ’round here.

I have frequent thrifting haunts here in Charlottesville and I also have several must-visit resale shops across the Eastern seaboard.

I have thrift store dreams.

I have thrift store epiphanies.

I have to donate some stuff…

One of my more recent re-purposing projects involved a vintage brass birdcage ($7.50) and some salvaged, frosted plexi ($0 Thanks, Mark.). I don’t mess around with “antique” wiring, so I bought a pendant light kit from World Market ($10 less 25% coupon, what.). Then I mashed all of the parts together and came up with this…

Basically, I removed the bottom of the cage and replaced it with the plexi (it’s bolted on). Then, I drilled a hole in the top and fed the wire through and replaced the plastic socket with a porcelain one from my stash. The pendant wire was already wrapped with a fresh-green material, so I happily left it exposed. The switch is on the wire where the boys can easily reach. I wonder where the bird’s flown off to?