This was a perfectly nice flannel shirt . . . soft fabric, pretty colors. But it didn’t fit quite right, and I didn’t like the roll-tab sleeves, and even with the ribbon belt that came with it I felt more lumberjack than feminine when I wore it. So, rather than sticking it in the back of my closet, I took my scissors to it!
Vest: Remove the collar, button and buttonhole plackets, pockets, and sleeves. Roll under the raw edges (using lace seam binding for the armholes to help with the curve) and topstitch. Sew pretty buttons into the buttonholes on the pocket flaps. Cut the ribbon belt in half and stitch the pieces to the top fronts of the vest for a tie . . . great with a white T-shirt and button necklace!
Placket Pillow: Stitch the button placket to one piece of coordinating fabric and the buttonhole placket to another. Button the two pieces together to form the pillow front. Cut a piece from one of the shirt sleeves for the back. Sew right sides together, turn, and stuff.
Pocket Pillow: Sew the tabs from the sleeves to a piece of coordinating fabric, then stitch the pockets under them so that the buttonholes on the tabs fasten to the buttons on the pockets. Fold right sides together, sew, turn, and stuff.
Fabric Flower: Cut out seven circles from the sleeves and form them into a flower. Add a pretty button in the middle and a pin on the back.
Fabric Gift Bag: Gather the bottom of the collar and wrap it into a flower shape. Add buttons in the middle for a-la-mode. Then stitch up a simple bag with a handle from the shirt sleeve fabric and sew the flower on the front.
Mini Origami Lotus Bag: Add a square of coordinating fabric to a square of sleeve fabric plus a complementary color of craft string for pull cords . . . just like the larger version, but a perfect size for a tiny gift or piece of jewelry. ♥
Wow that’s so beautiful and I love the colors!! Excellent ideas! Love it a lot!! Hugz Blondie
Thank you! It was so much fun to see what all I could come up with! I even have a few tiny scraps left, so you might see them in a future post. 🙂
Amazing! Upcycling genius.
Thank you, MomQueenBee! 🙂
Absolutely creative! I love all the different creative designs you made with ONE shirt! I’m labeling this “Simply Creative” : )
Thank you!!! You’re so sweet. 🙂
I love these projects! You must be a very prolific sewer!
That fabric gift bag is one for me to try! Thank-you.
Thank you! 🙂 I actually made everything in two evenings while listening to a novel on my mp3 player . . . so relaxing! 🙂
Wow, you did amazing things with 1 shirt !!
Thank you! And I’m so happy I found YOUR blog this week! I LOVE your projects and eye for possibilities in everyday objects! 🙂
Wowzers! So much from one shirt! Most impressive and love the results.
Thank you! It was really fun to see what I could make from all the different parts! 🙂
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Wow!, thank you for stopping by my blog. I love your ideas. Very inspirational to me. I think I am going to enjoy your blog a lot!
Thank you! And keep up the great work on yours! 🙂
You are welcome! I will try still working on putting some of my personal work to share. But been devoted to the blogs for God.
OMG! I love the Cushions. Ok I am a bit bias as far as cushions go but still I love Love love them the best. And I do like the Vest….and of cause there had to be at least one Origami Bag!!!!
Thank you!!! I think I like the cushions best, too! 🙂
That is so awesome! And I love that now you have matching pillows and such from one shirt! Very good idea!!
Thank you!!! So sweet of you to say! 🙂
You are soooo clever, that really was the shirt that just keeps on giving. Looks like you’ve been a busy bee! Great photo’s too.
Thank you! I started with the vest, then I just kept looking at all the bits and pieces and my imagination got the best of me! But it was fun! 🙂
I love the vest!
Thank you! I’m going to try it out on an outing tonight! 🙂
I love the pillows! So comfy!
Thank you! They ARE really soft! 🙂
Wow! You sure are resourceful and creative! All that from one shirt.
Thank you! First I was only going for the vest . . . then it became a sort of contest with myself to see what else I could come up with. 🙂 Now I’m doing the same thing with a lace tank top . . . post to come! 🙂
So clever. I cant believe how much you have made from one shirt. Inspiring! Have a great weekend.
Regards Florence x
Thank you, Florence! You have a great weekend, too! 🙂
I love that shirt!
But the pillows are toooooooooooo cute!
Clever petal. 🙂
Thank you, Laura! 🙂 I loved the shirt off of me but not on me! 🙂
Well it has come to a good end then. 🙂
love it all!! great ideas!
Thank you, Jennie! 🙂
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Oh, thank you! That is so sweet of you! Please allow me to *bend* the rules a bit and show my appreciation by adding a big THANK YOU . . . and a link to YOUR blog on the beautiful button you gave me in my sidebar! Thanks again . . . you made my day! 🙂
Bend away 🙂 Glad to have made your day!
How fun!!! Looking at the finished pieces, I never would have guessed they started as a flannel shirt. Thanks for sharing such great ideas!!!
Thank you! 🙂 I had so much fun that I’m trying it with another “back-closet” shirt. 🙂
Love these color combinations
Me, too! I think I love turquoise with about everything! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by! 🙂
Love the pocket pillow!!!!!
Thank you . . .me, too! I’ve decided anything is fair game for a pillow! 🙂
I agree with that! They are like a nice blank canva 🙂
Perfect! I have old clothes I’m hanging on to just for the fabric. And I have to babysit my niece who likes to craft with me! Ps. It’s Aunts Day on Sunday, so I’ll be sure to mention your blog when I write about the craftiness we accomplished! Thanks again!
How sweet! Have LOTS of FUN!!! And I can’t wait to see what all you make! 🙂
Again, some great ideas! My brother was just about to throw out a bag full of checked shirts, almost new. Of course I rescued them, thrifted them for any nice buttons, but now can’t make my mind up what to do with the fabric! I like your ideas – do you have anymore? xXx
I always start with a pillow since that needs a bigger chunk of the fabric, and it’s fun if you can add some of the structural details from the shirt to the pillow, too. Then I look at all the parts I have left and go from there. 🙂 If the shirts have cuffs, you could make coffee cup cozies with those! Stuffed toys would be SUPER cute with shirt fabric, too! Have fun! 🙂
Thanks – I can feel myself getting all creative again xXx
You have been busy… Love all the great creations! Very inspiring.
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WOW! YOU ARE SO CREATIVE 🙂 I have been reading your posts, and So far love love love your ideas & projects, Thank you for sharing..I will choose a couple of ideas and give them a try then post on my blog, this weekend.. ok? I will give you credit of course..xoxo
What a sweet comment! Thank you, and have fun!!! 🙂 Katherine
Your welcome! 🙂
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These are all great ideas! Thanks for letting me know about this post!
You’re very welcome! 🙂
Ms. SpoolTeacher uses everything too. She made a pillow out of an old flannel shirt and then went on to make a little handbag out of the sleeve…nothing left unspooled! http://spoolteacher.com/consewvation/just-sleeve-it-to-me/ She so much loves to find others who do the same. “Saving the world, one spool of thread at a time.”
Great job, Ms. SpoolTeacher! You have a fun blog! 🙂
Thank you kindly.
Thank you for the visit! I am amazed at your upcycling and love the pillows so much! 🙂
Thank you! That’s really sweet. Mostly I’m just having fun! 🙂
These pillows are so pretty! Great for storing tissue paper for movie night. Especially if it’s a sad movie. :p
Thank you! And what a clever use for a pocket pillow! 🙂