March 2 is Dr. Seuss’s birthday! When I taught first grade, we always celebrated by wearing Dr. Seuss T-shirts, cooking green eggs and ham in the classroom, and reading all the kids’ favorite DS books. But now that I’ve moved on to a different career, I decided to use this well-loved T-shirt for my next “What can you make with a . . .” refashion.
- First, I used the bottom of the shirt for the no-sew spaghetti t-shirt scarf that I shared last month.
- Next, I used the “Sam’s Ham” graphic and back for a pillow (which is now on its way to some sweet little guys in Florida along with a copy of the matching book). I love that the T-shirt had a Dr. Seuss label that I could stitch into the side seam of the pillow!
- The fabric from the shoulders became a travel neck pillow with “Ahh . . .” embroidered for a-la-mode. (You’ll find a fabulous tutorial at The Cottage Home!)
- The rest of the scraps were stitched together into a rectangle and paired with a colorful remnant to make a little mat to put under a centerpiece or plant.
- Oh, and did you know that a t-shirt neckband makes a perfect no-sew headband for around the house or working out??? Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! ♥
I didn’t know his birthday was coming up — I love Dr. Seuss! My favorite book of his is The Lorax.
Also, I’m always, always amazed at your creativity. So many projects from one shirt! And I love that pillow — it’s perfect!
Thank you! I always loved that cute can of “Sam’s Ham” so it’s fun to pass it on instead of letting it sit in my t-shirt drawer!
That is so (sew) very kewl!!! I absolutely love your projects!
Thank you, Lisa! This was fun! 🙂
Very resourceful! Love the pillow – and what a great idea to put the tag in the side!
Thank you! That pillow is really soft and cushy . . . hope it gets lots of loving in its new home! 🙂
I particularly like the little matt using up all the small pieces:)
Thank you, Vicky! I have it on my dining table under a vase of greenery right now . . . trying to hurry spring along, I think! 🙂
I tend to put all the small pieces in the bin:( Daughters school are having a fill a jam jar game at the next BBQ, I think the idea is bring a jam jar and collect one… mine could be full of scraps fo fabric!!
What a great idea! 🙂
LOVE that little mat.
Thank you! I got out all my spring things last weekend, so I’m already using it! 🙂
I always get great ideas for REmissionary projects from you – love this remake. We read Dr Seuss to our kids when they were little too; my late husband LOVED those books as much as the kids did.
Dr. Seuss was full of wisdom and has a writing style that no one will ever (or SHOULD ever) imitate. And his books’ appeal to adults means we never get tired of reading them over and over (and OVER) to kids! I love that! 🙂
Those are so cute! I love the pillow – who wouldn’t?
Thank you, Linda! 🙂
I love Dr. Seuss, I was going to write a post shortly where I took an adult tee shirt and made it into one for a little girl and then used the neck band for her hair, you beat me too it. She loves her quick no sew head band.
Yay! I can’t wait to see your post, Lois! 🙂
You’ve done it again. What an inspiration.
Thank you, Pam! 🙂
You ‘really’ do have the art of repurposing down to an art. I guess that is why we all tune in to see what you are up to.
What a sweet thing to say! Usually I just think of one or two things (like I was dying to make a t-shirt scarf, and this graphic was perfect for a pillow). Then it’s a fun challenge to see what I can do with the rest . . . plus it gives me a chance to experiment with some crafts I’ve been wanting to try! 🙂
Now that’s saying Happy Birthday Dr Seuss! Mtetar
I love Dr Seuss’isms and I can almost see you making those Green Eggs and Ham. What a great teacher you were to include such a fun and unexpected event!
Thank you, Boomdee! And it tasted delicious . . . as long as you closed your eyes! 🙂
I love Dr. Seuss! What a great repurposing post! And my, oh my, what a graphic fabric on that chair! Makes me wonder how the rest of the room is decorated! 🙂
Here’s a photo from last autumn https://pillowsalamode.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/autumn-mantle/ . . . but it looks springy now! 🙂 Oh, and I used some of your fabric in my latest apron! It turned out really cute . . . post coming soon! 🙂
You have a lovely home! Thanks for indulging me! 🙂
I’m looking forward to seeing the apron! All of your aprons are cute!
gotta love the pillow…just neat!
Thank you, Marilyn! 🙂
Wow! I never knew he had a Birthday! Love how he got re-purposed. 🙂
Thank you! Gotta love that Dr. Seuss! 🙂
I knew there was going to be a Dr. Seuss pillow and I love it. I can see it and the Ahh…pillow tucked in a reading corner of a first grade classroom. So clever!
Thank you! 🙂 They were really fun to make, and t-shirt fabric is SO soft and cushy! 🙂
Oh the tee shirt made an adorable pillow…you would never have known the origin if you hadn’t told us!
Thank you! I love t-shirt and sweater pillows . . . SO soft! 🙂
Katherine, you are very creative, the pillow looks great! 🙂 didn’t know it was his birthday! glad you posted this! 🙂
Thank you, Ingrid! Maybe you and your little guy can do something fun and Dr.-Seussy on Saturday! 🙂
Yes, you are right Katherine, now you just filled my head with plenty of ideas! thank you! 🙂
WOW! All that from one T shirt! ‘Resourceful’ doesn’t even begin to cover it ….. neither does awesome! X
Why, thank you! That’s super sweet! 🙂
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Great idea!! We love Dr Seuss in our house. He basically taught all of our kids to read. 🙂
What fun!!! I still have all the books, too! 🙂
Love the graphic on the t-shirt, perfect for a pillow.
Thank you, Laura! 🙂
I know I have said it before but I must say it again. I LOVE your ideas and particularly the thinking outside the square “” what can you make with?”. My fave Dr Seuss story is the “empty pants with no one inside them”
That’s so sweet, thank you! And I don’t remember that story . . . I’ll have to look it up! 🙂
HaHa. You will love it. I used to read it to the young ones with dramatic emphasis!
“I yelled for help. I screamed. I shrieked.
I howled. I yowled. I cried,
Oh save me from those pale green pants
with nobody inside!”
Can’t wait to read it! 🙂
Love the idea of using the necklace as a no-sew headband! How very fun!
Thank you, Lauren! 🙂 P.S. You’ve been busy on your blog!!! 🙂
Gosh. You are amazing!!
Really I’m just having fun trying out different projects . . . but thank you for the sweet compliment, Diane! 🙂
I love seeing your no waste projects! it so amazing to see all the ideas you come up with! Love the pillow 🙂
Thank you, Josee! It’s great to see you back! Just saw your snow photos . . . whoa! Good luck with all the weather-related problems! And can’t wait to see your new projects when you get a chance to post! 🙂
You are too sweet Katherine! I felt bad, not posting for weeks… but I AM really busy lol! even dropped out of the collectively for this month 😦 but I’ll try and post more!
I love how you recycled those small parts, very clever!
Thank you! It was fun! 🙂
I LOVE that pillow! Sam has always been my favorite Seuss character, though 😉 (I have to deal with this entity for work called System for Award Management, SAM for short, and I always think that in my head – I do not like green eggs and ham, ha ha.)
That made me laugh! And we need things to smile about at work, don’t we! 🙂
Thanks so much for a great trip down Memory Lane with the updated looks you came up with! I am a big Dr. Seuss fan, and love the pillow. The headband idea is fantastic too. Wishing you a day full of all the thinks you can think.
Thank you! 🙂 Lots of thinks to you, too! 🙂
I remember making green eggs and ham for my sons when they were in Elementary school on Dr. Suess’ B-Day!
Awww . . . that’s so sweet! 🙂
I am absolutely in love with the graphic pillow!! So glad that you did this post 🙂
Thank you, Kenley! My daughter-in-law sent me a photo of little Tyler sleeping on it last night with the book right beside him! It was SO cute!!! 🙂
Love Dr. Suess, and love your pillow
Thank you! 🙂
Wow- 5 things from a T-shirt! The Dr. Seuss pillow looks like it’s from an expensive boutique. Enjoying all the fun and useful projects you come up with.
That’s so sweet . . . thank you! 🙂
Love that pillow!
Thank you! 🙂
I particularly like the cushion – very effective – lucky recipient!
Thank you, KnitNell! 🙂
Love the cushion and neck cushion, love them all actually, you are just so talented at re-purposing things. You are going to make me think now before I throw anything away. Linda x
Thank you! It was fun! 🙂
Comment above is me, forgot I wasn’t logged in! durrh! Linda x
Fabulous. I can’t get enough of the idea of re-purposing a shirt into a pillow, now i’m kicking myself for tossing some of my favorite shirts as I got older. You are super talented and the fact that you’re a Dr. Seuss fan is an added bonus. 🙂
Aww . . . thank you! Those special shirts just beg to be made into things, and t-shirt fabric makes super-soft pillows! 🙂
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Love it! That pillow is a very nice accent piece…and I’m sure it will be a cozy and comfy one…just like a favorite T-Shirt. 🙂
Thank you, Victoria! My daughter-in-law sent me the cutest photo of our little grandson fast asleep on it when it arrived . . . and the book was in the bed, too! 🙂
That is awesome…so precious!
That was genius!
You are so awesomely creative!
Awww . . . thank you! I just love trying lots of new things! 🙂
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