A couple of weeks ago I did some cleaning and came across several embellished t-shirts. I cut off the "good" parts and plan to incorporate pieces of them into some of my mixed media projects.
Tips for Upcycling Clothing
1. Buttons: don't toss it if it has some great buttons on it. Be sure to look at back pockets for interesting buttons as well.
2. Trim: look for pretty trims along collars, sleeves or the bottom hem. Ruffles and other trims are perfect for adding to journal covers, bags or pillows.
3. Zippers: cut or tear out zippers and re-use them. Keep the raw fabric on the zipper for an edgy, messy look.
4. Fabric: that wool sweater can be felted and the fabric used in a number of projects. Be sure to check the wool content and make sure it is 100% wool before felting. Sheer fabrics can be ripped or cut into strips to create closures on journals, bows on packages, etc.
5. Pockets: Like that pocket? Cut it off and use it on a journal cover or inside a handmade purse. A pocket with a buttoned flap would make a great little holder for pens, etc.
6. Garmet Labels: some clothes have colorful and interesting labels. Cut them out and use them like collage pieces in your fabric projects.
7. Interesting Words or Images: cut these pieces off and consider layering them into another project. Like that abstract image or that bird? Free motion stitch over it onto a bag, pillow, hat, placemat or even an art quilt.
Thrift Store Finds
I found this DKNY skirt at Good Will for $4 and the front is covered with these beautiful embroidered flowers.
This shirt has nice buttons and pleats stitched on the front. I have already cut pieces from it and used them in a journal project. Check it out HERE.