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I tie dyed a bunch of shirts this week and they turned out pretty good. I made them specifically to make tarn necklaces but then got to thinking what could I do with the shirt scraps?  So I tried to think of a few different items I could make all from 1 t-shirt. I have several more shirts to go so any suggestions and ideas are welcome!

First with the bottom halfish of the shirt I made the tarn for the tarn necklace - slice off the hem area and then fold over the shirt in half -leaving about an inch of the bottom side open.  (see pic 2). Using scissors or rotary cutter, slowly and carefully cut strips across the width of the shirt but do not cut the open side piece. When you reach the arm pit area, cut directly across, separating the strips from the shirt. Holding the uncut part of the shirt, stretch out the strips gently until they pop! You will then use a piece of tshirt, cloth, leather, chains, etc. to cover up the uncut portion of the shirt if using as a necklace. Hope that makes sense. 
Next a Pair of Produce bags: Then I folded the top half of the shirt in half, lining up the sleeve seams. I made a 'bag' pattern (I realized at the end I did not need that square opening for the handle) using a full sheet of paper and rounded the edges. I then placed the pattern on the folded shirt with the bottom on the fold, and cut it out. I sewed the bag up both sides, then flipped it inside out and top stitched around the bag a 2nd time. Then using a cutting mat and rotary cutter, I made about 1 in slits across the width, then moved up about a half inch or so and made another row of slits in between the first pair. I alternated rows of slits until about an inch below my handle, stretched it out and Ta DA! produce bag times 2! They are small but the one in the last picture actually has 5 apples in it and still has room!
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Last i took the sleeves and free hand cut out two cuddle critters. I cut the shapes, sewed the edges leave a couple inches for turning, turned them inside out and then top stitched for security all around except the open area. I then stuffed them and sewed up the opening. Soft and cuddly, they just need some faces. 

So 1 shirt = 1 tarn necklace, 2 small produce bag and 2 stuffed critters.  Nice haul eh? 
Thanks for reading! Send suggestions! 

 


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