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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Cozy winter hat from a sweatshirt sleeve; article with pix and tutorial link. on: January 28, 2009 01:15:16 PM
I have been making hats out of sweatshirt sleeves recently, and I wanted to share the results of my experimentation with you. I have found sweatshirt sleeve hats to be on the tighter side. The advantages of this are that it makes for a more airtight hat. Knit hats often let in some draft, but when I use a sweatshirt hat as an inner liner, I get the best of both worlds. I have only encountered two minor drawbacks so far. I prefer to either use a baggier sleeve to make the hat slightly on the loose side to avoid a hat that is too tight, allowing for the possibility of headaches as well as stressing my hair. (I guess most guys can disregard the latter if they are not growing out their hair.)

Here is a photo of the completed project:


Without further ado, here is the link to my published article on how to make a hat out of a sweatshirt sleeve. Link to hat article

2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to sew using a fabric glue instead of thread? on: January 27, 2009 02:58:11 PM
What I was planning were two things actually. The first thing is a sweatshirt vest. (The one I detailed in my online articlehttp://www.associatedcontent.com/article/859427/make_a_homemade_informal_vest_out_of.html?cat=46 ) The idea is that if T-shirts can make sleeveless shirts just by cutting the sleeves, then so can sweatshirts. The trouble is that sweatshirts are made to be more baggy so I therefore find it necessary to tuck in a couple inches off each side of the sweatshirt so it fits more like a T-shirt. Rather than having a bulky lump of extra material on either side of the sweatshirt, I prefer to cut away the extra material and sew the sides together.

The second project would be to make either a quilt or a blanket out of the extra scraps from old sweatshirts I no longer use and cutoff sleeves and old sweatpants legs. You know, to recycle extra material I cannot stand wasting without having to spend upwards of a week sewing during my free time. I have already assembled one blanket, I did that last winter when I was laid off. Already, some of the thread has broken and made holes in the blanket. And with the sweatshirt vest, I finally got so sick of that bag look that I fitted and hemmed the sides, wore it one day, and already the string has broken in two places.

I know I can invest in heavy duty thread, but I'm not the one who has the patience to spend all day sewing and am looking for alternatives. I wonder how a glue gun would work though.
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it possible to sew using a fabric glue instead of thread? on: January 26, 2009 03:13:55 PM
So basically there is no alternative to a real needle and thread/machine?
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Is it possible to sew using a fabric glue instead of thread? on: January 25, 2009 03:35:20 PM
Is there a fabric glue out there that will hold sewing together? And if so, how good is its quality? Is there a fabric glue out there that can hold the cloth so well that if you try to open the glued seam, the cloth next to the glue will rip instead? And if such glue exists, where can I goabout obtaining it?
Thanks
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: plain white t-shirt on: December 26, 2008 04:18:05 PM
Great artwork Smiley A $5 shirt is probably the best place to experiment.
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Night Cap on: December 26, 2008 04:14:26 PM
Those look real good Smiley I usually use the sleeve cut off of a long sleeve T-shirt for a nightcap should I need one.
7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Deck of cards = awesome, easy, romantic gift! on: December 25, 2008 04:41:37 PM
Wow the deck of cards idea is so unique and awesome! Now I know what to do with decks of cards when a couple cards get nicked and are no longer good for poker Smiley
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Funny Ideas??? on: December 25, 2008 04:39:05 PM
Valentine crafts? I don't have any completed as of yet but I have been brainstorming on craft ideas that are unique, easy and original. I'll keep you posted when I get some.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: My newest reused denim bag... on: December 25, 2008 04:29:15 PM
Really neat!! I definately need to reuse some of the extra denim lying around the house. Great idea; thanks for sharing!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Any no-sew ideas to transform a supre big t-shirt? on: September 19, 2008 01:21:00 PM
Theres a few good websites to visit. Do a search for "t-shirt surgery" or "T-shirt reconstruction" and refine results as necessary. The sites are www.youtube.comwww.associatedcontent.com and www.wikihow.com
There are others as well. That's what search engines are awesome for; finding them.
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