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71  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Recycle Old T-Shirts into Chiq Pillows on: May 18, 2004 04:33:36 PM
I hate parting with old t-shirts... especially ones with cool patterns and designs. I came up with a way to reuse those too-small tees into a great room accent or gift.

Materials
 Smiley An old tee shirt. You can use one or many.
 Smiley A sewing kit.
 Smiley Basic sewing knowlege
 Smiley An old pillow or cotton batting
Smiley ruler
 Smiley masking tape

Step-by-Step
1. Turn the tee inside out and using a ruler and masking tape, mark out the area you want to be the front of the pillow. Be sure to leave a few inches around the design for a seam.
2. Pin the two layers of the shirt together along the tape lines you made.
3. Cut along the tape lines through both layers.
4. Sew up all but one side of the pillow, removing the pins as you go.
5. Turn the tee right side out and stuff with the cotton batting or the batting from inside an old pillow.
6. Sew up the last side.
7. Display on couch, chair, bed, or give to a friend.

Tips, Hint, and Suggestions
 Grin You can make a few of similar tastes (like all shirts depecting retro cartoons) and give them as gifts.
 Grin Using all of one kind of shirt (stripes, dots, plain colours, etc), you can create a new look for your bed or couch.
72  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Make Your Own Belts WITH PICS on: May 18, 2004 04:12:18 PM
I bought a really cool belt at a department store once that had a bunch of pictures on it. I decided that I could make one, too. Here's what you need to do...
Materials
 Smiley An old (or new) belt. It should be made of leather (or fake leather) and NOT cloth. Make sure it doesn't have holes all the way around. Also, be sure to find one that had a flat surface with no rhinestones or anything.
 Smiley Newspapers, magazines, computer printouts, photos... anything you want to cut up and wear around your waste.
 Smiley Clear packing tape.
 Smiley Glue
 Smiley Decorative accents like beads, fake jewels, etc.

Step-By-Step
1. Cut out the pictures you want on the belt. Make them no longer than the width of the belt.
2. Position the cut outs on the belt how you want them.
3. Use a dot or two of glue to keep cutouts from moving around on belt. DO NOT use so much glue that the cutouts or the belt are soaked.
4. In sections, use packing tape to go over the cutouts. Try not to get it wrinkled.
5. Re-poke the holes in the belt.
6. Wear it!

Extra Tips, Hints, and Ideas
 Grin Come up with a theme, like your friends, words that describe you, cool phrases, etc.
 Grin My theme was Comics, in case you were wondering. I wore it to school and everyone loved it!
 Grin These make great gifts!
 Grin You can add accents using beads and faux jewels.
 Grin If you gice these as gifts, you might want to consider putting something like "Made For ___ by __." on the back (out of sight) of the belt, so it's personalized and special.





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