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Topic: *I was There* T-shirts... What should I do with them now?  (Read 2416 times)
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UnaAngelFay
« on: October 16, 2007 07:59:52 PM »

I like to travel, though so far its mostly been to theme parks... But I have some great shirts from most of them and from different countries I have gone to. I like embroidered shirts the best...

The thing is, I have tons now, most do not fit me anymore, are getting holes or getting a little too tattered, but the embroidered logos and such are usually still fine. Since I am a pack rat, I still have a great number of them kicking around and my family is not very happy about it. Soon though I will be moving (next year) and they are just creating clutter, but I do not like to throw them away and most are too used to give away....

So, I was hoping someone could help me come up with ideas on what to do with them, hopefully with the way to do the ideas too, and bring these old t-shirts into a new life as something else (I really don't want more t-shirts or clothing though). I have two weeks of freedom coming up and nothing to do too, so I am hoping to do something with them during this time.

Got any ideas? Huh
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« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2007 10:38:43 PM »

There's always the standard t-shirt quilt.
They never fail to be a hit!
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« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2007 01:44:39 AM »

My first thought was t-shirt quilt.

My second was applique the embroidered parts onto tote bags--ruffly borders optional! (Thrift/found bags work great--you can applique over existing logos or pics or advertising.)

Pillows? Either stitch shut and stuff, or cut out the good bits and make a pillow cover.

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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 12:20:46 PM »

I'm a big fan of tshirt quilts.

also in the Generation T book she has a cool skirt made out of travel t shirts. you could try that too.
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UnaAngelFay
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2007 01:04:18 PM »

I'm a big fan of tshirt quilts.

also in the Generation T book she has a cool skirt made out of travel t shirts. you could try that too.

I don't think I have seen a t-shirt quilt, but I like the idea! I have that book, but I packed it up with all my stuff  Tongue
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2007 01:05:15 PM »

There's always the standard t-shirt quilt.
They never fail to be a hit!

I haven't seen a t-shirt quilt... hmmm

thanks for the idea  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2007 01:06:14 PM »

My first thought was t-shirt quilt.

My second was applique the embroidered parts onto tote bags--ruffly borders optional! (Thrift/found bags work great--you can applique over existing logos or pics or advertising.)

Pillows? Either stitch shut and stuff, or cut out the good bits and make a pillow cover.

MAmadurk

Thanks for your suggestions! I have alot to choose from  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2007 10:39:54 PM »

There's always the standard t-shirt quilt.
They never fail to be a hit!

I haven't seen a t-shirt quilt... hmmm

thanks for the idea  Smiley

They're really easy. You just cut the shirts into equal sized squares so they display whatever text or picture you want. Sew them carefully so they line up horizontally and vertically. I made one with just fleece backing for my boyfriend and its very cozy but you could using batting or whatever pleases you!!
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« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2007 01:03:02 PM »

Just a thought, but you could always take and cut out the special part of each shirt and either frame each of them separately, or create a very large poster size collage of them all. 
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2007 03:21:38 PM »

I recently saw a blog (?) where someone showed how to make a t-shirt into a grocery bag.  Cut off sleeves, use a plate for a template to reshape the neckline, stitch shut the bottom.  I bet a google search would bring it up---I'm sure it was not a craftster thread!
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« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2007 12:00:20 PM »

I recently saw a blog (?) where someone showed how to make a t-shirt into a grocery bag.  Cut off sleeves, use a plate for a template to reshape the neckline, stitch shut the bottom.  I bet a google search would bring it up---I'm sure it was not a craftster thread!
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So, something like this  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=8429539

They look really cool.  Great lunch bag too! 

Jenny
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« Reply #11 on: January 02, 2008 12:20:44 PM »

You could cut out the logos and applique them onto another shirt. You could put more than one on the same shirt.

Ummm you could pretty much applique them onto anything. Of course there's the quilt idea, and the bag thing sounds pretty cool.
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« Reply #12 on: January 04, 2008 06:19:14 PM »

Just a thought, but you could always take and cut out the special part of each shirt and either frame each of them separately, or create a very large poster size collage of them all. 

Or applique them onto a shirt or a bag, maybe?
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« Reply #13 on: January 06, 2008 07:28:26 PM »

This is a pic from a site that makes and sells them..........but it'll give you an idea of what they look like......... Roll Eyes

http://www.goosetracks.com/TshirtQuilt.html
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« Reply #14 on: January 13, 2008 02:36:31 PM »

it depends on how many you have because you could make a quilt and a travel t-skirt.
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« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2008 05:33:17 AM »

The t-shirt bag was from Martha Stewart:
http://www.marthastewart.com/portal/site/mslo/menuitem.3a0656639de62ad593598e10d373a0a0/?vgnextoid=37b1b744dd165110VgnVCM1000003d370a0aRCRD&autonomy_kw=t%20shirt%20bag&rsc=header_1

They are quite sturdy and quick to make.
I saw somewhere someone had made undies out of an old t with the logo on the bum.
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« Reply #16 on: January 17, 2008 05:49:28 AM »

i plan on eventually using my Disney shirts for a quilt (we buy at least 2 per person on every trip, and we go multiple times a yr, we have ALOT of Disney shirts!)

i love it so much because: it wont ever go bad, or out of style, it will keep them preserved, AND you will be able to tell the story of ALL the shirts to anyone you want any time you want...its a fabric scrapbook...and it doesnt take alot of time either (the hard work was already done)

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« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2008 10:20:08 PM »

OMG! I own the Generation T book and it is just AWESOME!  I have redone so many plain ol' promotional tshirts using that book!!! lol. 

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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2008 01:27:03 PM »

I don't know how big your designs are on the shirts or how many shirts you have but you could always make a quilted bag out of them too, fairly easily. This would work best if the designs are small-ish but you would just make a mini-quilt (or two) and then stitch up the sides, add a lining, and whatever you want for the handles. I mean, it could get fancier with pockets and zippers and such, but that's up to you.
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