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« on: March 22, 2011 06:11:09 AM »

What are some ideas for using shirt collars and sleeves after cutting up the bulk of the shirt for fabric?  I have several men's button-downs that I've used the main part of the shirt but have collars and long sleeves left.  I also have an awesome red chenille sweater that I would love to make something from the leftover long sleeves and turtleneck.  (The body of the sweater became a throw pillow for my mom's couch.)

« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2011 08:45:42 PM »

Depending on how un-ravely the material is, it wouldn't be too difficult to make little bows or flowers from the sleeves. Or a little coin purse, or handbag depending on the size of the sleeves. Long sleeved sweaters are good for making fingerless gloves from too.

If the turtleneck was a fairly loose one, it might be big enough to make a beanie-type hat from. Just gather the unfinished side and slap a pom pom or something on top to hide the hole. If it wasn't really loose, you could still do the same thing, but it'd be a baby hat. I just made one from a thrifted angora sweater that had a cowl neck for my nephew.

As for the button down shirts... I've seen some pretty cool necklace/collar things made from the collars, that were pretty much just the severed collar, sometimes edged with lace, usually with a pendant or brooch attached. And you can just cut off the cuffs and wear them as cuffs. The sleeves are pretty big pieces of material, good for small bags, little stuffed animals, bows, flowers, etc.

Happy crafting. Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: April 03, 2011 06:11:16 AM »


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