Recycle t-shirts

Flowers from scrap fabric and buttons








These are just a few simple ways that you can turn scrap fabric, buttons, or an old book or magazine into a cute flower that you can then put on a hair pin, necklace, headband, bracelet, ring, or add to the neckline of any plain old t-shirt you have lying around.  The possibilities are endless.

Block Pendant Tutorial

First, you’re going to want to collect your materials.  I chose for my blocks to use an old art magazine, Chinese newspaper, and used gift-wrap for the outside of my pendants.  You will also need to use a lightweight material block for the inside.  I decided to use some old plastic dominos I found at a yardsale.  Also needed will be some type of glue and scissors.






The first thing you’re going to want to do is find a page in a magazine that you would like to turn into a pendant.  Then, measure out the size of the paper that needs to go around the block.  Do this in whatever manner you wish, but make sure it is big enough. Too big is better than too small in this case, because you can always cut extra off.

Next, you will want to lay your block on the paper like pictured, and glue two of the edges down.  I have found that it is easier to glue the short sides first.

The next step is to glue one of the long ends down and make sure it is secure and evenly distributed over your block base so that there are no wrinkles in the paper on the block. 

Once you are finished with this, you will want to do the other side in the same manner.  This has given you your basic block for the pendant.







Now that you have your blocks created, you can start working on turning them into pendants and creating your own necklaces.

Here’s the original post that sparked it all.

Trash Fashion: discovering new ways to make recycled clothing and accessories


Help change the world with sustainable fashion in this fun, hands-on workshop.  Learn how to create clothing and accessories with what would normally be considered trash.  Also, learn about the amazing ways trash is used in “Couture Trashion” throughout the world.  Go home with several items and tons of ideas on how to stand out in a crowd with one-of-a-kind items that you made!  The cost is $10 for FNFSR (friends of the north fork of the shenandoah river) members and $12 for non-members.  Two family members can attend for one price if they are working on the same project.  Those under 13 must be accompained by a parent or guardian.  Please Note: deadline to register is March 23.  This workshop is for all ages


Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Sessions: March 31

Location: W.W. Robinson Elementary School (shenandoah county, northern virginia)

Instructors: J. Frenzel and E. Rainard (these are the people who wrote this blog)

Fees: $10/$12

During this workshop we are curretly planning on giving instructions on how to make t-shirt scarves, paper bead creations, and cute recycled hair clips.  We will be providing all of the materials for you to make all of these while attending the class.  There will also be a presentation on trash fashion so that you go home with more ideas on what you can make.  Younger children will also be given a how-to idea packet when they leave, so that they will continue to make these things when they get home.  We hope that if you are in the area, you will attend.

More ideas for recycled mittens!

All of these images were found doing a ‘Google Image’ search.  When making recycled mittens, choose a design from here you like, find another pattern, or create your own!

how to: mittens from a sweater

First, start with a sweater that you’ve either outgrown, shrunk in the wash, or just don’t like anymore.

Next, you’ll want to trace your hand (or whoever’s hand your making the mittens for) and add about 1/4 inch around the edges.

Cut out your pattern and pin it to the sweater.  Make sure you pin through both sides of the sweater.  You will want 2 identical pieces for one mitten.  Do this twice.

Once you have the pieces cut out, turn the right sides inside so that they’re facing each other.

Pin them around the edges.  Make sure you left the bottom open you can put your hand in.

Now, sew them together either by hand or using a machine leaving a 3/4 inch seam.

Once you have them sewn, cut out some of the excess material around the curves in the seams.  This will make the mittens more comfortable to wear.  Just be sure you don’t cut the seam.

Turn them right-side out and Voila! you have mittens

Variations on the “T-shirt Scarf”

         Earlier on, we posted a tutorial on how to easily transform an old t-shirt into the conventional “t-shirt scarf.” This is just a really fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY craft that ivolves few materials and usually ones you already have in your house. For those of you that are interested in this form of upcycling and have mastered the basics of the craft, here are some more complex ideas that you can try! If this whole concept is new to you, here’s our tutorial we made earlier that you can learn from and build off of.

We love hearing new ideas and feedback from you guys so let us know if you come across or create any really cool scarves 🙂

This variation uses the combination of several patterns and braiding.





    Here’s a link to the cite that explains in detail how this ringlet scarf is made:

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial




A different approach to the t-shirt scarf. It just goes to show the amount of creative freedom this project allows- there are so many possibilities! Here is a link to  a tutorial:     

                                                                                                                                                                            One last example of what you could do, basically a knot and the edges sewn together. Fairly simple for the amount of money saved by doing it yourself!

We hope this has inspired and added to your endeavors into the art of “trash fashion.” Have fun making scarves and sharing your newfound creativity with the world around you!

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