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Recycle clothes: B&N Tee

Upcycle textiles and recycle clothes with BellaV’s step by step tutorials

I am recycling enthusiast and I really enjoy finding new uses for old items. But this does not only apply to your regular plastic bottles or cans. Oh no, I recycle clothes, fabric, yarn…

On the one hand, there is the satisfaction of knowing that I am doing my part to keep items out of the landfill. Then there is the pleasure of allowing myself to be creative while producing a finished piece that looks new and cost little to no money at all!

This t-shirt is the perfect example of how you can recycle clothes to create your own DIY fashion with old or thrift-store finds.

Here is how I did it.

Supplies

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  • An old plain white t-shirt (or white jersey fabric)
  • Scraps of print fabric.
  • Black ribbon (not pictured).
  • A measuring tape (not pictured).
  • Scissors (not pictured).
  • Pins (not pictured).
  • A sewing needle (not pictured).
  • White thread (not pictured).
  • Black thread (or a color that matches the print fabric).
recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

Instructions: how to recycle clothes

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

1. First, measure how wide and long you want the front of the t-shirt to be, divide by two and cut two equal rectangles of the white jersey fabric.

2. Then, measure how low you’d like the V neckline and fold each front half accordingly. Pin in place and sew.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial
recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

3. When you are done sewing each side of the V-neck, cut the extra fabric, making sure to leave about 1/2 inch of fabric left.

Don’t worry about finishing the seams, the nice thing about this type of fabric is that it doesn’t unravel.

4. Now you need to cut the armholes. Fold the shirt in half and cut both armholes together to ensure symmetry. I used a tank-top as a guide.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial
recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

5. Measure the length of the armholes and cut two strips of fabric. Pin each strip to each armhole and sew.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

6. Fold the strip over the armhole, pin in place, and sew.

You will need to repeat these two steps to finish the back pieces of the shirt.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

7. Now you are ready to cut the top back pieces. First, measure how long and wide you need your back pieces and cut two equal rectangles.

Use the front of the t-shirt as a guide to shape the armholes.

8. Fold the middle part of each back half twice over itself, pin in place and sew.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

I used the bottom part of and old white t-shirt for the top back parts so I didn’t have to finish the top seam of the back.

You may have to fold the top part of each half piece to create a seam. Make sure it’s wide enough to fit the ribbon.

Repeat steps 5 and 6 to finish the armholes.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

9. Measure the width of your back halves together and how long you need the back to match the front piece, and cut a rectangle of the print fabric.

Make sure to leave a couple of inches for seams.

10. Pin the print rectangle to both back halves and sew.

11. Pin the front half of the shirt to the back and sew both seams.

12. Measure how long you want your final t-shirt to be, double the number, and cut two rectangles: one for the front, and one for the back.

Make sure to leave some fabric to allow for seams.

13. Pin both rectangles together and sew. You will have a circle of fabric that should be as wide as the front and back pieces of the shirt held together.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial
recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

14. Pin the waist band to the bottom of the shirt and sew in place. Then, fold over itself, pin in place and sew.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

15. To finish the shirt, make three pleats on each front top halves and pin in place.

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial

16. Then, cut two pieces of black ribbon. Fold each end twice over itself, pin to each front halves and sew in place.

17. All you need to do now is to pass the ribbon through the back halves. You can use a safety pin.

18. Finally, cut each ribbon diagonally to prevent fraying, and you are all done!

I hope you like my tutorial to recycle clothes. Feel free to leave a comment, let me know if you tried making your own DIY fashion 😀

recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial
recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial
recycle clothes, diy fashion, upcycling clothes, refashioning clothes, step by step sewing tutorial
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Rock the boat: cheap home decor

diy cheap home decor does not have to look cheap!

I love making home decor and wall decor items because they are usually super quick and easy!

This cheap home decor item is the perfect weekend project for those cold, rainy days were you can’t go outside.

If you want to know how you can make your own, keep on reading!

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Supplies

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  • A picture that you don’t like anymore
  • A picture that you do like
  • Paint in whatever colors you like
  • A sponge brush
  • Mod podge
  • A brush

Instructions

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial

1. First, get your base ready. The old picture that I chose to replace was a piece of paper that had been glued to a wood plank, so it was very easy to peel off with a little bit of hot water. You may choose to sand yours, or paint on top using white paint as a primer.

While you wait for the wood plank to get dry (if you had to use hot water to prep it), get your new picture ready.

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial

2. I chose a picture from an old calendar, so I had to cut the edges. You may be able to skip this step if your picture does not have any uneven edges to get rid of.

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial

3. My picture was narrower than the wood base; I chose that on purpose because I wanted to have a pop of color rather than just the picture.

To make sure the picture would be centered, I measured the difference between the picture and the wood base, and divided it by two so that each left and right edge would be symmetrical.

Then, I painted each side with white paint first, and then with cobalt blue.

If your picture measures the same as your base, you may be able to skip this step.

4. Last, cover your base with mod podge using a sponge brush. Lay your picture on the center of your base, and press firmly using a wiping motion from the center of the picture towards the edges. Doing this will prevent air bubbles.

Wait until it dries, and you are all done!

I hope you like my tutorial. Leave a comment and let me know how your projects turn out!

Enjoy 🙂

cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial
cheap home decor, diy wall decor, mod pdge tutorial