As someone who is always in support of recycling or upcycling clothing, this book was a treasure trove of ideas. A quick glance convinced me that I needed to purchase a copy of this book for my own personal craft library.
|Steve Piacenza and Cathie Filian
So how does Cathie go about upcycling old t-shirts? Well, she gives the reader an easy series of steps to follow, along with a brief explanation of the different types of t-shirts to look out for. She also uses simple techniques which are broken down by chapters to transform old t-shirts into something that reflects the readers personal taste and enjoyment.
- cutting and stitching
- painting on fabric
- dyeing fabric
- ribbons and trims
- iron-ons and patches
- sparkle and shine (rhinestones, paints, sequins, glitter paints)
- mixed media
- just the boys (male-orientated projects)
- holiday and special occasion’s
I started with the lace collar. Then tried a piece of lace on the shoulder.
I looked through the book and found that Chapter 7, deals with “Iron-ons & Patches”. So for my second project, I will just make some minor changes to the shirt by adding a cool iron transfer from Plaid that I recently picked up. I ironed the shirt to remove any creases.
Then I tried some applique, trims and an iron on a different tote bag.
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