Over the summer, I took a fashion accessories class and here are the finished products of the projects we did over the course of one week! There are actually lots of ways to upcycle a t-shirt. These also were all made the DIY way!
Here’s a bag we made out of a t-shirt by cutting off the sleeves and trimming the collar. We finished it by tying knots with the fringes at the bottom.
The beanie was made with another t-shirt where we cut the shape and put gel glue on the front in any design/shape/pattern we wanted. As you can see, I went for a cat. We then sewed the two pieces together. For final touches, I colored the design with some Sharpie so it stands out better.
This bowtie/hair bow in one was made with fabric scraps when we ironed, folded, and sewed the fabric into the shape of the bow. We added the elastic by putting it under the piece of fabric in the middle that “keeps the bow together”.
The braided headband and brace are kind of a package deal since 1) we made them on the same day and 2) they’re both braided (this was probably too obvious). These were made with strips of cloth we cut from the sleeves of a t-shirt (yet another way to upcycle those). For the headband, I braided six strips of cloth together and tied each end with a shorter scrap. From there I tied elastic on each side. For the bracelet, 3-6 strips were braided together (it’s your choice), and then it was all secured with another scrap of cloth like the headband.
You’ve probably seen DIYs that involved tassels and this is very similar. We simply made 5 tassels and put the string through them right before tying the knot at the top.
This shibori scarf was made with the Japanese technique of shibori, hence the name “shibori scarf”. There are lots of ways to do shibori, but what I did is put rocks on the silk and wrap the silk around the rock. Then, I wrapped thread very tightly around the rock so that water couldn’t get in. It’s because of the thread that we got the detail on the edges.
The last thing, the infinity scarf, is another way to upcycle a t-shirt. It was made by cutting off the bottom half of the t-shirt and with the front half/layer, I cut long slits.