Many, many times I talk about how much I hate to waste fabric in my sewing projects. Which is why I enjoy using the tissue fitting method of fitting my patterns when I make my own clothes. When you find others who see things the way you do and share the same ideals about living and being more accountable for our resources, you want to support their efforts to make a difference.
So, after meeting Jenelle Montilone, the author of “The Upcycled T-shirt Book,” I was inspired to create something with the leftover t-shirts in my own home. I took an old work t-shirt from my husband and dyed it to color and created this cute number.
T-shirt refashion is a big deal these days, but for me, I am moved by “reason” not fashion, although fashion is a big part of it for me. This lady has such ideals for improving on the amount of waste created by “fast fashion”, with meaning and passion.
What can you do to save on the fabric waste created in your sewing room. Maybe bring in more fabric. Wait, that’s not a ticket to go purchase more fabric. Quite the contrary. I say bring in other garments that can be repurposed into another fashionable garments for yourself or someone else. For those of you who knit, maybe consider the fact that one large t-shirt will yield 15 yards of t-shirt yarn. Now, I don’t know personally how far that will get you, but, to me 15 yards is fifteen over zero, right!! Consider dying the t-shirts first the way I did, and you are off to create something wonderful.
Here is a great video in which Jenelle details how to create your t-shirt yarn for knitting. Others on this Blog Tour have created some awesome projects with ideas presented by Jenelle.
She has even given me the freedom to let one of my readers have a copy of this book, her treat. That means all you need to do is comment below and I will pull a name next Wednesday, January 13th to name the winner.
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