April 5, 2012 at 10:23 pm #256837
I made a skirt for my daughter this afternoon using one of my old t-shirts. I cut off the top part horizontally from under the sleeves, then turned the tube section upside down so the bottom hem became the waistband. Inserted a piece of elastic to fit. Using the leftover material from the sleeves and top part of the shirt, I cut strips and sewed them together to make the bottom frill. I zigzagged the hem edge, then gathered the top of the frill section and sewed it to the bottom (raw edge) of the skirt. In less than half an hour she had a new item for her wardrobe!April 5, 2012 at 11:01 pm #522920
How clever are you. Very impressive. :clap: :clap:April 6, 2012 at 1:28 am #522921
I agree, what a fabulous idea!April 6, 2012 at 4:54 pm #522922
I’m impressed – well done you!April 6, 2012 at 7:07 pm #522923
Thanks, everyone! I’ve accumulated quite a stash of old t-shirts and just can’t keep them all hanging around for a rainy day. I knitted another one up into a dishcloth, I’m happier using recycled fabric for dishcloths rather than buying crochet cotton. Heaps faster too – only takes about 20 mins to knit a square. They last longer as well. I’m going to start knitting rectangular rows now that I’ll stitch together to make a few throw mats for my kitchen & bathroom floors. Lastly some will get made into shopping bags.June 4, 2012 at 8:32 pm #522924
Mudhen, Do you have any pics of these mats you talk about??
With this cold weather I have pulled out my knitting needles and some cotton I was given and started to knot some dishcloths.June 4, 2012 at 11:47 pm #522925
Sorry Vanessa, but it’s been hit and miss with my knitting lately. I’ve had a few goes at it to try and find a good size to start knitting with and a good tension for the mats, and am thinking tighter is better. I’ve got a whole winter of footy ahead for knitting, so will post some pics once I get going again. I’m still really happy with the dishclothes, too. I am a bit rough with washing up and have put holes in my crochet cotton ones, but the t-shirt yarn ones are still going strong.
If I ever pick up another hula hoop, I’d like to do one of these for my daughter’s room:June 5, 2012 at 12:45 am #522926
I use t-shirts to make bath mats by crocheting them not knitting them and they are thick, soft and long lasting ! I must make some dish cloths too so better dig out the knitting needles!June 5, 2012 at 3:03 am #522927
Ah, Lindy, if I could crochet, I would definitely be doing it that way. I can do a simple chain stitch but that’s it. At this stage I think I need about 3 more lifetimes to fit in all the stuff I’d love to do! Ok, just in case I get there, how wide do you cut your strips of t-shirt?June 9, 2012 at 12:57 am #522928
love the idea of using t-shirt material for dishcloths!
I’ve made 1 and a half crochet cottons ones with an afghan/tunisian hook but I’d love to make one with one of those big hooks or knitting needles,you’d be able to do one in a weekend..and they’d look really cool. :cheer:
that skirt you made looks great mudhen :clap:June 9, 2012 at 1:19 am #522929
mudhen post=344357 wrote: Sorry Vanessa, but it’s been hit and miss with my knitting lately. I’ve had a few goes at it to try and find a good size to start knitting with and a good tension for the mats, and am thinking tighter is better. I’ve got a whole winter of footy ahead for knitting, so will post some pics once I get going again. I’m still really happy with the dishclothes, too. I am a bit rough with washing up and have put holes in my crochet cotton ones, but the t-shirt yarn ones are still going strong.
If I ever pick up another hula hoop, I’d like to do one of these for my daughter’s room:
That mat looks great mudhen! DD7 has just discovered weaving – it has made me think of you and your school kids. DH made her a loom out of a shoe box and she has been weaving with some wool we picked up at the op shop. The inspiration actually came from an idea in one of her craft books where old fabric strips were made to do the weaving. Once the woven fabric was complete, pictures were cut out of felt to make a scene. It’s cheap & easy and perhaps something you could do with your school kids? Don’t know if I’ve explained it very well though….. I’d love to give this mat a go. Will have to start saving some t-shirts. Maybe we could have a crafty day with the kids in the school holidays?June 9, 2012 at 2:04 am #522930
Glad to have inspired you, Debbie! Honestly, the dishcloth making is just straight knit stitch, anywhere from 10 – 15 stitches cast on and then done till it’s square and takes no more than 1/2 an hour to knit. I started out with quite a loose tension, but they really loosen up alot after being used, so I’m actually going to take a couple apart and do them over with a tighter tension to keep them in shape a bit better. Very very fast. I use a rotary cutter to cut my fabric strips from the front and back of the shirt in a zigzag pattern to get the longest piece of yarn possible.
Bel, I love the shoebox weaving idea, and definitely something I’ll tuck away for use at school! Lol I probably have enough t-shirts for a half dozen mats (don’t tell my DH!) and a craft / making day in the holidays would be great! I’ll send you a pm and see what we can work out.July 6, 2012 at 5:27 am #522931
mudhen post=344362 wrote: Ok, just in case I get there, how wide do you cut your strips of t-shirt?
I cut them about 1 cm wide but if its a thick material I nearly halve that!
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