Hi, my dear readers ♥
After ages I´m here with DIY tutorial again ! yay =D
Lately I´ve been collecting old textiles whenever my husband was cleaning his wardrobe I snatch all of his old t-shirts and put them on a growing pile in my work room with "this will be useful one day, I´m sure about it"
I have a lot of plans and ideas what to do with all these wash-out, old, ugly t-shirts, hoodies and bed sheets, but I hardly find time and motivation to spend an afternoon with sewing something for myself...
Until I discovered that I really need a black or dark-colored shawl...not knitted, just something light made of fabric, with a bit of ragged look, matching to my strega fashion outfits... and I went to the shops, because I was lazy...and couldn´t find a THING >_< everything is small or made of really synthetic materials and of course made in sweatshops... ugh, so I had no other choice than make in on my own !
I had a feeling that this is going to be pretty easy, so I took photos of it while making it ♪ I´m not really good with explaining, so if you don´t understand anything, just ask me in the comments or in e-mail =)
Sooo this is how it looks
cool, right? I really like it =D
WHAT DO YOU NEED
- old t-shirt, size L and bigger
- sewing machine / or you can do it in hand, why not ...
- thread, needle
- fabric / decoration of your choice
I used some really ugly pajamas t-shirt which my husband probably wore back in school - it had this terrible 90´s print in front and awful colour. So I tie dyed it before, but you don ´t have to do it =)
1. put the t-shirt wrong side out
2. cut-off both sleeves, the neck part, side seams and you can cut-off the bottom seams as well if you want
3. now you have two rectangles, cut one like this ↓↓↓ to make two triangles
4. put one on each side of the rectangle and cut the bottom so it all makes together
5. sew those three parts together - you can use overlock machine, elastic stitch or just a zig zag stitch on normal sewing machine... or you can sew it together with hand to give it more postapocalyptic look =)
It will look like this
If you want something simple - you´ve finished your new shawl right now ! congrats =)
... but if you have a huge stash of various fabric leftovers or some other interresting things, you can decorate it like I did
I used this mesh fabric...
(In my goth days I bought kilometers of it)
... randomly pinned it somewhere on the upper part of the shawl ...
...and sew it on the shawl with normal stitch
...and that´s it =)
This is how it looks ♥
At the same day I also tie dyed an old bed sheet and re-created it in an elven cape, but the process was too complicated for me to make a tutorial from it, BUT I will give you the measurements and the pattern so you can try it as well... but let´s leave this for some other time =)
Now you may ask "why OLD? Why everything old ?!"
Of course you can do this scarf from a new t-shirt, but... that´s just the half of fun and not even a bit ecological ...
Inspired by amazing Raintower together with my obsession with ethical fashion I want to recycle as much clothes as possible and give them new life in shape of something else =) it´s fun, it´s easy, it´s cheap ... what more to wish for?
If you have the same interest in recycling old textiles I highly recomend you to read or watch some tutorials by Annika Victoria - here
or join the new crafting group on facebook, created by Annika as well - the idea of this community is to vote for some DIY project each month and then create it all together and share your progress, fails and achievements =) This month it´s a spooky halloween skirt with skeleton hand suspenders ! I already have all the material and I will start next week with crafting *o*
I hope you like this tutorial and let me know if you made the shawl as well !
Have a beautiful day, everyone ♥