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No-Sew Winter Hat

How to Make a Funky Fleece Hat


No Sew Hat

This is a cute hat – you can use an old sweatshirt as long as it has big enough armholes.  Cut off the sleeves and turn them both into winter hats!

Instructions:

  1. Cut a sleeve off an old sweatshirt.
  2. Make a brim by rolling up the large end.
  3. Cut off the cuff around the wrist and cut fringes up the sleeve so the main part still covers your head.
  4. Randomly tie slits together in double knots. Not all the slits need to be tied, some can just hang down.  You can also use a hair elastic to gather the top together.

Coin purse or wallet made from tetrapack juicebox

How to make a tetrapack wallet:

  • cut the top and bottom, make a flap on one side,
  • fold in half,
  • tape the middle edges, and
  • stick a bit of velcro to close the flap, or use an elastic band


For better instructions, Please click here to go to Espirit Cabane-

Also, check out this well-designed website – it has a beautiful gallery of these folded tetra-pack wallets for sale, and a cool flash animation of the folding process:
http://www.berlingot.ch/ (it’s in French I think, but still worth checking out!)

Eco-friendly Fabric Monsters!

Foo Monster from fixedgeargirl

Foo Monster from fixedgeargirl

“This Soft Foo Monster is a computer programmer by day and a disco loving dude at night. There will never be another just like him, and he has tons of character!

Mr. Soft Foo Monster is made from wonderful, irresistible grey fleece, with all sorts of fun machine stitched spots in flannel and fleece. He has a fang and a big letter “A” out of baby blue fleece. He has expressive eyes made from yellow red, and purple felt. Soft Foo Monster’s dimensions are 8″ wide by 11″ tall, stuffed firm with new hypoallergenic polyfill. His body is embroidery stitched by hand. My workspace is smoke free and cat/dog hair free.

All of fixedgeargal’s constructions are unique pieces of art, handmade by Capella Parrish. They are manufactured from thrift store fabrics or from donated items from friends such as sweaters, fleece or wool blankets and embellished by other odd fabrics that she finds in fabric stores.”

Please see fixedgeargal’s fantastic site for more unique fabric creatures!

What to do with your cool old tshirts

Tshirt Art

Isn’t this a nice way to save old t shirts from the rag bag?  These are embroidery hoops – they are used for holding the fabric while you work on it.  You could also use frames to turn t shirts into art!  This would work with any fabric – scarves, unfinished sewing projects, etc!

” I was thinking that the hoops would be a quick and easy way to decorate the bedroom my two boys share…but how? So many crafty ideas are too girlie to translate to boys. When I was going through a bunch of old T-shirts that they had outgrown, the idea hit me: Hoop the T’s! Often when my parents travel abroad, they bring back T-shirts to the boys. I always have a hard time parting with the shirts, as they are meaningful. (The frog T is from Costa Rica and the red T with embroidery is from Africa. The tie-dye is from an old romper I couldn’t bear to part with. Boys wear so few patterns, and I always love them in tie-dye.)”
Please see Betz Whites blog for the whole post and The Purl Bee for a tutorial for making these hooped fabric hangings.

Tshirt Bags

T shirt Bag

The Good Thing Bag

Martha Stewart has instructions for how to make shopping bags out of old tshirts.   Simple, clever, pretty and practical – it’s the Good-Thing Bag!

There are more extensive intructions for similar t shirt bags at not the jet set . net

They have good advice about what kind of tshirt looks best… they suggest, for example, using novelty and college tshirts (you might get funny looks from a grocery bagger if you hand them your old Hendrix tshirt with no explanation.)

not the jet set also says that “the fitted style t-shirts work better then the unfitted. I also found that the smalls work the best. The white one in the photo is a large but I found that unfitted mediums seem to work well also.” Looks like a good washable bag for gym or swimming gear!

Tshirt bags

Tshirt bags

Eco-chic Gum Wrapper Handbags

These folded wrapper bags are so tough and cool looking…

The Ecoist has the nicest collection I’ve seen

They are sorted by type of label/packaging…. I love the strawberry n’ kiwi bag!

How do you make them?

You fold

the wrappers over on themselves, then make a chain of them, then sew them together!

Looks so cool… looks so hard!

How to make gum wrapper bags

This post explains it all

another cute bag, shown below on the right, is woven…

more nice bags