Crafting with Scraps

I bought a few used t-shirts to make this Easy T-shirt Door Wreath. I used most of the shirts in the wreath but had parts of the upper body and sleeves left over. I hate throwing things away so I decided to see what I could do with the left over pieces.

Kelsey had a t-shirt with a stain towards the bottom that I had been wanting to do something with so this Upcycled T-shirt Dress by I Am Momma Hear Me Roar was the perfect solution. Since Kelsey was in size 24 month and these were large and x-large adult t-shirts, I had enough material to cut out the pieces I needed to make this dress. For an added little touch, I cut out and ironed on a little heart on to the chest.

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With a few of the left over strips I made a bracelet by braiding three strips together and hot gluing the ends together and then hot gluing a little piece around to cover the joint. I used a sleeve to make the headband and made a quick fabric bow with another scrap. I wrapped a little piece of scrap around to gather the headband and hot glued it then the bow on top of it.

Fabric Bow

This is becoming one of my favorite things to make with scraps. I’ve done these a couple different ways now but here is a no-sew version that makes a pretty bow and you can make it as big or small as you want or as much as you have scraps of. (If you are using jersey or t-shirt material, you don’t need to do worry about folding the edges since you don’t need to worry about shredding.)

  • fabric cut down to size you want
  • iron
  • thread
  • ribbon
  • alligator clip
  • hot glue gun

Start by folding over the edges and ironing them down. Fold lengthwise to the midpoint. Then, fold the ends to just past the midpoint to have a little bit of an overlap. Pick up in the middle and accordion it in between your thumb and first finger. Take a second to look at the front of the bow to make sure the fabric is in a good position. Wrap a piece of thread around the middle and double knot it to keep in all in place.

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Hot glue a piece of ribbon around the middle. Hot glue ribbon to cover an alligator clip then glue to the bow.

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Finally, put on the head of the cutest girl you can find nearby!

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3 thoughts on “Crafting with Scraps

  1. pumpkinsfan76 says:

    These are just too cute! I am the same way. I will keep small items to make into things like this. Thank you for sharing your projects with us!!!!

  2. Zephyr Hill says:

    Thank you for the t shirt dress tip! I’ve been looking for something just like this for our little girl!

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