Apr
20

Turn Old Tees into Rocker Pillows

Greenista Girl Neha

We think every Greenista is looking for ways to find new uses for old clothes. We were left with a ton of ill-fitting concert t-shirts that we couldn’t bear to part with. So, we put on our DIY hats and made those old tee’s  into edgy throw pillows for our living room.

We used these simple instructions from All Free Crafts. Remember that you can hand-stitch the pillows if you don’t have a sewing machine (or know how to operate one). You can also use a variety of fabrics and colors: try quilting different fabric, experimenting with shapes, adding interesting buttons and trims…anything to give your pillows a unique touch.

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Mar
14

Old Clothes Make Great Skirts

Neha Shivani

Greenista reader and good friend, The Wynk sent me a great recommendation  for reusing old clothes.  This super easy instructional video from Threadbanger shows you how to “skirt your scarf”. You can use a large scarf from the thrift store or your own closet, and turn it into a fantastic gathered skirt. All you need is a  large scarf, scissors, matching thread, an elastic band and a sewing machine. If anyone decides to try this, please send us photos. We’d love to see the result!

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Oct
26

Old Clothes Make Great Scarves

Neha Shivani

Since writing about turning  my old concert t-shirts into throw pillows, my imagination has been in overdrive finding different uses for unwanted clothes. This week I decided to use old clothes to make a quilted scarf, perfect for the cold-weather Greenistas out there!

I have a bit of an obsession with quilts. I love the idea of taking different colors and patterns and putting them together to make something totally unique. For this scarf, I collected leftover fabrics from sewing projects, old flannel shirts and scarves, and matched them up to make this block pattern scarf.

Things you’ll need:

  • Fabric: long backing piece, about 60X8 inches
  • Fabric: seven 8-inch squares to build the blocked quilt pieces
  • Measuring tape
  • Matching thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (Optional)

Directions:

  • Line up your square blocks in a row, alternating the fabric by color and pattern. Be creative!
  • Pin the right sides of the square edges together. Hand stitch or sew them using a quarter inch seam allowance.
  • Arrange the scarf so the blocks are facing up, and place the backing fabric over it so the right sides match.
  • Pin them together and hand stitch or sew the 2 long sides and one short side together. Again, use a quarter inch seam allowance.
  • Flip the quilt right side out and hand stitch the last short side closed.

Some variations on this simple pattern:

  • Use several long pieces of fabric length-wise to create a striped scarf.
  • Stitch together two 60X8-inch fabrics to make a “reversible” scarf instead of a quilted one.
  • Be creative with the size and shape of the block pieces. Use a mixture of rectangles, triangles and squares for blocks.
  • Use 2 or more rows of blocks to make a wider scarf.

If you decide to make a scarf using these directions, we would love to see the results. Send us a picture and we’ll make sure to post it.

And if any Greenistas have other ideas for using up old clothes, email us!

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