I don’t sew. I like to dabble in crafts, I’m teaching myself to knit… but I don’t sew. I wish I could sew, but that’s another matter entirely. The other day I caught an episode of She’s Crafty – on, like, one of three channels we get now – and the guest was Teresa Findlay of Dirty Laundry. She upcycled an old t-shirt (or a new one, if you prefer) using embroidery thread and felt decals, and I thought it was fabulous. Especially since you don’t need to use a sewing machine. Or complicated stitches.
I didn’t write the directions down, assuming I could fine them online. I eventually found a tutorial for a recycled t-shirt based on the episode, and I cross-referenced this with the actual t-shirts on the Dirty Laundry website.
A while back I bought some plain white baby shirts and a fire truck decal, and thought this would be perfect for the project. The shirt is small, I wouldn’t have to make my own decal, and I’d have a super cool new shirt for Josiah to wear. Let’s see how it turned out…
I found it easiest to start at the bottom and work my way around the armhole, then the bottom of the armhole, finishing with the neckline. I think it’s just a simple running stitch, and I suppose you should try to make the as uniform as possible.
Then I tried one of Gwendolyn’s old shirts; it’s cute, but once again the neckline needs a bit of help. Since there’s already a decal on this shirt, I didn’t have to do anything extra to it.
Because of the raw edges, the material is supposed to curl or fray with use. Uber-cool.