Fun Gifts Made With Your T-Shirt Stash

Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts by Mary Mulari on Sewing With Nancy - Nancy Zieman - Recycle T-Shirts - T-shirt Quilts

Fun Gifts Made With Your T-Shirt Stash

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Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts by Mary Mulari on Sewing With Nancy - Nancy Zieman - Recycle T-Shirts - T-shirt Quilts
Make T-shirts into a quilt, pillow, scarf, and more! We can say with confidence that most families have a collection of T-shirts. Some may be meaningful, so they’re difficult to give away. To give these memory-making shirts a second chance is Mary Mulari, our makeover specialist.

On this episode of Sewing With Nancy, Mary will share some fantastic projects that preserve memories and recycle treasured souvenirs. Watch part one of Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts online today or purchase Mary’s Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts pattern and DVD at Nancy’s Notions.

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Rag-Style Memory Quilt

During this two-part series, we’ll share ideas from Mary’s new pattern that make clever, personalized gifts. Beginning with the T-Shirt Memory Quilt, you’ll soon see it’s an economical and streamline way to sew a commemorative graduation or life-achievement gift. This rag-style T-Shirt Quilt Patternis perfect for a dormitory bed cover or blanket.

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Sleeve-Bag Style

After making a T-shirt Memory quilt, you’ll have leftovers from the shirts that are just begging to be sewn into other gift projects. Create a collection of Tee Bags from the sleeve areas of T-shirt remnants. Watch how easy they are to create on this first episode of Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts on Sewing With Nancy.

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Sleepover Bag

Combine scraps from two or more T-shirts to create a Sleepover Bag. The unique fringe accents and drawcord closure make this a welcome gift for tweens.

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Curl ‘n Roll Necklace

Take advantage of the nature of knit fabrics to curl and roll. Cut T-shirts into strips, then pull. Create a fabric necklace from one or more T-shirts. Add extra pieces of wrapped trim for interesting dimension. Watch it online.

MaryMulari NancyZieman Necklace

Reversible T-Scarves

Notched Cowl Scarf

Take advantage of the tubular construction of T-shirts to make a reversible cowl scarf. The notched accents provide an ingenious detail allowing both sides of the fabric to be showcased.

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Tuck and Weave Scarf

Use two T-shirt backs to create another reversible scarf that tucks and weaves unto itself for a cool weather accessory. Watch as Mary shares her fast and easy sewing tips on this first episode of Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts 

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Logo Luggage Tags

Here’s a great way to use the small chest logos found on many T-shirts, and turn them into decorated luggage tags. The bag owner identification is hidden inside the tag. Learn how to create this personal gift on this episode of Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts and all of Mary’s projects are included in her new Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts Pattern, too!

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Watch Second Chance T-Shirt Makeovers (Part One) on Sewing With Nancy online.

Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts by Mary Mulari on Sewing With Nancy - Nancy Zieman - Recycle T-Shirts - T-shirt Quilts



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  • Ginger
    July 26, 2018

    I love the little bags mad3 from the leftover sleeves! I’ve made other things from recycled tees but never thought of using that small bit of sleeve for some5hing. Brilliant!

    I’d love the book for even more ideas!

  • Julie Kill
    July 26, 2018

    LOVE the idea of recycling T-shirts! I hate to see anything go to waste. I’d make the quilt and the scarves and the necklace and the Read pillow. I think that the book would give me more ideas to really get me started on recycling all of the older t-shirts in the house!
    Way Cool!

  • Kathleen Sergas
    July 26, 2018

    I love this idea of using the t-shirts to make items. I would love to win and do almost all of the items. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Sue
    July 26, 2018

    The sleepover bags would be my first choice. One forn for each of my 6 grandchildren! We have lots of tshirts that can be put to great use!

  • Dixie
    July 26, 2018

    I would love to win the book as I have lots of T shirts I would like to recycle.

  • Marjie Long
    July 26, 2018

    The ideas of using T-shirts for all kinds of projects is a winner. i have been using T-shirts to make crocheted rag rugs – the ingenious way of cutting them into strips makes it so much easier. The rugs then are very absorbent, making them good for shower rugs. I love the idea of making them over for slip-covers holding books and such – great idea for a child’s corner of the library. I would love to win this book and CD.
    Thank you, Marjie

  • RitaMarie
    July 26, 2018

    I have have many memory to shirts of my sons, who passed away four years ago. I have been struggling with what to do with them so this email is very timely. I’d love to make the rag quilt and then a necklace to keep him close. Thanks for the great ideas.

  • MoeWest
    July 26, 2018

    I like the Tuck and Weave scarf. It would be great for a fall day made from soft t-shirts. The little bags from sleeves are a great idea too.

  • Judy Strigel
    July 26, 2018

    I would love to make some scarves with the patterns in second chance for T-shirts.

  • Linda E
    July 26, 2018

    I love the idea of making a rag quilt from T-shirts! I’d like to make one with my husbands huge collection of racing shirts. Thanks for all of the creative ideas.

  • Karen
    July 26, 2018

    This looks like an awesome book! My daughter has been involved in many charity events which she received a lot of T-shirts and has asked me to make a quilt for her with them but I would add pillows also and would have lots of parts leftover to try the rest of the projects!

  • Jamie Soule
    July 26, 2018

    I love the t-shirt quilt! My husband and son have been saving their t-shirts from marathons and races they have ran for years. I keep promising to make a quilt from them and this has really inspired me!

  • Chris
    July 26, 2018

    This sounds like such a creative book! I have only heard of a memory quilt to ‘recycle’ all the t-shirts from our children’s growing up years, (which I’ve never made for them). This book offers ideas that seem less intimidating yet still a wonderful way to showcase all the memories wrapped in a t-shirt.

  • Vivian Oaks
    July 26, 2018

    I think my favorite item from the book is the fringe on the sleepover bag. When I first saw it, I thought it must be difficult to do, but when I saw how Mary Mulari just laid a couple of extra pieces of t-shirt inside the bag before sewing, it was genius! Guess I’m a little slow, but it never dawned on me how easy it was to do! Thanks for the inspiration!! 🙂

  • Glenda
    July 26, 2018

    My sister has made several T-shirt quilts; grandsons love them and ask for them. Wonderful to see other ideas less time intensive!

  • Carolyn
    July 26, 2018

    I have made the T-shirt Quilts for my granddaughters but I love the use of T-shirt’s to make pillows. Who doesn’t love a pillow? Makes a great addition for any room!

  • Beverly
    July 26, 2018

    Seems we all wear t-shirts these days, so I think it would be great fun to use saved favorites for the rag pillows to send a student off to the college dorms with. A touch of home and happy memories of their childhood could be very nice while stressing over mid-terms.

  • Pam Bradford
    July 26, 2018

    I’m excited to teach my neighbor a way to use the bowling T-shirts her husband has collected over the years as memory quilts for her children.

  • Clovis
    July 26, 2018

    The T-shirt quilt would comfortable when you need a little extra warmth. You will always think where did I get that certain t-shirt from.

  • Susan
    July 26, 2018

    The rag quilt is a perfect way to utilize old T-shirts that hold meaning such as an event, special vacation place or membership on a team. The book would serve as a gateway to many more cherished memories!

  • Linda Kustka
    July 26, 2018

    I really like all the ideas and am very interested in how to do the necklace.

  • Daniela Martisovitsova
    July 26, 2018

    I very much like the sleepover bag. That does not seem to be an overwhelmingly long project to do, quick and truly handy.

  • Eileen costello
    July 26, 2018

    the luggage tags as we are getting ready for a cruise

  • Pam
    July 26, 2018

    The sleepover bags are cute!

  • Pam
    July 26, 2018

    The necklaces and sleepover bags look like fun projects to do with my granddaughter.

  • Vicky K.
    July 26, 2018

    I really would like to make a tshirt memory quilt for my grand daughter who will be going to college next year.

  • Marilyn
    July 26, 2018

    I want to make the quilt with all the t-shirts from our Art & Wine Festival here in Calif. Great memories to have and show off years later.

  • Deborah Herold
    July 26, 2018

    I want to try the cut & roll necklaces, they seem to be a great summer project and will make a cool summer outfit a little classier. I’ve already made a memory quilt for my nephew as a Christmas present. He adores it and several his friends enjoy curling up in it when its chilly outside.

    July 26, 2018

    I would love to try the notched cowl scarf. It would be a perfect thing for cool evenings, could be made to be so colorful and comfortable, plus have so many uses such as a small shoulder wrap, head wrap in the wind among many other uses.

  • Lynette Kulpinski
    July 26, 2018

    Love the idea of using a T-shirt for a pillow! I embroider so the whole quilting thing can be a bit much.

  • Betty Nebe
    July 26, 2018

    Love the Tee Sleeve Bags! It’s the perfect use for so many sleeves. I find I cannot throw away any fabric and this helps up cycle great material. Wonderful bag for many different uses and ages! Thanks so much for a fresh idea! Love Mary Mulari too!

  • Bonnye
    July 26, 2018

    I like the quilt and the necklace.

  • Doreen Linehan
    July 26, 2018

    I like the curl & roll necklace. I’ve seen the t shirt necklace before & then promptly forgot about it. I think it would be very easy & fun.

  • Susan T
    July 26, 2018

    That Mary is so creative! I love anything she comes up with. The Tuck and Weave scarf is my style.

  • Noreen
    July 26, 2018

    I like the sleeve bags and the sleepover bag. What great ideas for using favorite tshirts!

  • Janet johnson
    July 26, 2018

    I’ve seen the show featuring all these great t-shirt ideas but I guess I forgot about it. I love the little bags and the necklaces — so simple — so cute. Thanks for reminding me.

  • L Watson
    July 26, 2018

    So many ideas! I like the sleepover bag, very cute….great for a child or teenager.

  • Lisa-Karen Meetze
    July 26, 2018

    Lots of fun ideas. I am reminded by watching this video of just how much Nancy and Mary taught me over the years. Thank you!

  • Karla Tschida
    July 26, 2018

    I would love to know how to make a T-shirt quilt for my granddaughter who is graduating next year. She is quite athletic, and has T-shirts from all kinds of tournaments. I could use the “leftovers” to make the pillows and bags as shown. I would really like to win this book. I’ve watched Sewing with Nancy on PBS since her earliest days.

    July 26, 2018

    I would like to make the tuck & weave scarf & the overnight
    bag. They could be very useful!

  • Gail Beam
    July 27, 2018

    So many cute projects! I really like the little fringe bag, the pillows and the T-shirt quilt.

  • Rosemarie
    July 27, 2018

    What a lovely book. I love all the projects. But what really caught my eye were the bags. I make little articles and give them to the hospital and nursing home thrift shops, they in turn give them to the residents/patients. They just love to have small bags to hold their precious articles close to them. The sleeve bag is small enough to slip under their pillows at night. The best part is I can buy or (as a volunteer at the thrift shop get free) some stained or holy T shirts. Very exciting book for me. So simple we wonder why we didn’t think of these. But you are the sewing genius. Thanks for all you do. I have been watching your show from the beginning.

  • Karen
    July 27, 2018

    Since I am starting a T-Shirt quilt for my grand daughter, the quilt process really interested me. I also have a T-Shirt from my husband when he ran his first and only marathon and I would like to make it into a pillow. Can’t wait to start these projects.

  • Sarah
    July 27, 2018

    I would probably make the sleepover bag, it looks like it would be a great bag for in care boxes.

  • Martha
    July 27, 2018

    Sleeve bags will be perfect to make after I complete t-shirt quilts!

  • E. Watson
    July 27, 2018

    I would be most excited to make the sleepover bag. 🙂

  • jp mejerle
    July 28, 2018

    Soooo many t-shirts! Definitely mass produce the quilts!

  • Linda Clark
    July 29, 2018

    I am going on a trip this fall and need to make the luggage tags. But so many more projects to also try.

  • Bridget
    July 29, 2018

    I love to make bags, so any of the bag patterns I would try!

  • Amalia
    August 1, 2018

    I really enjoyed reading about the book, enjoyed all the great n fun ideas. If i had to pick one item, oh my hard to say. I have done a t-shirt quilt before but would luv to see how Nancy does hers. But think the bag is my first item to try, luv the bag. Both my kids have luggages, but seems when we take weekend trips they serm to find the recycle grocery bags instead. Have to admit, it does embarrass me some, so making the bags n luggage tags would be great for both of them. Heck for me too…

  • Yasyn Lee
    August 9, 2018

    The sleeve bags look quick and easy

  • Debra Hamburg
    August 22, 2018

    Love these projects for make and take ideas for 4-H Clothing Revue activities! Thank you for the fringe quilt idea, I just cut 200 of my UW grad’s tshirts up. The leftover rings from the bottom of shirts I gave to 4-H club to braid and make dog toys for the humane shelter. They will have fun making necklaces and bags with the rest of the scraps!

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