Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts – Part One

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Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts – Part One

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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 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  is 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.

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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 Giftsand 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.

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Tell us your favorite project to make using re-cycled T-shirts, for a chance to win a copy of the Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts pattern from Mary Mulari. A random winner will be chosen and posted on June 18.

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The randomly selected winner of a McCall’s Pattern 7331 by Nancy Zieman from the May 21 blog post is, Juanita Iwamoto.

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Her comment is: My closet is filled with different shades of turquoise-from aqua to teal.



Happy Sewing and Quilting,

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  • Joyce Migliore
    June 4, 2019

    My favorite project to make with T-Shirts are T-Shirt quilts. There are so many themes you can do.

  • Ennis A Weeks
    June 4, 2019

    Love to make Rag style quilts! T shirts are perfect for this style.

  • Julie Kill
    June 4, 2019

    My favorite projects out of old Tshirts are t-shirt quilts- either rag or traditional and Pillows!

  • diane c
    June 4, 2019

    T-shirt quilts — I have several in the pile to make.

  • Donna Fecteau
    June 4, 2019

    I have made several t-shirt quilts but would love to win this book so that I can try some of these other great ideas.

  • Peggy Bibb
    June 4, 2019

    All these projects are great! We all have a lot of t-shirts and what to do with them? My favorite project is t-shirt quilts.

  • Betty Tolan
    June 4, 2019

    I have been repurposing T-shirt’s for quite some years now, but am always looking for new Ideas. There is always an ample supply to work with!

  • Patricia M Radloff
    June 4, 2019

    I have t-shirts from our four daughters, I would love to make a memory quilt for them.

  • Noreen
    June 4, 2019

    We have so many tshirts. I love the quilt idea for using some favorites – especially for teens and college students.

  • Beth S.
    June 4, 2019

    I love the 2 T-shirt quilts I’ve made for 2 of our sons. They were very satisfying & easy to finish. These new projects expand so well on this fun theme.

  • Eva Osmun
    June 4, 2019

    This would be great for the grand kids!

  • Sandra C
    June 4, 2019

    Have always wanted to try to make a T-shirt quilt and know this book would tell me how to do it correctly. Lots of old Ts on hand to recycle and this book could give me the courage to do it!

  • Patti Williamson
    June 4, 2019

    I’ve made 5 tshirt quilts and assisted a couple friends in making ones for their people. I’ve also done some memory pillows from the grandmothers’ sweaters. I really enjoy seeing the faces of the recipients. This books would be great to have.

  • Dixie
    June 4, 2019

    Love to make T-shirt quilts starting with baby ones and going thru collage.

  • Clovis
    June 4, 2019

    T shirt quilt. Need some new ideas.

  • Sharon
    June 4, 2019

    I haven’t yet made anything from t-shirts, so I need some ideas.

  • Kathryn
    June 4, 2019

    I have made 1 t-shirt quilt for a wall hanging (7ft. x 9 ft.) for a non-profit out of 30 years of event t-shirts. I had no idea of what I was taking on and could have used tips from this book.

  • Jeannette Wellman
    June 4, 2019

    I just finished a T-shirt lap quilt for one of my grand daughters from t-shirts she had collected through her high school years. I presented it to her at her graduation party. The look on her face was priceless. Her older sister then gave he t-that she had collected requesting one also. I had a lot of trouble getting hers done so I hope that getting this book will make my next one easier since I have 10 grandchildren I might need a lot of help! LOL

  • Florence Dupuis
    June 4, 2019

    I made a tee shirt memory quilt. I like the tag edge guilt shown here. My next tee shirt quilt will be this style. I also like the two bags shown that some day I will make. I could make all these things as I like all of them.

  • Bonnye
    June 4, 2019

    i have been saving t shirts but do not know what to do with them. This would certainly help.

  • Teri
    June 4, 2019

    The sleep over bag looks like a great idea for using t shirts. I have lots of saved shirts to use.

  • Nancy Osinga
    June 4, 2019

    I would love to make a t-shirt quilt. On my to-do list. This book looks great.

  • Martha O.
    June 4, 2019

    I’ve saved t-shirts for 6 quilts, so time to get them made. LOVE the T-bags project to use more of these shirt fabrics!

  • Robin Hessefort
    June 4, 2019

    This book sounds very interesting. I have never tried this method. Would love to sew a pillow.

  • Betty Fisher
    June 4, 2019

    I have made memory blankets from our 2 Sons sport teams and one for my Husband, from his favorite T shirts. Once the neck edges fray the symbols are usually still holding the color. I look forward to collecting for my Grandchildren, now that they are in sports. Already taking children’s shirts and made 3 for each from infant on… Enjoy seeing completed and joy in their faces.

  • Cynthia d.
    June 4, 2019

    My favorite project to make using recycled t-shirts is quilts. I love the rag style and plan to use it for the next memory quilt. Thank you!

  • Rosie
    June 4, 2019

    I am working on a tee shirt quilt right now. That is my favorite project with tee shirts. I’ve also used them to make doll clothes.

  • DeAnna S
    June 4, 2019

    I’ve made several t-shirt quilts for various family members but my favorite thing to do with t-shirts is to make reusable grocery totes.

  • Gail Beam
    June 4, 2019

    Oh My gosh, there are so many awesome projects that can be made with t’shirts, but two of my favorites are the pillows and the quilts.

  • Lee Ann Wagner
    June 4, 2019

    So many fun projects! I love the tuck and weave scarf. So unique and fun. I have many t-shirts and would like to make use of them with these projects.

  • Edna Marks
    June 4, 2019

    I like the sleeve bag, but all the projects look like fun to make!

  • Maggie Drafts
    June 4, 2019

    I have several t shirts just begging to be re-used, I am especially interested in the drawstring bags to make for our local East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, that the little ones can keep “treasures” inside!

  • Margaret LaVenia
    June 4, 2019

    I love the t-shirt quilts and keep meaning to make some for our daughters and for me too. I have 2 boxes of t-shirts waiting to be made into quilts but haven’t made it there yet!

  • Linda H
    June 5, 2019

    Love the Rag style quilt. I have many T-Shirts just waiting to be used for a quilt. This book would be very helpful.

  • Lorraine Alves
    June 5, 2019

    I would start with the curl ‘n roll necklace and the luggage tags. My great nieces are going on vacation and the necklaces would put them in a holiday mood. The luggage tags would be unique and make finding their bags easy to identify.

  • Anne Z
    June 5, 2019

    I would love to make a T-shirt quilt. I think they are a great way to preserve memories.

  • Judy M
    June 5, 2019

    I have learned so much from Nancy and Mary, video is bookmarked, as I refer to it so much. Still have many t shirts to go….thanks

  • Susan
    June 6, 2019

    The favorite of the recycled T-shirt projects has to be the quilt. Many favorite old T-shirts can be utilized so that one can cuddle up and be comforted by old favorites.

  • Sherri Wiley
    June 6, 2019

    Well, I want to make the rag quilt. I’v been saving these T-shirts forever to make a quilt, just not sure how to go about it. Now, I have a clue. Thank you, Mary!

  • Carolyn T
    June 7, 2019

    I’ll be making a rag style throw and the various drawstring bags with my mom’s Race for the Cure tees!

  • Leah
    June 7, 2019

    You can never have enough tote bags and pouches!

  • Thunder
    June 13, 2019

    I have been saving t shirts, to make a quilt. I will be watching this episode with Mary on my lunch break.

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