Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts – Part Two

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Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts – Part Two

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MaryMulari NancyZieman StockingsFirstMake a Christmas Stocking from a T-shirt and more! T-shirts, we all have them. Whether from schools, vacations, concerts, sport events, or charitable causes, T-shirts hold memories usually stored in a drawer. Mary Mulari, our recycling expert, is here to encourage you to give those T-shirts a second chance and create unique gifts while renewing memories.

On today’s episode of Sewing With Nancy, Mary shares a few fantastic projects that preserve memories and recycle treasured souvenirs. This is part-two of the series. Watch Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts Part One online today or purchase Mary’s Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts Pattern and DVD at Nancy’s Notions.

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T-Shirt Pillow

On Second Chance T-Shirts Part Two, we’ll create personalized gifts from special T-shirts, which is easier than you might think. For example, turn a favorite T-shirt into a pillow with a few easy steps. Add pockets to hold a child’s favorite storybook or small toy. Then stuff and enjoy.

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Give a favorite T-shirt a second chance by transforming it into a tote. This easy project takes advantage of the features of knit fabrics—no-fray edges—so the simplest of sewing techniques are used. Parts of another T-shirt give the handle area extra support plus a splash of color. Watch this Sewing With Nancy program online, now.

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T-Shirt Santa Stocking

Make Christmas stockings from T-shirts to display in December from notable T-shirts. Choose T-shirt designs that relate to each member of the family or guests. The creative stocking collection is sure to spark conversations. See how easy they are to make on today’s episode.

MaryMulari NancyZieman StockingsHere’s another idea—Add a festive highlight to family gatherings with a banner of reversible pennants. Choose T-shirt designs for each occasion or to represent family members. The back of each pennant is chalkboard fabric, providing space for a message.

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Gloves Fit to a Tee

With a two-way stretch T-shirt knit, you can make your own gloves for special occasions, costumes, or lightweight warmth. Add a pocket for your phone or other essentials and your gloves will have flair and practicality at the same time.

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T-Time Toddler Bib

Take a colorful pair of T-shirts and make a practical, useful gift for a toddler. Maybe the T-shirts represent the mom or dad’s favorite sport, college, or hobby. The two-sided bib is a popular gift that can showcase the family legacy. Watch online.

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Watch Second Chance T-Shirt Makeovers (Part One and Part Two) on The Best of 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.


Happy Sewing!

Team Nancy Zieman

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  • Anne Z
    June 11, 2019

    I love the Christmas Stocking idea. It is so unique.

  • Julie Kill
    June 11, 2019

    I like the Stockings! They are a wonderful gift for college bound Teens! ( it makes their somewhat worn t-shirts useful again!)
    Bib idea is a charmer also! If it was made using more of the shirt, it may be able to be used in a nursing home.

  • Mary Dunden-Smith
    June 11, 2019

    I volunteer at a thrift store, and I’ve been gathering T-shirts that can’t be sold due to small holes, etc. I plan to use the T-shirts to make tote bags, bibs, and other items as gifts for friends and family. I also plan to display some of my T-shirt creations at the thrift store to give customers ideas for reusing their old T-shirts.

  • Dixie
    June 11, 2019

    I love the stocking idea. also making bibs for grandkids.

  • Peggy Bibb
    June 11, 2019

    The stockings are a great idea. Never thought about using t shirts to make stockings.

  • Bev Bolduc Aldridge
    June 11, 2019

    To make gloves from t-shirts would be a blessing to keep sun off my hands and to make them in colors I want. Thankyou team Nancy Zieman for 1 of the greatest ideas.

  • Barb K
    June 11, 2019

    Never would have thought of making the stockings–great idea!!

  • Rosie
    June 11, 2019

    I never would have thought of making my own gloves. What a wonderful idea. I want to try a pair with a pocket for my phone.

  • Donna Fecteau
    June 11, 2019

    I have made a few T-shirt quilts in the past but I love the stocking idea! The banners are awfully cute as well.

  • Carolyn T
    June 11, 2019

    I made an ‘I love my life’ pillow after attending a conference. I will be most interested in Mary’s Second Chance pattern and instructions for making gloves.

  • Cynthia d.
    June 11, 2019

    I like the useful tote bag and the bibs; hope to make them for donations to annual fundraising for Sewers & Reapers.

  • Clovis
    June 11, 2019

    I have made the t-shirt quilt. The Tshirt stocking looks good.

  • Teri
    June 11, 2019

    Love the idea to make bibs with t-shirts!

  • Sharon
    June 11, 2019

    I have never made anything out of a t-shirt. So I need ideas from the book.

  • Maggie Carver
    June 11, 2019

    I love all the ideas you and your staff come up with. And the T-shirt ideas are wonderful and would make a beautiful “anytime” gift for my son during the year. I dearly hope I can win the book !!!
    Thank you

  • Noreen
    June 11, 2019

    I cut a tshirt into pockets which I put on some knit capris that didn’t have pockets. It worked really well.

  • Gail Beam
    June 11, 2019

    All of the t shirt projects are awesome, but I particularly liked the t shirt gloves with the phone pocket, the totes, and of course the fun reading pillow that could be for adults.or children.

  • Linda Clark
    June 11, 2019

    I love the glove idea. I really want to get a couple tee shirt quilts made for my boys. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  • kathy
    June 11, 2019

    I love the baby bib. What a great idea!

  • Linda Goschke
    June 12, 2019

    I may try making gloves if I can find an old tee with enough stretch. Custom gloves are such a great pleasure to have.
    Tees are a great source for pieces of cotton knit to use for all types of projects, especially baby clothes and color-blocked shirts.

  • Susan
    June 13, 2019

    Adore the T-shirt Santa stocking as it celebrates the holiday and also reflects the joy of a past memory such as a school, team or vacation spot.

  • Margaret LaVenia
    June 13, 2019

    I need to make a couple t-shirt quilts! Have shirts ready to cut but haven’t done it yet.

  • Lorraine Alves
    June 15, 2019

    I would use a new mom’s t-shirts to make a snuggly wrap for her new born. Both new mom and baby would take comfort in the bond created.

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