Transform Treasured T-Shirts into Gifts

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Transform Treasured T-Shirts into Gifts

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MaryMulari NancyZieman StockingsFirst 2Make 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 new 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 favoriteT-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.

MaryMulari NancyZieman GreenBag

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 new 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.

MaryMulari NancyZieman Banner

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.

MaryMulari NancyZieman Gloves

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.

MaryMulari NancyZieman Bib

Watch Second Chance T-Shirt Makeovers (Part One and Part Two) on Sewing With Nancy online.SecondChanceTs ScreenShot PartTwo

For a chance to win a copy of Mary Mulari’s Second Chance T-Shirt Gifts Pattern, leave a comment sharing which project you’ll choose to give a T-shirt a second chance.


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  • Terri C
    December 15, 2016

    Oh I love This! I make a lot of t-shirt quilts for people, I’d love to be able to suggest other projects to them for the extra shirts. The Christmas stockings and the pennant would be so neat to do to go with their quilts. Thanks for the chance. Merry Christmas!

  • Lyncat
    December 15, 2016

    The stockings are a great idea! I think I’d turn the logo the other way on a couple of them so they’d look rightside up.

  • Marti Morgan
    December 15, 2016

    LOVE the stocking idea. I just wonder if I can make more than 1 per person, think they will mind if they are not filled? ha ha.

  • Enid
    December 15, 2016

    Love the ideas. I think the Christmas stockings are great.

  • Jade
    December 15, 2016

    Definitely going to try the T-tote. I just made a T-shirt quilt for my daughter for Christmas, using 20 Girl Scout t-shirts, but still have a few left, so this book gives me plenty of great ideas!

  • Jan
    December 15, 2016

    I would share these wonderful tips with a friend who is making throws from an uncle’s tee shirts, three for her mother and two other family members. She just got a machine and is already doing beautiful work.

  • Linda Kernodle
    December 15, 2016

    I like the gloves.

  • Bonnie
    December 15, 2016

    I love these ideas! Especially the bibs. My niece has one year old quadruplets and this will be a great gift. Thank you!

  • Ruth
    December 15, 2016

    I have been looking for ideas other than t-shirt quilts.

  • Wanda Harrison
    December 15, 2016

    pillows – i have so many t shirts! And i hate to throw them away! Great ideas!

  • Marianne
    December 15, 2016

    Who knew t-shirt heaven would be so full of wonder…..
    Mary knew! That’s who!!
    She’s done it again.

  • Lynda M
    December 15, 2016

    I enjoy making many things from t-shirts, but I have not tried the Christmas stockings. That will be my next project.

  • PJ Miller
    December 15, 2016

    Great ideas! I’ve made a t-shirt quilt, but these ideas are great. I’m definitely doing the banners!

  • Diane C
    December 15, 2016

    I like the idea of having ideas to use those favorite shirts into something else. I have different ideas already for different shirts from my kids

  • Clovis
    December 15, 2016

    I like the Christmas Stocking idea. I also like the t-shirt quilt idea. I gathered my t-shirts. The quilt will be made after I finish a purse I started.

  • Ginger Dwyer
    December 15, 2016

    Mary is so creative. I always enjoy when you have her on Sewing with Nancy. I like the gloves.

  • Karen R
    December 15, 2016

    Great Ideas! Love the T-Shirt bib. GREAT for Seniors! Please enter me in the Giveaway. Thank iou

  • Marty
    December 15, 2016

    Like the stocking idea and want to make toddler AND elder-care bibs!

  • Martha Crutchfield
    December 15, 2016

    I would like to make a pair of gloves from an old t-shirt.

  • Starla
    December 15, 2016

    What great ideas! Especially the stockings and gloves!

  • Allison Rather
    December 15, 2016

    Oh so many wonderful ideas ! Love the stockings & bib. The stockings would be my choice of the two !

  • Cassy L.
    December 15, 2016

    Both the banners and the gloves look nifty.

  • Vi workman
    December 15, 2016

    T-shirt gloves

  • Diana
    December 15, 2016

    Such neat ideas for items I never thought of making from a t-shirt – i.e. gloves and Christmas stockings!! Those look like fun. I have 3 boxes of t-shirts “donated” by my son who lost a lot of weight, and I’m looking for any kind of idea besides making yarn from parts of them. This looks like a great way to get started!!

  • Gina M
    December 15, 2016

    *LOVE* the Christmas socks out of team T’s. What a great idea! Great keepsake if made from school logo T-shirts, too! Would be delighted to have the book. Mary ALWAYS has such great projects! Thank you…

  • Helen in KY
    December 15, 2016

    Some wonderful ideas. I love Mary’s innovative ways of using items we sewers have in abundance! Love the stockings. Merry Christmas!

  • Lori M.
    December 15, 2016

    Just love the stocking and glove ideas…what fun…..thank you for a very practical and recycled tutorial….

  • Elaine Snyder
    December 15, 2016

    I will make the gloves and the bag if I win the book.

  • Judy graczyk
    December 15, 2016

    Oh, love those stockings! and the banner! and the gloves! and…..

  • Patti
    December 15, 2016

    Love these ideas and look forward to trying some of them.

  • Kathy
    December 15, 2016

    The stockings are great….

  • Edna Marks
    December 15, 2016

    Love the stockings, that would be my first project. Then the tote.

  • Cathy Burnett
    December 15, 2016

    I am keeping my grandson every day, and we go through bibs all day long. I was just thinking today that I needed to get a few more bibs, but we the T-Time Toddler Bib idea, I can create some on my own. Thanks for this idea. I don’t know why I never thought of it myself.

  • Cyndi D
    December 15, 2016

    I love the tote bag!

  • Cheryl Vega
    December 15, 2016

    The pillows. All of my kids played sports and now my grandchildren could have a piece of their parents past. So very creative!

  • Peggy V
    December 15, 2016

    I just love the stockings!!! What a great idea!!!

  • Kelly Sasman
    December 15, 2016

    Mary Mulari is the best at repurposing/refashioning! I would love to try all of these, especially since I have lots of t-shirts. I believe I would start with the gloves.

  • Mary Wippold
    December 15, 2016

    I’d like to make the t-shirt tote. Who doesn’t need an extra tote? And who doesn’t want to help the environment by recycling and by using less plastic bags when shopping? This would make a great gift for lots of people. One could also wrap a gift in it.

  • Linda G.
    December 15, 2016

    I would like to try the customized gloves to make some cotton knit gloves I can use to keep my hands clean and for keeping skin oils off fragile materials. If they are made from old t-shirts, the gloves should be easy to wash and not to precious to dispose of once they wear out.

  • brenda
    December 16, 2016

    oh I love this. I saw the first part on pbs and then it went into fundraising on steroids the past three weekends. I am going to Spaghetti seems to manage to get on my hsb and I so this will be something that is in my bag when we go to our favorite spaghetti restaurant.Quick trip into the restroom and we will probably be the most fashionable diners in the place.

  • Gail Beam
    December 16, 2016

    I Love the T tote and the T shirt pillow. The T shirt pillow would be a great gift for children to put on a chair or on their bed to encourage reading, Thanks for the chance to win this great book on T shirt gifts.

  • PamB
    December 16, 2016

    I love the tote as it is so useful and washable. I also like the stockings for next year and have everyone give me one of their t-shirts they are willing to part with.

  • Linda H.
    December 17, 2016

    They are all great ideas but I especially like the stockings and the gloves! It’s a great way to make memorable keepsakes besides t-shirt quilts!

  • Cecilia Huether
    December 17, 2016

    I love to recycle clothes, and would like to make the tote,stockings for gifts.What great projects from T shirts.

  • Sherry Bartlett
    December 17, 2016

    I would make the t-shirt bibs, for myself and my husband. They would be great for wearing when eating messy foods at home!

  • Karen Tucker
    December 17, 2016

    Love the idea of re-using old t-shirts to make new wonderful gifts!!

  • Aileen
    December 18, 2016

    I would love to win this! Our 28 year old son died suddenly 2 days after Thanksgiving this year. I would dearly love to remake his t-shirts into keepsakes for his brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews & nieces. He was dearly loved by everyone that met him and this would help all in the healing process to have a “piece of him”.

  • Thunder
    December 24, 2016

    I would love to try the gloves, I wear gloves often, if my hands get chilled they ache.
    It would be great to be able to make my own.
    Thanks for the chance to win the book

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