Upcycled Tee Shirt Bag DIY

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How many of you have countless amounts of tee shirts lined up in your drawers? Why not transform your tee into something you’ve been eyeing in stores…a cute rocker chic tote, for example. Here at M&J we’re always looking for ways to amp up our clothes. Since it is Earth Day we felt it was the perfect time to recycle something old and make it new again. We were immediately inspired after coming across this  tutorial, and we decided that revamping one of our many old tees would make a perfect Earth Day DIY.

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SUPPLIES:

Tee Shirt (we used a black one)

12mm x 8mm iron-on Skull Nailheads (leftover from our Alexander McQueen Inspired Bag DIY)

Scissors

Iron

1 1/2″ Polyester Mono Ribbon 

STEPS:

Lay your shirt on a flat surface. The first thing that you will be doing is cutting the bottom off.
NOTE: The amount you cut off will determine the size of our bag. We only cut off an inch but if you are looking to create a smaller bag feel free to cut off more.

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Using your ruler mark off 6 inches from the bottom of your shirt and lay the ruler across the width of the shirt.
Create small 2 cm cuts from the bottom of your shirt extending to the ruler

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The bottom of your tee shirt at this point should look almost like a fringe with wide strands hanging down.

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Once the bottom of your shirt is completely cut into a two-layered fringe, begin to pull and knot the front and back strands together.

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Gently pull the completed bottom to stretch out the bag

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Use the same cutting method for the sleeves of of the tee.  This will be a decorative detail on the finished bag.DSC_0429

Cut identical slits extending from the end of the sleeve to the shoulder.

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Pull these strands as well.

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Knot each of these strands together except for the first one that is closest to your collar. The strands you have not knotted will be a hole through which you will slip the bag strap.

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Since we had our iron-on skull studs leftover from our Alexander McQueen Inspired DIY we ironed them onto the tee shirt to add an extra pizzazz.

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We used our 1 ½” Polyester Mono Ribbon as a strap.  We pulled the 1 1/2″ Polyester Mono Ribbon through one sleeve of the tee and over through the other tying the ends into a knot.

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And there we have it: a tee-shirt-turned-bag that we can now reuse and wear out on the town.

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If you made any eco-friendly DIYs, embellished something old, or transformed a garment into something new…share it with us!  We love getting inspiration from our readers and seeing all your great ideas and DIYs.  Happy Earth Day!

Alexander McQueen Inspired Bag DIY

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Each year there is an it-bag. This coveted item is desired by everyone but owned by a select few.  This past year everyone had been crazed over the Alexander McQueen Skull bag.  Upon adding our Skull Nailheads to our e-commerce site, we realized how simple this DIY would be.  Check out our Alexander McQueen Inspired DIY tutorial below.

SUPPLIES:
12MM x 8MM IRON-ON SKULL NAILHEADS

4MM METAL CHAIN

REVOLVING LEATHER HOLE PUNCH

IRON

SCRAP PIECE OF FABRIC

WALLET

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STEPS:
Place one of your 12MM x 8MM IRON-ON SKULL NAILHEADS face up on your wallet.

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Gently put a piece of scrap fabric over that wallet, covering the nailhead.
Now iron your fabric for 15 seconds

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NOTE: The Nailhead will be hot, so wait several seconds before you touch it.

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You can create a design with your 12MM x 8MM IRON-ON SKULL NAILHEADS one at a time, or all at once.

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Repeat the original step over again…Placing the skulls face up, covering it with fabric and ironing.
NOTE: If your skulls are not secure, iron for an additional 15 seconds.

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Once you have created a pattern you are happy with on either side you may choose to add a strap.
Using your REVOLVING LEATHER HOLE PUNCH, poke a hole on either side of the wallet.

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Pull your 4MM METAL CHAIN through the hole you had just created

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Open the 4MM METAL CHAIN a little bit, create a loop, and then secure the chain shut

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Carry the chain over and do the same thing for the other side.

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Now wear your bag around town!

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DIY Alexander McQueen Belt

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By Sketch42blog

Nicole from Sketch42blog shared a fun and chic DIY with us and we love it. It’s easy to make a looks great on.My husband thinks I’m crazy with all these DIYs I’ve been compulsively making. I made this Alexander Mcqueen belt for two reasons. 1. I love the original. 2. Because I JUST HAD TO TRY!

Doesnt mean I should, and by no means do I think a faux leather, glued together belt could compare to the sumptuousness of the real thing… The belt is so classically pretty, its one of those things you would buy and keep forever.

Materials:
Glue Gun
Scissors
40mm Faux Leather Bias Binding Item#42152  (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)
35mm Round Interlock Buckle Item# 45885 (Call 1-800-9-MJTRIM)

1. Start by measuring your waist. The kind of buckle I used doesnt allow for multiple sizing, so yo have to get this right the first time. Then cut the leather tape leaving an inch to fold over onto the back.

2. Fasten both ends of the belt to the two halves of the buckle. Fold it over and glue with a gluegun.

3. Make a bow using the extra piece of tape. Glue in place

4. Cut a different piece  of tape down the length so its a bit thinner.

5. Wrap it around the bow and secure with glue.

6. Glue the entire bow onto the side of the buckle on a slight tilt.

And there you have it!