Monday, February 10, 2020

T-Shirt Makeover, OK. OK. It's actually a Tank Top Makeover

Don't you just love a good makeover?!

Well, this month I'm joining a group of blogging buddies for an upcycle challenge.  All the projects are listed at the bottom of my post!

If you've followed my blog for any length of time, you already know I enjoy staying pretty fit.  Distance running and yoga are currently my thing (subject to change without notice).  When I saw this heather gray tank on Etsy, I fell in love with that owl!  Those eyes are just mesmerizing.  Over time, the shirt has been washed at least a ba-jillion times.  The straps are getting twisty and thin, but the graphic is still in great condition, and I swoon every single time I see it.  What to do?  I chose to keep the graphic and toss the rest.  

First the fabric had to be stabilized with fusible interfacing.

With that in place, I actually straight stitched around the lovely owl and branch.  This gave me an idea where to cut.  Using a large zigzag stitch with gray thread, the design was appliqued onto black medium weight fabric for a European Sham Pillow form.  I'm so enamored with the owl, I even completed French Seams for the envelope pillow cover.  For me the key to success on French Seams is to be very patient with the clipping, turning and pressing of the first seam.

For my complete French Seam Tutorial, click HERE.  There are gobs of envelope pillow cover tutorials available, but HERE is one that is similar to what I do.  If you are interested in Sewing Pillow Cases, my link is right HERE.

I didn't want the graphic lost behind other pillows, so it is placed pretty high.

For now, it has landed in this bedroom with bedding that has a lot of yellow, gray and black.  I also have a plain white quilt and am considering a black and white combo.

I'm not sure the smaller cream pillows are quite right.

How would you style this pillow?

;-)  -Marci

Let's take a look at all the other makeovers!

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  1. What a fun way to re-use the old shirt! It looks wonderful as a pillow adornment.

  2. Wow, such a great idea. Love owls and love what you did. Thanks for sharing - Pinned

  3. This is the coolest pillow, Marci! Who would have thought it was a tank top! What insight!

  4. Great way to upcycle a shirt! I really like this idea. My kiddos have some really cute shirts that they've outgrown. Maybe I could turn those into cute pillows for their rooms.

  5. That owl is awesome, such a great design and I'm so happy to see it on the pillow. It looks so nice with the bedding.

  6. What a great upcycle. I have 2 shirts that someone gave me and asked me to turn into a memorabilia, this would be a great thing to do with them.


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