I happen to be a HUGE coffee addict
fan. So when I saw this tee shirt I had to own it. Because I didn’t like the way it fit (and I didn’t want Mr. W to fuss because I bought something I wouldn’t wear), I snipped and stitched it into a cami
But then I didn’t really wear it as a cami (and I didn’t want Mr. W to fuss because I bought something I wouldn’t wear). The next idea, I must admit, was brilliant. What do I love? COFFEE! What else do I love? HANDBAGS!
Turn a Top into a Handbag
(in 56 short steps. kidding)
Here’s what you’ll need:
old cotton or tee shirt to recycle
recycled handbag straps with metal hardware attached
a little recycled leather or sturdy fabric
reinforcement scrap fabric
Here’s what you’ll do:
This is what I mean when I say two handbag straps with the metal hardware attached.
Off with the straps.
I’m using a piece of scrap recycled leather.
Cut about 9″ off the bottom of the tee, straight across.
Now we’ve got a cropped (sexy? er, no) tee with no straps. Could be a recipe for disaster.
Turn the tee inside out and pin straight across the bottom.
Stitch, leaving about 1/4 – 1/2″ seam allowance.
Carefully snip off the corners on the diagonal.
Flip the top right side out.
Tuck in about 2″ on each corner to form a pleat on the sides.
With the sides tucked in, pin again (right side out) across the bottom.
Stitch twice across the bottom, leaving about a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Remember the straps? Measure the opening of the hardware. Mine is about 3/4″
Remember the scrap leather (or sturdy fabric)?
Cut four strips, about 4.5″ x 3/4″ (the width of the opening. your width will vary)
Thread the leather through the hardware and line up at the bottom.
Stitch just a bit to secure the leather to the hardware.
I have recycled reinforcement from a deconstructed handbag. If you don’t have something like this you can use scraps of a sturdy fabric.
Cut four small pieces. Mine are about 3/4″ square (the width of the hardware opening)
Open the leather at the seam. Sandwich the top of the tee (where you snipped the strap) with the reinforcement piece between the leather.
Clip to hold securely.
Carefully remove your clip and stitch across several times. I created an “X” for extra strength.
You have just created a recycled handbag/tote! No way? Way!!!
Now you must pose nicely with a pet, preferably one with lots of personality.
One who compliments your new eco-friendly creation.
If necessary, promise treats.