May 7, 2010

Another old shirt project...

recycled shirt toiletry bag

I just finished another old shirt project today. And I'm totally pleased with the way this one turned out. It didn't use the 'quick and dirty' approach like I did in my previous two old shirt projects. No, I gave it a lot of thought. I thought about it for several days, actually. In my mind I worked out every single detail before finally handling the scissors, not wanting to mess up my shirt. I even jotted down the steps and made some rough sketches, something I hardly ever do. You see, I really loved this shirt. I always did. I bought it at GAP when little H. was still a baby. I loved the fabric, the paisley print, the little details like the roll-up sleeves. I made one mistake though, when I bought it. I chose the wrong color. Too pale, especially now that I lost my Californian tan. It makes me look like I'm sick, so I stopped wearing it. But in those days I wore it a lot - it made a perfect breastfeeding shirt. But even though I stopped wearing it, I didn't want to get rid of it - it has too many memories attached, I guess. So, when I came across this shirt again in the 'washed but not ironed' laundry bin, I decided to work it into a new project, with a challenge attached to it: to work as many of the little details of the shirt as possible into the project. Of course, I came up with a bag - what did you expect?

A toiletry bag this time.
Don't you think it looks cute?
I made pictures of all the steps, so if I find the time I might do a tutorial. The girls, M. in particular, have tried to claim my new little toiletry bag already but I think I might will hold on to this one... Because, you see, that little pocket on the front perfectly fits my favorite lip stick inside...

I'm wishing you all a great weekend and a wonderful Mother's Day if that's this weekend in your part of the world! For the French mom's Mother's Day is still a couple of weeks away...

xo, P.

15 comments:

Theresa said...

I think it's super cute!! I love the t-shirt produce bag that you did on here. I've made several of them and they are just awesome. I don't suppose you'll be offering a tutorial of this one?

mon ami said...

This is beautiful! I love the colours and the print combined with the solid linen.

Really, really beautiful.
ox

ArtMind said...

Wow, fab idea!
I'm just thinking how long it would take me to actually make something so pretty! Really need to practise more on my new sewing machine! Happy weekend! :)

Crafting in the beach hut said...

The colours work so well. Don't blame you for not wanting to destroy your shirt without getting it right first time - I'd love to see a tutorial if you get a chance. Hope you manage to keep hold of this one from the girls! xox

nicole/brussels said...

een prachtig stukje, zowel wat stof, détails en ontwerp betreft!
zeker houden alleen al voor die onvergeetbare tijd in California en ook omdat het je doet denken aan de mooie en zalige intieme momenten met baby H, tijdens het voeden!Die tas moet met zorg behandeld worden omdat die zo'n waardevolle herinneringen meedraagt. Ik zou zeggen, een mooi erfstukje kleine H!!

la.daridari said...

one word only:W O N D E R F U L!!
You are a genius!

Baa-Me Kniits said...

That is a beautiful shirt and you have made a lovely bag! I love how you have used the little extras from the shirt as extras on the bag. I have just given an old nightie to my husbands rag bag in his workshop and as I handed it over (more like he ripped it out of my arms) I realized that it was over 9 years old and that I was pregnant with my eldest when i got it so it has been thru lots with both the boys and it held lots of memories too. Unfortunately it was almost see-thru so it was only good for the rag-bag!

Laura said...

Beautiful! What a wonderful way to repurpose a favourite shirt into something still useful and gorgeous.

lucys19 said...

love it! such a great bag..

Ammie said...

This is gorgeous. You've done a fantastic job upcycling a great shirt into an even better bag. :)

Aimee said...

the combination of these two fabrics together are lovely. great idea to use an old favourite t-shirt. i love it!

Lisa U said...

I have this same exact shirt! I loved the fabric too but didn't like the cut so I had been thinking of upcycling it for a while now. Thank you for this tutorial!

Seaweed and Raine said...

What a great way to make something you love live again! :) I wouldn't part with it either if I were you!!! Now I'll have to go looking for the tute for it! :)

Blag bleg blog said...

Just amazing, how creative :D

mirjam said...

FANTASTIC IDEA thank you !!!!
mirjam

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