Monday, July 28, 2014

T-Shirt Yarn Basket

This was fun ... I made a Yarn Basket for my mom a couple months ago ... out of T-Shirt Yarn!

Evidently, I forgot to take a picture of the finished product before sending it off, but the basket ended up 6 or 8 inches tall, and something like 15 inches across. I was aiming for the idea I saw on Pinterest (see this pin) ... although I sort of made up my own pattern, rather than following that exact pattern.

I love the ease and the speed of crocheting with T-Shirt Yarn! T-Shirt Yarn crochet also makes great rugs (see pictures here, here and here.)

Friday, July 25, 2014

T-Shirt Sports Quilt - Reverse Applique & Quilt-As-You-Go

Recently, I finished this quilt for my youngest son ...

It's made of T-Shirt fabric - because T-Shirt Quilts are so fun ... and I've had fun trying my hand at Fancy T-Shirt-Quilt ideas, and Baby-Quilt T-Shirt Quilt ideas ... I decided to try my hand at the Sports-Quilt/Guy-Quilt variety of T-Shirt Quilt.

I was able to make great use of some of the T-Shirt scraps I had leftover from making T-Shirt Yarn ... and I had lots of fun trying Reverse Applique for the first time.

I also decided to use Quilt-As-You-Go techniques (modified a little), so I could work with just a small square at a time when I did the reverse-applique and the quilting.

All the fabric was cut from actual T-Shirts, except the green "sashing" strips, which were cut from a cotton jersey bed sheet.

The footballs and basketballs are my favorites ... I also included tennis balls and baseballs. And some beach balls and bouncy-balls. I sort of modified the football-quilting idea I used for my older son's NFL Quilt.

I might do a quick photo-tutorial sometime on how the reverse-applique-then-quilting went with the T-Shirt fabric. I love the fact that the T-Shirt fabrics won't fray, which helps a lot with this technique.

The picture below shows the back of the quilt -- also T-Shirt fabrics, so the quilt is super-cozy.

The whole quilt is fifty-something inches by sixty-something, so it's a nice throw-size/couch-size/kid-size quilt.

My little guy loves it, and so do I.

One of the fun things about this quilt is that I did most of the sewing on my new-to-me (Vintage, but nearly new!) Kenmore sewing machine that I got a few weeks ago for $10.00. It's an oldie but a goodie ... in really great shape, and barely (if ever) used. I love the durability and consistency of an older machine, and it's great for free-motion quilting!

I'm really pleased with how this quilt turned out.

Since this is a finish (YAY!) I'm linking this post to this week's Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts - It's one of my all-time-favorite quilting blogs, and the weekly links for finishes are always fun and inspirational!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New (Recycled!) things for sale ...

When I discovered T-Shirt Yarn, I was amazed at how nice it is to crochet with it. (See some of my other recycled T-Shirt projects by clicking the "T-Shirt Crafts" label in my blog sidebar.)

Earlier this year, when I had more T-Shirts that I could possibly use for a while, I made a set of T-Shirt Yarns to see if they would sell on eBay.

As it turns out, a lot of crafters seem to like the opportunity to buy already-made T-Shirt Yarn at a reasonable price.

So, when I have time, I've been making T-Shirt Yarn to sell on eBay and in my Etsy shop.

I love the fact that I can pass these along to people who will make beautiful things from them. 

In the same vein, I've done a lot of quilt-making with Jeans and Denim (See "Jeans" or "Denim" in the labels in my blog sidebar.) And since I'm not currently working on any Jeans Quilts, I've listed some pre-cut Jeans squares on eBay as well.

Colored ones, too!

Anytime you want to see my current craft items that are for sale, see the "ProsperityStuff on eBay" and "ProsperityStuff on Etsy" tabs in my blog header. (On the mobile version of this site, click next to the word "Home" for the pages/tabs menu, or click here for my eBay listings and here for my Etsy listings.

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