This month's installment of Whole Living's "Crafting with Dudes" series presented a real challenge: could Marketing Manager Rob Banning (left) and Morning Living engineer Steve Gonzalez (right) recycle their old t-shirts into something new, useful, and aesthetically pleasing? With help from Generation-T author Megan Nicolay (center), they succeeded by making a braided belt, a throw pillow, and an decorated shirt.
Megan wore a shirt of her own design she calls "Back in Action."
Steve made this no-sew pillow by cutting a large square from an oversized shirt, slicing the edges into strips, then tying up the strips to seal the sides. The stuffing is...t-shirt scraps!
Steve also created this rockin' Bob Ross-bedecked shirt with no sewing at all. He simply cut out the design from a too-tight old tee and attached it to a new black shirt using fabric glue. Megan deemed the results pro-quality!
This sassy cowl neck halter only requires an oversized t-shirt, a pair of scissors, a measuring tape, a needle and thread, and very minimal sewing skills. I transformed my Sirius logo shirt in 15 minutes flat: took measurements, made just three cuts in the fabric, then sewed up two small sections with a running stitch.
If you want to try one of Megan's projects yourself, here are her instructions for creating a funky halter top with barely any sewing required.