Sunday, March 8, 2015

Recycled T-Shirts into Artwork

It's winter.  It's cold.  It's dreary.  Maybe, like me, your energy levels feel low, but you feel like you should be doing SOMETHING.  This project might be the perfect project for you.  
I have a certain six year old son who LOVES super heroes.  Because of this, we also have several super hero shirts laying around including a few that he outgrew before he could even destroy them.  (This is amazing because Evan is a whirling dervish of destruction.)  These were the cheap Hanes or Fruit of the Loom type shirts.  Amazon had them like four in a set for $8 or so.  I chose not to do all four of the shirts because the other two were super heroes we already had artwork for from a shop on Etsy.  

Supplies needed:
  • Scissors 
  • Outgrown t-shirts
  • Canvases of your chosen size (mine came in a 2 pack in the Walmart craft section)
  • Staple gun

First, I wrapped the shirt around the canvas to center it and see about where I would need to cut. 

Now the next part you could do very carefully or semi-carelessly.  I chose the latter.  Basically, I cut the shirt straight up the back and chopped the sleeves off.  Because they are cotton-jersey, I just stapled and then stretched, stapled and then stretched.

Upon finishing, I cut off the excess material.   I was a little more haphazard with the Superman shirt than with the Batman one.  The second time went a lot smoother than the first.

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