My upcycle project is to create a patchwork-style shirt from fabric scraps. My work this week involved getting my hands on some fabric as well as a sewing pattern to make the shirt. I had originally planned to make a shirt with blue and white patches, however I was only able to find fabric scraps in green and white. I think the combination will work out well!
While the goal of this project was not to buy much (if anything) new, I did have to buy a pattern from Joann Fabrics to make the shirt as making one freehand would have been a disaster. I also purchased a couple fabric remnants destined for the garbage while I was at Joann’s (less than $10 total) which will also be plenty of material to make another garment (maybe a pair of shorts?) in the future.
My plan of attack with this project is to first cut the fabric into 3″x3″ squares, likely around 80-100 to cut out all the pieces. I thought about getting a pack of fabric squares designed for quilting, however that would have defeated the purpose of upcycling since it would be using new material for (almost) its intended purpose. Once I have all my fabric squares, I’ll lay them out in a random-ish grid and sew them all together. From there, I’m going to cut out the patterns from the sewn-together squares and sew all the pieces into a shirt. This particular design has around 11 pieces that make the shirt, so I have plenty to keep me busy!
It’s been a while since I’ve used a sewing machine, so I also took this week to binge-watch some tutorials of shirt sewing and quilt making on YouTube. Over the weekend, I am going to toil away at the sewing machine so that I can present the shirt on Monday the 19th.