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Earth Day Book Giveaway & Recycled T-Shirt Flower Pin Tutorial

Earth Day Book Giveaway & Recycled T-Shirt Flower Pin Tutorial


To celebrate Earth Day today we have, Tiffany Threadgould of RePlayground.com and Terracycle.net, here to teach us how to re-purpose an old t-shirt to make these adorable flower pins. Tiffany just launched her first book, ReMake It! (by Sterling Publishing). It's super adorable and is a pretty fun book to have on hand whether you have kids or you just love to re-purpose. We'll be doing a giveaway for 3 of these books at the tail end of the tutorial with a BONUS PRIZE, so stay tuned!

T-Shirt Scrap Flower Pin

MATERIALS:

  • T-shirt
  • ruler
  • washable marker or pencil
  • fabric scissors
  • twist tie
  • button with two holes
  • pin back or safety pin

Use one T-shirt to make a single color flower, or mix it up and use strips from a few different shirts for a flower with different colors.

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Measure and cut ¾-inch wide strips from the bottom of a T-shirt. From those strips, cut eight 8-inch long pieces.

2. Pull on the ends of each strip and stretch them until their edges curl. Snip three holes into each strip—one in the middle and two more, each ½ inch from the ends. Be careful not to cut across the whole strip, just to make small holes.

3. Slip the ends of the twist tie through a button, and pull it through so it is snug across the front of the button. Twist the ends of the twist tie together tightly until they are completely twisted at the back of the button.

4. Thread the end of the twist tie through the hole at the center of one of the T-shirt strips. Then, thread the twist tie through the holes on the ends of the T-shirt strip. Repeat this for all the rest of the strips

5. Holding the T-shirt strips and button together, untwist the twist tie ends. Insert them through the holes in pin back or wrap them around the safety pin (whichever pin you decide to use). Adjust the twist tie until the flower and pin are held firmly in place on the pin back. Remake a whole bouquet of flower pins and grow a garden on your shirt!

More About The Author

Tiffany Threadgould is a design junkie who gives scrap materials a second life. She's the head of design atTerraCycle, a company that collects and creates products from waste. She also keeps up her own green biz,RePlayGround, where you can find ReMake It recycling kits and oodles of DIY projects. Tiffany thinks that garbage has feelings too and can sometimes be found talking to her pile of junk at her design studio in Brooklyn, N.Y.


THE GIVEAWAY!

Tiffany was so kind to send us three (3) books to give to you! We are going to do another random pick from the user comments on this one. So if you'd like a cool copy of ReMake It! You must do the following:

Leave a comment telling us what your favorite art/craft style is be that a link out to your most favorite craft blogger(s) or just list your top 1-5+ most favorite things to work with be that modge podge, sewing, quilting, re-purposing, scrapbooking (traditional or digital), card making, painting, etc. The sky is the limit in the craft world!

BONUS PRIZE!

Bonus Prize is a $25 Gift Card at COLOURlovers partner, Spoonflower.com.

I will be posting this article on the COLOURlovers Facebook wall. All you have to do is:

  1. 1) LIKE the COLOURlovers Facebook Page
  2. 2) SHARE the article on your facebook wall
  3. 3) Leave a comment on the article I posted on our fb wall which should include your COLOURlovers USERNAME.

We will be conducting a random drawing from the facebook post commentary. As long as you followed the steps, you will be included.

If you have already LIKED our facebook page, then that step is done. You won't be able to see the SHARE or COMMENT on the COLOURlovers facebook wall until you have LIKED our page.

I've posted THIS (the above image shows what it will look like) blog article to our facebook wall. Re-Post it to your wall by clicking the link on it, SHARE (see red arrows in the image). And then make a COMMENT letting me know you shared it, and let me know your username on COLOURlovers. The facebook contest is ONLY for the $25 at Spoonflower.com. If you want the book you must ALSO comment on the blog post here.


You may play and qualify for BOTH prizes (ReMake It! book AND the $25 at Spoonflower.com). The contest will run from today, April 22nd, 2011, until Thursday, April 28th with winners announced Friday, April 29th, 2011. You must be a COLOURlovers user to qualify for either prize. So register if you need to!


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Matrioshka

I absolutely love designs from Design Sponge (http://bit.ly/e8Yqgb). Most recently I tried ideas for handcrafted thank you cards. These turned out pretty well so I've been making cards for birthdays and graduations in the past month. I've recently taken up crochet and knitting and I love futuregirls' craft blog (http://www.futuregirl.com/craft_blog/index.aspx) for her savvy and fashionable ideas!

vacabella

I love using common objects for crafting. I am primarily a knitter and work hard to recycle t-shirts into yarn, along with repurposing sweaters and other yarn projects. In addition to knitting i use wine corks and used photos frames from the thrift store to create memo boards. I think working with found or upcycled objects allows your creativity to flow much more than buying prepackage kits to make crafts.

boredchem

I've been hugely into paper crafts - playing with paper and exacto knives, but cross stitch has started to worm it's way into my craft time as well. I tend to use google for inspiration, sometimes my son's drawings inspire me as well, but it's Janel at Run With Scissors (http://www.iheartrunwithscissors.com/) that keeps me motivated. Her blog is filled with enthusiastic posts and great ideas.
Team

mollybermea

Wonderful comments everyone! Do remember that the second part of the giveaway invoves the COLOURlovers Facebook post of this article. If you are interested in the $25/Spoonflower.com giftcard. :) It's fun to see what everyone is in to!

terriann

I've been doing a ton of crafting lately and my favorite things to work with have been scrap book paper, my new snazzy xacto knife, fabric, cording and textiles. I pulled out my sewing machine two weeks ago and can't stop. Even ordered a custom tea towel set from spoonflower. As a coder during the day having the ability to make something that is awesome and more tangible than a website on the weekends is the BEST stress reliever!

Jan Emma

I love recycling clothes, vintage linens, fabric scraps and anything that can be sewn! I also like to do collage with magazine pix, calendar pix, and found quotations.

featheredneststudio

One of my favorite blogs for crafty/artsy things is How About Orange. I love designing fabric, creating original Stuffies, sewing felt things, and making buntings. Basically if it involves fabric, I love it!

idesigner

I am definiitely in on the facebook contest!
I really love this idea and the recycled flowers are SO CUTE!

fields of grace

I totally love the inspiration you give daily! I've been crafting and reusing since I was a little girl. I learned to knit and crochet by the age of 8, and so many things in my home are things I've made, like crochet curtains in my dining room, or repurposed, like the lamp shades in my living room and bedroom. Only down side: it's so hard to throw things away, when there are so many possibilities for their reuse! And color --what in the world would we do without color?! I love the color palette tools on your website! Thanks so much!
Team

mollybermea

Did any of you find the Facebook instructions confusing? I'm just curious for future reference. :) I will be doing some more Facebook AND Twitter contests soon. Great Job on the commenting!

NightingaleSt

Always looking for ways to use up my spoonflower samples, thanks for the inspirational ideas, and the book looks fab! :)

LauraCecha

I love using collage for crafting - collage with matte medium on canvases (the cardboard backed kind). I continuously collect little snippets of things found, lost, remembered, and then try to combine them. I also like repurposing old clothes to make new objects, for example, an old pair of pants that becomes a purse, utilizing the pockets already in the pants (best if the pockets have buttons or snaps!). Also love creating silhouette puppets out of old pieces of paper. I'd greatly appreciate a copy of the book to help me strategize more craft projects!

LauraCecha

Yup --- throwing things away is challenging when you do this kind of work! Same issue here...

fields of grace wrote:
I totally love the inspiration you give daily! I've been crafting and reusing since I was a little girl. I learned to knit and crochet by the age of 8, and so many things in my home are things I've made, like crochet curtains in my dining room, or repurposed, like the lamp shades in my living room and bedroom. Only down side: it's so hard to throw things away, when there are so many possibilities for their reuse! And color --what in the world would we do without color?! I love the color palette tools on your website! Thanks so much!

LauraCecha

Hey Molly,
For some reason, there are two colourlovers pages on facebook - are they both linked to colourlovers, or is one of them a fanpage? That was the main thing I found confusing! Also, I shared the post from the colourlovers wall on my page, but I first tried to copy and paste it - I'm guessing you want people to be sure to share instead of copy paste - - perhaps there's a way to clarify that?

Thanks so much for your great work!
laura
mollybermea wrote:
Did any of you find the Facebook instructions confusing? I'm just curious for future reference. :) I will be doing some more Facebook AND Twitter contests soon. Great Job on the commenting!
Team

mollybermea

Hi Laura - well the link in the post here, http://www.facebook.com/colourlovers is the one we use and update (and one I was referring to).
There is another page if you use a web search, http://www.facebook.com/pages/COLOURlovers/113310582012902, but IT IS NOT something we manage. Please just refer to the one linked in my post. :) Sorry if that was confusing.

I'll update the post with another graphic to show people what I mean by sharing. :) Thanks for your input.

LauraCecha wrote:
Hey Molly,
For some reason, there are two colourlovers pages on facebook - are they both linked to colourlovers, or is one of them a fanpage? ....

KaitieB

I really love the site, HonestlyWTF- http://honestlywtf.com/
And right now, I'm into sewing dresses and making jewelry out of metal chain and embroidery floss. Thanks for hosting the giveaway... the book looks great!

amhurst1

Crafting I'm obsessed with:
Knitting
Re-purposing
Embroidering
Cake decorating (That still kinda counts, right?)
Re-fashioning (like overhauling Goodwill clothes!)

didom1968_aol.com

I love to re-purpose "junk" into works of art...after beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I see things that others would throw away and make things from them. I have Tiffany's book but would love another copy to give my crafting daughter for her May birthday.
I have 3 beautiful grand daughters I love to craft with, especially the oldest one, who is 6 yrs old.
Team

mollybermea

***THIS CONTEST IS CLOSED***
Results will be posted later today. Thanks for playing everyone!

lerageshirts

Great book. Seems like it's packed with a lot of creativity in it. Will be making these t-shirt flower pins with my kids this weekend.

Meme Shirts

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