DIY?

At Podcamp NH there was a DIY (do it yourself) session that inspired a few attendees to create items of there own. Renee Bouchard had taken a Podcamp shirt and made it more stylish overnight! She even made a bowtie.

Anyways my darling friend Diane, was influenced and created some lovely items from old Podcamp Shirts from the first year. Check these OUT!!!!

However recently (today) I was faced with a dilema that made me question my OWN DIY skills.

I order my sisters Christmas present online every year. She likes weird things that I can only get online. It also makes it easier to ship things directly to her. However since she moved this year I had it shipped to me, which is a good thing, because of the following mishap.

True Blood on HBO is my sisters favorite show, she made it mine too, and Eric is her favorite character and so I thought I would get her a t-shirt with Eric on it. A women’s XL would do, or so I thought. She and I are the same size and just to show you:

Ok so you see my first issue: TOO SMALL. Now when I looked at how to return the shirt HBO asked me to fill out a reason why, and put the return label on the front and PAY for the shipping back to them. Right there I lost money. If I don’t pay for shipping for the item to come to me, then I am not gonna pay for it to go back. Since it is the holidays I got free shipping.

I cut up the shirt. Yes I changed it to a pillow. And it is so neat because no one I know has a True Blood pillow with Eric on it. So first I started by cutting the shirt up the sides. Then I put the preformed pillow inside and pinned it around the image. I also pinned in the back and closer to the outside of the pillow. I then cut slits in the sides about 0.5 inches apart. And about 1.5 inches up or until it is closer to the pillow. Then I tied it in knots all around the sides. I wanted to know the top, however the image is too close to the neck opening. So I kept the knots up the side and then sewing the top. The final piece is original. I hope she likes it.

So the next time you receive a shirt that is too small or large, alter it, make it original.

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One thought on “DIY?

  1. So glad you decided to do some DIY reconstruction projects. It’s kind of fun, isn’t it? I’m sure your sister will absolutely LOVE it. It’s a great idea. Thanks for the shout out in your article too!

    Diane
    @dvautier

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