Minimalism, Upcycling and a DIY-Instruction

Lately i’ve been researching about minimalism. I like the idea of simplifying your everyday life by reducing material possessions and learning mindful consumption behaviour. Looking at recent problems like climate change, pollution and exploitative mass production, the topic seems appropriate and promising.

Want to get deeper into minimalism? There are some documentaries that could be interesting to you. For example „The Minimalists – Less is more“ on Netflix.

Tidying out and asking our selves what we really need, we sooner or later stumble over things that might objectively seem of little value or use, but we still do not want to throw them away. These mementos or favourites stick to our hearts even if they are busted, unfashionable or impractical to use. The memories bound to them or their rarity makes them irreplacable.

Burried in the lowest drawer or dusted in the attic, none of them bring joy to anyone. So: we need to get them out and stage them! But how?

For the most textile Pieces, i have a solution, that i want to show you by a typical example and an DIY-instruction.

Favourite-Shirt-Revival DIY

Many of us know it: The old favourite shirt with all the holes in it, not wareable at all, but we just love the print. Also we went on some great adventures together. All those memories! We just can’t throw it away!

What you need:

  • Overlocker, or a sewing machine with an overlock-stitch
  • Iron
  • Fabric scissors or other sharp scissors
  • Pins
  • Pattern for an easy T-Shirt (Or copy the pattern of a shirt you own by laying it flat on the table and drawing around. )
  • Depending on your size 1m – 1,30m cotton jersey (prewashed) – adding long sleeves or a hood will raise the need of fabric!
  • non-elastic fabric lining (size matching your shirts print)
  • sewing thread
  • Optional: some other elastic fabric for the neckline

First step is cutting your print out of the old shirt. Try to keep a simple outline.

Before you chose a pattern, make sure your print fits in the front or back. Fold your cut-out print in half and match it to the middle of the part you want to use. Keep 2cm space to the sides and even more to the top and bottom.

Now you can cut out your shirt. Don’t sew anything yet!

Cut the fabric lining in size of you print and fixate it on the back by ironing. If there are holes within the print, try to carefully iron the edges from the sides onto the lining.

Sew around the „patch“ with the Orverlocker and iron the edges to the back.

Pin your patch on the part of the shirt you want it on.

For bigger patches it might not be enough to sew arount the edges once. Add some lines, that attache the patch to the shirt. For holes in the print use a ripple stitch to close them.

Try using defferent fitting yarn in your print. Also you can cover bigger holes with little patches of fabric or textile paint.

It works besten when you start in the middle and work your way to the outer edge, so you wont get any unwanted creases.

Should look somewhat like that.

Now finish your shirt!

The old lump has now become not only wareable again but a special unicum!

If you tried this instruction do not hesitate to leave us some feedback or even photos of your work via e-mail!

It’s a bit more complicated with your personal favourite textile? Contact us!

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