Upcycle Men's Shirts Into an Advent Calendar Garland
Designer Casey Noble puts old, patterned dress shirts to use by turning them into a chic Advent calendar garland that can be used year after year.
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- pocketed men's dress shirts
- needle and thread
- sewing machine
- fabric scissors
- linen or cotton duck fabric by the yard
- numerical stencils
- black marker
- spool of 3/4-inch canvas banding
- iron-on adhesive tape
Cut Out Pockets
Use fabric scissors to cut out pockets from men's shirts, leaving an extra inch all the way around. Note: The pockets will be sewn to backing fabric, resulting in the look of classic pennants.
Cut Backing Fabric
Cut a solid contrasting linen or cotton duck fabric roughly 3 inches longer than the length of the shirt pockets using fabric scissors. Note: The additional inches along the top will account for a flap which will fold along the back, creating a pocket for the 3/4-inch canvas banding to string the pennants together.
Stitch Backing to Pocket
Using needle and thread or sewing machine, sew a pocket to backing fabric in a zigzag pattern. Next, check the back of the backing pocket to ensure flap is open and useable.
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