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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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Materials Needed:

  • pocketed men's dress shirts
  • buttons
  • needle and thread
  • sewing machine
  • fabric scissors
  • linen or cotton duck fabric by the yard
  • felt
  • numerical stencils
  • black marker
  • spool of 3/4-inch canvas banding
  • iron
  • 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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