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.
Linen, ribbon and vintage printables come together in this advent calendar, which is sure to become a family tradition.