I spent an hour or so one afternoon with a pair of scissors and a favourite old striped maternity t-shirt. I won’t be needing maternity clothes again and I loved this Old Navy shirt. I wore it so often that it was starting to pill from all the washings.
I had had an idea for a similar “scarf” (or should I call it a necklace? neck art? hmmm…) made out of woven fabric, but I wasn’t getting around to actually making it because I couldn’t stand the idea of turning all those spaghetti strap width pieces right side out. Then I remembered making t-shirt spaghetti for a project that needed ties for Christmas and I thought, why not? The worst that could happen is that the t-shirt gets tossed in the garbage bin, where it would otherwise be headed after being used as an oil change rag.
So I sat on the couch with my scissors and the shirt while the kidlets watched an Episode of Jeff Corwin (we learned all about Tasmania that day) and I cut the stripes free-hand. The stripes were wide so I cut some into thirds and some into halves. Then I gently pulled the loops to make the t-shirt spaghetti and bundled them all together. To finish it off, I used scraps to wrap the places where the former side seams met to hide them and tucked the ends in. No sewing. No thinking. Easy afternoon project even with 3 kidlets roaming around and interrupting. And I get to keep wearing one of my favourite t-shirts a little while longer.