T-shirt pompoms. Like regular pompoms, but bigger. You cut the T-shirt into quite narrow strips, pull the strips to make them curl in on themselves, then make a pompom (something I don't think I've done since primary school!). It takes about one T-shirt per pompom.
|a string of 7 bunting pompoms, made for my 'almost family'|
|a decorative bunch of three pompoms, made for my Thai sister-in-law pi-Nok. The fabric from the blue and yellow T-shirts didn't curl into tubes like all the others did and I'm not sure why, but they still turned out OK.|
I also learned how to make these little storage bowls. They're quite thick and I think the same technique would be great for hot mats.
|a pair of nesting storage bowls for Sarah|
|Sarah likes spiders and I thought the stitching made the bowls look a bit like spider webs, so I got Martin to crochet a spider to crawl around the larger one :-)|
Martin gets a cold head at night and has long slept in a balaclava. As part of his Christmas present he got two new balaclavas (winter and summer weight), both made out of old T-shirts. Here he is in the summer one:
So that was gifts, but I also realised I was using T-shirts somewhere else this Christmas. For advent we light little oil lamps:
I've found strips of T-shirt (treated with borax and salt) make far better wicks than the (similarly treated) plaited string I originally used.
|my bag of spare wicks - there are still a few plaited ones in the bottom, but most are T-shirt strips.|
After making all the T-shirt gifts, I found I had lots of partial T-shirts left over. I cut them up to make balls of T-shirt 'yarn' (which was quite time-consuming) then made myself a very colourful braided belt.
I made the braid too long (it said to use enough 'yarn' to go around your middle twice - that turned out to be wildly excessive), so I made the remainder into a headband :-)
I still have a fair bit of T-shirt yarn left (in a pretty random assortment of colours and lengths). I'm thinking to turn it into a very multi-coloured braided rug (instructions here and here), either for our bathroom or the front door :-)