Stitch and Bitch Amman

Up-cycle, shirt-cycle

Anyone who’s been to the stitch and bitch house will have noticed that a few of the many, many, MANY cushions are covered with old shirts that have been sourced, no doubt, from Abdali Market and up-cycled to fabulous cushions that could have been bought from the Designers Guild.

This was obviously a something of a theme at stitch and bitch for a while (back in the good old days) because here are some of the shirt-cushions that Jacky made:

Jacky’s instructions are as follows:

  1. Take an old shirt with buttons.  Do up the buttons and lay the shirt flat on a table.  Outline a square roughly in the centre of the shirt so that the buttons will be in the centre of the cushion (vertical).  Any size you wish.  The buttons serve as the opening of the cushion.  You will cut away sleeves and collar.
  2.  Cut out the square through the two layers of the shirt so that the shape you end up with are the front and the back of the cushion.
  3. Tack squares together with right sides facing inwards.  Then sew together all round four sides.   Turn inside out, having undone buttons and stuff – redo buttons and Hey presto – one recycled cushion!

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This entry was written by Vanessa and published on September 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm. It’s filed under Bitches around the world, Inspiration and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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