Rock What Ya Got: Recycled Rag Ribbon

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Last week I found myself walking through Target with the wedding registry for some friends and ended up picking these funky everyday dishes.

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Of course I spaced gift wrap until I got home. Actually that doesn’t really surprise me because buying bags and tissue paper is one of my biggest pet peeves.

Total waste of money.

I dug through my wrapping stash at home and picked this plain white craft paper over the SpongeBob SquarePants birthday variety.

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Then I dug through the Bat Scrap organizer for some scrap ribbon and came up with nothing long enough that would match.

Nada. Zilch.

That is until I remembered the four massive bins of old shirts still waiting to be recycled, upcycled or stash-busted.

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  No problem.

I cut a couple of 1” strips with a rotary cutter to wrap around the box of plates …

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… and some 1/4” strips that pulled nice and tight to make them nice and thin like string or yarn.

That weird shaped stack of bowls got a simple confetti colored tie …

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… while the box got a quick wrap and easy knots around the corners.

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Easy. Fast. Done.

So give rag ribbon a try.

I bet you could pull together a quick shabby-chic wrap for your next party using fabric you already have on hand AND in colors that match the gift inside.

Because us women care about stuff like that.

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Happy wrapping and stash-bustifying!

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10 comments:

  1. Love it! If those were in a stack of presents for me, I'd totally go for them first! :) -- Tomi

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  2. What a fantastic idea... I might stop tossing our unwearable shirts:) They might be unwearable but surely they aren't unusable!

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  3. I'm gonna be scouring cchrity shops for bright t shirts! thank you! (I think I want to try crochet or kitting it!!!)

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  4. Love this!!!! I pinned it and added it to my DIY Daily page.

    Love ideas like this.
    My best- Diane

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  5. Nike, that's just awesome! I love it and I'm not crafty at all, but I totally think I could do this! I love you great step by step instructions and pictures on everything. I was wondering, I know it's probably obvious to many, but what's a rotary cutter? Can I just use plain old scissors? Not sure how to picture what that looks like. Thanks! -Rachel

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  6. Now I have ANOTHER thing to look for at Goodwill! Pretty t-shirts! Thanks for the great idea! Nice tutorial too!

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  7. @Rachel Hill,
    A rotary cutter is simply a round blade attached to a handle that can cut through fabric very quickly. {http://tinyurl.com/rotarycutterpicture}. They're used a lot in quilting and sewing projects and are great for making long, straight cuts. But yes, regular scissors work just fine.

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  8. Nike, you are amazing. I don't know how you do all of this with six kids. Uh-May-Zing. I love reading this blog.

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  9. Amazing upcycle. I love t-shirt yarn! I would love for you to share this project on my Inspiration Board {link party}. I know my readers would really enjoy it.
    http://carolynshomework.blogspot.com/2011/09/inspiration-board-link-party-14.html
    Hope to see you there.
    carolyn | homework

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Thanks so much for the comment love! I do cartwheels when I read each one. Well, I imagine my pre-pregnancy self doing cartwheels, but you get the idea ...

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