I got lots of questions and suggestions after I told you about my shirt destruction. One idea especially caught my attention (an idea from Bingo Bonnie) and since then I have changed the way I am taking shirts apart.
Last week I told you about my shirt destruction project. I got several comments and decided to answer some of them in this post and give you an update. Bingo Bonnie left a comment that mentioned that she lays her shirts out on her cutting table and uses her rotary cutter. Her idea was WONDERFUL! I can’t thank her enough for leaving the comment. My old way was taking about 10 minutes a shirt…this new way is taking about five minutes….
I lay a shirt out on the cutting mat and make two slices with my rotary cutter around the arm seam on each side of the shirt.
Next I cut the side seams out. With cutting the arms and side seams I cut through BOTH layers.
I flip the shirt over and cut out the neck. I throw the neck into a big grocery sack to deal with later.
I open the shirt up and cut along the yoke seams. The yoke goes to my ironing pile.
Next I rotary cut the button placket off and put it into the grocery sack for later.
I lay this piece on top of the back piece and fold it up like a fat quarter. Then I work with the other front piece. The button hole section goes to the garbage. I rotary cut the rest as shown. All of these small pieces go to the ironing pile. I cut out the seam cutting through both layers.
Next I deal with both of the arms. I cut off the cuffs and put them in the grocery sack and deal with them later.
Next I cut out the sleeve placket. I cut the button off and put it into the grocery sack.
This method is so much easier. I can’t thank Bingo Bonnie enough for leaving the comment. It has TOTALLY taken time off my project! I also appreciate the idea because I was ripping the fabric before and the edges end up slightly distorted…now they aren’t. After writing this whole post and taking the pictures, I went to link back to Bonnie’s blog. She made a similar post. She takes shirts apart just a bit different….If you are thinking about shirt destruction, check out her post too.
Emilie asked about the quality of the fabric. I have not sewn any yet but I am not afraid of it. When I selected shirts, I checked for quality. If any are iffy, I throw them out.
I got more questions about my scrap saving system, and if I’d share my chart….I’ll save that for an upcoming post.