5 Things To Make With ONE Flannel Shirt!

I can't believe it's been a month already since our last Thrifty Chicks project! If you remember, last month's project challenge was chalkboards and I shared how to make Chalkboards in Any Color!

This month's challenge is upcycling flannel clothing and I'm just as excited as you are because I have no idea what the other ladies are making until reveal day!

I started working with my flannel shirt I picked up at Goodwill and then couldn't stop so I actually have FIVE projects to share... 5 Things to Make with ONE Flannel Shirt! 😀

You can make so many different things with ONE flannel shirt!

Here are the before of all of our flannel clothing pieces!

Mine is #5, I picked it up at Goodwill for $6.99. It was a little more than most flannel shirts there because it's wool flannel. I was also happy to find one in the perfect colors for fall!

It's a boy's shirt so not all that large and I was still able to get 5 projects out of this one shirt!

I started by cutting up the shirt like so.

My first project is a pillow.

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That center section will be my new pillow. I used iron-on seam tape down the center where it buttons up so it won't gap when stuffed with a pillow form.

There wasn't quite enough shirt material to make a standard envelope style pillow so I opted to add a zipper instead. I like to be able to remove the pillow covers to wash them or change them out for the seasons.

And now I have a cute fall pillow!

I was happy to also find a shirt that doesn't clash with my new vintage couch and loveseat! If you are on my mailing list then you've already heard all about these vintage beauties! 😄

After making the pillow I still had quite a bit of fabric to work with from the sleeves. So, I decided to make some fall leaves!

For this project, I used iron-on fusible interfacing. This stuff serves two purposes... it adheres two pieces of fabric together without sewing and it stiffens the fabric a little bit. This gave my leaves a little bit of weight and stability.

To make the leaves I opened up the sleeves and laid one of them out flat on my ironing board, right side down (you'll be ironing the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric).

Lay a piece of the interfacing face down/paper side up on the fabric and iron it down. Let it cool for a few seconds and then peel off the paper backing. This leaves the fusible interfacing on the fabric.

Next lay your second piece of fabric on top (right side up) and iron it down so the two pieces have adhered together. You'll end up with a thick, double-sided piece of fabric.

I found a couple of leaf line drawings online and printed them for my patterns.

Cut a piece of your new double-sided fabric just large enough for your leaf shape (I find it easier to cut when you aren't working with a large piece of fabric).

Pin the pattern to the fabric and cut it out.

Whhheeee! Here are all my leaves!

I decided to stitch around the outside edge of each leaf and down the center and stem with orange thread for a little added detail. You could totally leaf this step out ... leaf it out... get it?! 😂

Now, you could use these to make a banner, scatter them on a table or mantle, etc. I chose to make some little party favor type things with them.

I found this party favor kit at Goodwill for .99 cents. I thought the little test tubes were cute.

I filled them with these 😍

And used some jute twine to tie the leaves onto the tubes.

I also used some in this little arrangement on my kitchen counter.

And on a place setting...

You can find the stenciled box centerpiece tutorial here: DIY Scrap Wood Planter Box.

The next project was made using the sleeve cuffs from the shirt.

They are embellished wrist cuffs that you can wear, like a bracelet!

I have been wanting to try making zipper flowers and I finally got the chance with these! I'll be sharing the tutorial for these cuffs in a separate post... you'll be looking at all your clothes with murderous eyes and scissors behind your back!

So look for that tutorial coming soon!

These next two projects shouldn't even count as real projects they were so easy!

I just used what was left of the sleeves and tucked it inside the boots I have on the porch to make festive boot cuffs... that was like a 2-second project!

You can see my fall porch (and the boots before) here: Fall Porch Tour.

And finally... I wracked my brain to think of a project for the collar... surely there must be something to do with a collar...


Mr. Pongo got a manly new look!

Needless to say, he hated it! 😂

Be sure check out the other ladies' projects!

1. Debra from Shoppe No. 5 - An Easy Way to Make Cozy Fall Flannel Placemats
2. Diana from Adirondack Girl at Heart - 3 Fall DIYs, 1 Thrifted Flannel Shirt
3. Lora from Lora B. Create and Ponder - Add Flouncy Sleeves to a Flannel Shirt, Vintage Style
4. Marie from the Interior Frugalista - How to Line a Trunk With an Old Flannel Shirt
5. That's me!
6. Tuula from Thrifty Rebel Vintage - Quick Easy New Sew Pumpkins Made From Flannel Pants

I hope you enjoyed this month's challenge! Next month we'll be working on globes and/or maps!