BF has lots of blue dress shirts. Unfortunately, some of them are starting to die a slow death. When I went to the quilt show last spring, I saw a quilt by one of the male designers that utilized old men's blue dress shirts.
It made me want to do something with the old shirts.
So when BF brought me a shirt whose collar was frayed to the point beyond use... I decided to give my repurposing plan a try.
I snipped off the buttons, which will be used for my cross stitch Christmas ornaments...
I cut all the usable fabric of the shirt into sections.
I had quite a bit of fabric, nearly a dozen buttons, and scraps. I felt like I had used as much of the fabric as possible.
I used my serger to sew the fabric into various little gift bags.
Fold back the band, iron and then sew it.
Turn the bags right-side out; thread the ribbons (also recycled from previous gifts) through the band, and tie knots. Trim loose strings and the top of the ribbons.
Voilá - you have eight new drawstring gift bags out of one old shirt. The best part of this is that the men in my life (BF and the boys) hate gift wrapping. We joke that we reuse the same gift bag over and over. Now people can have their choice of gift bags.