CraftSanity on TV: T-shirt Refashioning

I cut my craft budget in July when I quit my day job as a newspaper reporter because I knew my new life as a podcasting, crafty freelance writer was not going to be as lucrative as getting a regular paycheck every week.

And I thought I would miss having extra cash to spend on craft supplies, but I don’t. In fact, I’m having a great time creating with recycled goods and finding ways to repurpose vintage fabrics and old T-shirts. The T-shirts are my latest obsession.

When I got my hands on a copy of Megan Nicolay’s lastest book, “Generation T: Beyond Fashion 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt,” I knew I was going to headed for some late-night crafting sessions. The follow-up to Megan’s first book, “Generation T: 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt,” “Beyond Fashion” has inspired a new, recycled line of T-shirt dresses here at the CraftSanity headquarters. (I’ve made three so far, with more back-to-school fashions planned for my daughters.) Megan writes clear project instructions and provides detailed illustrations to accompany each project, making it possible for rookies to jump into T-shirt refashioning without getting lost.

I interviewed Megan, 30, of Brooklyn, for my weekly craft column that will be published Sunday because she’s going to be in Grand Rapids, Mich. next week to teach workshops. Here are the details for all you locals:

What: T-Shirt refashioning workshops with Megan Nicolay
When: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 27
Where: West Side Garage Store, 351 Summer Ave. NW, Grand Rapids.
Cost: $20 fee includes a copy of “Generation T: Beyond Fashion” book, a T-shirt and pair of scissors.
Sign-Up: Call 451-4215 ext. 113.

Enter to win a copy of Generation T: Beyond Fashion! The good news is you don’t have to be local to get in the random drawing for a copy of Megan’s book. Just leave a comment below about your favorite T-shirt craft below by Aug. 31. Good luck!

I plan to interview Megan again for the podcast, so stay tuned. In the meantime, start collecting T-shirts in all your favorite colors. :  ) You can read more about Megan’s T-shirt adventures on her blog.

For today’s TV segment, I did a demo of the “Punk’d” shirt on p. 92 Megan’s first “Generation T” book and showed examples of “The Mod Squad” dress on p. 80 of “Beyond Fashion.” Simple and quick to make, these comfy dresses are a great way to give your old T-shirts a second wind.

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