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Week 3: First foray into the craft stockpile

I decided it was high time to do something crafty so I have something to post other than how much I spent on groceries this week ($16 again).

I was thinking I would maybe make a Valentine’s Day wreath, but I couldn’t find the old grapevine wreath that I was sure I had seen in the basement. Then I came across this basket that had been filled with delicious treats and a jar of homemade laundry soap for Christmas.

I also had a bunch of old t-shirts that I had used parts of to make yarn months ago.

The color scheme of all the shirts together doesn’t really match anything in my house and somehow makes me think of circus-themed bedsheets from the 1970s. But I also kind of like them together. So here’s what came of it all.

You know how you're always thinking, "If only my basket were fancier..."

It was pretty easy–just took time to put it together, but it wasn’t technically difficult. I don’t always like cutesy-type things, but I kind of like how it turned out. Here’s what I did.

1. Cut the t-shirts into strips, making sure to get rid of seams, tags, and printing. I cut them probably about 3/4″ wide and about 4″ long. Cut as many as you think you’ll need, and then cut more, depending on the size of your basket.

Keep the dustbuster handy--these make a lot of tiny bits of lint.

2. Start tying them on to the top two or three twigs of the basket, bunching them as closely as desired. Use tweezers to help get the strips through the weave of the basket. (I just tied single knots, and they seemed sufficient.)

3. Once it’s done, you can trim the pieces if you like.

That’s how it turned out. I think it’s pretty cute for something that was free, or at least close enough, considering the significant depreciation on the t-shirts. And since it came with laundry soap in it and didn’t really match anything else in the house, it has found a home atop the washing machine.

I think something like this would be cute done in seasonal-print fabric scraps, as well.