Once There Was a Shirt

Once there was a shirt.
It was worn by a fashionable hipster
for whom the designer label
(Colours by Alexander Julian)
was more important than what the common man might think
(I think you know what I mean!).

But even the most fashionable hipsters
might wake up one day
and say, "What was I thinking?"
and gift it to his local thrift store.

So the savvy recycler
snatched it up
despite the hideous pattern
because she loved the colours
and saw a bit of Monet in them.

Water Lilies by Claude Monet

So she took it home
and cut it up into strips.
Lots and lots of narrow strips.

She knew that she could upcycle this shirt
into more beautiful 
and useful items.

She wanted to try something new
so she wrapped and sewed
and wrapped and sewed some more
until a glorious bag appeared.

And there were enough leftover strips
to make a coiled mat too!

New life for an old shirt.

Coiled items available for sale in my PrairieThreads Etsy shop.


  1. Too bad that the original owner of the shirt can't see the beautiful creations it turned into. You've done a wonderful job.

    1. Thanks Dolores! I was also wondering what the designer would think of what I've done.

  2. It's amazing how a shirt that...um...stylish transforms into something so beautiful! I think the bag will be a big hit.

    1. Thanks Andrea! I think it's a big improvement too!

  3. Wow! What a fantastic bag! And you're right the shirt does look like the painting. Beautiful.

    1. Thanks Tawny! I hope to make more bags like it!

  4. Beautiful work, such talent is inspiring!


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