A few months ago, my mom gave me Grandmommy's old gardening shirt. Now, Grandmommy was tiny, so there's no way I could have worn the shirt even if it wasn't torn in a couple of places, so I've been thinking about ways to re-use it. Today, I had an inspiration: 4th of July shirt.
First, I ironed embroidery-weight heat n bond to the back of one sleeve that I clipped from the shirt and laid out flat. Then, I traced stars on it:
I decided to use them around the neckline, and I like the way it turned out.
Right now, they are just stitched on. I haven't decided if I want to keep them this way and let the edges fray over time or if I will whip stitch the edges (which would take me forever!). Either way, I'm very happy with how this shirt came out. It's trendy right now to call making something out of an old shirt or fabric "upcycling", but Grandmommy grew up during the depression, so to her it would just be common sense.