Sunday, April 8, 2012

Repurpose shirts to...

lacrosse shorts.  My Aurora, Colorado grandsons (twins) play lacrosse and they are good. So good, they literally run through their shorts every few weeks. 

 The costs of keeping them in lacrosse shorts is expensive since they average around $60.00 a pair.  My son asked if I would sew up a few pairs for them to practice in but I had to use a blended fabric.  100% cotton would NOT do as it does not hold up under the wear and tear of what these boys put their lacrosse clothing though.  No problem, I'll just pick up some cotton blends at the fabric store and all will be good, right?  HOW ABOUT WRONG!!! Blends were nowhere to be found as 100% cotton has taken over with quilters leading the charge. I couldn't find them on line either.  What was this seawitch going to do?

 Well, I love a good "repurposing" so I head out to my local Goodwill and purchased eight very large men's shirts.  The high end labels are almost always quality blends and sure enough, I hit the jackpot.  My grandsons told me that lacrosse teams love vintage looking plaids and crazy combinations...a challenge this sea witch just adores.  (repurpose bonus:  at $4.95 a shirt, it was a lot cheaper than the usual $12.99 a yard at the fabric store)

Side bars are a must with lacrosse shorts.

 Such fun putting these crazy patterns together.

I was able to put together eight pairs of lacrosse shorts for my grandsons and I love the way they turned out.  The fabrics will breathe like cotton but have the durability that comes with a blend.

The fun was playing with the patterns and going a little "green" by repurposing shirts into shorts.  

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend and Blessed Easter and Passover.  Sea Witch



sassytrash said...

You are too clever, SW!! Excellent repurpose!! (Maybe a new cottage industry? You should sell them on Etsy)
I have been collecting thrift clothes for quite awhile to use for a big recycled clothes collage party with my Kayla during the summer.
You are so inspiring!!

Ana said...

Two thumbs up for grandma...Way to go. They turned out awesome. Just wanted to stop by to thank you for the Easter wishes. Hope you and your family had a beautiful one. Sending you a great big hug.

Hugs and Kisses,

Jacque said...

Good Morning Witch!

Leave it to grandma to come to the rescue! Great idea! I love tyour choice of material combinations. Great looking shorts and I bet some great looking grandsons! Best part was knowing the pleasure of receiving was as great as the pleasure of giving! You are a wonderful mother and grandmother!

Thanks for sharing!

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Very cool! I'm sure they will love these! What a fantastic granny you are. :-) I haven't sewn in so long, haven't even noticed the blends are out of style. This was a super smart compromise!