Dreamcatchers are everywhere right now – and they can serve a very practical purpose if you have kids in the house. Catch those nightmares, filter out the bad, and keep kids safe and secure in their beds each night. As long as they believe in it, it’s worth it!
I wanted to make an easy dreamcatcher with a little more personality – and without all of the knotting. It turns out all you need to do is scour your thrifty Savers for the coolest t-shirts ever, then upcycle them into an even better dreamcatcher.
WithNational Thrift Shop Day scheduled on August 17, Savers is challenging people to show they Give a Sh!rt about their clothing footprint by making their next new t-shirt a thrifted one, and donating items they no longer need rather than throwing them in the garbage. I donated some old t-shirts and grabbed a couple “new-to-us” shirts for this craft project. I was particularly excited to find two embroidered t-shirts that fit the dreamcatcher theme perfectly – and they were under five bucks each! I even found the big embroidery hoop there.
Plus, I snagged some sweet clothes for Birdie and myself too (including some Lucky and Seven for All Mankind Jeans!). And by donating your clothes to Savers’ nonprofit partners, instead of ditching them, you can help keep hundreds of millions of tons of reusable clothing from piling up in our landfills every year. It really is a great – and enjoyable – way to live green.
So let’s make some dreamcatchers, shall we?
What you’ll need:
- Old T-shirt
- Embroidery hoop(s)
- Wood beads with 1/8” hole or larger
- Needle with a large eye
- Good fabric scissors
What you’ll do:
First, cut the front of your t-shirt away from the back. You’ll only need the front piece with the image.
Then, take apart the embroidery hoop by loosening the screw at the top. Place the inner hoop under the image on the shirt, and line it up just how you want it. Then, place the outer embroidery hoop over the top, adjust, stretch the fabric into place, and tighten the screw at the top.
Trim off the bottom edge seam of the t-shirt and discard.
Cut the bottom of the t-shirt – the part sticking out of the bottom of the embroidery hoop – into thin strips. It’s best if they’re somewhere between ¼” and ½” wide. Especially when you’re trying to thread the needle!
Once you’ve cut the number of strips you want (mine averaged around 16-18 strips for each dreamcatcher), you can flip over the dreamcatcher, and trim off all the extra t-shirt parts.
Now, string your beads. Depending on the size of the t-shirt strips, you may not need to add a knot at the end of each strip. But it will be the most stable if you do.
If you’d like to add feathers – I’ve found the large, ¾” beads with 1/8” holes are the perfect size to hide the end of the feather. Just string the bead onto the t-shirt strip, then poke the end of the feather into the bottom of the bead. Finish by tying the excess T-shirt strip around the feather.
If you want to get really fancy –or if your t-shirt is a little plain – you can add a second embroidery hoop in the middle, and even more beads! Check out this dreamcatcher:
Thanks for hanging out with us today – now go find some T-shirts and get making!
A big thank you to Savers for their support of this project. As always, all opinions are my own.