The Interior Frugalista

Easy DIY Fall Wreath With Repurposed Flannel Shirt Sleeves

Are you like me and try not to let anything go to waste? I do my fair share of donating items we no longer need but what about saving old clothes just for the fabric? Because you never know when that fabric will come in handy, am I right?

Like when I turned an old sweater into pretty white Sweater Pumpkins. Or when I made my Mom an Alzheimer's Busy Blanket with zippers and pockets and buttons from some of her old clothing. Or like last week when I lined a wooden trunk with an old flannel shirt.

After finishing the trunk lining, I was left with just the shirt collar and two sleeves. Not wanting those to go to waste, I repurposed them into an Easy DIY Flannel Fall Wreath that can be made in about 10 minutes.
Easy DIY Fall Wreath With Repurposed Flannel Shirt Sleeves
And aside from being quick and easy, it's super inexpensive too because other than the flannel, everything to make it was purchased at the dollar store.
Fall Flannel Wreath Materials
I did end up using more Fall florals than pictured above because I found it a little too sparse for my taste buds. Thankfully during my trip to the dollar store, I bought way more than I needed because you never know when inspiration will strike for another Fall project.

I've included a Materials List at the bottom of this post for your convenience.
Easy Fall Flannel Shirt Sleeve Wreath

Easy DIY Fall Wreath With Repurposed Flannel Shirt Sleeves

Contained Straw On Fall Wreath form

Step 1 - Contain straw in wreath form

Straw wreaths are very messy and so to keep the straw from getting everywhere while you work, wrap the wreath form in plastic kitchen wrap.
Shirt Sleeves Cut For Fall Flannel Wreath

Step 2 - Cut shirt sleeves

In order to wrap the shirt sleeves around the straw wreath form, simply cut the back side of the sleeves as pictured above.
Flannel Shirt Sleeve Cuff for DIY Fall Wreath

Step 3 - Close gap on cuffs

So the plastic wrapped wreath form doesn't peer through any gaps, run a bead of hot glue on the inside of each cuff to close the opening.
Shirt Sleeves Wrapped On DIY Flannel Wreath

Step 4 - Wrap shirt sleeves around wreath form

Wrap the sleeve over the wreath form and fold the raw edges inside. Overlap the pieces and tack in place with a bead of hot glue. No need to be fussy because you won't see it from the front but we wary not to wrap the sleeve too tight or too loose (pictured above).

Overlap the second shirt cuff over the raw edge of the first sleeve and repeat the previous step (pictured below).
Second shirt sleeve wrapped on Flannel Fall Wreath
When you reach the cuff of the first sleeve, unbutton the cuff and fold open. Cut the excess fabric on the second sleeve and glue in place (as pictured below).
Joining shirt sleeves on DIY Fall Wreath
Fold the cuff over the raw fabric on the first sleeve and button the cuff (as pictured below).
Flannel shirt sleeves wrapped around DIY Fall Wreath
And your wreath should look like this when it's finished.
Easy Fall wreath using two flannel shirt sleeves
Now for the shirt collar that we salvaged...
Salvaged flannel shirt collar Fall wreath hanger

Step 5 - Shirt collar hanger

Simply wrap the shirt collar around the top of the wreath and button closed. Can't get any easier than that!
Dollar store floral picks embellish Flannel Fall Wreath

Step 6 - Embellish wreath with Fall florals

Starting with the largest florals, mine are yellow sunflowers, cut the stems and glue three centered between the top shirt cuff and the bottom of the wreath.

Arrange floral picks at different lengths, starting with the longest secure to the wreath behind the sunflowers. You will need to secure them towards the top of the pick as well to hold them in place.

Floral Tip: Arrange florals in groups of three.

Arrange the next group of floral picks slightly lower, also securing behind the sunflowers. Keep repeating until the florals are nice and full (as pictured above).

Repeat on the opposite side of the sunflowers (as pictured below).
DIY Fall Wreath using flannel shirt sleeves and dollar store floral picks
Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Materials List

Flannel Shirt Sleeves and Collar
Floral Wire Cutters
Hot Glue Gun (my personal preference)
Fabric Sewing Scissors
Large Straw Wreath Form
Fall Floral Picks
Artificial Sunflowers

Easy 10 Minute DIY Fall Flannel Wreath
Have I inspired you to dig through your closet or your fabric scrap bin to find a flannel shirt you can repurpose into a Fall Wreath? Flannel shirts make great winter and/or holiday wreaths too. If you like this idea, pin it for later and/or share it with a friend.
Easy DIY Fall Wreath Before and After
I'm curious if you have a salvaged garment pin at your house? What sorts of crafts have you made with an old shirt? Have you ever used a shirt to make a seasonal wreath and if so, for what season? I'd love to hear about it in the comment section below.

You will find this project linked to these fabulous PARTIES.

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Talk Of The Town Party #94

Our thoughts are with those affected by the terrible fires in California, it is heartbreaking. Thank you to everyone linking up with us, the Fall and Halloween creativity shared the last several weeks have been amazing and looking forward to seeing the holiday projects soon.

Welcome back to Talk of the Town!

First, let's take a look at what you may have missed from your party hosts!

Here's what we're talking about from last week's party!

Cheesy Bacon Twice Baked Potato Bites - Ann's Entitled Life 
Chocolate Surprise Bars - Simply Stacie 
Fall Spiced Cider Punch - Premeditated Leftovers 
Meatloaf Cupcakes - Cincy Shopper

Now, it's your turn!
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***Please note: we have added a new guideline. Please keep in mind that linking up with stock photography or using photos without express permission by the photo owner is not allowed. Links of stock photography or photos that are not owned by you will be removed without notification.***
TotT Something to talk about

PLEASE NOTE – There are now *2* separate link ups;
the first is for DIY/Vintage/Repurposed links and the second for recipes.
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How To Line A Trunk With A Flannel Shirt

Ever thought about using clothing to line furniture? Either did I until recently when I had two projects back-to-back. Today is our monthly Thrifty Chicks challenge and the task is to upcyle/recycle a flannel shirt.

You may remember last week I turned a wooden case into a rustic trunk table? The inside of that trunk needed some tender loving care and instead of refreshing it with paint, I decided to make another trip to the Goodwill. Today I'm going to show you how to line a trunk with an old flannel shirt.
How To Line Trunk With Flannel Shirt
In case you missed it, here is the link to my post How To Turn A Wooden Case Into A Rustic Trunk Table.

This is what the wooden case looked like on the inside before...
Wooden Trunk Interior Before Lined With Flannel Shirt

How To Line A Trunk With An Old Flannel Shirt

Trunk Lined With Front of Buttoned Flannel Shirt
Like the exterior of the case, once I rubbed the wood with Daddy Van's Shadow Black wax, I fell in love with the patina and wanted to keep as much of it exposed as possible.

I loved the French vineyard decal that I added to the front of the case to disguise the etched company logo so much, I added another to the inside of the case.
Trunk Table Interior With French Vineyard Label
Before I get into the details of how I lined the trunk with an old flannel shirt, I should tell you a little about the Thrifty Chicks group. On the second Wednesday of every month, my creative junk loving friends and I come together to transform, upcycle or repurpose a junk find based on a theme. As I mentioned above, this month the theme is Flannel.
Thrifty Chicks Monthly Themed Blog Hop
At the end of this post, I've included a materials list for your information. To line the case I used a men's large flannel shirt.
Men's Flannel Shirt To Line Wooden Trunk Table
Now let's get to the meat and potatoes of how I lined the trunk.

Step 1 - Wash and iron

As you would any garment purchased second hand, throw it in the washing machine. I added vinegar to the rinse cycle because I'm just fussy like that.

Iron shirt on the cotton setting with steam. I went the extra mile by spraying it with Lavender Water so you're surprised with a lovely scent when opening the trunk. I know lavender is a little feminine for such a masculine looking trunk but it's the only scented water I had on hand.
Flannel Shirt Ironed For Trunk Table Liner

Step 2 - Cut shirt

First, do up the buttons on the shirt and cut along the side seams, around the armholes and collar. I've got plans for those two sleeves and maybe the collar but more about that in an upcoming post.
Flannel Shirt Cut Up For Lining Trunk Table

Step 3 - Create a pattern

Using brown kraft paper, create a pattern for the sides and bottom of the case. Cut the paper slightly larger than you need and place against the inside of the trunk. Rub your fingers along the paper at all the joints to get an imprint of the exact measurement of each piece, folding the paper as you work.

You'll notice there is wood trim around the top of the inside of the trunk. I decided to leave it natural and line beneath it with fabric.
Making Kraft Paper Pattern For Lining Trunk With Flannel Shirt
Be sure to label each of the pattern pieces.
Pattern for Lining Trunk With Flannel Shirt

Step 4 - Rigid backing

Trace the paper pattern on something rigid like corrugated plastic and carefully cut the pieces with a retractable utility knife.
Backing For Lining Trunk With Flannel Shirt

Step 5 - Cut the fabric

  • Lay the side pattern onto the BACK piece of the flannel shirt. 
  • Line it up straight with the pattern on the fabric.
  • Note: try to match the pattern on the fabric with each piece.
  • Cut the fabric approximately 2-inches larger than the pattern pieces on all four sides.

Step 6 - Front and back pieces

  • Start with the back piece.
  • Place the corrugated pattern on top of the fabric (good side facing towards the work surface).
  • Line up the pattern on the shirt so it's straight and fold over the back.
  • Run a bead of hot glue to secure.
  • Repeat on the bottom, making sure the fabric is straight and taut.
  • Fold the ends of the fabric much like wrapping a present (as pictured below).
  • Repeat the steps above for the front piece. Remember to line up the fabric so the pattern matches the back piece. 
Cover Backing With Flannel Shirt To Line Trunk
  • Run a bead of hot glue on the top and bottom of the back piece and place inside the trunk.
  • Repeat for the front piece.

Step 8 - Side Pieces

  • Important: Once the long pieces are installed, the corrugated side pattern pieces will most likely have to be trimmed to accommodate the bulk of the fabric.
  • Trim the side pieces with the retractable utility knife in small increments until you get the perfect fit.
  • Repeat Step 7. 

Flannel Shirt Lined Sides Of Trunk Table

Step 9 - Bottom Piece

  • Like in Step 8, the bottom corrugated plastic pattern piece will have to be trimmed both vertically and horizontally to accommodate the bulk fabric.
  • Cut it with the retractable utility knife in small increments until you get the perfect fit.
  • Hot glue the buttonhole piece closed (as pictured below).
Glue Flannel Shirt Buttonholes For Trunk Liner
  • Center the button holes on the corrugated bottom piece and add a dab of hot glue to hold in place.
  • Flip it over and finish gluing the top of fabric in place.
  • Make sure the pattern is straight and taut before gluing.
  • Fold and glue the sides like in Step 7.
  • Push the bottom in place. It should be a tight enough that you won't need to glue in place.
Flannel Shirt Front Lined Trunk Table

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links so you can see what products I used or recommend to complete this project. What that means is that if you click on one of the product links, I may receive a small portion of any sales at no additional cost to you to support the costs of running this site. See my disclosure policy page.

Materials List

Men's L or XL Flannel Shirt
Brown Kraft Paper
Corrugated plastic sheet
Retractable Utility Knife
Sewing Scissors For Fabric
Hot Glue Gun

Flannel Shirt Lined Trunk Table
In case you missed it, last month's Thrifty Chicks challenge was Chalkboard. I repurposed two cabinet doors into a Chalkboard Message Center to go with the Student Desk That Went All Glam that I recently refinished for a girl's room.

If you like the idea of lining a trunk or perhaps a suitcase or furniture drawer with a flannel shirt, please share it with a friend and/or save it on Pinterest.
How To Line A Trunk With A Flannel Shirt
Please join me in visiting my friend's blogs to see what they did with their flannel shirts.
Thrifty Chicks Flannel Challenge
An Easy Way To Make Cozy Fall Flannel Placemats by Shoppe No. 5
3 Fall DIYs - 1 Thrifted Flannel Shirt by Adirondack Girl At Heart
Will Be Back Next Month by Just The Woods
Add Flouncy Sleeves To Flannel Shirt by Lora B. Create & Ponder
How To Line A Trunk With A Flannel Shirt by The Interior Frugalista
5 Things To Make With One Flannel Shirt by The Vintage Cottage

You will find this project linked to these fabulous PARTIES.

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