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Recycled Craft: Men’s Shirt Upcycled into a Balsam Saché

There are several things on our list this time of year. Some might include inexpensive stocking stuffers, DIY teacher gift, hostess gift or what does my husband need for Christmas. Sound at all familiar?
Here’s my thought for the day. Go to the closet of the man of the house and raid it. Any worn or stained shirts needing to be replaced? Check. Great! Here’s how we’re going to upcycle the old dress shirt:

Make balsam sachés! A perfect, DIY and inexpensive gift for people on your list that you may not know very well – like your kid’s bus driver!

Here’s what you’ll need:
Sewing machine
old men’s shirt (or appropriate reclaimed fabric)
Balsam Fir
To embellish: add ribbon, buttons, embroidery thread, pom poms

If you’re looking for the balsam fir filler, I found some through my Amazon associates program. One bag of balsam fir filler will make about 10 sachés. When using recycled fabric, this works out to less than $2.00 a gift. Seriously, you cannot go wrong with this one.

To make the saché sack on the left, you’ll need to make a drawstring bag. For a free drawstring bag pattern, see Eve of Reduction’s post The only Bag Sewing Patterns You’ll Ever Need: Part 1 of 2

To make the balsam fir pillow on the right, cut two squares of fabric and sew three of the sides. Fill the open side with balsam and sew closed.

Are you wondering what creative way you can use your fabric scraps? Cut strips of fabric from your old shirt and use it as an alternative to ribbon when you wrap gifts.
Here’s what you’ll really love – a recycled shirts is a ribbon and gift tag in one!

Eve of Reduction: Free Seasonal E-Newsletter; Extra tips and wit on Facebook; Reduction Beauty on Pinterest ; The debut DIY lifestyle book (includes 10 upcycling tutorials); and the guide to creative streams of income ebook (only $2.99).

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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