How cool is this? To demonstrate the many things that can be made from a plain old t-shirt (in this case, an exceptionally attractive one), Park Slope-based writer and craftmistress Megan Nicolay has made a tote bag from one of our Brokelyn 1.0 t-shirts, and we’re going to give it away to a lucky reader.
But first, more about Megan, the author of two books—Generation T, 108 Ways to Transform a T-shirt, and Generation T, Beyond Fashion: 120 New Ways to Transform a T-shirt (both from Workman Publishing)—that show how to fashion everyone’s favorite wardrobe staple into items ranging from quick, no-sew tops to an elaborately construct wedding dresses. With a few quick snips and stitches she can turn a humble top into something ready for a night out.
Megan discovered her talent as a teenager, when her father challenged her to use or lose a growing pile of old shirts in the closet. The initial heap was salvaged with batik, but her skills evolved with practice. Between the two books, there are nearly 230 projects to dig into (and even more on her website). The most impressive? It’s hard to choose one—aside from the Brokelyn tote—but who knew that a t-shirt could become a car mat? A plant hanger? A fully functioning cleaning lady? (Maybe next book…)
Megan’s books are available from major booksellers as well as independents. And as an early holiday gift, we’re going to give this amazing tote and (not one but) two books away to a highly fortunate email subscriber next week. To find out how to enter the giveaway, please join our email list by midnight on Wednesday, Nov. 4. All new and existing subscribers will be eligible, and you’ll be getting the contest details from us on Thursday, Nov. 5.