I see no reason to have my shirts ironed. It’s irrational.
I have a stash of men’s cotton shirts, and I hack them up when the mood takes me.
Karen Ellis [RUDE Girl] / Textile Hacker
RUDE Girl has been rescuing men’s cotton and linen shirts from landfill fate for a couple of years. All shirts are soaked, washed and line dried. And then these are stashed in the cane basket [also saved from landfill fate]. Once this basket is full, I know it is time to re-create. No more shirts are rescued from anywhere, if this basket is full to the brim. That’s how I keep my studio textile piles manageable.
Shirt collar bags can be expensive to make, especially if you are purchasing secondhand shirts from charity stores. My very first bag took 14 shirt collars!!
The more pricey charity stores, sell shirts from $5 to $8 sometimes more, depending on the size and quality. Therefore if you are keen to make a bag like this, check out other ways and means of scrounging for free and/or cheaper priced shirts.
Photo below: Another RUDE shirt collar bag took eight shirt collars to make it.
Not all shirt collars are the same size which can result in construction issues when making this type of bag. And I strongly advise that you will need a semi-industrial sewing machine with a size 16 needle, to get through the thicknesses, as you attempt to join the collars together.
Check out some of RUDE Girl’s shirt collar dillybags in this video here.
Beat The Man by making your own ready lined fabric for projects, using shirt collars and cuffs.