A week of t-shirt upcycling tutorials: Day 2 – the tank top

All this week, we’ll be showing you how you can upcycle old t-shirts into a variety of things like bags and scarves.

Today’s project is the tank top!

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A week of t-shirt upcycling tutorials: Day 1 – Intro

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

This simple concept is the inspiration behind the Earth Day Omaha activities: turning a t-shirt in to a tank top, tote bag, scarf, headband, or bracelet. No sewing, no gluing! You only need a t-shirt, a pair of scissors, and access to the Goodwill blog, where all this week, we’ll be sharing the instructions on how to make these great t-shirt projects.

Not only do you get to reuse an old t-shirt and repurpose it in to a fashionable, fun, and useful item, you are able divert the amount of trash going to a landfill and reduce the new materials you are consuming.

Come back tomorrow when we walk you through the steps to create a tank top, and come back each day until Friday to learn how to make scarves, headbands and tote bags!

Join us for Earth Day Omaha

Goodwill is excited to be a part of Earth Day Omaha this year!

Earth Day Omaha will be held this Saturday (April 20th) from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Elmwood Park in Omaha. The event will have food, drinks and activities. We will have fun (and easy) craft projects made from upcycled Goodwill t-shirts.

Goodwill employees have been busy this week planning for Earth Day Omaha, which has included testing the craft instructions! We made some wonderful tank tops, bracelets, bags, scarves, and headbands-all from old tshirts. See for yourself:

Come join us at the Goodwill booth on Saturday, make a fashionable item for yourself or a loved one, and learn a little more about Goodwill’s recycling efforts.

High school designers and Goodwill come together at Style Proud!

The winning designers pose with event hosts Mulberry Lane

The second annual Style Proud! event was held Thursday at UNO. Nearly 200 students from Omaha and Millard Public Schools packed the room for a runway show complete with repurposed clothes purchased from Goodwill’s Benson Park Plaza store at 72nd and Ames Avenue.

Style Proud! is a unique event that gives young, aspiring fashion stars the chance to design their own clothes. A group of 30 students came to Goodwill in January and picked out pieces to serve as the base of their outfits. After months of work, the fashions were ready to be displayed.

Models walked the runway in the outfits designed by Omaha North High students, and a panel of judges — including 16 year-old designer Kate Walz and Omaha Fashion Week founder Nick Hudson — watched intently. Musical group Mulberry Lane emceed and treated the crowd to an acapella version of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop.”

At the event, Goodwill showed what $30 or less could buy you at some of our stores. Dresses, skirts, and shoes were the envy of event attendees. We raffled off a $50 Goodwill gift card to one lucky attendee, who would be able to purchase two full stylish outfits with her winnings. All exhibitors spoke with the students and gave advice about potential careers in fashion.

The crowd cheered as the styled models walked the catwalk. While there were only three winners, all of the students shined bright as their own signature dresses, pants, jackets, and shirts walked down the runway. Congrats to all!

10 Valentine’s Day projects made from Goodwill finds

from A Night Owl

As part of her “Thrifty Thursday” series, Kimberly at the A Night Owl blog has a fun list of ten DIY Valentine’s Day projects made from Goodwill finds.

Hi friends! It’s Thrifty Thursday again, and since we’re in Valentines mode (have you been following along with the fabulous 14 Days of Valentines series?), I thought I would round up some fabulous projects that were done with items from Goodwill – or that could be from Goodwill! Let’s save those bucks this holiday season, but still decorate and celebrate in style!

The projects include a cupcake stand, Valentine’s mailboxes, a chandelier and Valentine’s Day teacups (seen at right).

Check out all ten at A Night Owl (including a plug for our very own Goodwill Valentine’s Day cards!).