Upcycle Crafts – LI Summer News 12

Elizabeth Hashagen (News 12 Long Island) and Anne Caminiti ( Momee Friends of Long Island ) show you how to turn an old t-shirt into a durable bag and how to make fun necklaces for anyone to wear out of washers.


Upcycling is so much fun. Turn the old into new in a few simple steps. I bet you will not be able to stop making these once you give these crafts a try!

T-shirt Bags


Materials needed:

An old t-shirt


Fabric Paint or Markers (optional)

A no-sewing required craft that is fun for tweens, teens and adults. This craft is fun for girls and boys. Make a sports bag , gym bag, or a fashionable bag for your belongings. Use any shirt you would want to use it can be a solid or graphic tee. Make sure it is an adult size shirt (large, XL or larger work best). These sizes make larger bags to hold the items you may want to store in them.


First, turn your t-shirt inside out. Then, fold it in half.

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Cut the sleeves off the t-shirt.

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Then, cut off the collar of the shirt.

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Cut off about an inch of the shirt bottom. Put that piece aside we are going to use it, now.

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Pull the bottom of the shirt together and tie it with the inch of t-shirt you cut off.

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Cut off some of the extra length once you have the knot around the material of the shirt.

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Turn the bag inside out and Voila! You have made your bag.


Decorate it any way that you like or leave it be. I added our Momee Friends Sun on the front.

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Momee Friends has a group of kids ages 8 to 12 years old with our Discover LI youth group who have been making these bags throughout their summer program. Once complete the bags are being used to collect non- perishable items for LI Cares food pantries. The group has been inspired by their junior mentor, Lana Moreno of Lana’s Hunger Dream.

Read more about the group: here

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Washer Necklaces

Make a fun, fashionable necklace for boys or girls to wear.

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Materials Needed:

Flat Washers

Nail Polish

Embellishments of your choice (optional)

Necklace Cord


Decorate the washers with nail polish and embellishments for a fun and unique fashionable craft.

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See this pin on our Pinterest Board and how we got inspired to do this craft —> here

Sun Hats & Wellie Boots: Washer Necklaces for Kids to make:

The kids of our Discover LI Group have been creating these great necklaces throughout the summer program, too. They will be sold at our FUNdraiser. (details below)

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DISCOVER LI with Momee Friends Youth


The kids of our Discover LI Group are holding their own Get Fit FUNdraiser and Food Drive this Saturday, August 20th, 2016.

Hope you can join us! Details: here

August 20th fundraiser August 20th schedule of events

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Watch us on News 12 tomorrow with Elizabeth Hashagen!

There are 4 different segments… 5am to 9am on Thursday August 18th, 2016

We will be showing you all fun ways to enjoy the summer with crafts, games and more…

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