Friday, April 06, 2012

De-Boning A Shirt ---The Movie!

I have had the most RIDICULOUS time getting this thing to upload!

First off, I shouldn’t have removed it from my phone --- it would have been easier to send it straight to Youtube from the phone – but no—I thought I wanted it on the computer.

Okay – so I put it BACK on my phone….but now it wasn’t on my camera roll so I couldn’t upload it through youtube there.

I remembered I could upload using Windows Live, and that’s just what I did – but if you DO THIS, know that it will take more than an hour to upload a 7 minute video…and the whole time I was worried that I’d turn out SIDEWAYS when it finally posted because the rectangle viewer is sideways ---but…TADA!

So now I present to you: How to De-Bone a shirt, Quiltville style!

I really hate looking at myself on video, and I hate listening to my voice even more --- And I was trying to get this done quickly, so I think I’m talking fast-forward, but hopefully YOU will feel like you were there too!

Enjoy!!

Bonnie K Hunter, Demoing the Art of Shirt Deconstruction!

**Note** This video was filmed on the Butterworth Estate in Moline, Illinois --William Butterworth was the Grandson-in-Law of THE John Deere, the Tractor King, and took his turn as president of the John Deere Company. The guild meets for workshops in the "Garage" of the estate -- the weather was beautiful, the doors were wide open, and yes, you can hear motorcycles in the background ---it was a lovely spring day!

62 comments:

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Thanks. Love the motorcycle in the background.

Kay said...

Thank you for demonstrating De-Boning. I won't dread deconstucting anymore. Yay!

Jen said...

That was fun to watch! Thanks!

Kate said...

Bonnie - that is just awesome - 7 mins!! And I loved listening to you talk - I'm in Australia so the chances of being in a class with you are slim, but I kind of got a taste of it - nice!!!

Cathy44647 said...

Great job Bonnie! loved it! - can't wait to go get some shirts now!

The Thimblemouse of Country Crossroads said...

Great! *runs off to check out hubby's closet*

debbie m said...

Thanks Bonnie. I would have been fiddling with it all afternoon. I don't think you were talking too fast. If you talked slower you would have had to work slower. Awesome video.

LornaO said...

Thank you! I just put aside my first shirt to start using. :)

debbie m said...

Oh yeah, You can use the torn seam strips to tie plants up in the garden...tomatoes or glads, etc. They are much easier on the plants that plastic ties.

susaninfl said...

Bonnie, That's great! Thanks for doing this great demo. I just found 8 shirts for a few dollars. Can't wait to get them deboned.

Margaret said...

Good job. I never thought about using shirts for quilts. That would certainly help with my fabric budget. Thanks for the lesson. Want to come to my town and teach a class?

Laura said...

Thank you for posting this! It will be very useful for me.

treadle said...

Great Demo! Thanks so much....

Jennifer said...

What a great demo - I have never had th desire to do this before, but just might try it after watching. It might be good to release a little "after work tension too!

Kerry said...

Thanks Bonnie. I would never have thought to do that. You have me looking at my husband's wardrobe in a whole new way! Thanks from Australia....I read your posts regularly.

Kerry said...

Thanks Bonnie. I would never have thought to do that. You have me looking at my husband's wardrobe in a whole new way! Thanks from Australia....I read your posts regularly.

Sue in Scottsdale, AZ said...

Bonnie, that was wonderful. Thank you so much. I've been afraid to try it, but now I need to get to Goodwill and buy a couple of shirts. I think I will also steal one or two old shirts from my husband - hopefully, he'll never miss them!

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

AMAZING - 7 minutes and change! Loved it! Looks like a trip to the thrift shop will be added to the "errand" list REAL SOON! ;))

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I have watched a few other videos on Utube yours is the best.

Marsha said...

Love the video. Thank you Bonnie! Now to figure out how to cut the pieces!

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Thank you for posting this Bonnie. It was very helpful to see how you did this.
Judy

One Minnesota Quilter said...

Thank you for posting this Bonnie. It was very helpful to see how you did this.
Judy

Eccles said...

I'm in Oz. Fun video, great to see & hear you ;) Glad you took a breath :) Thank you for the "lesson".

Saska said...

I don't think I've even owned 3 rippers in my lifetime!

DH walked by and said "she's as crazy as you"!

Mary said...

Thanks Bonnie! Great video. You should see my cotton shirt collection :^) My son and husband go "shopping" in my laundry room where I have them washed and hanging on a rack until time to take apart for quilts.

Carolyn Edwards said...

Thanks for showing us how you do it. Certainly much easier than I originally thought. The links by e-mail to your blog are great!!!!
Carolyn

Vicky F said...

Hi Bonnie,
you did great. Just like we were there with you. I have been way to fussy in my cutting. Need to get ripping! Thanks.

Marj said...

Thanks for the lesson, I learned a quicker way to de-bone a shirt.

Lisa said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for this video! Amazing! I'm a visual learner and this makes sense to me. The length of time of the video shows how little time it takes to do this. No wonder you're teacher of the year! :)

Coloradolady said...

What a fantastic idea!!

Anonymous said...

Bonnie you are amazing!

-Melinda E.

Suzy said...

Excellent! Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge! :o)

Kerri said...

That was so fun and informative!! Thanks

Marsha said...

I loved your video, it is really informative and fun to watch you at work!

Janet O. said...

I have taken apart lots of shirts, but I learned many shortcuts from this! Thanks.
It was fun to feel like I was part of a "Bonnie" class, too!

justreadit said...

Thanks for sharing, Bonnie! My pile of shirts doesn't look so daunting now. I'll be saving more of the fabric from them, too! :)

dakotaessence said...

GREAT instructions Bonnie. Thank you very much!
~Jillian in North Dakota

Anonymous said...

you remind me of Samatha Brick.

Tina ~ Seaside Stitches said...

That was awesome! It's amazing how small the trash pile is.

DonnaP said...

A great video! And I loved listening to your voice as I've never heard it before! Thanks so much!

quiltacademy2012 said...

Perfect timesaver tips! Most grateful for the tip on how to remove the pocket! It's not worth the effort on the pocket triangle -- just snip and leave the hole.

debbie said...

great instructions. It took me much longer when I did my pile of
shirts. Now I'll have to go get some more so I can try it this way.

Brown Dirt Cottage said...

Wow, thanks so much!! I never thought about just ripping it...a duh!

Nancy James said...

Thanks Bonnie! I didn't think of ripping the seams off, duh. I was gonna use a seam ripper. You have saved me lots of time.
Nancy James

Sandi Smith said...

Thanks, Bonnie. Time is money and I have lots of my dad's shirts that I've been procrasinating on. You're such an inspiration.

Anonymous said...

Awesome idea and more recycling too.

Peg in NY said...

I'm running to the local clothing depot where i can buy shirts for a quarter. Great idea and thanks for sharing this deboning tecnique.

qltmom9 said...

That's how I do it, but I ~love~ seeing you and I ~love~ your voice. ENORMOUS FUN! That was a blast. Thank you, Bonnie. I'm not quite as fast at it as you are, but I SO enjoy using shirts as you've taught.

Lucy~

Jess said...

Thank you for the video. I was deboning a few of my own shirts and it was taking for ever. THanks so much.

Mary said...

I really like your de-boning video. But I also LOVE your purple (magenta?) shoelaces. Style!!

Marianne said...

Lucky you! The shirts at my local Goodwill here in Florida are $5.00 apiece!

mary said...

Thanks so much, I too was trying to do it with my seam ripper, noew all I need is a bag sale, shirts here go for 6.99 and up.

Helen in the UK said...

Loved seeing you 'in action' :)

Bonnie said...

This is so great. I wasn't able to attend your workshops in Moline due to a family illness. This made me feel as though I got to attend some of it at least. Really enjoyed hearing you and watching the shirt become a pile of usable fabric. Thanks

Ray said...

Love the video!!! Thanks so much for posting it! :-)

JaneB said...

So helpful and inspiring. I have 3 shirts just waiting for the inspiration to de-bone them. Love it! Thanks so much.

Lorraine said...

I've deconstrcuted shirts and you just saved me "SO MUCH TiME" thank you

a Matula ikrek said...

Great job, Bonnie. We used to do almost the same way, just didn't use to use the collars. We just wish if we had enough time for those magic stripey things but usually we use man's shirts for making kids trousers and sometimes skirts. I hope, you don't mind, if I put a link to this video in my tutorial of making a little skirt from a shirt's back. I put a link to your blog also.
Regards from Hungary :o)

Loris said...

Great video, Bonnie! I just de-boned my first shirt with you :-)

JeanInMaine said...

I love this video! I've watched it several times because I seem to forget about a few of the tricks you use doing it so every few months before I start in on a stack of shirts I try to rewatch it. Thank you so much for taking the time to make and upload the video.

Jess said...

Thank you a thousand times over!!! I have been searching high and wide for a good tutorial for "deboning" a men's shirt!! I have a huge box of my grandpa's shirts and have wanted to do something special with them (he passed away in 2009) but have been scared to pieces to cut them for fear of wasting them/ruining the fabric!! Thanks to your awesome tutorial, and awesome website, I am not quite so intimidated now!!! ;)

Jessica King said...

Again, thank you so much! I wanted to share a link to my blog where I have linked to this video, with full credit to you!!
Thanks so much!!