Scissors turn old T-shirt into beachwear

In a few minutes, a scissors can help you to create another wardrobe accessory.

tip on what to do with an old t-shirt

If you liked last week's tip from Susie Beam about how to make picture frames using empty pasta boxes, we've got great news. The creative Nazareth resident had one more trick to show us that will turn an old T-shirt into a fashionable wardrobe accessory.

Susie wasn't going to let us leave her house until she showed us this clever tip. She even bribed our son to stay longer by giving him candy and letting him play pinball in her basement. He didn't want to leave.

"I can show how to turn a plain old T-shirt into a fashion statement," Susie said.

Some of you are probably rummaging through your dresser drawers right now.

Susie starts with the old shirt, some chalk and scissors.

She uses the chalk to draw a line down the front middle of the shirt and then a semicircle on each side to remove the sleeves.

You cut the sleeves off and trim three rings from each of them. Cut a vertical line in the front of the shirt to turn it into a vest. Then you use the rings from the sleeves to tie up the back and shoulders of your new vest.

Voila! A stylish accessory for the pool, beach or gym.

Susie shows you how to make the T-shirt vest in a video at mcall.com/onthecheap. It only took her a few minutes. She's pretty handy with scissors.

We did some number-crunching in the On The Cheap lab and figure this tip would save you $399 over 20 years if it kept you from buying a similar garment for the pool each year.

Now for some feedback.

We heard from a few readers after sharing a tip from Marilyn Sullivan of Nazareth about the book-swapping website paperbackswap.com. Several readers suggested library rummage sales as a great place to find books you want to own.

And one reminded us that it you want to borrow, the free library is still your best bet.

"Why don't you advise anyone who wants to save money on books of all descriptions to simply go to the local library," wrote Dorothy McCall. "So much more than books are available there, saving money on videos, CDs and use of computers, to say nothing of supporting this valuable resource that is open to everyone. And, no postage necessary."

And then we received a great tip from Julie Kell in Bethlehem about saving on fabric softener.

"I have been using old wash cloths as dryer sheets for years," Julie said. "I don't know if you have had this suggestion before, but it works great. A little fabric softener like Downey on the wash cloth, throw it into the dryer with your wet clothes, and not only are your clothes feeling softer and smelling nice, static cling is gone too. This is cost effective because I don't buy dryer sheets. And a bottle of fabric softener has lasted me literally years."

We shared a similar tip from Diane Warner of Plainfield Township back in 2010. Except Diane used a sock instead of a washcloth. Still, a bottle of fabric softener lasted her more than two years.

Send your tips: spencer.soper@mcall.com, 610-820-6694 or P.O. Box 1260 Allentown, 18105

Facebook: Type "On The Cheap" in the Facebook search box and check under pages.

Videos: mcall.com/onthecheap

T-shirt savings

Cheapster: Susie Beam of Nazareth

Tip: New wardrobe accessory

Estimated savings: $399 over 20 years

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