No-Sew T-Shirt DIY Project

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 22, 2016

DIY Workout T-Shirt

Earlier this month we shared some simple no-sew t-shirt modification ideas from some of our favorite blogs. Having just found a Sounders FC shirt at Goodwill that I liked—but didn’t quite fit as well as I liked—I decided to try my hand at the DIY Workout Shirt from Rabbit Food for my Bunny Teeth.

This project was certainly as easy as she made it look!

I trimmed the sleeves and collar off—leave the shoulders a bit thicker than the original tutorial showed, and leave the underarm a little higher so it doesn’t scoop as low beneath the arm. Since I like extra length on my shirt, I didn’t trim the bottom hem off, and used the extra fabric from the sleeves to tie the back.

This project took me about ten minutes from the time I took the scissors and shirt out to the time I put the modified shirt on. Check out my version in the images below—scarves up, Seattle! 

DIY Workout T-Shirt - How To

I’m looking forward to wearing this out on hikes, camping—and maybe to a Sounders game on a hot summer day! 

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Goodwill DIY: 5 ways to no-sew modify a t-shirt

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 17, 2016

GoodwillDIY T-Shirt Mods

One thing that’s an incredibly easy find at any Goodwill store is a solid t-shirt. There are funny ones, ironic ones, cute ones, plain ones, throwback ones, local ones, foreign ones, ones with someone else’s last name… Goodwill is an unceasing goldmine of all things t-shirt.

So—this summer, while we’re talking about many of the nifty #GoodwillDIY projects you can do, here are a few that can be accomplished with nothing but a t-shirt and a pair of scissors (which, of course, can also be found at Goodwill).WobiSobi_ShoulderTieSHOULDER TIED T-SHIRTWobiSobi
This tied sleeve pattern can be used on its own with an oversized men’s t, or with other tie/braid patterns. Easy, quick, and totally doable no matter what level of a DIY-er you are.

RabbitFoodformyBunnyTeeth_WorkoutShirtDIY WORKOUT SHIRTRabbit Food for My Bunny Teeth
This only takes a couple of minutes to do—and is great for just about any sunny day excursion!

ILoveToCreate_GlueResistShirtGLUE-RESIST ALTERED T-SHIRTILoveToCreate.Com
This DIY altered t-shirt takes a little extra time—and a few extra supplies (look in our crafts section for glue and dye!)—but looks so cool with the rich, vibrant colors and self-made patterns. Pick your own pattern—whether it’s abstract and free or something like chevron or stripes. Bonus: This one has a suggested no-sew alteration—but keep in mind you can dye the shirt, and use any cut and tie pattern that you want!

Refinery29_CutOutShirtDIY CUT OUT T-SHIRTRefinery29
While you’re hunting for the perfect t-shirt for this project, don’t forget to find the perfect shirt to wear underneath it! This one is all cutting, no tying—and can be done in 15 minutes or so. (PS. We think this might look awesome over a tie dyed shirt!)

AllDayChic_LadderWeaveShirtT-SHIRT RESTYLING IDEAAll Day Chic
Add a little sass to a fitted women’s t-shirt with a simple ladder weave pattern! You can also use this pattern down sleeves, or across the upper chest on a t-shirt that has a higher collar.


BONUS: Now that you’ve got some spare sleeves lying around, make a headband!

If you’re into upcycling and no-sew fashion, check out our Goodwill Design Challenge and No-Sew Refashion Contest! It’s an excellent opportunity to get inspired by other upcycle fashionistas, and get involved by creating your own no-sew fashions with a chance to win a Goodwill gift card and tickets to attend the Glitter Gala

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How to support Goodwill on Amazon Prime Day

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 11, 2016

Are you an Amazon Prime member? July 12 is Amazon’s second annual Prime Day—a day of some serious deals exclusively for Amazon Prime members. If you’re planning to partake in the flash sales and major discounts, consider using your desktop (or a mobile browser, rather than the app) and going to to make your purchases.

AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support your favorite charitable organization—365 days a year—simply by doing your regular Amazon shopping. Amazon donates .5% of the purchase price for all eligible purchases to your selected non-profit organization. When shopping #PrimeDay on Amazon Smile, you can select Seattle Goodwill as your charity of choice, and every purchase you make will support our job training and education programs!

Here’s an easy tutorial to support Seattle Goodwill when you shop Amazon:How to shop AmazonSmileHow to shop AmazonSmile:

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Amazon credentials.
  3. Search “Seattle Goodwill” to find us.
  4. Select “Seattle Goodwill.
  5. Shop!

All you have to remember is to start shopping from instead of If you’ve got Amazon saved as a favorite—just delete the old favorite, and replace it with AmazonSmile—and you’ll always be supporting Seattle Goodwill when you shop Amazon! Purchases are still Prime-eligible.

And don’t forget! When you shop Goodwill—or AmazonSmile—you’re supporting students like Leah, who came to Goodwill looking for direction in her life—and found so much more. Watch her story below.

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Goodwill DIY: Porch & Patio Projects

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 6, 2016

This summer we’re celebrating all things DIY (do-it-yourself)—and introducing a new permanent page on our website, our Goodwill DIY page! Throughout the year, it’ll have rotating seasonal themes—right now we’re talking about ways to upcycle Goodwill finds into summer fun.

Our region spans densely urban areas, as well as rural areas. As we were looking at outdoor garden and patio themed DIY projects, we wanted to choose ones that would work well in big and small yards alike—and some that would work for those with no yard at all. Check out our SPEED.I.Y Herb & Succulent Garden created by Gold Standard Workshop, and find some of our favorite patio and garden DIY projects below.


DIY Triangle Gold Foil PlanterGold Standard Workshop
You’ll see some of this project in the video above, but the blog contains some more specific DIY instructions with a list of things you’ll need. Terra cotta pots are an easy find at Goodwill!

DIY Wine Bottle TorchesWhen The Pigs Fly
This project is super easy and quick—and it’ll add light to your porch or patio without adding a whole lot of cost to the décor. You can also take this one a step further by painting the wine bottles to match your color theme!

How to Make a Tabletop Fire PitDunn DIY
This is an excellent step-by-step tutorial that will leave you with a cute little tabletop fire pit! You can find a number of the materials needed—like plastic bowls, buckets, and cutting pliers, at Goodwill.

Prism Candle LightDIY Ready
These easy-to-do prism candle lights add just the right amount of ambient light to your outdoor seating to keep the conversation going as the sun sets. Most of the supplies can be easily found at Goodwill between the housewares and crafting aisles.

Upcycle Glass Bottles into a Garden BorderThe Greenbacks Gal
Have a garden area, but no border on it? Start saving those wine and beer bottles—and swing by Goodwill for some more. Check out the photos from The Greenbacks Gal to see how to turn glass bottles into your garden border.

Wind Chime ProjectsOutdoor Theme
Be sure to scroll through the photos at the bottom! Make a unique wind chime for your outdoor space with upcycled kitchen utensils, terra cotta pots, or bicycle gears!

DIY Citronella CandlesGarden Therapy
This is a borderline necessity for patios in the PNW—keep the mosquitos at bay! You can easily do this project in unique jars or bowls—and there is almost always an abundance of candles just waiting to be melted down and reworked at Goodwill.

Upcycled Garden Planters – HGTV & DIY Network
The two blogs above have a lot of similar (wonderful) ideas on objects that can be turned into your small-space garden—or an accent in a larger yard. Whoever thought of using a pair of heels as a planter? From birdcages to old chairs—if it can hold dirt (and let water drain), it can be a planter!

We’d love to see some of YOUR summertime DIY projects! Share them with us on Instagram by tagging @SeattleGoodwill and using the hashtag #GoodwillDIY. 

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4th of July Fireworks around the Puget Sound

by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
July 1, 2016

Who’s ready for the long weekend, some grilled goodness, and fireworks? The 4th of July is less than a week away, and we couldn’t be more ready for it! This year, our stores will be open 9 am – 6pm, and you’ll get 50% off all clothes and furniture (excluding blue, orange, yellow, and black tags, and outlet stores)—and blue tagged items will be $1.79. So before the fireworks start, swing by for some excellent deals—and maybe a blanket, a picnic basket, and some red, white, and blue apparel to celebrate the day with.

Not sure where to watch a fireworks display? Here’s a list of firework displays in our region—all events are free to attend.

Seattle has one major fireworks display each year that can be seen from a number of places throughout the city. Seafair Summer Fourth actually starts at noon at Gas Works Park with live music, food vendors,  beer gardens, and more. Admission is free. The fireworks will start around 10:20pm, and can be seen from just about anywhere with a view of Lake Union.

Some other popular viewing points include: Lake Union Park, and on Capitol Hill along Melrose Ave E, on the Lakeview Blvd E overpass, and Harvard Ave E, and numerous spots on the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop—including some lakefront street ends and pocket parks like Terry Pettus Park. (Tip: Seattle DOT closes the Aurora Bridge during the fireworks, so don’t plan on watching from there!) 

If you’re planning on watching from Capitol Hill, check out their 4th of July Picnic!

Bellevue: The Bellevue Collection Bellevue Family 4th is an Eastside tradition—this is the 25th year! It takes place at the Bellevue Downtown park, and features entertainment, family-friendly fun, a fireworks show at 10:05 pm, and music from the Bellevue Youth Symphony Orchestra.

Kirkland: 2016 Kirkland Washington July 4th Celebration starts at 10am, with a parade at 12 pm, and fireworks at 10:15 pm. You’ll be able to see this fireworks display from most of Kirkland’s downtown waterfront parks.

Renton: Renton’s 2016 Fabulous 4th of July kicks off at noon, with fireworks at 10 pm, at Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. There will be free KidZone activities, entertainment, and food vendors.

Kent:  The 4th of July Splash celebration will include bouncy houses for kids, pie eating contests, local bands, food, and a fireworks display at 10 pm! Check out the event website for parking and shuttle instructions.

SeaTac: The City of SeaTac Independence Day Celebration at Angle Lake Park will have loads of family fun—including a water spray park! There will be bouncers for kids ($5/child for a wristband), a full day of entertainment on stage, and a fireworks show at 10 pm. Be sure to check out their parking details on the site!

Poulsbo: Busy on the 4th? Don’t miss out on fireworks! Poulsbo celebrates on the 3rd of July with Fireworks on the Fjord. Head down early to participate in (or observe) eating contests, check out vendor booths, and enjoy the Bremerton Symphony before fireworks start at dusk.

Bainbridge Island: Grand Old 4th starts with a pancake breakfast, and includes a street fair, a classic car show, entertainment, food, a beer garden, a parade (1 pm) and more! Fireworks go off over Eagle Harbor at dusk.

Edmonds: An Edmonds Kind of 4th kicks off at 10 am with a 5K, followed by a children’s parade and their main parade at noon. There will be entertainment, food, and a beard and mustache contest! Fireworks light up at 10 pm in Edmonds.

Everett: The celebration is spread across town during the day with events starting with a parade at 11 am. The Thunder on the Bay Fireworks display takes place over Port Gardner Bay at 10:20 pm—it can be seen from Legion Memorial Park and Grand Avenue Park.

La Conner: The Hometown 4th of July Celebration will feature a parade at noon, followed by a family picnic. There will be live music, and a fireworks display.

Anacortes: The July 4th Celebration – Town Photo and Parade actually kick off at 5:30 pm on July 3. On the 4th, there will be a town photo at 10 am, followed by a day of activities including a parade, and will wrap up with Rock The Dock and fireworks at dusk!

Mount Vernon: The Mount Vernon Fabulous 4th of July is an evening celebration, starting at 7pm with food and music, and fireworks at dark.

Bellingham: Join the Haggen Family 4th of July Celebration at Zuanich Point Park & Squalicum Boathouse. Festivities begin at 9am, include a basketball tournament, olde time games, vendor booths, a beer garden, live music, and a fireworks show at 10:30pm.

Blaine: Blaine’s Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration is packed with things to do—a pancake breakfast, car show, street fair, parade, live music, and more—all culminating with a fireworks display at 10:15 pm at Blaine Marine Park. Scroll down on their events page to find 4th of July details.

Find a Goodwill store near you to get all you need for your 4th of July outings! 

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