After looking around for some new (stylish) long sleeve shirts for my ever-growing baby boy with very little luck I was on a mission to make him some myself. This, in addition to my Upcycle project was a good excuse to get my hubby to go through his overflowing dresser full of clothes – mostly t-shirts. He has the largest t-shirt collection of anyone I know. Considering I’m an Inker, it’s pretty astonishing I’M not the one with the larger t-shirt collection. Making a small dent in his collection, he let go of about a dozen shirts. Using the 90 minute shirt tutorial from one of my favorite blogs, I transformed my husbands old shirts into brand new long sleeve shirts for my sweet Zander. The first version I made (navy with white trim) took MUCH longer than 90 minutes (more like 300 minutes), but I’m thrilled to say I can make him a shirt in LESS than 90 minutes now! Hope this inspires you to think twice about your next Goodwill donation.
It all started with a piece of scrap leather. Super soft, white, and beautiful. My mission was to make as many things with this 1 piece of leather as I could. This is what I came up with:
To do this yourself:
1. Elbow pads:
- Wear your sweater on, mark where the center of your elbow is (don’t guess and sew it crooked like I did the first time around)
- Cut leather into desired size
- Stitch your patches on. I used about 4 strands of thread for a thick stitch.
- Draw outline of leaves onto leather
- Cut the leaves out
- Cut slits into leaves
- Attach to your desired earring chain
3. Magic Braid Bracelet:
- I found this pretty tricky. I couldn’t follow any of the written tutorials, but this video was straight forward and easy to follow. I braided all the way until the very end without backwards braiding (that part was a bit confusing).
- There’s a download for a printable template here.
4. Bow Bracelet:
- I followed this tutorial and it was super easy.
5. Shredded Bracelet:
- Make a paper template first.
- Measure your wrist. Cut a rectangle with rounded corners about an inch or 2 longer than your wrist, depending on how you want it to fit.
- Leaving 1 inch on each end, cut strips down the length of the bracelet with a knife and ruler.
Adding Buttons to Bracelets:
- Most leather bracelets typically close with metal snaps but I didn’t have any so I improvised with buttons. I actually prefer the look of buttons now. It’s an opportunity to add color and character.
- Hand sew button in desired location.
- Cut a small slit on opposite side of bracelet for button hole. I kept my slits pretty small and stretched the leather over it for a snug fit.
I actually have lots of leather left to do a few more small projects or one large project – still on the fence. Stay tuned for more leather creations.
Inspired by this photo on pinterest, I transformed one of my own shirts into something similar:
For once, I decided to make something for myself! I got inspired by this dress I came across while cruising through Pinterest (my newest obsession). This was the very first dress I’ve made – ever, so of course, I didn’t have a pattern or any clue how to make it. Needless to say, I winged the whole thing. I used one of my fitted dresses and a jacket to draw the pattern for the lining and dress. Luckily, the dress fabric doesn’t fray so I was able to cut the scallops at the ends of the dress and leave the edge raw. Start to finish, I completed the dress in one evening – 3.5 hours (Project Runway style). I was thrilled that 1. It fit. 2. It didn’t take long. 3. It looked good enough for me to wear to a wedding the following week! Hope this inspires you to make something special for YOURself!
I made these kimono shoes for a 5th generation Japanese baby! Quite fitting if I do say so. He is only about 5 weeks old now, so they fit him perfectly. The pattern for these shoes are pretty small, which can make it tough to sew. The instructions are easy to follow though, so give it a try!
Z is stylin’ in his custom printed shirt with tattooed sleeves to match Daddy’s real tattoos. For his shirt, I silk screened a basic white onesie using my Yudu machine. For the sleeves, I cut a small piece of cardboard to act as the platen. For the pants, I followed the flat front pant tutorial on Dana Made It and added the knee pads myself. I didn’t follow her knee pad tutorial since it was a bit more complicated than I wanted to make them. I simply:
1. Sandwiched two pieces of fabric together (right sides together)
2. Sew around edge (leave opening for turning)
3. Turn inside out
4. Hand stitch opening
5. Top stitch onto pant leg
Zander’s business up top and ALL party on the bottom. For his shirt, I silk screened a basic white onesie using my Yudu machine. For the pants, I followed an easy tutorial on Dana Made It.
I made these boots a few months ago for Z and whadaya know, he’s already outgrown them! I used the 12 month pattern from I Think Sew. Last I went to their site, it was down, but I’m hoping they’ll come back up. They have tons of great, easy to follow patterns. Making these were a bit tricky, but totally doable. Just remember to switch the Velcro and buttons of the flap on the opposite shoe, or else you’ll wind up with ’2 left feet’ (like I did the first time around). Now sing it with me…”Boots with the fleece”…”The band-aids make everything complete”