Friday, June 28, 2013

Upcycled Necklace Organizer

Do you have one of these?
It opens up into a dart board with a chalk board to keep score.

I found one for ten bucks at a flea market and turned it into a much needed space to store my necklaces.

The outside. . . .

. . . and the inside.

As you can see I have a lot of necklaces.  They usually sit on my sink in a big tangle so I can never find what I'm looking for.

I started out by pulling the dart holder and hook off the inside.
The doors are nice and thick and would hold a hook nicely but the back is really thin particle board.  I went through our scrap pile and found a few thin pieces I could cut to fit inside the piece.

I cut it to length and had to stack the boards together to make the width.

They fit so I stapled them together.

At this point I gave the entire cupboard a coat of paint.  I used a $2.49 sample of Valspar I got from Lowes.  I thought the color would be a bit different. . . it has a purple hue that I wasn't expecting but I think I love.

While I was waiting for the cupboard to dry, I upholstered the boards.  I used a piece of mattress pad that I bought for a quarter at a garage sale long time ago.  I also found some fantastic chevron fabric in a fantastic color that I loved. . . it took a quarter yard.  Upholster it and staple.

When it was upholstered, I drilled some holes through the fabric and put in some white hooks.  I got the packages of five for 98 cents apiece at Lowe's.

I wanted to put hooks on the door and I wanted it to look nice so I cut two pieces of mat board (cardboard would work well) to the sizes I wanted.

I wrapped those in fabric and duct taped to the back.  Hindsight being what it is, I should have used a spray adhesive.  Whoops.

I made another mistake.  I finished the piece and thought it needed something else so I added knobs.  Drill the hole at this point, not when you are all done and everything is put together.

Time to assemble!

After your paint has dried, put on your side panels.  I glued them on.

I then drilled through the fabric and screwed some hooks in.

Slide in the backing.

I used a staple gun and put four in the back to hold the piece in.  It fit snug.

That's it! 

The angle makes the knobs look crooked but, measurement wise, they're straight. 

The inside. . .

. . . and in use!

I need to mount this in the bathroom but I need to buy some command hooks to do this.  My husband has doubts about Command but I'm a believer.

Total cost for me:

Dart Board Cabinet:  $10
Valspar Paint $2.49
Fabric:  $2.45 (two 1/4 yard chunks)
Hooks:  $3.92 (4 at 98 cents apiece)
Wood: $0 (scrap pile)
Mat board, duct tape, glue, staples, etc. $0 (I had it all!)
Total: $18.86

If I do it again:

1.  I would drill the hole for the knob BEFORE gluing the fabric to the door.  I kind of messed it up.
2.  I would use spray adhesive to help the fabric sit better
3.  I would use more hooks!  I have a ton of necklaces!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

One More T-Shirt Skirt. . . for Me!

The last one this month, I promise!

I wanted a T-Shirt skirt for romping around the house but I am so very tall that finding a t-shirt that would be long enough after cutting is hard.  I thought I found one.

I cut it off under the arms and shirred the cut edge. 

I ended up sewing a few more times around. 

That's it!  I used the existing hem.

My daughter took the picture.  I tried to duplicate the pose she uses when having her picture taken but she does it much better!

Recognize the shirt?!?!  The kiddo needs to clean her room!

I do like the skirt but it will probably not be worn too much.  I don't like how tight it is across my butt.  I had to take it in because the shirt was too big around my waist.  I got a bit carried away.

Next time I will find a longer shirt closer to my size.  I could have also increased the tension in the bobbin but I didn't realize it until after I was finished sewing around seven times.  Whoops. 

If I do it again:

* I would pick a longer shirt in a smaller size
* I will increase the tension on my bobbin to shirr it a bit tighter
* I may use elastic instead of shirring if the shirt is too big.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

T-Shirt Skirt

I'm on a roll!  I made another skirt for the kiddo.

This started its life out as a very pretty blue shirt. 
Tip your head sideways and you can see what it looked like :)

I cut it off right under the arms.  I decided to flip it upside down so that the darker part was on top (but yet I didn't photograph it that way. . . )

I used elastic thread in my bobbin and sewed around the new top five times.  Using the elastic thread shirred the fabric creating a waistband.  There are some great tutorials about shirring. . . make sure to use one that addresses your specific machine.  All machines are not made equally!

I then trimmed off the existing hem.

I decided to leave the bottom hem raw.  It's a cotton shirt so it sort of "lettuces".

I did take it in on the sides and gather each side.  I would love to say it was on purpose but it was one of those happy accidents.

Here's the cutie wearing the creation!

This is a roaming around the house and neighborhood skirt.  It's a little too tight for my taste but it's oh, so comfortable!!!

If I do it again:

I would take it in a little bit before shirring.  It is a lot harder to take it in after!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Another Refashion. . . Tank Top to Skirt!

I went on my monthly trip to Goodwill today and found the cutest tank top.

I turned it into this skirt:

The tank didn't fit her and it looked like crap on me but it was too cute to re-donate.

I started by cutting off the tank right under the arms.

I saved the cute flowers on the top. . .

I will find something to use these for!

I also took a piece of gray t-shirt material from another refashion I'm working on.  It was too short so I sewed it together.  This is to be the waist band of the skirt.

Fold in half, pin to the cut side (right sides together) and sew.

I threaded one inch elastic through the casing and it's finished!

I left the original hem at the bottom because we all know how much I enjoy sewing!

It's a bit dressier than I was hoping. . . she can't really wear it running around the neighborhood. . . but it will be really cute for church and school.  It's also very light and comfy.

If I do it again:

This was so fast and so easy!  I am now on the lookout for one to redo for me.  I'm so much taller, though, so finding one that covers the essentials and is modest may prove to be difficult!

Shared HERE.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

T-Shirt Refashion

I have found a fantastic site that I have spent way too much time reading.  It's  Jillian refashions thrift store items into something wearable.  She's petite, cute and very talented.  I have no desire to spend that much time with my sewing machine but she did inspire me to take one of my favorite, but unwearable (in public) Ts and turn it into something I can wear in public.

Here's the before:

If you think it looks like a man's undershirt that's because it is.  It's a size medium and oh, so comfy.  It's also a tad see thru so I don't wear it in public.

I started by cutting off the neckline.  It's comfortable but not very fashion forward.

I also cut off the sleeve and bottom hems.

Since this is 100% cotton, I pulled on the cut hemlines and they rolled.

I tied a few knots in the shirt. . . .

. . . and pulled out a packet of dye.

I mixed up a half packet of dye in a pitcher of water and soaked my shirt in it for an hour.

After that hour I untied the knots, rinsed with cold water and washed in hot.  Here's the result:

Please excuse the weird bump on the side. . . not sure what that is!  The side view: 

And the back. . .

I like it a lot and I plan on wearing it in public!  

The coolest part of this shirt is that the threads didn't dye so I have this neat white stitching on the sides and shoulders. 

If I do it again:

I plan on looking for more dye-able Ts at garage sales.  It's a lot of fun!  I will try to do multi color next time.