Sunday, June 29, 2014

T-Shirt Refashion #2

One more. 

I'm actually very happy with this one.  The shirt was a quarter at a garage sale.  I tossed it into the dye bath after tying a few knots in it.  I was just playing around.

I liked how it came out but the shirt was a man's XL and I am big, but not that big.  I liked the length but wanted some shape.

The sleeves hung at an awkward length, so I went ahead and flipped the shirt inside out and tucked the sleeve back inside.

I then sewed around that seam, effectively pulling up the sleeve and the entire shirt in.

I then altered it like I altered the shirt in the previous post.  I laid a t-shirt that fit over the top, drew around it and took it in. 

I might have taken a tad too much because this cotton isn't exactly loose and flowing cotton like my nice fitting t shirt.  However, I tend to hang my clothes to dry so it will probably be just fine.

This was definitely a more drastic refashion and I'm pretty pleased with the results.  I'm also done sewing.  Done.  Very, very done.  The machine is put away and I am not going to pull it out for a few months!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

T-Shirt Refashion: Dyed and Cut

Remember how I said that I got out the sewing machine?  I got it out because I had a t-shirt that I really wanted to take in.  I bought it online through JC Penney and it was too big.  It made me look dumpy.  Since I'm six foot tall and wear a size fourteen, I usually look dumpy and I don't need any additional help.  I had intended on returning it.

Four months later, I pulled it out from beside my nightstand where I had placed it to take to the store the next time I was going.  I hadn't gone.  At all.  (The last time I was at the mall was 2012.)  It was too late to send it back so I really had nothing to lose if the altering didn't work.

I was dying a t-shirt of my daughter's that had some bleach stains on it, so I decided to toss this in with it.  I wasn't a fan of the gray.  It looked a lot better on the store model than it looked on me.  This is what I started with:

After I dyed it, I washed it and dried it to set the color.
I flipped it inside out and then laid a t-shirt that fit me well (and gave me some shape) over the top, lining up the necklines.

Here's where I should have pinned.  But, because I'm lazy, I didn't.  I used a sharpie to draw the outline of my good shirt on to my dumpy shirt.

I then sewed the line. 

Use a loose stitch because if you have to unpick it, it will take FOREVER if you do a nice, tight stitch.

If it fits, sew the line again, this time with a zig zag.  I do this so that it has a bit of stretch to it, since it's a t-shirt.

Trim the excess fabric and you have a better fitting t-shirt!

I am actually thinking I can wear this with a pair of khakis for work.  We shall see. . . I am going to show it to my daughter (who has a LOT more fashion sense than I do) and see what she thinks!

Monday, June 23, 2014

Easy Sew, No Pin Sofa Pillow

I got out the sewing machine to do a few projects this evening.  You all know how I feel about sewing. . .

The thing is, I really do have the best of intentions.  I look at fabric and see so many possibilities.  For a moment, I forget that I hate to sew and that I do a very, very bad job of it.  Before I know it, the fabric is cut an in my cart and there's no turning back.

I've been pretty good lately but I recently saw a remnant that was the perfect addition to my sofa.  Not as is, of course, but after it was made into a cushy sofa pillow.

Start with a hunk of fabric.  When it's folded in half, it should be a tad larger than the size of pillow you want to make.

Fold right sides (the good sides) together.

Stitch three and a half sides together.  I like to leave my opening in the middle of a side.  It makes it easier to do the corners.

Cut off the corners, but don't cut over the line you sewed. 

Flip it inside out and poke out those corners until they look right.  Stuff it with cotton batting.  Or, if you're like me, stuff it with fake snow.  I bought bags and bags of it when it was on clearance at Michaels after Christmas.  I paid twenty five cents a bag and it's just like batting, except with a little bit of sparkle.

Take your opening and fold in your fabric and pinch it closed.  Start sewing it closed with your sewing machine.  Or, if you're not as lazy as I am and you want it to look nicer, hand sew it with a hidden stitch.  You will have to Google hidden stitches because I stink at those.

Huzzah!  You have a pillow!
Add it to your couch where you have painstakingly placed other pillows.  Know that it will look like this for less than thirty seconds before a kid or a husband will come along and rearrange it so that they can lay on them.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kids Can Make It #6: Fringed T-Shirt Bag (No Sew)

This is the last one in the "Kids Can Make It" series, folks!  I had a lot of fun thinking these up and executing them with my daughter.  There were some fails, yes, sir, there was!  But, we had a lot of laughs and a lot of fun failing!

In three days we'll be back to our "normal" postings.  Normal is relative.

Today we are making. . . . (wait for it. . . )

This one is quite versatile!

You start with a t-shirt or some other knit clothing.  Knits don't unravel like cottons, so a knit is a good choice.  We used an old sundress.

 Cut a square out of the fabric.  We decided to leave the bottom hem intact.  The square needs to be half again as big as you want your bag.  It will be smaller when you fringe it.
The square doesn't have to be perfect, as you can see!

Cut a fringe around the entire bag.  I cut my strips about 1 3/4 inches long.  I wanted extra room to knot.  That weird square that's in the corner?  Cut that out and throw it away.

Don't fringe the top.  We kept the top where our hem was.

Tie the fringe together all the way around.  You're tying the top of the bag to the bottom of the bag.

Almost done!  You need a strap!  Cut a strip of fabric from the scraps of your shirt.  You might need to tie pieces together to make your strap long enough. That's okay.  This whole bag is knotty!

Tie the strap under the first few knots on each side.  Knot it tight and trim the end.

You are done!  This bag won't hold anything small, because there's tiny holes all the way around.  It would be a good bag for a book and a towel, or a great bag for someone's art pad and the pouch she keeps her pencils in.

The fun thing about this bag is that you can make it any size, depending on the garment you are cutting up!  It would be fun to do this with a logo t-shirt and to use the bag for groceries or produce when you are shopping.  Possibilities are endless!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kids Can Make It #5: Glitter Pendant

We're half way through June!  I'd like the month to slow down a bit. . .

This is what we're making today:

Supplies and Cost:

One Bezel.  I like the cheap ones.  You can get them for a buck or two. . . this one was $1.47
Dimensional Magic Mod Podge  (Did you buy this stuff, yet?!?!  It's about $6 a bottle and you can use a coupon!  You will get a ton of projects out of this.)

Ignore my photo of the Magic Gloss.  I thought I was going to use it but it needs sunlight to cure and today was definitely overcast.  I used dimensional magic.

Put a layer of glue in the "cup" of the bezel.  Press some glitter in there.

You can use different colors or stick with one.  I decided to use some big glitter.  It's not a very fine powder, but rather quite chunky.  I tried to get a close up photo and it didn't work out.  I don't remember where I got it but it's lasted me YEARS!

Let the glue dry and dump out the extra.  Fill up the cup with your dimensional magic.

Lay it flat and let dry.  Add a chain and wear!

The total cost for me on this was $1.47 plus tax.  I had to buy the bezel but I had the glitter, the dimensional magic and the chain.

It's also quite fancy.  This is going in my rotation to wear to work.

Check back in three days for another "Kids Can Make It" project!  Thanks for sticking with me!

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Kids Can Make It #4: Cookie Sheet Magnetic Board

You have awesome flower magnets from the last posting I did. . . what are you going to do with them?

Make this!

This is a great, fun and cheap project.  We did this one with some friends and the girls were busy for hours!

You need:

A cookie sheet ($1 from the dollar store)
Fancy paper (about 49 cents a sheet if you buy it by the sheet.  You can buy a book and have leftovers for other projects.  We had ours on hand.)
Elmers Glue (79 cents a bottle.  You can get a half dozen projects from one bottle)
Ribbon Scrap
Buttons or other things to decorate with (find them around the house. . . you'd be surprised what you can find around the house)

Start by cutting your paper to fit inside your cookie sheet.  I used three different colors of paper.

Using a thin layer of glue, past the paper into the cookie sheet.

You can skip the next step, but it makes the board more durable.  Paint a thin layer of glue over the top of the paper and let dry.

If you are going to add decorations, now is a good time to push it into the paste.  I kept it simple since I had cute magnets to use!

Make sure to push down the paper when you put the glue under and over, or you will end up with a bump.  See?

Glue on a ribbon scrap so you can hang the cookie sheet.

Let dry, add your magnets and hang!

Love it!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Kids Can Make It #3: Flower Magnets

This project can be done no cost if you scrounge around the house for materials. 

I found these:

And turned them into these:

This one is pretty easy!  I used paper flowers that are premade for scrapbooking that I had leftover from previous projects.  I use magnets that I cut from the backs of the free magnets you get for promo items.  You can cut your own flowers from paper or fabric (like felt) or you can use something a little more sturdy.  I'd suggest cutting flowers out of the plastic lids that come on yogurt containers. 

These will go great with the project that will be posted in three days. . . Look for it!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Kids Can Make It #2: ID Badge Clips

This is a fun craft for the kids that they can either give as a gift to someone who uses ID badges or, if they're like my kids, they can use it themselves when school starts back up in the fall.  My kiddos have ID badges for their school.

Supplies Needed and Cost:

Package of Badge Clips:  $1 for three clips (found at the dollar store)
Glitter or fancy paper:  on hand
Mod Podge Dimensional Magic:  about $6 for a bottle that lasts a long time!  Use a Joann's coupon for this and get it cheaper.  I had some leftover from another bunch of projects.

Start by coating the top of the badge with glue.  I just used Elmer's School Glue.

Coat the top with glitter. . . 

. . . or cut a piece of fancy paper to fit the top.

Add a layer of dimensional magic. . .

. . . and let dry.  Clip your badge to it and wear!
You can see where I messed up and had some air bubbles in the dimensional magic.  I should have used a pin to pop it.  I didn't notice them in time.

This project cost me a dollar for the three because I had everything else on hand.  I love using dimensional magic and would highly recommend picking up a bottle.  You'll find lots of fun uses for it and it lasts a long time.

Check back in three days for another "Kids Can Make It" project.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Kids Can Make It #1: Earring Organizer

Summer has started and my children are already bored.  Lovely.

I thought I'd do a half dozen (or so) projects that are perfect for kids and cost-friendly.  Here's the first.

This one is pretty easy and cheap!  Here's a breakdown of the supplies you need and the cost.

Frame (use one you have on hand or go to a thrift store.  I paid a buck for mine)
Plastic Canvas (59 cents for the colored ones, 49 cents for white.  Look near the yarn.)
Hot Glue
Rhinestones or fabric to decorate
Paint for the frame (optional)

Gather your supplies. . .
Take the glass out of the frame.  It should be an empty frame.  Paint it if you want.

Cut your plastic canvas to fit inside your frame.  I used the glass as a template.

Hot glue the canvas to the inside of the frame where the glass went.

Decorate your frame.  I made a little flower out of felt and t-shirt material.

I also added rhinestones to bling it up a bit.  Hang earrings inside and hang on the wall!

You can drag this project out for a bit, depending on how much they decide to decorate the frame. 

Total cost:  $1.59 plus tax.  I had the stuff to make the flower, the paint and the rhinestones on hand.

Check back in three days for my next "Kids Can Make It" craft!