I got it finished! It seems like I have been working on this for too long, but it really has only been this week. I am sure its because of this mess that has been sitting in front of me all week. I have kind of taken over the house so I could work on this. Not that anyone has complained, thankfully!
Well here it is….
The collar section is made from pants, a shirt and scrap material.
These flowers are from a pair of pants.
This flower is from a skirt.
And all the necklaces were bought in a large jewelry lot from the Goodwill.
I started working on a collar yesterday, I was a bit worried about finding beads and such to add to the collar but a friend of mine told me about how you can buy large jars full of jewelry at the Goodwill. My daughter and I had a blast going through all the jewelry and cleaning everything. Well I think I made something work here, what do you think?
This is the collar part, still not finished.
The beads that I will be sewing in.
It’s a work in progress.
I got an email a couple days ago with a link in it to Charlotte Hostens website and I immediately got excited because these necklace/collars are so pretty. So this (or something like this) is what I will be working on this week.
Thanks Jen for sharing the link!
I have a few pairs of jeans that I was just going to toss when my dh came up with the idea to make flowers out of denim. So I started playing around with denim to see what kind of flowers I could make. I put an eyelet in the middle, was not sure what to do next when my daughter came up with the idea to pull a ribbon through and put a bead as the center of the flower. I did it a little different on this one because I didn’t have a bead that I liked. I just pulled the ribbon through and knotted it. Tomorrow I will walk you through the steps of how to make this.
Check back tomorrow for the tutorial!
I bought the latest issue of Altered Couture. I don’t know if you have ever seen the magazine but its pretty good. Its a quarterly magazine that is made up of clothes that have been made new by adding to or taking away from the original article of clothing. Its exactly what I love to do and has amazing and fun photos and ideas. I want to start getting the subscription but will probably wait a bit before I sign up, as its a bit expensive. They also have a magazine strictly for aprons called Apron.ology that I have enjoyed looking through. If you love to upcycle or alter your clothes, you can find this magazine at your local fabric store.
Some of what you will find inside:
I found this fun green and white quilted skirt at the thrift store a while back and just got it out to see what I could do with it. I took the ties off and sewed them together and used them for this cute sash, or belt as some like to call them. I love the fun green colors. Great spring and summer sash. I added a flower I had made a while back to it to add that something special and I love how it looks. So easy to make! I will do this again soon and will take pictures during the process so you can see what I did but for now, here’s a photo – what do you think?
The other day I shared about a lady who made jewelry out of old bicycle tubes and I told you I would be trying it with the recycled leather I got from SCRAP. Well I gave it a try, was hoping to have a cute bracelet for my daughters birthday with a C cut out in the middle. But I found out quickly that you cant really do large cut outs or it flaps open. I also found out it is hard to cut the leather, making the cut out C look very scrappy. So I scraped that one and started another one and the second one turned out pretty good.
I started with a pink piece of leather. I measured my daughters arm and cut it to that length.
I used a razor blade to cut the C out after I traced it onto the leather. Make sure and have a cutting board under the leather.
I also used the hole punch from my sisters handy dandy crop-A-Dile. But then I scraped this one.
And made this one!
I used two small eyelets on each side, along with two strips of leather for the closure.
I have this black sweater that was so blah and needed a little extra something to make it stand out. I was looking through my J Crew catalog like I do from time to time every night and saw the Rumpled Ribbon Cardigan. It didn’t look like it would be too hard to reproduce. Just a bit of ribbon rumpled along the side of the sweater and around the neck.
J Crew's Rumpled Ribbon Cardigan
This was super easy to make, just took some ribbon, fray checked the edges and pinned it rumpled up to the sweater and sewed on. I didn’t have enough ribbon to go all around to the other side but figured one side was good enough.
Try it on one of your sweaters!
Anyone can do this, it takes no skill (unless you think using scissors is a skill) and besides knowing how to cut, all you really need is a sewing machine. Now don’t tell me you don’t know how to use a sewing machine because anyone can do this. Do you have a foot and two hands? Than your set, just need to do a basic stitch and back stitch and you can make this shirt or a shirt like it.
Isn’t it cute? I wasn’t prepared for this to turn out so cute so I didn’t take before pictures. I am going to make another one of these so I will do a detailed post on how to make your own in the next couple days.
I have had this gold ruffly dust ruffle for a long time, probably a year or longer and today I decided to turn it into a skirt.
I do not like attaching zippers, so I do anything I can to avoid using them. I came up with the idea of using snap ups and button ups from shirts for my fasteners.
What do you think?