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My Collar Necklace Is Finished!

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.

My Collar Necklace Creation

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.

Denim Flower Headband

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!

Altered Couture

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:

Easy Flower Sash(Belt)

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?

DIY Leather Cuff Bracelet

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.

Rumpled Ribbon Cardigan

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

My version!

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!

Upcycling a T-Shirt into a Tank Top

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.

Check back!