Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wristlet made from men's shirt cuffs

Remember all the fun I had when I made my first apron? Well to refresh your memory, I used these two shirt sleeves from and old men's shirt that I had packed away in a box.

When I made the apron I cut off the cuffs of the sleeves but didn't want to throw them away, I was thinking, what can I make from these? I could have added some junk and made bracelets, but that was too crafty for me, I wanted to turn them into something that nobody would have ever thought of. I know... now days there is already usually an idea out there with the same concept, so I din't even look on the internet, I just came up with my own smarty pants idea. 

I thought about a wristlet. One cuff is way too small for a hand bag, it is not big enough for a phone, not even a license can be crammed into that little sucker so, I decided to sew the two together.
I used a zigzag stitch and I did it on the widest setting my machine has. Now I can't leave it looking like this because, um, well, gross! so I added a little white racing stripe down the center of the wristlet to cover the seam
After getting the seam covered, I found a little scrap of polka-dot fabric and added a little lining to make it look a little more professional
I added a cute little strap after sewing up the sides, and wallah.....

My finished product!

Apron from Men's Shirt

I have to give credit where credit is due. While surfing through the endless pages of Pinterest I came across a post of an apron made out of an old men;s button down shirt. If you click on the picture it will bring you to the board I used as my inspiration.

upcycled t shirt ideas | Upcycled Apron made from Men's Dress Shirts by DontBlameTheBacon:
This got me to thinking, I can easily make one of my own and see how it turns out. I am all about the up-cycled product and finding good uses for forgotten things that are no longer being used.

I have a shirts I am going to work with that is a very good quality fabric it's nice and thick, it feels almost like a canvass so I am going to choose that one for my base for sure. How can you expect something to protect your clothing if it is too is out unless I use a backing.

So step one was to iron my shirt, they have been sitting in a box for a while waiting for me to decide what to do with them. My husband and I are moving (hopefully soon) to a new home as soon as we find one that we like and I have lots of things packed away so I don't have to rush and get it all done in a day. So this shirt will now have a new life if all works out.

Next I cut the sleeves off.

After that, I searched the internet for a few measurements and found this:


Size NameWaist SizeHip SizeLength
x-small26" - 27"33" - 34"19"
small28" - 29"35" - 36"19"
medium30" - 31"37" - 38"20"
M232" - 33"39" - 40"20"
large34" - 35"41" - 42"21"
L236" - 37"43" - 44"21"
x-large38" - 39"45" - 46"22"
2X40" - 41"47" - 48"22"
3X42" - 43"49" - 50"23"
This chart is great for the next time I do an apron, but as a first timer, I am going to use my sleeves as is and work with them to make my life a little easier. I cut the seams out of my sleeves and sewed the two pieces together.

Next I cut out two pieces of contrasting color for my apron strings, I like mine long so mine were cut 88 inches long by 3.5" for the width.

I sewed the two pieces together and pressed them then I connected them to the top of my apron

I have to say, I do like the little button detail that was on the sleeve, I saved it and incorporated into my apron and it gave it a little vintage look.  I made sure all of my seams were clean, all of my hems were sewn and I had no loosey goosey strings hanging around.

This is my final result.

I am definitely going to make more aprons and try some new styles, but if you are like me, you want to try everything at once and forget about all of the rules. Don't be afraid, I had fun and the entire project took about 2 hours with all of the planning, changing ideas, figuring out attachments and so on, but I think the next one will really take less than an hour now that I know what I'm doing.

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Monday, April 25, 2016

Blue Jean Bag

I wanted to share this little bag that I also made with those baggy britches. I searched the internet to get ideas and came up with this cute bag. Once again I would change the order of some of my construction, but all in all I think it came out pretty cute. Please let me know what you think of this bag.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

4th of July Wristlet Project

I have recently talked to you about the Jo-Ann  text coupons that I get and last week happened to be one of the weeks that I received my text, I got my text on Wednesday and had to suffer through two more days of work before I would have time to go to the store and pick out my next discount item. I was so excited dreaming about all of the possibilities. Well when I got to the store, to my BIG surprise, they had all of their fat quarters on sale for $.75 so of course, I swooped up tons of them for these cute little wristlets that I wanted to try to make.

I spent the rest of Saturday cutting out all of my fabrics and sewing all of the handles for all of my bags, on Sunday I whipped out the rest of my bags and I have just enough of them to get them into my Etsy store.

I figured $8.00 per bag with free shipping is a great price, that will give me enough to buy more fabrics, threads and zippers to make more later down the road.
 All of my little bags are lined and they hold a lot too, I can get my phone, ID, sunglasses and even tissues, candies and whatever else I need in this cute little bag. I don't know about you but there are times when I would rather not be lugging around a purse, especially if I am going to be out in public, shopping, or even going to the beach. Tell me what you think. and if you want one, you can always come over to my Etsy Store and pick out your favorite.

 Just click on the  Buy Now button and you will be directed over to my store. I hope you enjoy the bag as much as I do. These are hard to keep in stock because every time I share the photo with a friend, they want the one I just made, so hopefully you will be able to find the one you want in my store, if not, just message me, tell me what you're looking for and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

Notions and Bobbles and Bits, oh my!

I have to tell you, I love my weekends. Saturday is my play day and when my husband works, more play shall be had. I love traveling over to the second hand shops and searching for awesome finds.

One thing I have learned since sewing became an obsession is that it can be very expensive! I have gone to the fabric store and walked away with 1 tiny bag and $50 gone out of my pocket. I don't know about you, but this up-cycling idea has become an obsession for me. I don't want to pay a bazillion dollars for a fun little hobby, I want to pay tiny bits of money, make something special out of it and sell that item to buy more fun things to work and create with.

That being said, I went out yesterday to Twice as Nice which is a little second hand shop in my city.  I know, in the past few years second hand has become the craze so you do have to be careful because this store, as well as other, gets their items by donation and sells them at sometimes outrageous prices. a used sofa in this store will cost you nearly $800 dollars, I would go to Art Van if I wanted a sofa at that price and the only cooties on it will be my own, thank you very much.

Traveling into the dark recesses of the store I find a little "sewing section"  the sewing machines are $100 used....nope...cross that off the list. When I sink  down into their little shelves I dig and find a few little bargains! I found some scrap fabric, a light fleece in cream color (thinking it will be great for mittens) and some sew in and iron on interfacing. Not only did I find these things but I found a vintage little plastic container for my spools of threads, 2 packs of vintage lace and 3 rolls of ribbon, which you can never have too much of.

The cost of this haul you ask?    $7.00. The lace is adorable and the fabric scraps are just big enough to find something to make out of them.

The reason I posted this story in particular is to show you don't have to have a lot of money to start learning and earning money, I can sell my little items at great prices and at the same time, I can save some money to buy those big ticket items I have my eye on at the store. I also signed up at Jo-Ann Fabrics for their text coupons and never miss using my 50% off coupon when it comes to me. Don't pass by the second hand store next time your out, pop in and see what you can find, I don't always find something but I do always look.

Thanks for visiting me on my block, I hope you had fun.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

And let there be...dark?

Okay I had a great little project for myself today and it only took me about an hour. I went down to the Mel Trotter (2nd hand store) and found the prettiest curtains. I got the curtains for $3 per panel and could not wait to hang them in my bedroom. I hung my new curtains but there was only one problem. We live on a very busy street in an Apartment complex on the first floor in front of the bus stop. All well and good until.. dum dum duuuuum, its dark outside and light inside.

What does that mean you ask? That means that every Tom Dick and Harry walking by our window can see in if we are... ahem.....a little bit naked, dressing, or ...other. So this was my great idea. I also got a king size flat sheet at the Trotter for $2 and I was going to use it for lining or whatever for my other little projects I do. Well wallah, I used my sheet to line my curtains.

I took all the measurements, and decided that since my windows are only 47  inches long, I did not have to line the entire 80 inches of the curtains to the floor so I cut the lining (sheet) at 50 inches just so it would give the privacy we needed. The added bonus was that they darken the room so in the early morning when the sun is up, we still have the room nice and dark so we can sleep.

 This is the finished result, I know the photo doesn't exactly show the results as it does in person, but take my word for it, they turned out great. I forgot to add, when I sewed in the lining, I used the basting stitch on my machine, so if I ever wanted to take it out it would be easy.

I love the color, I love how it looks from the outside, and it gave the whole room a new appearance. I cant believe I got these pretty curtains for a total of $8 and about an hour of workmanship to add the finishing touches.

Michigan Themed Pillow

There is nothing I love more than my beautiful state where I live. I love the weather, the people and even the smell of the air. I am not the only Michigander with an obsession with my home state so that is what brought me to this idea. I made this pretty 14" x 14" throw pillow for the sofa. Not only is it cozy when chillin' out and watching a movie, it's a one of a kind unique piece that everyone asks me about. If you like this pillow as much as I do, just let me know and you can have a one of a kind for your home too. Granted, not everyone lives in Michigan so here is what I'll do, you tell me the state you want, give me your color scheme and I will create a cute little country style pillow just like mine that you can have for your very own. I charge $30 and offer free shipping (USA only).

Bogus Baggy Britches into Bitchin' bags

Okay, so here we go, I have to tell you the story. I have lost about 100 pounds this past year and there are just some things that I never ever wanted to give up. One of those things was a favorite pair of jeans. They are the most comfortable, soft, know my body kind of jeans with just one problem; my body shrunk and my britches became "baggy britches" if you know what I mean.

It is not attractive to see a man walking down the street like he dropped a load in his pants and has to walk like he's trying to keep himself clean. but now, imagine a forty something woman walking around like that.... Not pretty! hahaha. That was me. My britches became baggy and saggy and not flattering at all but they were my favorite, my go to jeans, my "I love the way I feel in these jeans" jeans.

Well cutting a long story short, the only way I could rid myself of my naughty habit was to up-cycle my favorite jeans into something I can use. The fourth of July is right around the corner so I made the cutest little handbag.
 I went online and looked for ideas... about 4 hours later I came up with this. I cut the backside of the pants and used one outer pocket, then for the backside of the bag I used part of a pant leg.

I took some scrap fabric, cut out the stars, and then I sewed them onto the bag with some cute silver thread I have, the photos don't really catch the sparkle of the thread but it adds that little extra "POP"
 I took the seams of the jeans that I cut from alongside the leg of the pants and made a sort of braided shoulder strap, I only used 2 pieces because I didn't want the traditional braid look, but I think it came out okay. 

Once I did that, I took a cute piece of fabric and added the ID pouch to the inside of the bag

As you will notice, I have an ugly little black stitch on the lining of my bag. As an after thought, I added the little tab at the top of the bag with a piece of velcro to hold the bag closed.

Well, it is all a learning process for me, so next time I will know to add the strap before completing the entire bag. As a first time bag, I believe the cuteness outweighs the little boo boo on the inside that nobody will ever see. 

I forgot to add that I also put my phone in the pocket and made sure to sew up the sides so it would fit nice and snug to avoid it falling out.  

Tell me what you think of this bag, I would also love to see what you come up with for your baggy britches project.

Allow me to introduce myself!

This is me! I want to introduce myself with a photo that represents the type of person I am, a simple photo cannot always catch your personality, but this one is one of my favorites because you can almost feel how nutty I really am.

I am an artist, I am not a crafter, Everything I do, I try to do my best at but I have this problem of all of these ideas that just blend and get stuck in my brain, I am working on trying to hone in my ideas to create something cohesive and usable.

I love to create and use the unusable. I work with mosaics because I love smashing old plates, cups, chipped dinnerware and creating a new, usable awesome piece of art. I have worked with eggshells to create art, I entered ArtPrize (the largest art competition in America) with a mosaic Tiger I made out of dried beans and the list goes on.

I would love to tell you I have a favorite medium, but really I only have a favorite of the day. I have a room full of beads, fabric, chipped dishes, ribbons, stuffing, tulle and anything else you can imagine. I want to share here all of my exciting creations and maybe even a tutorial (if I manage to create something that uses logical step by step rules) or two.

Join me on my block and I guarantee we will have lots of fun!