Monday, January 24, 2011

A Little Upcycling

I've probably mentioned it before but Ava has been outgrowing a lot of shirts lately.  They basically still fit except that they are too short.  So instead of throwing them out, I have been upcycling them in various ways. 

This time, I used a tank top that I had appliqued for her last year and added some fabric I shirred and voila!  A new tank dress.  Thankfully I still had the matching fabric to make the skirt.  (Quick side note: If you have not shirred fabric before, it is pretty easy once you figure out how your machine needs to handle the elastic thread.  There are various tutorials online about it if you want to google it, but like I said you have to play around on your sewing machine to see what the correct tension, etc. is.  I highly recommend it.  Btw, I plan on making myself a few tank dresses this way once I'm not in maternity clothes and have the time).
 She was pretty excited about her new dress and insisted on going outside in the 55 degree weather to take a few photos for me.  She asked me "Is this for Spring?"  Guess she'll be excited when I make her a few more of these (which I plan to do...I have 10 weeks before baby gets here to do it).
 And speaking of the baby, I took one of Ava's old tshirts (it actually was a boy shirt but since Darren is in construction I sometimes buy her things with dozers and other equipment on them) and cut it up to applique a onesie for our little boy to be.  The onesie was kind of a grey color (hard to tell in the photos below but you get the idea) and for some reason I thought it would be cute/funny to applique the word dirt on my baby boy's bottom.  I like it...but maybe I'm weird.

Friday, January 21, 2011

More Kindle Sleeves

So I  just finished making some more Kindle sleeves.  This time I made one for myself and 2 of my friends.  Both ladies have watched my house, checked my mail and taken care of my cat when we have been out of town this past year and since both of them got Kindles for Christmas, I thought this would be the perfect way to say thanks.

Front of the sleeves

 My Kindle sleeve (front & back with pocket for power cord)
 Jen's sleeve (front & back)
 Dara's sleeve (front & back)
I will say that this time I had more of a problem sewing these as I used fleece that I had leftover from other projects for the lining instead of flannel.  As a result, the final layers were very thick and made it harder to keep everything lined up.  Lesson learned (let's just say I had to break out the trusty seam ripper a few times)!  Although the finished product is super cushy, I think I will stick to flannel for the lining next time.

Up next, some baby projects for my new little one (11 more weeks to go!) including the standard burp cloths but also a new nursing cover too (since I gave me other one to a friend).  Also, I am in the process of converting a few of Ava's old tank tops that are too short into cute tank dresses for Spring...can't wait to finish them and share!
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