Saturday, August 14, 2010

Re-using old T-Shirts to make a skirt

I am an avid follower of maya*made, a blog about crafting with sustainable and recycled materials. I purchased her pattern for the Reinvention Skirt on Etsy, and tried it out today with an old pink T-Shirt.

I created a "lettuce edging" on the hem using a ziz zag stitch, stretching as I went, and letting the stitch fall just off the edge of the fabric. Simple, and cute! Here is a close up:

I learned a lot this first time around, but all things considered, I think it turned out quite well! My daughter likes it, and even seems to like the matching headband I made from the T-Shirt's sleeve.

Thank you Maya!

Drawstring treasure bag for Eloise

My dear friend Cristina's third baby, Eloise, came this year. I just love the name Eloise, and I embroidered her name and a little cat on a piece of burlap shortly after the birth. The scrap was tacked up in my kitchen for months before I decided to sew it onto a simple lined drawstring bag. I got the tutorial here, and adapted from there. I forgot to take a picture of it before giving it to Eloise today at the very special baby blessing ceremony. But Cristina tied it to the door to help welcome guests, and I snapped a picture of it there. The lining is a white and red large floral, a nice surprise when you open the bag. Julia tucked one of her little soft fairy dolls inside for another special surprise. I love how it turned out! I hope Eloise finds it useful to store her little treasures.