Sunday, 28 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 28 - Scrappy T-Shirt Halter Dress

Welcome to the grand finale of Project Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010. Every day (or pretty close to that) this February I've made a new creation out of recycled materials. I've put them all on sale at Tawny Bee and half the proceeds from the sale of these items will go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation. All of the listings will remain up there for 4 months - so check em out!

For our final project, I am going to make a Scrappy T-Shirt Halter Dress out of this pile of t-shirts we've been collecting.

Since it's the final project, I'm going to keep this one for myself. You'll see how awesome it looks on me. It'll be a nice reward for working so tirelessly all month to make all of these projects. But I will now show you how to make your own, with tons of steps and pictures.

What you'll need:
- A pile of old t-shirts
- A few of either snaps, hooks and eyes, Velcro, or buttons
- thread

To make the scrappy skirt:

1) Cut a long rectangle from the bottom of one t-shirt. Make sure the rectangle goes around your waist, plus as least a few inches. Make sure the rectangle is the length you want for the skirt, or a few inches shorter (you'll add some ruffle to lengthen it).

2) Hem both sides of the rectangle.

3) Cut a bunch of strips of varying sizes, colours and lengths.
4) Select a long stitch on your machine and stitch across the tops of all the strips. Pull on one of the threads to make a ruffle.
5) Decide where you want to put all the ruffles. They can go in any order you wish. They don't even need to be in neat rows. You can put them wherever you want on the band you've already cut. Just make sure you have enough to cover the entire band (as little or as much ruffle as you like). Pin all the ruffles (except the top row) upside down so that they look nicer when stitched.

6) Stitch all ruffles in place.


7) Cut a long strip (3 inches by the width of the skirt) for the waistband. Pin along the top back and stitch close to the edge.
8) Flip waistband over to the right side and pin in place. Stitch close to the edge.
9) Wrap the skirt around yourself and mark where you want to attach the snaps, buttons, hooks and eyes or whatever you like as closures.
10) Attach snaps

And voila! You've got a pretty scrappy skirt!
If you like you can shred the ruffles, or cut them into strips. You could also finish all the edges with a hem. If you zig zag the hem on a knit (like t-shirt) fabric, the hem will become ruffly as well. There are tons of options to make your skirt unique!

To make the Halter Top:
1) Choose a t-shirt that you haven't cut into yet. Cut off the sleeves in a rounded fashion like the picture.

2) Cut top off of the front (only a few inches)

3) Fold back to where the sleeves were cut and cut straight across. This makes the halter backless.
*If you're like me, I chose a loose fitting t-shirt. You'll have to adjust the back for fit. Leave that step until the end to get a better measurement.

4) Braid some long strands of leftover t-shirts together into a long rope.

5) Make a fold over hem at the top of the halter, leaving enough room to thread the braided rope through. Thread the rope through and tie it off at both ends.



6) Try the halter on and adjust the back to the correct size. I cut the excess off in the middle and re-stitched the centre back seam.

7) Hem around the armhole edge and back.

And Ta Da! You've got a super cute Scrappy T-Shirt Halter Dress!

From the front
From the back

Thank you so much for following along on my Project Upcycle Adventure this past month. I've had a ton of fun and it was for a good cause! I hope you've also had fun and gathered a whole bunch of new sewing ideas!

Logan's Viewing Suggestions IV (DirtGirlWorld)

Logan has found a new love. Her name is Dirtgirl. According to her creators, she is a gum-boot wearing girl who grows awesome tomatoes, knows cloud names and drives a big orange tractor.
What 3 year old boy wouldn't be in love with her?


And she's cute too! A little redheaded Aussie!

Anyway, Dirtgirl has her own show called DirtGirlWorld. It's on the CBC in Canada in the mornings. Dirtgirl has some fun friends, like Ken the Stunt Weevil, Grubby the Stunt Coordinator and ScrapBoy (who is my favourite, because he turns all sorts of scraps into fun inventions). The show teaches about the environment - how to reduce, reuse and recycle. Except that it isn't preachy or boring like some kids' shows can be. They jazz it up with really peppy, kinda rockish songs and fun characters.



Logan has spent hours this week (and I mean HOURS!) playing on the Dirtgirl website. It's great because it's completely child-friendly and he can click anywhere without too much help from mommy. There are games, videos and songs and they are all aimed at preschoolers. Logan loves to go in "Spider's Video Player" and find the Big Orange Tractor Song. I've probably heard that song 673 times this week, and amazingly enough, I'm not tired of it! And the best part - Logan is no longer putting random jarble comments on Facebook statuses or filling out feedback forms on random internet pages. The Dirtgirl site it a place he can play without getting into trouble! yay!

So "Go Get Grubby!"

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 27 -CooCoo Bananas Toddler Shirt


Two days ago I asked what I would make out of this "used to be cool 10 years ago" skirt and the leftovers from the XOX Bath Puffies I made a few days ago. Hint: Toddlers are CooCoo Bananas.


And toddlers need to dress in cute monkey shirts. Because monkeys are coocoo for bananas as well!

1) Attach Banana-lovin' monkey applique

2) Shoulders, sides and facings

3) Sleeves

4) Hem and snaps. I reclaimed the snaps from the blue jammies as well. Nice touch eh?

And voila! A Coocoo bananas toddler shirt.

***This toddlers shirt will be listed at Tawny Bee for $24. Half the proceeds ($12) from the sale will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign.***

Stay tuned tomorrow for the grand finale of Project Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010! I will be making something awesome out of this pile of leftover t-shirts. Hint: As Scrap Boy would say in Dirt Girl World, "It'll be scraptacular!"


Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

Day 26: Break

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 25 -Moose On The Loose Fabric Earmuffs

Yesterday I asked what I would make out of these cute baby overalls and sweater. Hint: There's a Moose on the loose!

Everyone needs a moose appliqued onto their earmuffs right?

1) Cut headband strips out of the baby sweater. The back was brown and the front was multi-coloured. So I used the brown for the underside of my headband piece. Make sure the band is long enough to go over your head to your ears.

2) Sew the pieces together to make a headband piece tube. Cut some pieces out of the overalls to use for ears. So make sure they cover your ears! These overalls were fleece lined. Score! I used the fleece as the warm part that touches your ears. Nice...


3) Pin your pieces right sides together. Sew them together. Make sure to leave a hole at the top for the headband piece to fit into, and a smaller hole at the bottom for your elastic piece to fit into. I appliqued the Moose on the Loose picture onto one of the ears before I did this.

4) Cut another length of fabric from your sweater and make it into a tube. The length doesn't really matter. I wanted mine to bunch up a little so that the bottom elastic could stretch like a scrunchie so I made mine pretty long (maybe 8 inches or so).

5) Hand sew the ear pieces to the headband piece.

6) Cut about a 4 or 5 inch piece of elastic and thread it through the tubing. The tubing will be longer than the elastic, so use safety pins to make this step easier. Attach both the elastic and the tubing to the bottoms of the ear pieces. You should have a nice stretch when you put the earmuffs on your head.

Now those are some stylin' earmuffs.

*** These fabric earmuffs will be listed at Tawny Bee for $20. Half the proceeds ($10) will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign****

Stay tuned in two days (Saturday) when I will be making something out of the rest of the blue towel jammies that I made the XOX Bath Puffies out of and a navy blue cargo skirt that used to be cool about 10 years ago. Hint: Toddlers are Coo Coo Bananas!



Earlier Posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

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Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 24 -The "I Dare You To Step On Me" Bath Mat

Yesterday I asked what I would make out of two pairs of "I'm never gonna be that skinny again" pants, a hooded baby towel and some quilt batting. The hint was: It'll love to be stepped on.

So let's make a bath mat shall we?

1) Cut up the legs of the pants into strips or whatever shapes you want. You're gonna put it together like a quilt, so it can be as unique as you like. I really loved the texture of these pants. I think it'll absorb water and look really cool at the same time. So I kept with the traditional stripes.

2) Also cut your hooded towel into a square or rectangle as big as you can make it. I had a bit leftover because I wanted a rectangle instead of a square, so I used that strip in the middle of the quilted top piece.

3) Sew together the pieces of fabric that you want for your top piece.

4) Cut some quilt batting and make sure the top piece is about an inch or so smaller on all sides than your bottom piece. The quilt batting should be the same size as the top piece.

5) Layer your bath mat the way you want it to look when finished. Bottom piece, quilt batting and then top piece

6) Turn the bottom piece over the top piece and the quilt batting. Make a sort of rolled hem. Pin in place and then sew all the way around.

7) Take some embroidery thread and tack the mat together at various points. This is mostly for added decoration. The mat is small enough not to shift too much, but the tacking does help a little bit.

8) Put the finished bath mat in your bathroom and step on it lots and lots.

*** This "I Dare You To Step On Me" Bath Mat will be listed at Tawny Bee for $20. Half the proceeds ($10) from the sale will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign. ***

Stay tuned tomorrow when I will be making something out of this cute baby sweater and the applique off of these little overalls. Hint: There's a moose on the loose on my ear! ack!

Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 23 - Shamrock Sashays

Yesterday I asked you what I would make out of a green sweatshirt, some leftover present ribbon, some lavender scent and some reclaimed buttons. The hint was: Kiss Me I'm Irish... and I smell nice too!

St. Patty's Day is coming up and you want to be festive don't you? Let's get started on Shamrock Sashays! (Say that 5 times fast: Shamrock Sashays, Shamrock Sashays... yipes I can't even type it 5 times fast).

1) I believe that if you click on the above picture, you will be taken to the original sized one. Print and cut it out for a pattern.

2) Cut two for each shamrock out of green stuff.

3) Sew green pieces right sides together leaving a hole for stuffing. I pinned the ribbon in at this point in order to catch it when sewing around the shamrock pieces. That way you'll have something nice to hang the shamrocks with.

4) Stuff lightly with poly-fil or I just used scrap pieces of fabric that I had. This is an upcycle project after all. Don't want anything to go to waste! I also put in some dried lavender flowers (just a pinch so as not to be too overpowering).

5) Sew two button on each shamrock. I put one on each side and sewed them on simultaneously. Looks cool eh?

*** These scented Shamrock Sashays will be listed at Tawny Bee for $12. Half the proceeds from the sale ($6) will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart 2010 campaign.****

Stay tuned tomorrow when I will be making something out of these two pairs of skinny pants (yeah , I'm never going to fit into them again and I should just face it kinda pants). Some quilt batting and one of those hooded baby towels that are very cute, but babies quickly grow out of.
Hint: It'll love to be stepped on.

Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

Monday, 22 February 2010

Project Upcycle Day 22 - From Maternity to Fabulous Waist Cincher


Yesterday I asked you what I would make out of one of my most loved maternity outfits and an empty apple juice container. The hint was: think sexy and cinch it!


Oh how I loved this outfit. I wore it almost everyday. But now it's time for a revamp! No more frumpy maternity clothes for me!

1) Cut out the pattern

2) Sew all the pieces together (outside and lining)
3) Sew lining in.

4) Topstitch top and down the seams. Make about a bazillion button holes. I have never loved my sewing machine more than when I have to do buttonholes. It does all the work for me. It was smoking after all these buttonholes, and I barely broke a sweat.

5) Cut out some "boning" from the apple juice container. Insert it into each section of the corset belt.
6) Sew some binding onto the bottom to close it up. And insert some pretty laces. Note: I tried to use the existing laces from the maternity top, but they weren't long enough and I had worn them out too much. I found this ribbon from another project I was working on.

I've been reading up on corset or cinch belts and I've learned that if you want the most cinching, you have to use two laces and tie them in the middle. So I've done just that. No more baby fat for us yummy mummies!

**** This From Maternity to Fabulous Waist Cincher will be listed at Tawny Bee for $50. Half the proceeds ($25) from the sale will be donated to the Heart and Stroke Foundation as part of my Upcycle for Heart and Stroke 2010 campaign****

Stay tuned tomorrow for Day 23 of Project Upcycle. I will be making something out of this green fleece sweater, some dried lavender flowers, and some more scavenged wrapping ribbon. Everyone thought I was crazy for always saving all the ribbon from presents we've received. Whose laughing now? huh? huh? hehehe.

Hint: Kiss me - I'm Irish... and I smell nice too.

Earlier posts in the Upcycle for Heart and Stroke series:

Day 18: XOX Puffies