Today in The Thrifty Kid blog series I’ll show you how I refashioned an ill fitting knitted top/dress into a cute drop waisted dress for Emma. I bought this top at a thrift store because I loved the colour, but the style just didn’t suit me. With a little imagination and only a few alterations, I turned it into a comfortable everyday dress that was perfect for pre-school. Even though the tops you may want to refashion will not look exactly like this original garment, you can still use the basic concept and adapt it to refashion what you have on hand.
Welcome to the first post in The Thrifty Kid series. Today I’ll be showing you how to refashion an unwanted top into a pair of child size leggings. This technique is very versatile and can be used with an assortment of garments with long sleeves to make pants. I’ve made quite a few pairs of these leggings for Emma from jersey knit tops and even sweaters, garments with stretchy fabric works best. You can also use the same instructions to make track pants of you use a sweatshirt.
I’ve named these the trapeze leggings because Emma looks spectacular wearing them on her flying trapeze!
I want to tell you about a little project I started working on over 2 years ago called The Thrifty Kid, a project that I had grand plans for, but because the best laid plans don’t always work out as expected, this little project has sat idle in cyber storage for too long.
The Thrifty Kid is about teaching you how to refashion your unwanted clothing into cute and practical garments for your kids, with minimal effort and sewing skills.
I’d originally planned to write an eBook, but I could never set aside enough time to write and produce it, then it had some interest from a book publisher, but it didn’t quite make the cut. So rather than letting this project gather dust, I’ll be sharing it as a blog series over the next couple of months.
In this series I’ll show you ideas and teach you techniques to transform unwanted adult sized garment into a functional and good looking trendy children’s garments.
You don’t need to be an excellent sewist, in fact it’s especially for those wanting to sew garments for their kids but are intimidated by tricky bits like collars, button holes, zips etc.. The idea is to maximize the best bits of the old garment and feature them in the new garment with the minimum amount of steps required.
I’m away in Japan this week so today I’m handing over the crafty reins to the very lovely Trixi Symonds, author of a new craft book for kids “Sew Together Grow Together”. Trixi has created a cute and practical little project just for My Poppet, it’s a pouch to keep your Jacks in. Some of you may know the game as ‘knucklebones’. I loved playing Jacks as a kid, and was delighted when Trixi suggested it as a project.
Here is Trixi to show you how easy it is to make…
When I was in primary school playground games alternated between skipping, elastics, hoola hoops and jacks…but jacks was a favorite. Times may have changed but the fun of having a little game to carry around hasn’t. This pouch can be made by Mum or Dad as a gift for their child, and of course, older children can make it by themselves.
Today I have a guest blogger, Danie Pout from BLANK. Danie’s studio is just down the road from where I live, so we occasionally run into each other down the street and chat about maybe collaborating on a project one day. I love Danie’s design aesthetic and asked her to share her Wooden Egg decorating ideas with us all. She has some great tips to get the best results.
Take it away Danie…
Easter has got to be one of my favourite holidays, not only is choc-o-block full of chocolate and other delicious edibles, it’s the perfect excuse to make super cute crafty things. The spring inspired colours are pretty (even thought it’s autumn here) and everyone loves a bunny!
This week I’ve created a Bunny Takeaway Box and printable. This project is quick and inexpensive to make, and is ideal as a gift when filled with eggs, toys or baked treats. They would also make a cute alternative to a basket for an Easter Egg Hunt. (more…)
I have a rambunctious four year old, sometimes she is delightful, most of the time she is challenging. She’s four, it’s her job I suppose. After a year of resisting (even though it was recommended) I’ve implemented a reward chart. Turns out the stick method doesn’t really work with Emma, it also makes this household a stressful yelly full of drama place, so we are trying the carrot instead. Most of the charts I found online were quite specific with days or chores, I wanted something very simple because I don’t ask for much – just listen and be good.
I’ve created my own printable reward chart, go ahead and print yourself out a copy if you think it may work for you.
Instagram is my favourite place ever (well at least virtually!) Where else can creatives from all over the world inspire each other without even having to know another language. It’s true that a picture speaks a thousand multilingual words.
Instagram is how I met Gaia Segattini, Italian fashion designer, craft blogger and author of “Handmade per imbranati-rinnova il tuo guardaroba“, which means “Handmade for dummies-Renew your wardrobe”. (more…)