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 flaying 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 hope you are all enjoying crocheting up your own Carnival Cushion. Today I’m going to show you how to make a round insert to fit your pillow perfectly. It is so easy to do even with the most basic of sewing skills, it literally took me about 15 minutes! I’ve just used an old piece of white sheet for my fabric, anything fairly robust will do. Look around in your cupboards, you probably have something suitable laying around.
You can use this technique to make more colourful pillows if you choose fun printed fabrics.
The response to my Scrap Fabric Twine tutorial a few weeks ago was overwhelming. It seems to have captured everyone’s imagination. I think the beauty of twine making is that it requires no special tools, although some commenters were very keen to try it using spinning wheels or electric drills to speed up the process.
So many people asked me what the twine can be used for. Well I suppose what ever you use yarn or rope for is a good answer. Some suggestions were basket making, crochet, weaving, macrame, cording for garments…the list is endless, but I was drawn to my sewing machine (as usual) and wanted to see how it sewed together.
I started sewing circular disks as an experiment really, I didn’t have anything particular in mind, but as the circles grew, the idea for a spiral mat was born. This technique can be used for a mat of any size, you can even keep the circles small and make place mats or coasters.
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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.
I’ve been tidying up my sewing room and came across a tin full of pastel toned paper pieced hexies that never made it into my Hexagon Table Runner. All those pretty vintage florals got me thinking about Easter themed crafting, and after having a little play with the hexagon shapes, these cute little bunnies hopped right out at me.
These Mini Bunny Pillows are fun to hand stitch and can be made with the smallest of fabric scraps. If you’d like them to scent your drawers or wardrobe, include some dried lavender to make them smell just as sweet as they look. They would make a great Easter gift that lasts all year round, add a pin to the back to turn your mini bunny in to a wearable brooch.
I like my envelopes to be sturdy, sometimes paper doesn’t cut it when you want to include something that needs a little extra protection. Also plain white envelopes are BORING, why be blah when it’s so easy to make something really special that won’t cost you a cent.
Magazine covers are abundant, why not recycle them into eye catching, sturdy envelopes that won’t get lost in the mail.
This envelope was made from a Marimekko catalog cover, but you can use any front or back cover with a colourful design. Sewing instead of gluing is an easy mess free alternative especially if you are short on time.
I’ve had this Bedside Organiser on my To Do list for well over a year. I don’t know what took me so long because it’s awesome and has made my space so much more pleasant to be in. I’m not a very organised person and can sort of ignore a moderate amount of mess, but after a while it gets me down, so it was time to do something about it. This Bedside Gadget Caddy is designed to hold everything that I like to keep on hand so I’ve designed it to suit my needs. Originally (last year) I was just going to make a pocket for my iPad but I’m quite happy that I waited and made a caddy to hold everything, as you can see from the picture below, I really had to sort out the clutter situation. (more…)