I’ve been spending a lot more time playing with paper lately, and even though I consider myself a ‘fabric person’, I’m enjoying the versatility and easy accessibility of crafting with paper. In fact you can turn almost any piece of paper rubbish into something pretty and useful, making it perfect for an upcycling project. I’ve created a handy little wallet style notebook from a cereal box and an assortment of paper scraps collected at the bottom of our art and craft drawer. If you have paper loving friends or a pen pal, this would make a perfect little gift that can be posted inexpensively. Use it as a personal journal or as an alternative to a traditional letter, you can even make one out of holiday maps and paper ephemera collected on your travels.
This is one of the easiest garment refashions I have ever done, it’s only just one straight cut and seam to transform a skirt into a cute sundress. Elastic shirring can be a time consuming process to do yourself, so I’ve saved time and taken advantage of the existing waistband shirring on an old skirt. In under half an hour you can transform an unwanted skirt into a pretty sundress for summer.
With Spring well on it’s way here in Melbourne, it’s time to start thinking about Emma’s summer wardrobe. This Swing Top that I’ll be showing you how to make today, is one of my quick ‘go to’ refashion designs when Emma needs something a little nicer than a t-shirt to wear. It’s really so easy to make, and the flowing, breezy design is lovely to wear in warm weather. Keep the length short to make a top, or go longer and you have a dress.
I found this original shirt in an op-shop and bought it because I loved the tea cup print and feel of the fabric (it’s silk), but the garment design was awful and boxy so it was perfect for refashioning. This refashion isn’t limited to kids clothes, you could also use the same technique to modify a blouse for yourself.
Today I’m showing you how to make the easiest pair of pants ever! With only two cuts and two seams, you can make a pair of trendy harem pants from any old tank top or t-shirt. These pants are so comfortable to wear and allow for lots of movement, so they are great for babies and toddlers in nappies. Bigger kids will love them too, especially in summer as they are quite breezy, and because there is no front or back, kids can just pull them on without any fuss.
This is quite a unisex style and depending on the fabric will look great on both boys and girls. I made this pair for Emma as a cropped style and she wore it quite a lot during Summer. They were perfect to wear on holidays, especially after swimming.
I’ve called them Acrobat Pants as they allow for unrestricted movement, perfect for active kids.
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.
On our recent trip to Japan I couldn’t resist picking up a colourful assortment of washi tapes. Emma loves to use them to stick up her artwork around the house, but unfortunately she is a little heavy handed and some of my favourite designs are nearly running out. In an effort to resolve the disappearing washi tape ‘situation’ I created some pretty washi tape magnets from unwanted advertising magnets that were just cluttering up the fridge.
Those advertising magnets just seem to multiply, where so they all come from?
I salvaged the strongest and largest ones for this project and the rest went in the bin.
The fridge looks much happier now with cute reusable magnets that look like pieces of tape.