Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wardrobe Refashion - Child's T-shirt to a Long-Sleeve Onesie!

Here is another onesie that I made this week from a hand-me-down t-shirt that came from my niece. The size of the t-shirt was Girls 10/12. First let's look at the before and after, and then I will tell you how I got to the finished look!
Here is the before:

...and after:

This onesie will follow the same basic instructions of the thermal onesie tutorial that I am working on now. I will post that soon!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

My Little Onesie Sweatshop

So here is my little onesie sweatshop I have been running out of my house the last few days. I have been working like crazy to post something interesting on this little craft blog. There are three outfits pictured here. One of them I already posted the tutorial for here. I am going to post another tutorial today for the long sleeved onesie. Then I think I may try some dresses? Or maybe some cute pants to go with the onesies I just made!!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tank-top Refashion - How-to make an Infant Tank Onesie!

I have been extremely interested in the concept of "wardrobe refashion" lately. Basically it's where you take old clothes that either don't fit, were given to you or were even purchased at a garage sale or the local Goodwill and then create something new out of it. This something new could be more clothing for yourself, your kids, or a friend! It could be a new handbag, a duvet, or a quilt! Whatever floats your boat. The idea is to be less wasteful and to save money (which is the main reason why I do clothes are expensive!).

I have been researching wardrobe refashion, also called "clothing recycling", for a good couple of months now. I have been having trouble finding any good instructions or patterns! It's so frustrating! Specifically, I want to make kids clothes out of adult and older childrens clothes. Why is this so difficult? So I decided "enough is enough" and I have to just take it upon my oh-so-creative self and just "wing it." I can do this, right? Of course! So my house has been a little kids clothing factory for the last two days and I am whipping up onesies like it is going out of style! So I am going to give specific instructions on how I got from step-to-step. Okay? Here goes!

So here is the FINISHED tank-top style ONESIE. This is about an 18-24 month size.

Now let's see what it looked like to start. Here We have a size 7/8 tank from Children's Place:

Now on to the instructions.

STEP 1: Turn the tank top inside out and lay flat on work surface with bottom hems lined up nice and straight.

STEP 2: Find a onesie to use for a pattern. I actually used a 12 month size but after adding some crotch length and teeny bits along the side, it ended up fitting more like an 18 or 24 month size. Not sure what happened there but hey, my daughter will grow into it (and 12 months is almost too small now!).

Lay the onesie right side up on top of the tank and pin into place. Line up the back necklines of the onesie and the tank top (as shown). Pin the tank top straps together, horizontally, where the onsie shoulder stops. This is were you will sew to shorten the strap length to fit your baby. With a fabric pencil, draw a straight line from right and left side of onesie down to the hem of the tank top (as shown).

STEP 3: Cut fabric of tank on the line you just drew and following that line up and along the sides of the onesie. Remove onesie and pin the tank top together along sides to hold in place for sewing.

STEP 4: Take one of the strips you just cut off the side of the tank and cut a 1 5/8" wide by 4 inch long piece. This measurement does not have to be exact but it just needs to be big enough to overlap for the crotch and have room for the snaps. I used the sides with the existing serging from the orginal tank to save me a step later on. See below. Stitch, close to the edge, along the two short sides, trim excess fabric, and turn right side out, hiding stitching. Press flat. Do the same for the other piece.

STEP 5: Now pin the two pieces you just made to the existing bottom hem of the tank. Overlap by 5/8" and make sure it is centered and that the two flaps will overlap the same. If you had to cut the bottom hem off to short the onesie then you should finish the edge by serging or sewing a hem FIRST, then attach the flaps.

STEP 6: Stitch sides of tank using a 5/8" seam allowance. Stitch the bottom flaps close to the edge. I used a zig-zag stich and sewed right along the serged edge. Also stitch along the pin attached to the straps. Cut the straps to 1/4" of seam. See below. Then stitch those flaps down and trim away excess material.

STEP 7: Using a snap kit, attach however many snaps as you would like to the bottom flaps. Follow the directions on the back of the snap kit package. I used this snap kit from JoAnn Fabrics.

STEP 8: Next cut 2 strips of bias tape or ribbon 2 1/2" inches long. Fray check the ends of the ribbon. While that is drying, pin or mark along the side seam of the tank onesie about 4 1/2" inches up from the bottom edge.

STEP 9: Baste two lines up the sides on either side of the seam, stopping at the pin or mark you made earlier. Do this on both sides. Pull the thread to gather the sides to just under 2 1/2". Pin the ribbon or bias tape on the inside where you just gathered. Use a regular stitch and sew the ribbon or bias tape to the tank onesie. Lastly, pull the baste threads out.

STEP 10: Clip all loose threads and that's it! Your done! Here are a few side pics and closeups of the gathered side seam!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Crazy Sock Monster - Part II

I finished my sock monster! It was inspired by the Knitwits tutorial I saw on Martha Stewart's website. I think I am going to give it to my two-year old for Christmas this year. I love it. Here is the inspiration picture...and my version!

I couldn't find any socks in my house for this project. The original Knitwits version was made entirely out of socks. So I had to improvise since I always try to use stuff I already have to A) save money; and B) be as green as I can be. So I looked for funky fabric around the house. The problem? I didn't have any funky fabric that worked for this project! So I took an existing fabric and decided it needed polka dots! I ironed double-sided fusible webbing onto the back of some yellow felt I had and then traced three different sizes of dots onto the paper side, then cut them out.

Next I placed the dots where I wanted. Using a damp pressing cloth, I ironed the dots on. (P.S. I recently learned that the pressing cloth is a sewing girl's best friend. It's the best purchase I have made this year!)

Here is what the fabric looked like after the dots were ironed on.

And that's basically it! I just refered to the Knitwits picture I posted here to get a general idea of how to make this sock monster. The red legs of the monster are the only actual socks used for this.

I hope my son likes it!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Crazy Sock Monster - Part I

Okay I am literally going to the store right now to buy some crazy socks. I found this on Martha Stewart's website today and fell in love. Click the link to view instructions and a video of how to make these awesome creatures.

I already have material to make a girly version of this for my daughter for Christmas but I couldn't find any useful, fun and colorful material laying around my sewing/craft room for a boyish version (similar to the picture). I am going to make three of these I think. One for each of my kids and one for a friend's child. Heck, maybe I will go crazy and make lots of these for Christmas! I will post pictures when I finish my first sock monster. I think I can get it done tonight....we'll see.

Sunday, September 7, 2008

Martha, Martha, Martha! Your shade rocks!

Most of the time I find Martha Stewart to be a little too square for my taste. She is simply not edgy enough for me to even consider copying any of her craft ideas....usually. However, I was recently looking online for a pattern to make a shade for my kitchen window. I am trying to sell my house so I had some windows that were long overdue for some curtains. I needed to make something that would appeal to the masses rather than to my normally more kitschy and funky sensibility so I had to look for something a little more classic. I found these instructions on Martha's website, found here.

I needed this project to be inexpensive so I bought two black twin flat sheets from Wal-mart that were on clearance for $3.50 a piece to use for the material. I paid 99 cents for the brown satin ribbon and bought the needed dowels from Lowes for around $3.00. I had the stitch witchery for the ribbon already and I had the other necessary components too. For a grand total of $11.00 I made this awesome shade! Not bad for my first attempt at a working shade. Here are the results!

Friday, September 5, 2008

Another Cool Onesie

Here is the other onesie I made for that same friend. I used fleece material for this applique. I did make a pattern for it but never scanned it in the computer. If I ever dig it up I will be sure and post it on here!

Guitar Onesie Applique

I have this friend who is pretty edgy and cool so I wanted her to have something fun and unique for her new baby boy and I knew I wanted it to be handmade. I took took onesies I bought at the store and made my own appliques for them.

Now I am not gonna lie here, I had some problems with this applique. I had never made my own before and didn't even think to use the double-sided fusible interfacing to get a nice, stiff applique for the onesie. And I used a really cheap onesie that was not a good quality. The end result gave me a wobbly looking guitar. On top of that I do not have an embroidery machine. My sewing machine is a cheap $60.00, bought at Wal-mart, Brother sewing machine. If I had a nicer machine, then the applique would have been better looking.

All that aside, I made a pattern when I made the applique so I could try again another time and so I could share my design with you! Make sure you use double sided fuseable interfacing (like I forgot to!). Use whatever colors you like and whatever decorative stitching you like!

If anyone makes one please send me pics I would love to see them! All the instructions are included in the pattern. Email me if you have any additional questions!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Cherry Blossoms

I am selling my house right now and had a wall that seriously needed some artwork to not make it look so blank. I had no money whatsoever so I had to make something. I love Asian art and was inspired by cherry blossoms. So I pulled out the basic acrylic paints that cost about 87 cents a bottle and went to town on an old sheet of handmade paper I had laying around.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

The Cardboard Kitchen

Here is my latest project. When I am all done with it I will post a tutorial of how I did it. I am taking a *break* from it right now because I have been working on it NON-STOP for three days! Here a few pics from the last few days (the last one shows what I have gotten done so far):

Excuse the crappy quality of a picture here: