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10-Minute Refashion Makeover — from Tube Top Dress to Ruffly Skirt!! {tutorial}

5 Jul
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It’s Summer and the weather has finally started to warm up in Utah, which I am THRILLED about!

I love Summer and my favorite thing to wear around in the Summertime is comfy cotton skirts and flip flops. I was shopping at Kohl’s a few weeks ago, and I saw some little tube dresses. I wasn’t sure if they were dresses or swimsuit coverups, but I loved the navy and white stripes and RUFFLES of one.

I know I can’t pull off a tube dress, so I wondered if I could turn it into a skirt! 

 And for $8 I thought – why not try!!

too short
I stopped at the fabric store and picked up a $2 roll of elastic, and 10 minutes later – I had a comfy, stylish new summer skirt. 
I am so pleased with it!!
before
Here’s what I did to transform the tube dress into a sassy summer skirt: 

wide elastic
  • I took the elastic and wrapped it around my waist and cut the elastic.
pin it
  • Then I folded the tube part of the dress over on top of itself and sewed it shut at the bottom. I left a 3 inch section open so I could thread the elastic through.
thread the elastic through
  • I threaded the elastic through the open part of the tube and brought both ends together through the 3 inch seam. Then I sewed the two pieces of elastic together with my sewing machine. Then I sewed the seam shut.
after
And that is it!! In 10 minutes you can go from a short, revealing tube dress to a more covered up skirt. And I really think the skirt is cuter and easier to wear while chasing kids around for the summer.
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Here are a few other Summer Refashions:

Giant Flower Bag

$5 Anthro-Inspired Shirt Refashion

Nautical Ruffled Necklace

Anthro-Inspired Nautical Necklace

$4 Anthro-Inspired T-Shirt Refashion

20-Minute Sweater Refashion

Have a Fabulous Day! 

xoxoxo

PS –I am linking up to these fun parties – check them out!

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Give clothes new life with Rhinestones {and a sparkly Silhouette deal}

22 Apr

In honor of Earth Day I have a little project that will help add some new life to hand-me-down clothes.

  You might know that I have four kids. Well, if any of you had older siblings you might know what it’s like to get hand-me-downs. Ella, my youngest has two older sisters and she is very familiar with hand-me-downs…

So when Silhouette sent me a really fabulous Rhinestone kit and asked me to make something with it, I immediately thought it would be fun to take something in Ella’s hand-me-down pile and get her excited about wearing it. 
She was thrilled!! 

She picked out a red shirt and a pair of shorts her sister Hannah had only worn a few times. Then I let her pick out ANY of the Rhinestone Designs on the Silhouette Online Store. I was surprised at how many designs they have!! We might have spent a couple of hours deciding on our favorite — just sayin’. It was a hard decision for a 6 year old!!

She finally decided on this happy flower pattern: 

Now this truly is a quick project. 
We were done in 20 minutes.
Silhouette Rhinestone Tutorial: 

1. Took the Rhinestone Transfer paper, loaded it into the Silhouette machine and printed out the image.
2. Poked out the holes.
3. We used the Silhouette Universal hook to poke out the holes.
4. Once the image was clean, we peeled off the back of the special Rhinestone Transfer Paper and adhered it to the backing board that came with the kit.

5. Took the various sizes of Rhinestones and decided where to place them in the design.
6. Used a special tool that came with the kit to push the rhinestones into the holes.
7. Got the rest of the rhinestones in place with another special tool.
8. This tool is the Pick Me Up and has a sticky end that grabs the rhinestone so you can pick it up and put it in place. Very handy.

9. Once the design was ready, we got out our transfer paper.
10. We laid a piece of transfer paper over the top of the design, sticky side down  and pressed down on the design.
11. Then when we peeled the paper up, the rhinestones were stuck to the inside.
12. The last thing was to lay the transfer paper over the spot where we wanted the design to be on the top and shirt and then we ironed the rhinestones on the fabric. And to make it stick even more, we turned the shirt and shorts inside out and ironed them from the inside as well. 

**For the shorts — I wanted to use the same design but not have it be exactly the same as the shirt, so I only used rhinestones on the round flowers and not the vines. 

So now Ella is thrilled to get hand-me-down clothes because she knows that she can add some bling to them and make them her own!! 

And guess what??? Silhouette is offering a special discount on their machine with a special Rhinestone package from now until APRIL 26th. 
By entering the code — TATER at checkout, you’ll receive the Silhouette Rhinestone Bundle, which includes…

The Silhouette SD2 sheets of rhinestone template material2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape2 rhinestone backing boards1 rhinestone placement brush1 CD of rhinestone images1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestonesand1 Pick-Me-Up tool
ALL of this for $229! That’s a savings of $125!*Just click on the “special bundle” icon and then enter TATER*
If you already have a Silhouette — all Silhouette rhinestone products are
discounted 30% this month! These prices should automatically be lowered when you purchase them at checkout 🙂

xoxo
PS TGIF! It’s Friday! And guess what that means?? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! My favorite time of the week when I get to see what YOU have been working on and to feature YOU!!! 
The party starts at 6pm {MST} — I hope you will come join the fun!!!

Give clothes new life with Rhinestones {and a sparkly Silhouette deal}

22 Apr

In honor of Earth Day I have a little project that will help add some new life to hand-me-down clothes.

  You might know that I have four kids. Well, if any of you had older siblings you might know what it’s like to get hand-me-downs. Ella, my youngest has two older sisters and she is very familiar with hand-me-downs…

So when Silhouette sent me a really fabulous Rhinestone kit and asked me to make something with it, I immediately thought it would be fun to take something in Ella’s hand-me-down pile and get her excited about wearing it. 
She was thrilled!! 

She picked out a red shirt and a pair of shorts her sister Hannah had only worn a few times. Then I let her pick out ANY of the Rhinestone Designs on the Silhouette Online Store. I was surprised at how many designs they have!! We might have spent a couple of hours deciding on our favorite — just sayin’. It was a hard decision for a 6 year old!!

She finally decided on this happy flower pattern: 

Now this truly is a quick project. 
We were done in 20 minutes.
Silhouette Rhinestone Tutorial: 

1. Took the Rhinestone Transfer paper, loaded it into the Silhouette machine and printed out the image.
2. Poked out the holes.
3. We used the Silhouette Universal hook to poke out the holes.
4. Once the image was clean, we peeled off the back of the special Rhinestone Transfer Paper and adhered it to the backing board that came with the kit.

5. Took the various sizes of Rhinestones and decided where to place them in the design.
6. Used a special tool that came with the kit to push the rhinestones into the holes.
7. Got the rest of the rhinestones in place with another special tool.
8. This tool is the Pick Me Up and has a sticky end that grabs the rhinestone so you can pick it up and put it in place. Very handy.

9. Once the design was ready, we got out our transfer paper.
10. We laid a piece of transfer paper over the top of the design, sticky side down  and pressed down on the design.
11. Then when we peeled the paper up, the rhinestones were stuck to the inside.
12. The last thing was to lay the transfer paper over the spot where we wanted the design to be on the top and shirt and then we ironed the rhinestones on the fabric. And to make it stick even more, we turned the shirt and shorts inside out and ironed them from the inside as well. 

**For the shorts — I wanted to use the same design but not have it be exactly the same as the shirt, so I only used rhinestones on the round flowers and not the vines. 

So now Ella is thrilled to get hand-me-down clothes because she knows that she can add some bling to them and make them her own!! 

And guess what??? Silhouette is offering a special discount on their machine with a special Rhinestone package from now until APRIL 26th. 
By entering the code — TATER at checkout, you’ll receive the Silhouette Rhinestone Bundle, which includes…

The Silhouette SD2 sheets of rhinestone template material2 sheets of rhinestone transfer tape2 rhinestone backing boards1 rhinestone placement brush1 CD of rhinestone images1 pack of clear 10ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 16ss rhinestones1 pack of clear 20ss rhinestones1 pack of pink 10ss rhinestonesand1 Pick-Me-Up tool
ALL of this for $229! That’s a savings of $125!*Just click on the “special bundle” icon and then enter TATER*
If you already have a Silhouette — all Silhouette rhinestone products are
discounted 30% this month! These prices should automatically be lowered when you purchase them at checkout 🙂

xoxo
PS TGIF! It’s Friday! And guess what that means?? It’s almost time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!! My favorite time of the week when I get to see what YOU have been working on and to feature YOU!!! 
The party starts at 6pm {MST} — I hope you will come join the fun!!!

Spring Sweater Refashion 2011 {#2}

2 Mar
My second sweater refashion is a plain, black Target sweater that I bought last year. It was too plain. So I decided to embellish it a little. 
This refashion also uses a scarf. This is the problem — I buy scarves because I think they are so adorable but then I never feel like I know how to wear them. Or I feel too self-conscious to wear them. So I also had this scarf that I had bought, also at Target, about a year ago. I love the pattern and colors. 

  • I took the scarf and cut it into 8 inch wide sections, then sewed all the sections together to make one long piece. Then I folded it in half width-wise. And I sewed a long stitch all the way down the scarf, creating a long ruffle. 
 
  • I pinned the ruffle to the inside of the sweater opening and all the way along the collar, down the other side of the sweater. {I adjusted the ruffles so they were all even and the length fit the length of the sweater opening}
 
  •  Then I added some pretty trim to the outside of the sweater opening. I found it at JoAnnes. I think it really pops against the black. 
  • I also added a little ruffle to the sleeves.

 xoxox
I hope you are having a fantastic week!!! 

PS — I had a few questions about my adorable camera strap. It’s from my friend Valerie who has a great etsy shop — Zipcoverz. 
And get this, the camera straps have zippers – so you can zip them on and off!!! 
 Such a good idea. 

I’m linking up to these fun parties: 

The DIY Show OffBCD 125UndertheTableandDreaminggiveawaysTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysPhotobucket 

Spring Sweater Refashion 2011 {#2}

2 Mar
My second sweater refashion is a plain, black Target sweater that I bought last year. It was too plain. So I decided to embellish it a little. 
This refashion also uses a scarf. This is the problem — I buy scarves because I think they are so adorable but then I never feel like I know how to wear them. Or I feel too self-conscious to wear them. So I also had this scarf that I had bought, also at Target, about a year ago. I love the pattern and colors. 

  • I took the scarf and cut it into 8 inch wide sections, then sewed all the sections together to make one long piece. Then I folded it in half width-wise. And I sewed a long stitch all the way down the scarf, creating a long ruffle. 
 
  • I pinned the ruffle to the inside of the sweater opening and all the way along the collar, down the other side of the sweater. {I adjusted the ruffles so they were all even and the length fit the length of the sweater opening}
 
  •  Then I added some pretty trim to the outside of the sweater opening. I found it at JoAnnes. I think it really pops against the black. 
  • I also added a little ruffle to the sleeves.

 xoxox
I hope you are having a fantastic week!!! 

PS — I had a few questions about my adorable camera strap. It’s from my friend Valerie who has a great etsy shop — Zipcoverz. 
And get this, the camera straps have zippers – so you can zip them on and off!!! 
 Such a good idea. 

I’m linking up to these fun parties: 

The DIY Show OffBCD 125UndertheTableandDreaminggiveawaysTidy Mom I'm Lovin It FridaysPhotobucket 

Spring Sweater Refashion 2011 {1}

1 Mar


Last Thursday I went on Studio 5 and shared a bunch of sweater refashions. 
Now, let me preface this by saying that I have only been sewing for about a year. 
So these are really easy, straight-stitch kind of projects!!
The first one I’d like to share is also one my favorites {I have 11 to share}. 
This is a kind of coral v-neck sweater with a blue and white nautical mix.  
I love this color combination for Spring!!


I started with a plain sweater, a scarf and an old coral/orange t-shirt.

  •  I laid the scarf on top of the sweater and draped it from one shoulder down to the opposite side of the waist. And then I made ruffles down the length and pinned those in place. 
  • After they were all pinned, I sewed three straight lines with my sewing machine down the scarf, attaching it to the sweater. You can sew more lines down the scarf if you like a less poufy type of garment.
  • Then I took an old t-shirt that’s too small for me and is about the same color as the sweater and cut about 20 four-inch circles out of the material. 
 
  • I then made a very fluffy flower. I used my Big Shot machine to cut the circles, but you could also hand sew them. I sewed it all together and attached it at the bottom with a piece of felt. Then I sewed the flower onto the top of the scarf. 
 
Very easy refashion!! Total time — 30 minutes – 1 hour.
Total cost — $12 for the sweater {I already had the scarf and the old t-shirt}
Sorry my pictures are a little blurry. I was going to take some new ones but have been sick..

I wore the sweater out the other day and had tons of people ask me if it was from Anthropologie – {giggle}!!!

Here’s a clip from the show if you want to see it 🙂

xoxoo
 

PS — I just wanted to share with you a fun Pennant Challenge. You can enter ANY type of pennant to win some cool Canvas Corp products!! Check it out 🙂
 

Guest Project — Turn an old pair of pants into a Sleek, Stylish, Comfortable Skirt! {Clothing Refashion}

7 Jan
 Hi – I’m Lisa from This Mabey Heaven! 
I love trying new things and writing about my crafting and mothering experiences. 
I’d love to share an easy clothing refashion with you today.
Take an old pair of pants and turn it into a sleek, stylish, comfortable skirt!!
 
The Panelist Skirt has the sleek look of a tailored skirt, but is extra comfy because of the inside panel. When you’re standing still, it looks like a slim pencil skirt. But when walking or sitting, you see this is no ordinary skirt. I love the split look when sitting and the fact that it doesn’t crawl up when you sit down like a fitted skirt would. And the panel goes far enough around that you don’t have to worry about being modest–you’re covered even if a small child squirms in your lap.
And then there’s walking or even running (i.e. after small children). Once again, you’re covered and there’s no worries about having to take small steps.
Let’s get started.
I started by ripping out all the inside leg seams and up the front and back seams (just below the zipper in the front and a couple inches from the waistband in the back) from a pair of pants that still fits somewhat. I like my skirts to sit low on my hips, so it’s okay if they’re a size or two bigger than I normally wear.
Next, decide how long you want your skirt and mark it (remember that you’ll need enough length to also create a panel of almost equal length, so keep this in mind). Now cut off both legs to the same length. Set the cut-off legs aside for the moment.
With the skirt turned inside out, pin the back of the skirt how you’d like it to fit, ignoring the curved pieces that would normally go between your legs (this is the trickiest part, I promise). Run a basting stitch along the newly created back, and try it on.
If you have puckers or don’t like it, the basting is easy to take out and try again. (I ended up letting my seam out a little after taking the photo–I didn’t want it to be that clingy.)
If you like the fit, you’re ready to sew the seam, following your basting stitches. Cut off the excess fabric, and zigzag the edges so they don’t fray.
On to the front. I wanted to show off the panel, so I folded back the front inseams about 2-3 inches on both sides starting right below the zipper. I pinned these in place, and cut away the excess fabric. Then iron the sides down 1/4″ and then another 1/4″ so the raw edges aren’t showing, and sew down both sides.
Now for the panel. Take one of your cut-off pant legs, and hem all the way around it. You should be able to use the original hem on the bottom, which is nice. Now all you have to do is create two buttonholes–one on each of the top corners of your panel.
Sew buttons to the inside waistband of your skirt to correspond with the width of your panel.
Hem your skirt, and you’re ready to wear it! You could also create an additional (or reversible) panel to change things up. The panel is completely separate, so there’s really no limit to what you can do!
Thanks Lisa!! 

What a great clothing refashion idea! 
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Lisa’s blog is so happy and upbeat. 

 Here are a few of my favorite projects she has created: 
http://thismabeyheaven.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/img_3488-e1294356347469.jpg
{So clever – she figured out a way to make interchangeable flower headbands}
{Oil Cloth Bibs – so stylish and practical}
Spray painted Steve Madden shoes
Be sure to head over to This Mabey Heaven and check out Lisa’s cute blog.
xoxo
PS — I spent all last night going through the YOUR favorite projects of 2011. I am so impressed with all of the wonderful projects. I am still trying to narrow them down — but I will be announcing  my favorites later today and announcing who won the custom brooch!  
PPS — It’s Friday and time for the Weekend Wrap Up Party!!!
I am so excited to feature YOU.
Come link up your projects tonight at 6 pm {MST}
  there’s a fun giveaway too! See you then 🙂 

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