In my last post I talked about repurposing and I’ve done a couple more upcycle projects since then. I had a couple of skirts that I’d been holding on to for repurposing and so I just lined them and made them into simple tote bags. I love how the pockets on one of the skirts are functional for the outside of the bag as well.
I enjoy repurposing…I can’t stand to let a good piece of clothing or fabric go when I could surely see myself using it for “something” even though I may not quite know what! It ends up resulting in a lot of space being taken up by future “projects” lol. I decided I’d to get one done not too long ago with a pair of pinstriped capri’s. I get a lot of hand me downs, and I frequent area yard and garage sales. But these were really cute and sadly, did not fit me. I had high hopes to fit into them one day, but those hopes did not seem to be materializing any time soon (sigh)…so I had been wanting to make a vendor apron for a while. In my recent gift of fabric from my dear Aunt, there was a cute contrasting yellow fabric I thought would match well…so off I went.
It’s a pretty basic vendor apron. I have one large pocket, one smaller side pocket. The larger pocket has an inner zipper pocket for cash or secret stash. And then I added the contrasting pen pocket on the outside. I think it came out okay. It was my first one, and I was pretty much winging it with no pattern, just sewing and cutting and cutting and sewing. But overall, I’m happy with it. Repurposed with a purpose. I love giving new life into something that otherwise may have been wasted. =)
I just posted these really cute zipper pouches in the Etsy shop. I honestly just needed to get a couple of small things done, because really, getting small things done helps to motivate for the bigger projects I’ve got on the back burner – don’t you agree? You gotta have the little achievements that help get you stoked to move onward to the big ones. I’ve been putting off a bunch of things, but I’ve really gotta get it together. I’m almost committing myself to a catalog/product photo shoot in June, and I’ve hardly got any “product” to shoot! I’ve got the photog, just still confirming the model. But I thought to myself, if I went so far as to commit the photographer and the model, that would kind of force me to get my $*#$^ together, and at least have a target date. Lol, kind of @ss backwards, but hey, whatever works. It’s been a challenge to say the least getting my head in the game. But it’s getting there!
I don’t mind doing custom orders, I love working with customers to create their vision. It’s a little nerve wracking (is that the word?) for me ~ It’s easier to create something, and hope you like it ~ but I do also enjoy creating something especially for someone too. So I was happy to try and make something for someone who contacted me on Etsy after making a previous purchase. She wanted a simple dress, and gave me some ideas of print, color scheme, etc. I was a little bummed at first because I couldn’t find anything similar to the print she sent me a sample of, but I just went with my gut and picked out a couple of fabrics I thought might work. I sent the pics to her and just kind of threw in the comment “they might be a little too ‘aloha’ for you, but hey, I am in Hawaii after all, lol”…turns out she loved it, she said “I love ALoha!” haha. Whew. So it was no problem whipping up the dress, and she loved it. It’s really not that big a deal local or otherwise, because if it doesn’t work out, then I’ll just list the item or use the fabric for something else, so I never pick up a fabric that I can’t see myself using for another project. Just glad I could spread a little aloha though!
(Simple custom aloha dress for mainland customer)
(This last long one is just another print/design idea I was playing with)
My sister in law told me about a new site called poshmark, I have yet to check it out, have you all heard of it? Anyhow, she was telling me about these cute Chevron pillows she saw that she liked and the person offered them to her – or whatever it is that they do on poshmark…I guess you can buy and sell items on the site. Anyhow, my dear SIL told me – she was thinking to herself – umn hello – my SIL can make me some of those! Not too long ago I just made some custom pillow covers for a customer and they came out lovely! One was a nice gray Chevron print, and the other was a teal coral print with orange piping. She wasn’t sure about what kind of piping she wanted, but I just threw on the orange and she loved it. I added the hidden zippers for easy removal and cleaning! I wanted to keep them for myself, but alas – I had to give them up. They were nice, like 22 x 22 I think. Sooo comfy!
So I found this super cute surf brand O’Neill dress at a garage sale recently, and there were some flaws in it, but I just loved the print SOOO much, I couldn’t pass it up! I ended up taking it apart and making a simple everyday bag out of it – and it turned out great!
I really wish that I had more fabric of this since it’s so fun, but just posted the bag to the shop. It did have some minor flaws that I couldn’t sew around, but overall, I’m so happy with how it came out!
It’s funny how I keep thinking I have so many things I want to do, but yet when it comes down to the time to do it, I sit and stare and think and…sit and stare and think, repeat. In the end, nothing gets done, and then I feel guilty at having let precious time pass by without having gotten anything done. I like to tell myself it’s because I have so many ideas that I can’t focus, when really, I think I’m just lazy. If I could just get myself to do more doing, instead of thinking about doing… “I sit and stare at all this fabric and still can’t get motivated to sew something…”
So okay, my husband and I bought our first home a couple of years ago. We LOVE it! When we moved in, there was a lot of work that had to be done, one of which – was the ripping out of old, and putting in brand new carpet. The carpet was sooo expensive and took a big chunk of our money, and as such, we were so very paranoid about it getting dirty. My husband got this grand idea, that everyone in the house would have to wipe their feet before going on the carpeted area. Our downstairs is flooring, and so when you walk around on the flooring your feet tend to get dusty and dirty. So, we got a refillable baby wipe container, and have been wiping our feet before going upstairs. It’s crazy to some, but we’re like that I guess, lol.
At first, we just had this little bucket thing to put all the “dirty” wipes in. After a while, I wasn’t feeling how it looked, so I decided I’d sew something.
I ended up making a type of bag – similar to one you might put in your car for rubbish. And we just hung it from the handrail. I have to admit, I like it!
It’s lined on the inside with plastic vinyl – for easy cleaning (but I’ve just thrown it in the washing machine), and the bottom of the bag has a velcro closure flap. So the bag can be carried nicely to the trash, and the velcro bottome opened up – all the dirty wipes fall right out into the rubbish. It has a simple opening to insert the wipes, and a tie.
It looks much better to me than the bucket thing we had initially!
So I had another custom request, from the friend who I made the custom couch cover for. She wanted to cover an ottoman that her dog, Goliath, used as his seat in the house. His seat was covered in a blanket that could easily be removed and washed because on occassion, Goliath had little accidents. Here is his seat before:
So my friend went and picked up a shower curtain in hopes of protecting the ottoman a bit, and she gave it to me and asked for a cover. No problem! I had a little time to measure and sketch and then off i went.
The shower curtain “fabric” wasn’t hard to work with, but not like regular fabric either. Anyway, I just went with a simple square cover design with piping, to match the rest of the living room decor that I helped with.
Because I wasn’t able to fit it on the cushion before finishing and I didn’t want to risk my elastic not fitting well…i opted for a drawstring (ribbon) instead. That way, she could slip the cover on, and tie the ribbon so that it would fit snug onto the cushion.
I was very happy with this piece, AND the best part ~ another happy customer!! Love the pet project since I can’t have a dog =(…my hubby is allergic, boo.
Goliath on his throne…