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. =)
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 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…
So, I was recently tasked with refashioning a vintage skirt. She found the skirt at a theater costume sale and loved the look, but it was too full. Not to mention, vintage sizes are sooooo tiny! I swear it said size 6 but it was like a size 0 in today’s sizes.
So she gave me a skirt that she wanted it to be similar to. I simply cut off the waist, because it was too small, but I made sure to keep the zipper because I thought that would still be a good touch. I laied out the model skirt, and cut up the sides. The way the skirt was, I thought it should have some shape, and not just be a straight skirt, so I left some of the sides for swaying – cause what girl doesn’t love when her skirt swishes! And then I simply sewed up the side seams.
I added some elastic to the waist, just in case! And kept the back zipper.
Easy peasy! Simple way to refashion. Happy customer! She wore it a week later with a more fitted top and it looked awesome!!
So okay, I love my grandma. She is literally the queen bee of my family, like the Godfather – except she’s Asian, maybe 4’10”, at most 95 pounds – but when she talks, everyone listens. When there are problems, big decisions to be made, drama…everyone goes to her. She’s the hub. But don’t get it twisted, when you think of grandmas you think milk and cookies – oh no, not my grandma. She believes in tough love, her words will cut you, she will hit you with the broomstick if she feels you deserve it (you can ask my brother). She’s not the kiss-the-boo-boo type of grandma, she slaps on the bandaid and tells you “stop crying you’re not dying, grandma doesn’t like cry babies” (you can ask my daughter this one). She’s wise, she’s gone through some stuff, and when anything unknown comes up it’s always – “well ask Grandma”. There are 5 living generations on that side of my family, my daughter being the youngest, then me, my father, my grandmother and my great grandmother. While we don’t see her often, I do love when my daughter gets to visit with her great-great grandmother. And my little one in fact has 4 great grandmothers alive. Anyhow, there are alot of years there.
So a while back, grandma called me since she knows I sew, I sell stuff, I sell vintage stuff – and asked if I wanted to come by and grab some things from her closet that she no longer wanted. She said maybe I could make a few dollars out of them. So we went through the bags, and it was touching to see a soft side of her as she reminisced with me about time periods of her life that she wore those clothes. Pointing out her favorites, telling me about places she’d gone – my grandfather (who has long since passed) of course in the military these stories included Panama, Germany, the States…I almost didn’t want to take the clothes, but she insisted. She said she had no need for them anymore.
It’s for sure that I can’t fit the clothes and I don’t have the heart to cut them up. It was hard finding models who could get the buttons buttoned up or zippers zipped up because she is such a tiny woman. But they say great things come in small packages. Vintage items have so much history. Its great to think someone else might be able to enjoy the life these clothes have lived.
My mom and I have this thing…when we’re at the craft fair we tend to get separation issues when our items sell. Does this happen to you? You put a lot of thought, time, work and mostly love into everything you make. And while thrilled that someone loves it as much as you do, that only means you have to let it go. We joke about it, but it’s so true – especially when my mom makes those really cute sock animals that she makes. Anyhow, I did a few project recently for a friend of mine, and this past weekend I got to go to her house (to pick up more projects to work on!) and got to see the new home of the things that I spent many late nights working on at my sewing machine. Needless to say, they look so different in the environment they were made for, than on my living room floor, haha. I was thrilled at how lovely everything turned out. And, on top of that, I got a lot more work out of it. Between my full time job, my part time job, taking little kira to Karate classes, being a Girl Scout Leader for my daughter’s troop and trying to run a side business – I really need to get moving here. The holidays are going to be here before you know it, I mean look – it’s already JUNE!
At least I know that it will be going to a lovely new home, as we know all our things do. It’s nice to see the love you put into something being loved, used and enjoyed by someone else. After all, what other reason is there?
My workspace (aka living room floor): Custom cushion cover, matching dual sided pillows, contrasting orange pillows with piping:
Custom lined curtains for little girls bedroom:
So recently we did a craft fair and this nice lady came and bought one of my handmade, handsewn bags. It’s one I was pretty proud of since I hadn’t worked with that particular fabric before. I guess she had her eye on it, because she came right up to me and picked it off the display and handed me her bills. Easy transaction…
Anyhow, I asked her if she wanted a bag to put it in, and she politely declined and just slung the bag over her shoulder and off she went.
After she left, I realized that I had never took a picture of the bag! Yikes! How can I put it in my book if I don’t have a picture! Like a stalker, I followed her around with my phone, pretending to be texting, while trying to catch a decent picture of it. Haha, that’ll teach me to take pictures of everything before going to a fair! Oh wells! It’s always nice to see someone using something you made isn’t it! (mine is the one without the b!tch on it! =)