Sunday, January 12, 2014

Sweater into Arm Warmers Upcycle

Arm warmers from crochet granny square sweater up-cycle.


Guess what? Yet again I found some Free People insperation. With the winter upon us here I need more layers. 

So I found a too small for me sweater at the super amazing thrift store $1.91 for this project I just used the sleeves so I have a ton left. 
Step one. Wash and dry lol! 
Because then you can find week seams to fix. 
Step 2 
 Find a row to trim back for thumb hole. I clipped the whole bottom orange granny square row.
Set my machine to a tight zig zag. 

Seamed up the hole one way. Raise foot and go back to the same side you started from. So any stretch all goes the same way. 
Cut off sleeves below a foundation row. See the baby pink? Cut below that. 

Zig zag around that twice. Seam up and stretched out funky loose rows. 

Make sure all foundation rows that appear weak are zig zagged. 

Trim the loose strings away careful not to cut the zig zag! Wear and enjoy :) 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Ribbon wreath.




I decided to take the hot glue gun way out because it's what I know. I cut strips of ribbon in lengths I liked and folded them over and glued rows then trimmed with lace row. Added a snowflake from dollar store. 6.49 white ribbon 3.49 red ribbon $1snow flakes x2 I already had the lace and wreath form but they had some at dollar store too. I actually got 2 wreaths out of the ribbons I purchased it at Michael's. I'll add the second wreath when I finish it. 



Sunday, November 24, 2013

Sweater/sweatshirt

 I have been so busy, I have neglected my blogging, I did manage to fit in some sewing and have the time to post about it. :)
I love this Free People sweater. 
Yes I know I love all things Free People! Lol
So I decided to make it. Suprise suprise! 
Step one, 
Go to thrift store. Purchase a sweater and a sweatshirt combo you like. :) they need to be similar sizes most importantly in the arm area. 
Step 2 take a deep breath and cut I to them. 
I started by cutting off the arms. Then cutting from the center of the sweater because I quickly found the side seams were too bulky. 
The bottom will be the top and the long edge will be the bottom. 
Cut off neckline by folding shirt in half and trimming an inch past the original collar, nice swooping collar now. Cut of the bottom ribbing. Set aside. 
Line up arms of sweatshirt and sweater cut accordingly. Trim up the side seam and trim the top wide enough.
 
Pin. And pin. Bc the stretch sweater will stretch if you don't almost over pin. 
Problem! Ahhh pin with a lil stretch this is why I told you to make sure your combos have similar arms. 
Now sew!! I did it all at once but looking back probably easier to do body first then the arms. But I'm rouge! I sewed over every area 3x with the sweatshirt being the outer hem kinda raw seam. 
Make sure you give the bottom edge lots of attention. I did a close zigzag along the sweater side edge. Then give it a trim
Bc you will have some stragglers! :) 
End result FAB!!! And mine cost under $4.00! I decided to used the bottom ribbing to add a neckline. Just now as I look at the original. Keep the seam from splitting. :) I will post another photo. 
Love it!! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Swants

So I couldn't resist when one of my "friends" posted this on Facebook! And I made a pair. Love love love my swants! 

http://westknits.com/index.php/2013/11/swants-tutorial/

Fun and up cycling woot woot!! Now you go make some too! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Art in the classroom

I volunteered to teach art in the classroom every week (yikes) this week we made Japanese blow art fall trees. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Sugar Skull clay pot.


This week has been a super craft week! I was able to finish 2 projects I started last week, and help Eman finish his costume. 
I love the way my sugar skull terra cotta planter turned out, and Evans costume is just what he wanted. And I got in some free motion too!! :) 
I just love Halloween! 

Wednesday, October 2, 2013