Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Funky Upcycle Set: Armwarmers, Hat, and Necklace Plus a Bolero
1. Find a great shirt at the thrift store -- I like them to be stripy! This is a women's size small.
2. Cut the sleeves off at your desired length for the arm warmers.
3. Turn the sleeves inside out and serge a new side seam so that the sleeve gets narrower as it approaches the cut end. In this picture, the sleeve on the right has already been narrowed in this way, but the left sleeve has not.
4. Cut out a triangle shape to make the thumb shaping.
5. Serge around where you just cut out the triangle. Then turn right side out. The cut edge will be unfinished so it curls over time, which means you are all done with the armwarmers!
6. Now, for the hat. I wanted to re-use the hem of the shirt as the bottom hemmed edge of the hat. My daughter was not around to measure her head circumference, so I just traced around a winter hat that I knew fits her well.
This shirt has a curved hem, so I cut the hat so that the longer edge would be in the back of the hat, and the front of the hat is the side seam of this shirt. This shirt has decorative contrast stitching, which will now run right down the front of the hat.
7. Turn the hat inside out and serge the cut curved seam. Make sure to secure the serging at the ends of your seam, of course.
Here it is turned right side out -- all done! The front of the hat is on the right in this picture.
8. For the necklace, cut wide strips from your shirt -- 2 or 3 inches wide.
9. Then cut the strips at one side seam to make 3 long pieces of fabric. In this picture, only 2 of them were cut open so far.
10. Lay all 3 strips on top of each other and sew them together along one short end.
11. Now braid them loosely.
12. Form it into a loop, and sew or serge both ends together. Finished!
13. Your hat, necklace, and arm warmers set is done, but you have enough of the shirt leftover to make a cut little bolero style cardigan.
14. Just cut directly up the middle.
15. Then add a snap or button to close it. Leave all the edges raw to curl. This will look so cute over a white t-shirt!
So, out of one women's small size shirt, you have made a hat, arm warmers, necklace, and short sleeve bolero.
Posted by Jennifer at 8:00 AM
Sunday, November 13, 2011
I headed to my local thrift store in search of a stripy long sleeve t-shirt, and this is what I found:
Plus, there was enough of the shirt leftover to make a bolero!
Look for the tutorial on Tuesday!
Posted by Jennifer at 11:07 AM
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Don't you just love natural learning opportunities? I do! Today, while I was making dinner, my son was playing with a plastic beaded necklace on the kitchen floor. He was all excited about the funky shapes he was creating. He was creating some really unusual ones for which I am pretty sure we do not have names.
So, I asked him to make a triangle. It took him a few seconds to figure out how to pull the necklace to make a triangle. I know you are thinking that it sounds pretty simple, but it requires you to figure out how many sides and how many "corners" the shape has.
Next, I asked him to make a square. Even though he has known all of his basic shapes for at least a year (or maybe 2), he couldn't figure it out! We had to look at other squares and count the corners before he could create one on his own with the necklace. For some reason, creating the shape with the necklace forced him to think about the number of sides and the number of corners in a much more concrete way than just drawing a shape with a crayon or pencil.
I think maybe it is time to pull out the Geoboards! They are a fun way for kids to explore shapes, all while playing.
Posted by Jennifer at 6:03 PM