Wednesday, July 31, 2013

GOODwill to GREAT Ideas Part 2: Upholstery Swatch Upcycle

Here is my 2nd project showcasing my Goodwill finds.  If you missed the first post you can click here to see everything that I found at Goodwill, and to also see what I made in Part 1 of this series. 

As a reminder, here are the upholstery swatches I found at Goodwill.  Upholstery Swatches were the last thing I thought I would find at Goodwill.  They were 50 cents each and looked so inviting!  I had no idea what I was going to do with them, but I am always up to a challenge. :)

I chose to work with the black piece first and instantly it looked like a cute little clutch.  So, that is what it became!


Here is my piece as it was purchased.

1.  Cut lining fabric to match the outer fabric.

2.  Stitch the two pieces right sides together on 3 sides using a straight stitch. 
    3.  Along the 4th side, be sure to leave a small opening for turning the fabric right side out.

     4.  After sewing, clip off the corners, but do not cut into your stitches.  This step helps you to have nice pointy corners after turning.  (Mine still were not that great, but better than they would have been.)

    5.  Turn the bag right side out by using the hole you left open at the bottom.   To make the clutch from here I just folded the piece over on itself to make it look like a clutch. 

    6.  Stitch on your hook and latch Velcro.  Sew one piece to the front, and then place the other on the inside lining where the flap will meet up with the front.

    (I should have done this before stitching the two together, but thankfully I could open up the hole a little more  so that I could slide it over the arm to enable me to not stitch through both fabrics. 

    7.  Stitch up the hole that was made for turning.

    8.  Fold the purse over on itself and stitch up the sides.  I just used a top stitch with black thread.

    9.  Lastly, I thought it looked like it was missing something, so I added a silver chain I had from my jewelry making days.  It slipped through and clasped nicely.  

    So, HERE IT IS!  An Upholstery Clutch!  I'm actually very proud of this bag.  I can honestly say that I will actually use this! 

    I have 2 more Upholstery Swatches to create with and I have NO idea what to do with them.  I thought they looked kind of manly, but my husband is not so sure.  He joked that maybe I could make a European Carryall (for you Seinfeld fans out there).  I'm thinking....NO!  I was actually thinking maybe a manly nook cover?  Would a man carry an upholstery tablet cover around?  I guess mine would not!  :)

    You will just have to come back and see if I actually find a good use for the two final swatches!

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    ~ Gina

    This project was featured at the following blogs:
    Love 2 Upcycle

    A Jennuine Life Thrifty to Nifty Thursdays Feature

    You also might be interested in Goodwill Find Part 1: Shirt and Top from a 50 Cent Pillowcase.

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    Monday, July 29, 2013

    GOODwill to GREAT Ideas Part 1: Pillowcase Skirt & Top

    I made a quick trip into our local Goodwill store the other day to see if I could find any cheap material to sew with. While I was there I did find a few things.

    I found this pillowcase for 50 cents.  Isn't that trim so cute!  I had never tried this before, heck, I've only made a skirt once and I have never sewn a shirt, but I had to try it!  My little baby is turning 5 on Saturday and I thought this would be a perfect B-Day dress. :)

    I have a tutorial for this project.  I must warn you though, I have only taught myself, so I am no expert.  I wanted to make an outfit out of this pillowcase so I just went for it.  I probably should have looked up some specific instructions, but what's the fun in that?!  Am I lazy or just stubborn?  I think a little of both!  I learn best by doing things myself and making mistakes.  Anyway, I'm only telling you this in case you see something strange and think..."Why in the world did she do that?"  That said, I would love for you to write me and give me advice and tell me a BETTER way to do something.  In the end....this project went smoothly for me and I like the finished look.  Most importantly, it actually fits my daughter AND she loves it!  So, here is how I did it...

    1. I could tell right away that I was going to need a lining, so I sliced off a slither of the top of the case so I would have a tube.  Then, I tucked some of it inside itself so I had a nice lining.  After measuring around my daughter's waist the material was then cut at the perfect spot to give her a skirt.  When the material was laid out flat it looked like the above picture.  You can see where I then cut some elastic the length of the skirt and then folded it over a couple of times and sewed the material down. 

    2.  In the picture above you can see where I have already stitched around the waist, being careful to not actually stitch down the elastic.  What I'm getting ready to do in the picture above is stitch the skirt together.  I then tried the skirt on my daughter and then gathered up the elastic until it fit snug, pinned it and then took it to the machine to sew the two elastic pieces together.  The opening was then stitched closed. 

    3.  I was so excited to have enough material left to make her a shirt.

    4.  I grabbed a pajama shirt she has been wearing lately and decided to just cut around it.

    5.  I then double hemmed around the neck and arm holes.  For some reason I also double hemmed the sides.  Since these will be stitched together, I did not need to do this.  Let's just say it fits her snug.  However, it probably would have gaped open too much if I would not have done this.  I really do need to put in a zipper so she can get the top on and off easier.

    6.  Here I am stitching up the hem.

    7.  For the straps I used ric rac.  Just try the shirt on the model, pin ric rac in place and then take back to the machine and sew.  I cut off any extra after I had sewn them down.

    And here it is!  I love it...she loves it...we all love it!  

    The front
    I really wanted to add some ric rac to the empty white space on the shirt and skirt, but I did not have any green thread. 
    Pillowcase Dress

    I did decide to add some orange buttons to the front.  :)

    The hubby does not like pictures of his girls faces going out all over the web, so this will have to do.  :)

    My mom has already told me that I should shorten the dress a little.  It was a little difficult for her to get in her car seat. :)  I think she looks like a little lady.

    So, what do you think?  I'd love some feedback or tips of your own.  :)

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    I'm going to make something out of one of these upholstery swatches I found at Goodwill for 50 cents.  Any guesses???   When the post is up I will like it up HERE.

    Have a great week!


    This project was featured at....
    Tickled Pink at 504 Main
    Ashley's Dandelion Wishes

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      Wednesday, July 24, 2013

      Little Girl's Button Bracelet-How to

      When I was searching this morning on Pinterest for a craft to do with my girls today, I came across a cute little button bracelet on the blog Lillyella.  It looked easy enough!  Well, it was pretty easy, but if you hate hand sewing, like I do, then you can sympythize- crossed eyes, strained neck, cramping fingers, etc..  I know, I'm a baby.  But my eyes 'just ain't what they used be...'.

      Enough of the whining!  It turned out really cute!  Here is how to make it...

      Elastic (1/4" or 3/8", I think mine was 1/8"-could be part of the problem, but it was all I had)
      Needle & Thread

       Have the children create their own design with the buttons.

       Measure their wrist, being sure to have some overlap.

       I used a sewing machine for this, if you can believe it!  Darn right I did!

      Start sewing on the buttons to the elastic.  Knot behind each button and then continue.  Also, be sure to overlap the buttons so you cannot see the elastic.

      Here is where I let out a little scream because I thought my eyes were going to explode.  I did not have this problem just a few years ago.  I guess everything starts going down hill when you turn 29! (wink, wink)

      And there it is!!  So cute, isn't it?  I'm sure this would be painless for most of you to whip up, but I will have to wait a couple days before I do the next one for my other daughter. :)    This will make a nice B-Day gift for her.  This would also be a great last minute gift for their little girlfriends.

      If you make one, let me know.  And then you can tell me how easy it is and how crazy I am. :)

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          Monday, July 22, 2013

          My 'Casual Friday' Bag: A Blue Jean Upcycle

          Upcycled Blue Jeans to Incredible Bag

          Ahhh...sunsets.  This picture was taken over the weekend on the farm my husband grew up on.  His parents still reside there and we try to visit as much as we can.  I have always been in love with sunsets.  The Lord is good, isn't he?  He gives us beautiful sunrises to greet us as we begin a new day and then beautiful sunsets to wish us goodnight.  I was thinking about our God, the creator, as I sat in bed reading my bible and praying this morning.  I started thinking about this post and my latest creation.  I LOVE to create!  If you are reading this blog, you probably love to create too.  Our desire to create, and our ability to create, comes from God.  We are made in His image, and thus parts of his character can be found in us.  Flawed, of course, not perfect, as I demonstrate in my next project, but it is there.   

 my next project.  I wanted to make another bag, but I wanted this one to be bigger (to hold big notebooks and sewing books I am reading, etc..).  It also needed be a bag that would be good for the rest of the summer months and through the fall.  And, I wanted to create this bag all on my own, with my own little touches.  This is what I came up with...


          I had so much fun creating this bag.  I truly did not know what I was going to do next during every stage of the creation process.  I did know that I wanted it to have a quilt-like look to it.  So, I took 5 pieces of fabric, cut them in 4 inch squares and it ended up looking like this...

          Once I knew how much material I had to work with, I then found enough old jeans to complete the bag.  I must say, it was very hard to cut up this fabric!  I was tempted to turn it into a small blanket, but it really was not big enough.  This piece measured a little smaller than 36"x36".

          Once I had chosen all of my pieces, I was ready to begin.

          The bag went together rather smoothly, until I finished it and then went to place my cell phone and other goodies in the pockets I was so proud of.  Do you notice anything wrong with the picture below?


          There was an even bigger pocket on the other side!  I had to take it ALL out and turn it around.  boohoo!!

           Looks much nicer now, doesn't it?

          Since we were on the farm this weekend, I took advantage of all the great scenery and shot an obscene amount of pictures.  :)  Enjoy!!

          These handles are made from the waist band.  I stitched some of my pieced fabric to the top of each handle.

          I wanted to give you a closer look at the 'GW' (my initials) and the flower in this picture.  Can you guess what they are made out of ?

          Here is a closer look.  If you guessed BELT LOOPS and are right!  I'm loving the way it turned out.

           I attached the bottom section of the bag with zigzag stitching.

          So, here I am, loving my new bag!!  If you like this one you might also want to check out my other  blue jean upcycles.

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