Reuse girl’s clothes and make a skirt

You will need: one pair of pants your daughter has outgrown and one shirt that your daughter has outgrown.

Cut the pant legs off just above the knee, this allows for a seam allowance. Either pick the inner leg seams open or cut them off. I cut. Smooth out the pants and you will now have a pant triangle that is open on the inside, kind of like a letter “A”.

Cut each half of the shirts apart and slide a piece into the “A” and measure to fit. Sew the shirt to the legs.

reuse skirt

reuse skirt

As you can see the skirt is rather pointy in the front so cut and hem that.
reuse clothes into skirt

reuse clothes into skirt

reuse shirt into cape, no sewing

The kids wear through their clothing so quickly that it seems a shame to throw them out so soon after getting them. In the case of this former butterfly shirt, I turned it into a cape.

reuse shirt into cape

reuse shirt into cape

How to:

Cut off sleeves.

Turn shirt inside out and cut off side seams.

cut off sleeves and side seams

cut off sleeves and side seams

Open shirt and cut back into a triangular cape shape (wider at the bottom, narrower at the armpits).

cut into cape shape

cut into cape shape

Cut around the collar, removing the front half and leaving enough to pop over the kid’s head.

cut around collar

cut around collar

Reuse leggins into headbands

My daughter had a pair of black leggins that got a few too many holes in a sensitive area to be repaired so I began wracking my brains for something else to make with them. Leg warmers was the obvious choice but we’re heading into summer so she wouldn’t be wearing them.

The material is thick and stretchy, the perfect thing for a headband. I cut the legs into strips, sewed three of them together across the top, pinned it to my pencil holder at the top of my scrapbook table and braided away. Then I gave it a bit of a pull and wrapped it around her head. When we found the perfect blend of comfortable and secure I safety pinned the ends together, overlapped them for about 2 inches and sewed them together.

reuse leggins into headband

reuse leggins into headband

the original hole-y leggings

the original hole-y leggings

As many same length strips as possible

As many same length strips as possible

sew three together

sew three together

pin to something solid and braid

pin to something solid and braid

Reuse old shirt into child’s nightgown

I found this blue shirt on Hubby’s side of the closet and wore it as a pajama top for a little bit until it revealed its age and developed a few holes. I like reusing things so I got Pinspired by

http://www.itsalwaysautumn.com/2013/11/13/easiest-pajamas-ever-10-minute-nightgown-up-cycle.html

This is how mine turned out.

Reuse shirt into nightgown.

Reuse shirt into nightgown.

Use child's shirt to get an idea for measurements.  Place on top of inside out adult shirt.

Use child’s shirt to get an idea for measurements. Place on top of inside out adult shirt.

Cut arms down to size then shirt out into dress shape.

Cut arms down to size then shirt out into dress shape.

Reuse ballet tights into leggins

Big surprise, my daughter is growing and the ballet tights that fit last September are now in danger of ripping. In an effort to make them last until next September, I cut off the toes right under the heel part, double folded the ends and hemmed. Now she has leggins since her legs got longer but not her waist.

I cut at the red lines.

I cut at the red lines.

reuse ballet tights into leggins

reuse ballet tights into leggins

Upcyle tutu into ballet bag

There is a long history for this tutu. tutu to bag (5)First, it was was mine when I was 6, for my first ballet performance. I remember being measured for it and not knowing what all the fuss was about until I wore it and thought I was the principal dancer for Swan Lake. I think my mother made it, or one of the other ballet moms.

Anyway, I outgrew it (duh). I saved it because it was so beautiful. Then about 20 years later I had my daughter and I promptly put it in her closet. It turns out that she loves ballet more than me and wore the tutu faithfully for everything. Including lunch! It got stains that it never should have gotten, but it was being worn and being loved so I did my best at chemical stain removal.

Today was the sad day that the tutu no longer fit her. I thought of saving it for a granddaughter but quite honestly the fabric might not last that long. Inspired by the gorgeous and intricate ballet bags that the other girls in her class have (made my grandmothers), and by Pinterest, I turned this tutu into a bag.
tutu to bag (4)First I sewed the tutu shut at the bottom, this meant spreading the tulle to find the lowest edge of the blue fabric.

beware how the handles fold

beware how the handles fold

Then I added handles to the tutu front and back. In my case, the tutu is higher in the front than the back so the forward strap had to be shorter so both straps would be even. Pay attention to how the straps are folded since one goes across the front and one goes across the back. You could make them shorter to be a purse-like bag, but I went long for stability and security for my somewhat clumsy 5 year old.
upcycle tutu into bag

upcycle tutu into bag

One bench entryway makeover

There wasn’t much wrong with our entry way, wide enough to bring all the groceries in at once, wall space for art and hooks and a light. But it turns out that there was just a little too much in too little a space so I bought a bench with shelving under it to scoop up the excess.target bench
I had wanted a deacon’s bench like my stepmother had, it was beautiful. But no store here sells such a thing so you have to get it custom built for $900. I bought the $70 bench from Target instead.

big blue box with Closetmaid bench from Target

big blue box with Closetmaid bench from Target

entryway after
The bench is all I bought. Everything else was already in the entry way, just in the wrong spot. Or extra clothing and shoes on the floor which are now in the bench.

DIY infinity scarf

I got the idea to do this while I was checking out the new mark. Avon catalogue and it contained an infinity scarf for the season. The thing has a flower motif and I don’t wear flower stuff except for the dandelions and clovers that my kids pick for me. Those I put in my hair.

I have also been having difficulty this year with my décolleté skin: it burns. A nice infinity scarf, looped over this delicate area from my clavicles to my shirt would solve all my problems. Plus I’d have an extra accessory.

I began with a blue scarf I already owned.

diy infinity scarf

diy infinity scarf

Making sure to keep the scarf from getting twisted, I circled the scarf back on itself about a foot and sewed it together at the two red lines.

wear instructions

wear instructions

Place scarf around neck, twist in middle and loop second circle over head.

the full coverage

the full coverage

Adjust both circles as desired. This is the “protect my chest from the sun” setup.

the slightly looped

the slightly looped

This infinity scarf will also protect the back of your neck if you’re gardening.