Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Pretty-ing It Up

Baseball is in full swing around here and I am in need of some new shirts to wear to the games. Our boys changed schools this last year, so I couldn't wear anything with the old team/school/colors. Since I can't afford to buy a bunch all at once, I thought I'd try to work with what I already owned. Upcycling!!! Gotta love it!

I started with the black tank I want to wear and an outgrown orange t- shirt courtesy of monkey boy.

I cut the old t-shirt straight across under the arms.

I then cut 1" strips straight across the shirt (then snip one side to make a loooong strip.) I did this three times because I like things in threes! You can cut as many as you want.
I got to dig out my sewing machine for this next step. Yeah!!! And put a basting stitch right down the center of each strip. Pull the bottom thread to slightly ruffle each strip.

To start each flower, fold the strip in half along your basting stitch, then fold over one end and, using a needle and thread, tack it together. Now, continue wrapping it around and tacking it.

After you finish your flowers, decide what you want to do with them. At first I was going to put them all on my shirt, but as you can see, that didn't happen. I ended up using one of them on this plain black hat. I like how it turned out! I just pinned this flower on so I can change it out when I get the urge. Easy-peasy!!!

When I was sewing the flowers together, Princess asked what I was doing. I told her I was making flowers for my shirt. She waited a couple of seconds, then said, "When you're done pretty-ing up your shirt, will you make me something?" Guess what's next in line for sewing projects?!

Let me know what you think about my "pretty-ed up" baseball attire... I like it, so I'll probably make some more in other colors! How do you pretty up your stuff??

Love you all,


1 comment:

  1. Where do you get your creative streak???? Cute cute cute idea! Loves.