Sunday Motivation

Upcycling tank tops

Living in the tropics where it is constantly warm, I wear tank tops all year round so have a plentiful supply of ones that are getting worn and stretched and are ripe for a good upcycle!

So here are some ideas on what to do with tank tops:

First of all some refashions 
- making new clothing items

Or making the tops into something different...

Or you could simply use the fabric

Most recently, I used the slogans from the front of four of my old sporty tank tops that had become too stretched and worn to wear, and made these 4 things!

A sports duffel bag, a yoga mat bag, a large tote bag and a cushion!

I'm collecting all the ideas I find for upcycling tank tops on my Tank Top Upcycling Pinterest Board.

And for lots more ideas for upcycling any and all items of clothing, do visit the 600+ Clothes Upcycling Projects Page.  This is an ongoing linky where you can add your own clothes upcycling projects and it's growing every day. There are some brilliant ideas linked up there - so head on over and check it out for lots of inspiration.

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Crochet amigurumi polar bear

I've been practising my crochet a little bit more and made this little polar bear!

I think he's rather cute - and was nice and easy to make.
Thanks to Elisabeth for the suggestion to use a paper clip as a stitch marker, I found counting my rows much easier that last time when I  made a ducky with uneven sized limbs!!

I also got some big chunky wool and a couple of very chunky crochet hooks that my daughter and I have been playing around with.
My daughter loves the chunky soft feel of the wool and has been busy making things for her toys!

Some simple chains to start with..

That soon turned into..

A hammock..

 Snug as a bug sleeping bag...

and the comfiest bed ever..

I just sat and practised while watching tv, and ended up with this..
Could be a very wide scarf, or a small blanket! It's not very even, but very cosy!

Polar bear likes it anyway..

I'm enjoying playing around with crochet - and seeing my daughter get creative with it!

What new skills are you learning and practising?

I'll be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons are on the bottom of this page and whose direct links can be found on my linky party page.

Dress Upcycle Tutorial

These were two simple knit dresses that I bought on holiday in Bali a couple of years ago. Unfortunately they shrunk in the wash and were rather too short to wear!

So I cut the bottom off one dress - it had a few holes in the fabric, so I just took off those really.

I then cut the top part off the other dress.

Then all I did was simply stitch the two dress parts together to make one longer two-tone dress.  

I tried the dress on at this stage, but found it a bit shapeless:

So with the remaining fabric, I cut strips, opening up one of the side seams to make 3 long strips of fabric, which I then knotted together and plaited (braided) to form a kind of belt.

I then wrapped it around my waist firmly for size, then cut and stitched the ends together covering them with another scrap of the fabric to hide the raw edges.

Finally, I hand- stitched this belt to the join in the two fabrics on the dress - at just four points.

This helped to hold the belt in place, and add a little more shape to the dress, which I'm now quite happy with!

For more ideas about upcycling old dresses - 
to see several features plus an ongoing linky party just for dress upcycling!

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Upcycling Dresses - part 2, my own dresses

Last week I showed lots of examples and ways to upcycle dresses - from making bags, to skirts and even a money box!

I also showed you the dresses that I had cleared from my own wardrobe that needed something done with them!

One dress - the blue and pink one, was so small that all I had to do was shorten the straps slightly and pass it on to my daughter - who is growing closer to my height all the time!

Next I looked at 2 purple knit dresses that I bought on holiday in Bali a couple of years ago.
I love the colour of these dresses and they are so comfortable - but unfortunately, after a couple of washes, they had shrunk to little more than tops!

So - I decided to merge the two together into a single dress that was a bit longer!

I'll post next week about how I did this!!

UPDATE - the tutorial can now be found here.

The last few dresses were worn or had tears and holes in them.

I decided to use an idea from Michele who commented last week:

"Any cotton dresses I've had naturally go into quilts in my 

house too, so there's another idea! :)"

And that is exactly what I decided to do!

This is as far as I've got as yet - I'm hoping next week to put it all together as a small quilt - I'll post some pictures when it's done!

I've been interviewed!

Earlier this week I was interviewed about my blogging by Michele from Michele Made Me.

It was great to meet Michele on Google Hangout, and interesting for me to answer her questions and really put my blog in perspective.

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