Just cuz I wanted some festoonery at the family dinner table... I painted some wooden eggs, and nestled them in origami baskets. I wanted to get all crafty-Faberge with the 3-D eggs, but there were only 2 left at Michael's, so the other 3 are the less fun plywood kind. The baskets were made by my fiance, FoldSomething, and he has an instructional video for them: http://foldsomething.com/origami-videos/functional-origami/basket-flower-pot/ The 'grass' is strips of catalog pages.
This one is my favorite-- I've had matryoshkas on the brain lately, so I made a sort of egg-baby in that style. Interesting note: the Korean word for baby is "eggy".
I saw this idea in a magazine (Blueprint? Real Simple? dunno)* last winter, although in a different size and shape, and it was a bit of a revelation. Very attractive way to store all my myriad gloves and hats, and other stuff I need going out the door. This is my interpretation. *update (Jan 18): I found the picture I ripped out of Blueprint. By Hidden Cabin, for $130. Um, yeah....
I made this from remnants and repurposed fabrics I had around, and a 36" dowel I cut in half. The hanging strap is attached with vintage buttons, but I probably wouldn't do that again-- it's bunching weirdly and not hanging well. I would recommend a smaller loop at the center top or something, stitched directly to the base panel. The various pockets are topstitched onto the panel, with different sizes and shapes.
It's working well so far, easy to do in an hour or 2. You could get really creative with this!
My friend was cleaning up her condo and was getting rid of a china set. Sadly, I didn't have room for the whole set, but I loved the shape of this coffee pot. I use it to display/organize some of my jewelry-- to make it look intentional and elegant, I kept it monochromatic, silver and white.
My fiance and I are not crazy about holiday decorations-- he has an extraordinary distaste for glitter, understandably. But I still wanted to do something simple and a little festive to mark the season. So I bought some pine branches, pre-packaged at the grocery store, and arranged them like flowers. Nice and easy, and smells good!
This came in at under an hour. My mom gave me the remnants of some camo sweatshirt fleece she's probably had since the late 80's when she made something for my baby bro. I used another skirt I own to make a (very rough) paper pattern of one gore, then cut out 4 panels on the bias. Stitched those mammas together, turned the top, slipped in some 1/4 inch elastic, and left the hem raw. Take that!
It's mid-calf length, which I prefer for wearing with my stompy sexy boots.
I was inspired by a drawstring skirt made from sweatshirt fleece, complete with kangaroo pocket, that I got from Delia's back in the late 90's-- which was not pre-shrunk, nor on the bias, and so a general letdown.
Mine is way better, so easy to make, and so warm. Which is good, bc I think we're going to be snowed in again tomorrow. Meh.
Finally done! I made gift bags for my homegirls out of thrift store button-front shirts. Each one is unique, and they're all fully lined with vintage or other re-purposed fabric to give them strength for a long life of re-use. They can be reused as re-gift wrap, lunch bag, everyday tote, market bag, etc. It's going to be hard to part with them, but I saved a shirt to make one for myself ;P haHAR!
Thrifty: Each shirt cost about $2, the lining fabrics all came from my stash, as well as the buttons. Note: There is a present in each one-- just to clarify that the bag is not the present.
These are in the order I made them-- they seem to have gotten more structured as I went on...
All my girls:
The Em: lined with my favorite old bedsheet; sleeve as handle, vintage button with elastic loop closure inside. Not my best work-- hard to line up and cut out because the shirt was sewn on the bias. Argh.
The Ell: lined with vintage curtains; sleeves as shoulder strap (broke my needle on that); "untucked" bottom with contrast lining showing.
The Enn: lined with vintage curtains; front placket of shirt became top edge of bag; sleeves were originally going to be side gusset and attach to handle, but I shifted them around to center; vintage button and elastic closure on sleeve cuffs.
The Kay: lined with new, retro pink fabric with kitties (so friggin cute); contrast ruffle; no fancy tricks.
*squeal!!* I love this capelet! I made this from an oversized, circa-late 80s sweatshirt with a great buffalo check print. It's black and very light pink-- it may be a light pink that faded with time, I suspect it was white and someone washed it with something red-- it's pink now. I used an H&M skirt with a really cute print for the inside collar, piping, and the kanga-pocket in the front (not in photos). I made the button from 4 layers of adhesive-backed felt.
inside collar- sorry it's blurry.
Ideally, I would have liked to line the whole thing in something hot pink and silky, but really, I was too lazy and too eager to just start wearing it. I was inspired by this other Alli's cape http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=262005.msg2937630#msg2937630-- so mod! And double breasted would have been great, but as large as that sweatshirt was, it just wasn't enough fabric.
OOOOOoohkay, so I had to go to a baby shower.... no comment. Being poor, and conscientious about the environment, I decided to make a reusable gift bag-- however, you could definitely make this with a lining, pockets, longer handles for an everyday tote. I love seersucker!! My fiance HATES seersucker, so I scored on this, a present from his mom. The shower was for a baby boy, so I thought I was very clever making this visual pun from a man's shirt.
Before: a men's short-sleeved button down shirt
with The Potty Book, for your viewing pleasure
Quasi-Process: Have a great idea, and start slashing with the rotary cutter. Seriously, I laid out the shirt flat, cut straight across the body to get the number of buttons I wanted to show. Then cut the sides straight, and left the shirttail hem at the bottom. Stitched up the side seams, and stitched straight across the bottom to leave the shirttail hem detail showing. I did not stitch the placket closed. Turned and hemmed the top, and attached handles made from the remainder fabric from the sides. So, I got a great, clever, reusable gift tote for the mama, and I still have the top and sleeves of a seersucker shirt to recon into something for me!!!! Bwahahah!
I snatched 2 of my fiance's work shirts from the to-the-thrift-store pile and sketched for a few days (in the middle of the night out of a dead sleep) to come up with some recons. This is the first result, inspired by this Urban Outfitters blouse.
Before: one white and one royal blue regular old men's button front shirt
Back - original button placket, my fave part!
Action! - pls overlook the rumpliness, I threw it on over a t and sweatpants, I was too excited and impatient to take the pic!
Basic process: I cut off the sleeves and collar close to the seams, took in the sides to make it fit. Flip the shirt over- the back will be the front, and the original button front will be the back. Trimmed out the triangle for the front collar and made a paper pattern for the contrast collar and yoke. Reset the sleeves with cuffs removed and thin elastic for a little gather. Then hemmed up the bottom. Ta-da! Add belt for sass.
What I would have done differently: 1. I did not intend for this to be so nautical, it just happened to be the blue and white I grabbed to make this prototype. 2. Not until days later, having fretted about the wonky collar, did I realize it should have been fully faced instead of hemmed. 3. I would use a retro print and lace or sheer for the collar, with a lot more darts for a more 'ladylike', work-wearable blouse.
Thanks for checking out my first post! I would love comments and critiques. Mmwah!