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21  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Bracelet Part Two on: May 04, 2012 02:25:27 PM
So I had this leftover plastic from when I purchased some barrettes.  The shapes punched into the plastic were pretty cool so I cut them out.  I painted the plastic which took two coats.  Next, I wrapped the brown string around the plastic in a pleasing pattern.  I liked how it turned out so tribal.  I glued a piece of string to the back of one end of the plastic and wrapped more string around it to reinforce it.  Lastly, I sewed a button on the other end so I could fasten the bracelet by wrapping the string around it.   Pretty snazzy!

22  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Recycled Bracelet on: May 03, 2012 04:42:09 AM
While working on a different project, I wound up with two pieces of plastic.  I liked the floral print of this fabric and found one section of the fabric that encompassed some great details.  I lightly applied hot glue to one side of the plastic piece and laid it down on the back of the fabric scrap.  I then cut around the plastic piece, leaving enough fabric to fold over onto the back of the piece of plastic.  I applied hot glue to the back of the plastic and folded the fabric over into the glue.  I took a large needle and poked holes on both sides of the plastic.  I then threaded the needle and ran three strands of thick thread through each hole, knotting them on the inside of the plastic so they would not show.  I braided the thread and then knotted the ends.

23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Flower Tank Refashion on: April 29, 2012 04:19:55 PM
The concept is not really difficult.  You cut out the flowers and then you sew them onto the tank.  "Oh that's easy!", you say.  At least, that's what I thought.

HA!  I didn't even cut one whole flower from the material when I realized I had really stepped in it.  First off, my flowers had a bunch of leaves with funky edges.  It would take forever to cut the flowers perfectly out.  So I did it imperfectly.  I just cut blocks around the flowers and figured I could fix it later.

I pinned the flowers to my tank and started sewing.  The funky edges of the flowers and leaves made this part extremely difficult.  I ended up hand stitching the difficult edges of the flowers and sewing the easy parts with the sewing machine.  I then cut the excess material from around the stitched edges.

I do want to point out that if you look closely at the collar, you will see where I let some of the flowers and leaves flow off of the tank.  I thought this was kind of different and liked how it looked.

24  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Zipper Tank Refashion on: April 29, 2012 03:21:24 PM
I thought they looked like little butterflies too!  You should do it and send me a pic!
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Zipper Tank Refashion on: April 28, 2012 12:46:33 PM
You will need fabric and two zippers, either 6 or 8 inches. Using a 1:2 ratio for the length of the fabric cut two 4 x 12 (or 4 x 16) pieces out to fit the zippers. I cut the corners off for a more rounded look and then zig-zag stitched the edges to prevent fraying.  I cut the material in half with the intention of sewing the material on top of the zipper.  I sewed a long stitch down the inside of the material and then pulled on the threads to gather the material.  I made sure the length of the gathered material was the same as that of the zipper. I pinned the material to the zipper with the ruffles face down on top of the zipper.  I lined  the rough edge of the material up to the outside edge of the zipper and stitched all the way down. I zig-zag stitched the material to reinforce it and then ironed the ruffles to lay flat.  I then placed the finished product onto my tank and pinned it down.  I hand stitched the zippers to the tank for easy removal and voila!

26  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Tank Top on: April 26, 2012 07:33:15 PM
This is my third tank top refashion.  The tank is about ten years old and has turned a lovely shade of gray.  I cut out the swirly design from a panel of material and attempted to make an A shape.  This was not working for me so I cut the swirly design in half and flipped the halves around to make a sharper A. I pinned one leg of the A to the bottom hem of the tank and pinned the other leg of the A to the side seam so that the A ran catty-corner across my belly.  All I needed to do then was to sew the A to the tank.  Not too shabby! 

27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Spray Paint Tank on: April 25, 2012 03:40:09 AM
All you need for this project is:

    -Fabric Spray Paint
    -Tank top

Turns out I didn't have a bucket so I improvised with a kitty litter container.  I took the tank and put it onto the kitty litter container.  You want your tank to fit tightly over the container so you can scrunch it better.  I was worried about the stripes being too uniform so I played around with the folds.  I laid down some newspaper and commenced spraying.  I held the can about six inches from the tank and sprayed back and forth until the whole shirt was covered.  I let it sit for about five minutes and the gingerly removed it from the bucket.  Per the instructions, I let the shirt hang for 72 hours before washing it. 

I purchased the fabric spray paint at Joann's with a 40% off coupon so this this entire project cost about $2 or $3 dollars.  It's a simple and inexpensive way to spice up your wardrobe!


28  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Racerback Tank on: April 24, 2012 04:27:23 AM
With all this warm weather, I needed something light to wear.  I decided to refashion some old tanks I had laying around.  I took the first tank and I laid the design on the back of the tank and moved it around until it was in a position I was happy with.  I pinned the material down so it wouldn't shift and then sewed the material to the tank.  I then cut the flower pattern from the rest of the panel.  I then sewed around the edge of the flower pattern again to reinforce it.  I was terrified that it would pull loose because the material seemed so delicate!  I turned the tank inside out and cut inside the stitching to remove the material.  This was the scariest part of the whole process even though I had teeny-tiny scissors. 

29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Grandma Dress on: April 20, 2012 10:00:43 AM
This dress more or less fit me but just wasn't quite my style.  And you can't tell from the pictures but this dress was very sheer. I didn't take any pictures as I was refashioning it but I basically removed the bottom of the dress that had the panels on it.  To keep it modest, I added lining, and then I added elastic around the waistband.  The waistband is kind of bulky so I might rework that but I think I made this skirt just in time for floral trend explosion. 

30  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Refashioned Bobby Pins on: April 17, 2012 05:43:08 PM
You will need:

    -bobby pins

Three of these buttons are shaft buttons and one is a sew-through.  With the shaft buttons, I slipped the top leg of the bobby pin through the shaft.  I threaded the needle and ran it repeatedly through the button shaft and around the bobby pin leg.  The button will feel loose but there is a point when you run the needle through the thick accumulation of thread  that it will almost instantaneously tighten up.  I kept up with this until I had just enough thread to tie a knot. 

I liked sewing the sew-through button onto the bobby pin better than the shaft buttons.  I laid the button on top of the bobby pin and ran the needle through the button holes and around the bobby pin leg.  I kept this up until the button felt sewed tightly to the bobby pin and then knotted the thread.

Voila!  Four cute hair accessories for mere penny's! 

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