Saturday, July 30, 2016

Pizzas and Quilts

It's the weekend and time for some more fabulous features from this week's Round Tuit.

First of all some Pizzas.




And some Quilts.


I hope you enjoyed this week's features.
Have a great weekend!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Upcycled Paris T-shirt Pillow


Over the last coupld of weeks I've been working my way through my stash of t-shirts to be upcycled. Last week I made a t-shirt quilt with most of the t-shirts I've kept belonging to my daughters.
However, this pink t-shirt that my elder daughter recently grew out of was a little bit special so I saved it to do something different with.


I had the idea of a pillow in mind, so found some old sheeting from my stash and an old squished pillow.

The pillow was torn and lumpy. So I took the stuffing out, fluffed it up and made a new pillow just the right size for putting inside the t-shirt.

Then I simply turned the t-shirt inside out, stitched across the top of the design on the t-shirt and cut off the neck and sleeves.



Then all that remained was to slip in the pillow and add fastenings.
I found these stitch on press-studs in my stash, that my mum brought out from the UK several years ago from her stash.




A nice simple project, to preserve one of my daughter's favourite t-shirts.


A simple upcycle and more of my stash used up!


Do you have any t-shirts in your stash?
What are you planning to do with yours?
Maybe you can find some inspiration on my

And for lots more upcycling ideas, please take a look at my Upcycling Tutorials Page

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

Upcycled T-shirt Rag Rug




After making a t-shirt quilt last week, to make a start on using up my t-shirt stash, I was still left with a large pile of t-shirt fabric - since the quilt only used the pretty logos and pictures from the fronts of the t-shirts.
I still had all the t-shirt backs and scraps to use up.


I decided to use them to make a rag rug - something I've wanted to try for a long time - and finally I got A Round Tuit

I used a great little tutorial that I found via Pinterest from 
Proverbs 31 Living. She used denim scraps for her rug, which looks great, but I figured it would work just as well with t-shirt scraps.

So I cut my remaining t-shirt fabric into rough squares.

Now when I say 'rough' I really do mean it. They were lots of different sizes and some were square, some rectangles, some neither - but they did have 4 sides!

For the backing I used part of an old towel - another thing used from my 'to be upcycled' stash.

For the design, I did consider keeping the colours together and making a rainbow design, but in the end decided it was easier to just mix them all together.


So then it was just a matter of folding each 'square' into a kind of triangle and placing them on top of each other, then stitching in rows onto the backing towel.



I stitched row after row of these triangles, overlapping each other, and each row was about 1' (2.5cm) apart.

Once I'd used up all the t-shirt pieces, I trimmed the edge of the towel and finished the edge off with a double folded hem to stop it fraying.

I love how my new rag rug looks, and feels.








All I have to do now is decide where to use it.
Both of my girls tried to claim it when they came home from school and saw it, but I think I might keep it in the kitchen, to keep my feet cosy when I wash the dishes!

Have you ever made a rag rug?  Did you make it like this or a different way?

I love how this turned out so much that I'd like to make more - and I know I have plenty of fabric in my stash. Next time I'd try a different method though - I'd love any suggestions.


So that's a whole box of t-shirts from my stash used up, into a quilt, a mini quilt, a balloon dog and a rag rug.

Not only have I used up a whole box from my fabric stash, I've also completed three projects that I've had on my to try list for a long time! It feels good to be actively doing, instead of just planning.

Time to look in my stash and see what to use up next - in my bid to 'use up all of my stash'.

How about you? Do you have things in your fabric or crafting stash that you need to or want to use up?  Do you have many projects on your 'to try one day' list?  Why not get started on something today?

If you need some inspiration, why not check out my free sewing tutorials. There are over 100 to browse through, for all levels of sewing ability and a large variety of projects.



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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Upcycled T-shirt Balloon Dog


I'm currently decluttering and working my way through my fabric and clothes to be upcycled stash.

Last week I opened a box of t-shirts I'd kept and made a simple t-shirt quilt for my girls. 
You can find more pictures and a tutorial to make your own t-shirt quilt here.


Although this was a great way to use up the front pictures and logos from all those t-shirts. There are still the t-shirt backs and scraps left over. Really so far I've used up less than half of the t-shirts from my stash in term of volume of fabric used and left over.

First I played around a little and made a mini t-shirt quilt, using the back of one of the t-shirts and smaller squares cut from the scraps of others.

Whilst this was nice and cute, and my younger daughter will happily claim it for her teddies, I'm not sure that making more of these is the answer to using up those last scraps.


Another thing I found on Pinterest and have been wanting to try making for a while is this t-shirt balloon dog.
The tutorial, from Little Inspiration is nice and clear and can be found here.

I cut two strips from the back of one of the left over t-shirts and sewed them together to make a tube long enough to try one.
 I used old stuffing from squished pillows that when pulled and tugged apart comes up nice and fluffy again for a second use!

The dog is made from stuffing and stitching your t-shirt tube in sections, twisting and stitching the sections together as you go, just as a balloon animal is twisted together!




I'm quite pleased with how it turned out!



I know my daughters are going to love this little doggie! It was fun to make and has inspired me with more possibilities yet!

Do come back again to see what I do with the remaining t-shirt scraps...


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Monday, July 25, 2016

A Round Tuit 320

Hello again and welcome to another week.
Last week I did some great stashbusting using a box of my girls old t-shirts.  
I made a t-shirt quilt - something I've been meaning to try for a long time and it feels good to have finally got 'a round tuit'!! 
I posted a t-shirt quilt tutorial - including my first ever video tutorial here.
Make a T-shirt quilt

 Watch out this week for more stashbusting and upcycling!

How about you? What have you been up to?  Let's get this party started and find out.

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Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
 
 
 
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
 
First of all,  a great example of 'use what you've got' from C.R.A.F.T. with these envelopes made from colouring in pages.



Next, another example of 'use what you've got' with this Easy Upcycled Walkway from Pallets from The Homespun Hydrangea.




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