Thursday, September 29, 2016

Upcycle that Sleepwear

Over the years, I have managed to upcycle quite a lot of sleepwear, and have found some great projects that other people have made too. Here's a round up of some great ideas on how to upcycle sleepwear that you've grown out of or has become worn!

I used the front of a pair of PJs to spruce up a bike bag I made for my daughter one year!

I also used a pair of PJ pants and a pair of old jeans together to make a bag for my daughter.

And there was the Hello Kitty Nightie that was saved and used on an upcycled lunch bag!

And of course the fabric origami bags I have made from old nighties.

For these and more ideas - I have a 

Pinterest Board for upcycling sleepwear ideas

Not many pins as yet - but as I find more I will add them. Do let me know if you find any sleepwear upcycling projects!

For lots of ideas for upcycling all types of clothes, visit the ongoing Clothes Upcycling Projects linky, which currently has over 600 links and is growing all the time. Feel free to add your own clothes upcycling projects too!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Easiest ever fabric gift bag tutorial - an upcycle

Last week I upcycled an old nightie into a fabric origami gift bag. This used up the majority of the fabric in the nightie, but there was still a little left over - plus a pair of small PJ shorts to be upcycled too. 
So I was looking for something to make with the smaller scraps - and decided to make some little gift bags. Some small ones, some even smaller ones and some teeny weeny ones.  This was also an opportunity to try and use something else I'd saved a pile of with the idea I might upcycle them one day...
Yes, bread tags!
They can't be recycled, so I was looking for something constructive to do with them rather than just throw them away!
A little nail varnish jazzes them up a bit!

You could make these bags any size you want - for giving small gifts like earrings, or treats like sweeties. They would be perfect to use as Birthday Party bags  - made with fabric scraps to just the size you want.

Here's how to make the easiest ever fabric gift bag:

1. Cut a rectangle of fabric.

2. Fold in half - wrong sides together and stitch down the sides. Trim the seams.

3.Turn inside out and stitch down the sides again. This is a French Seam and means your raw edges are now hidden and won't fray or look messy.

4. Turn right sides out and trim the top with Pinking Shears to stop the fabric fraying.

5. Seal your bag using a bread tag!

And there you have one teeny tiny gift bag - perfect for a small gift or treat!

Make lots for all your friends!

Make them different sizes!

And from different fabric!  How about a Halloween treat bag?

So there is a way to use up some fabric scraps and bread tags - things that might otherwise get thrown away, use what you've got!

These bags would be a great way to make a whole batch of bags for a party or treat bags for a special occasion. The supplies you need are easy to come by - and can cost nothing!

For the free downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

For more ideas for using the supplies you have on hand to craft and create with, check out my 

Or if it's sewing tutorials you're interested in, I have over 100 Free Sewing Tutorials for making all manner of things and for all levels of sewing ability. Check them out here.

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

Monday, September 26, 2016

A Round Tuit 329

Happy Monday!
After 2 weeks of teaching, I'm back to sewing and blogging this week - and have my girls home too as it's the second week of the school holidays. I've got plenty of plans of things to make and do - so keep coming back to see what I get up to!
Last week I did manage to fit in a little sewing - just a quick upcycle - 
making a fabric origami bag from an old nightie!

But now it's time to see what you've all been up to this past week. Let's get this party started and find out!


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, this awesome top made from fabric scraps from The Honey Thread - definitely my kind of project - use what you've got!

For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
Creating my way to Success
Now it's your turn:
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
I'd love if you grabbed the button - then you can have your very own Round Tuit!
And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
By linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your post in features here on my blog.
I will feature my favourites on this post and my Saturday Spotlight feature post next week.

And I'll also pin each feature to the Round Tuit Pinterest Board.

Hope you have a great week!

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Crochet, Parties and Celebrations!

It's time once again to show you some of the brilliant link ups to this week's Round Tuit.
This week I've chosen to feature some crochet projects and party or celebration ideas.

First of all the crochet projects.

And the party/celebration ideas.

I hope you enjoyed this week's features and that you have a wonderful weekend.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Squeezing in a quick clothes upcycle - fabric origami bag from sleepwear

I've been doing some teaching work for a couple of weeks so I haven't had much time for sewing and blogging. However, I did manage to slip in a quick little upcycle yesterday.

After upcycling the old school uniforms in my stash over the past few weeks, I moved onto the next clothing item I found - nightwear!  I had an old nightie and a pair of PJ shorts.

Yesterday I cut up the nightie - to make a fabric origami bag using my own tutorial here. This one I made from a couple of old sundresses that my girls grew out of years ago!

And here's the one I made yesterday using my old nightie!

The straps are just perfect for the drawstrings for the bag too!

They are such soft and pretty little bags, and so easy to make. They make great gift bags or little toiletry bags. I think I might claim this one for myself!

This isn't the first time I've made a bag like this from old nighties. I did the same a few years ago with others!

So now the only item of sleepwear I have left to upcycle is this pair of PJ shorts, (and a little extra fabric from the nightie too).

I only have two more days of teaching work, then should have more time to get back into my sewing and upcycling!  I will share soon what I make next!

Any and all suggestions welcome.

For plenty more clothes upcycling ideas and inspiration, do take a look at the ongoing long term linky for clothes upcycling projects and feel free to add your own projects and ideas too!

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Upcycle those Uniforms

Over the past couple of weeks I've been upcycling my daughters' old school sports shirts into teddy bears. The shirts are old styles and so aren't worn anymore, but there was nothing physically wrong with them, so I didn't want to throw them out - and I thought since they were their school uniforms, maybe little keepsake memory bears might be a good idea!

The two white bears were to be given away - one as a trophy for a school recycling contest my daughter set up, and the other as a gift for a friend who works at the school. 
The two green teddies were for each of my daughters to keep. Those were their old house coloured shirts, so maybe they will go to future interhouse competitions as mascots? (the light in different photos makes them look different colours, but they are both green!)

The bigger teddy was made from the old style of uniform shirt for our swim club. Again, there was nothing wrong with the shirt itself, but no longer worn as the style has been updated to a new one.
I think this teddy will enjoy coming to all the swim carnivals as our new mascot!

A couple of years ago, I upcycled a lot of these old swim club uniforms into bags to sell and raise money for the club.

I also upcycled my girls old school dresses - which was their uniform in the early years of junior school - into teddy dresses, notebook covers and fabric baskets.

AND, a few years earlier, I'd upcycled their first old dresses into hair accessories!

Oh my goodness - looking at all of that, it makes me see just how many uniforms my girls have gone through!  We've always tried to buy second hand uniforms, and then pass them on to others afterwards, but sometimes they are too old and worn to do so and into the upcycle pile they go.  Kids go through so many clothes as they grow don't they!  But it's nice to be able to either pass them on to someone else who can wear them, or make them into something new they can continue to use!

So that is all my uniform upcycles so far, but there are so many more out there, like this one from the 600+ clothes upcycling linky,

An upcycled military uniform iPad case from Hong Kong Chic.

And there are heaps more to be found - as you can see from my Upcycling Uniforms Pinterest Board
where I'm adding more all the time as I find them.

Have you ever upcycled an old uniform - school, sports, military or other?  I'd love to hear more ideas and see pictures. They can be a great memory keepsake to make!

For heaps more clothes upcycling ideas - and to add your own, take a look at the