Some time before Christmas my friend Lynn asked me to make a “Memory Pillow” from her father’s old Wrangler shirts and Jeans. I’d heard of Memory quilts but never pillows. Since I’m the queen of pillows I was intrigued and quickly did some research.
These are various ideas that I found on Pinterest, made by various other bloggers/people.
My (almost 11 year old) niece Kalli is a reader. She’s not a reader like I am, where she’ll read a new book every month or so… I mean, a READER. She’ll read, like, 3 books in a week. She’s a beast.
Well, this year for Christmas I wanted to make her something “book-y” so I decided to make her a reading pillow. I wanted it to be small and with a handle so she could carry it around to sleepovers or just in the car. I wanted it to have a pocket so she could actually store the book safely when she’s not reading it, which isn’t very often 🙂
November has been a bit of a whirlwind. My grandmother passed away on the 1st. Her funeral was on the 5th. On the 6th, Muffin and I ventured to Florida for our annual Anniversary trip. Not only did we have the most wonderful time vacationing at the spot we were married, I also got to wear some new refashions 🙂
I picked up this 80’s-tastic purple dress shortly before our trip.
It’s stretchy; It’s comfy; It fits… what’s wrong with it (besides that awkward length)??
So, call me crazy, but I actually like this… whatever it is. I decided to work around it.
I could’ve left it as-is, but I really wanted that Floral embellishment to be a focal point.
I decided to look through my scraps. Wouldn’t cha know, I found some lace 🙂
Why yes, yes that is a pair of undies (tag still in tact). I’m sure this was a freebie with a purchase… One problem, which should’ve been obvious…
That’s okay… I have more lace where that came from 😉
The lace is see-through so I was able to follow the existing purple satin stitching and applique the black to the garment.
I trimmed the excess fabric from the stitching and then I got kind of carried away, maybe. I decided to use the extra lace scraps as a bias tape around the neckline. I thought it would tie the lace together better, ya know? I thought it would look too random to just have this huge black lace flower on my shirt…
Unlike my pal Marisa over at The Refash Stash, I struggle with bias tape. I really suck at using it… and to do it with lace. What was I thinking?! I didn’t even take any during pics of that just in case I failed miserably at it.
And I think it does tie nicely with the appliqued flourish.
How about that gorgeous Florida view, eh?
I’m rather fond of it.
It’s just a T-shirt, really. But an oh-so-comfy and more sophisticated T.
For Week 3’s challenge in the #RefashionRunway3, we were asked to make a Tote, purse, or clutch.
This proved to be especially challenging for me as I typically just use fabric laying around for this kind of thing. I’ve never actually made a purse from an item of clothing… But when I saw this suit hanging in my dad’s office, I took a chance 🙂
My dad actually donated this suit to my sexy Hubs, but it didn’t fit him right so I didn’t feel too bad about cutting this up for a new Fall tote (it’ll be here before we know it, folks).
I’m the kind of gal who doesn’t just need a purse or tote; I need a Mary Poppins bag! I carry EVERYTHING in my purse, so I need all the pockets I can get. As such, I was very strategic with how I cut these pieces.
See how I did that? Nothing too difficult when you have the right tools.
And so on an so forth until all the panels of my tote are cut:
I found some old maroon handles from a purse I wore to death. I always save any type of scrap/zipper/button that can be salvaged for a future project: I never throw refashioning items away!
Before I began constructing this into my new tote, I wanted to add applique to the front panel… just to give it a little pop of color & pizzazz.
I decided that the funky print went better with the handles than the red tweed.