26 Nov. 2011

Stuffed bunny toy

DD1 loves the stuffed toys I made her from scraps of fabrics. One day she requested a bunny. So I cut a simple pattern off a piece of paper. I didn't draw. I just made it up while cutting.
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After I sewed it up (again using scraps of fabric) and stuffed it up, I used some fabric paint to paint the face. It's a very ugly bunny. But DD1 loves it. It's the size of a palm, so easy for her to take everywhere.
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Baby bloomer to skirt

DD2 inherited this baby bloomer from a friend's baby and as much as I love it, I don't find her wearing it much. She's either in pants or dresses/skirts. So I decided to refashion it into a skirt.
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I cut off the bottom part where the elastics are:
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Then I sewed a ruffled rectangle on. A skirt!
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After it was finished I found I made it too big. So DD1 can wear it for a couple of years before DD2 can inherit it again!

22 Nov. 2011

Refashioned baby dress

As DD2 grows some of her clothes I try to refashion them so they can fit her again. Recently I finally found some time to refashion.

Here's a pretty dress that was a gift but only worn once or twice. It was a size 00.

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I cut the bottom part off. It's basically a rectangle.
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Here's a size 1 bodysuit which is too small for DD2.
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I cut the top part off. Now it looks like a tshirt. I ruffled the bottom of the dress.
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And attached the ruffle to the 'tshirt'. A new dress!
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It was too plain. I used some scraps of the dress and made a narrow ruffle and decided to wrap the ruffle around the heart of the 'tshirt'. It's much prettier!
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This dress looks a little bit big on DD2. But I think she'll grow out of it before the end of this summer!

5 Nov. 2011

Halloween refashion from two baby tops

The left pink top was too skinny for DD2. I loved the skeleton design so I kept it hoping that one day I could refashion the skeletons onto some other clothes. And I came across the right red top and thought it would be perfect for this refashion project. The red top was worn by DD1 and it looked very plain and old.
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But now after adding the skeleton it looks very Halloween, perfect for the holiday season!
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1. I cut the front piece off the pink top, and pinned it onto the front of the red top. I didn't use heat-n-bond.
2. I handsewed (because DD2 wouldn't let me go near the sewing machine, but somehow I could manage to handsew while looking after her)the skeleton onto the red top, using red thread and running stitches along the outline of the skeleton.
3. I trimmed all the excess fabric off the skeleton.I found this easier than cutting the exact shape to sew onto the red top because you get plenty of fabric to play with.

I was so happy that I handsewed. I wouldn't have achieved this neat result with a machine. I think knit fabrics are better done this way, but woven fabrics can be a problem coz they would fray, unless we want the fraying result or we don't mind it.

9 Oct. 2011

UFO Patchwork to bib

Now you know I'm obsessed again....

After making so many useful bibs out of useless things, I went into my UFO (UnFinished Objects) drawer for inspirations.

This is a patchwork kind of thing I handsewed on the train long time ago from scraps of flannelettes (yeah you can see traces of my many other projects in this patch work). I'm never a patchwork/quilting person but I hated to waste such soft cotton fabrics even small scraps, so I did this thing but I didn't know what to do with it.
Now I find it's perfect size for my bib pattern!

Here's one that's finished!

Most of my bibs are handsewn on the train while commuting. Not many projects can be brought to be done on the train and bibs are fortunately just perfect. So I always cut them out in advance and grab one or two before I head to the train station. I can usually finish one or two in one day. It takes about 35 minutes each way on the train and I never feel it's long enough!

Toddler winter top to bib

Yeah you can tell that I'm having so much fun refashioning things into bibs.

These are two turtle necks that I made for DD1 for winter but her head was too big to fit in and considering DD2 has a big head too I don't think they're useful any more.

So I've refashioned one into a bib:


Tshirt sleeves to bib

This tshirt of DH's has already been cut from the body for some other work,
and after I cut it open, I found the sleeves were big enough for my bib pattern.

So I made a bib out of the tshirt's sleeves!

The other side:

8 Oct. 2011

Preschooler's tshirt to bib

Since I successfully refashioned the toddler tshirts into bibs last time, refashioning clothes into bibs has become my new obsession. I have just the right excuse now that DD2 is 12 months old and generates at least 3 dirty bibs a day. Yeah I definitely need more bibs to work!

This is a tshirt of DD1's. It was fine until after a couple of washes it went into a weird shape and DD1 just couldn't wear it any more. I guess the fabric wasnt cut correctly. Talking about cheapy clothes...

So I cut a layer of bib out of the back of this tshirt,

and cut another layer out of a piece of fabric that I cut out maybe 3 years ago but never got to continue working on, then adding a layer of polar fleece to make a double sided bib (well actually all my homemade bibs are double sided). The piece that I cut off the back of the tshirt had to have some seam in it and I didn't like it so I covered it up using some lace cut from this unwanted tissue box cover.

Not too bad huh?

The other side:


27 Sep. 2011

Baby Tshirts to baby bibs

DD1 had these two Tshirts that were too small and I extended them with some fabrics for her to wear another year or two and then I kept them for DD2. But when I took them out to put into DD2's wardrobe I felt they looked too shabby for her to wear, especially the dead elastics around the neck. I didn't have the patience to remake the neckline, and recently DD2 is quite short of bibs, so I put my homemade bib pattern on top of the tshirts and thought, wow, perfect for a bib!


So I cut them out, yeah with the ruffles on, because that's cotton too. I thought the ruffles would make an interesting part, as I've never sewn any ruffles on bibs before, and this one has built-in ruffles. What a bonus!


And I went through my scraps drawer and was thrilled to find some scrap polar fleece that was just enough to make two bibs:




Then I pinned two layers of tshirts and 1 layer of polar fleece together and sewed the bibs:The pink one was totally handsewn on the train, and the yellow one was halfly handsewn, and turned and topstitched by sewing machine at home, because I couldn't wait till tomorrow morning's train ride...

The very well worn tshirt fabric is sooo soft...

Toddler pants to shorts

We got this pair of boy's pants from a friend, with a hole on the knee. It looks very comfy but she doesn't know how to sew and she hated to throw it away and she knew that I could sew so she gave it to me. Boy's pants huh.....
I thought it was too much hassle to patch it up, and now it's beginning of summer and I don't have the appetite to make long pants, so I decided to cut off the lower part with the hole and make it into shorts:



To make it more girly, I pulled out the scrap that I cut off the baby romper that I 'refashioned' the other day, and cut off the hem to make the new hem of the shorts:

And took off the remaining little red bow to handsew onto the shorts. Then I got a pair of comfy shorts for DD2!

22 Sep. 2011

Reversible baby sun hat

We lost DD2's sun hat on Sunday at Sydney Opera House. I felt guilty that I didn't look after it well and now DD2 doesn't have her favourite sun hat any more. So I made this reversible sun hat for her: The other side:
The left one is a Pumpkin Patch of hers, which is getting smaller for her. I should have taken the photo with the gingham side out....
I used this pattern, without ruffles. I made the ruffled ones before but felt they looked too big with the ruffles.


The hat looks very nice. I like the fabrics that I used. I have plenty of these two fabrics and I think I'm gonna make some sundresses or sorts to match the hat.

Quickly refashioned baby romper

Summer is coming! DD2 has this little romper from DD1:
I like it but I find it hard to find occasions to put it on her because there're two layers at front and it's gonna be too hot for her as a no-sleeve romper. So I took off the top layer, carefully enough to cut a hole at the shoulder:



I took off one of the little red bows on the top layer and covered the mending of the hole:

20 Sep. 2011

Adult thermo to baby leggings

I just can't part with my old clothes. I keep them to refashion, mostly into baby clothes.

This is one of them, a very soft thermo that's too skinny for me to wear. I kept it for years before I decided for it to go into my refashion pile.

I made it into baby leggings for DD2:
Then handsewed a few buttons to make it less plain:

Adult Tshirt to preschooler skirt

I had this tshirt that I wore for many years and now that I’ve put on some weight I don’t think I’ll be able to wear it any more. So I made it into a skirt for DD1. I even couldn’t part with the scraps.