T-shirt Skirt

I recently raided the drawers of my old dresser at my parents house to find old t-shirts. My family thought I was crazy when I got excited about a whole collection of different shades of blue t-shirts and stated I was going to make them into a skirt. I was inspired by this idea, found on Pinterest. I’m pleased to say that I did make those old d-shirts into a skirt and I am excited about the results.

My collection of old t-shirts.
My collection of old t-shirts.
I cut off the arms and sewed up the sides in order to create a base for my skirt
I cut off the arms and sewed up the sides in order to create a base for my skirt
I cut strips of the t-shirts and arranged them to have an outline of what I was doing.
I cut strips of the t-shirts and arranged them to have an outline of what I was doing.
I used a "gather as I go" approach to sewing the layers to the base.
I used a “gather as I go” approach to sewing the layers to the base.
The completed skirt.
The completed skirt.

 

 

The skirt reminds me of the different colors of the sky, which I like because I haven’t seen much of the sky lately 🙂 I wore it to my internship one day and even got a compliment. I guess I’m not so crazy after all.

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Christmas Tie

I found a wonderful tutorial on Pinterest with a pattern for a men’s tie. I tentatively used the tutorial and pattern to make Joe a tie for Christmas. I was very pleased with the results.

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These are the materials I used. The liner for the tie was from a skirt that is now too short for me to wear. The tie material is leftover from the reupholstering project I did a few months ago.

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The pattern worked well and I’m glad I had it for the process. The tutorial had detailed instructions as well.

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The last part was sewn by hand and took the longest, though it was not terribly difficult.

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Here is the end result. I couldn’t wait for Joe to open it on Christmas.

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Busy Work

I have not had a break from school as long as this current one since last year at this time. Graduating with my BSW in May and starting graduate school the next semester meant that I only had two weeks between degrees and I had to take summer school. This winter/holiday break has been much needed and greatly awaited, however; I knew that I would need something to keep me busy. Part of this meant starting my new internship during the break. Another part meant assigning myself some busy work.

I have already finished some of my projects, of which I am fairly proud. The first was a project I found on Pinterest, entitled quilted patchwork bib. This one even included a pattern, to which I accredit most of my success as I have proven that I am pretty helpless without one. Because many of my friends are having babies and these bibs are made out of fabric scraps, the project was a win-win. I could get rid of my pile of fabric remnants while making presents for friends.

First off I made a huge mess.
First off I made a huge mess.
I made sure I followed almost all the directions on the tutorial, and things came along quite nicely.
I made sure I followed almost all the directions on the tutorial, and things came along quite nicely.
Here is a sample of the finished project.
Here is a sample of the finished project.

The next project I tackled was to make the glass jars we have been using for storage look a little less tacky. I was thinking of spray painting them as I have seen several DIY projects like this on Pinterest, but decided to use materials I had on hand instead. I simply found some paint that has been sitting in a closet for years and painted the tops of the jars to disguise what they originally held.

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Before.
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After, much more classy.

O Christmas Tree

Since Joe and I have been married we have always had “live” Christmas trees. Our first Christmas together we decorated our house plant, affectionately named Norbert II. Our second Christmas together we decorated our Redwood sapling that we bought for our first anniversary. Both plants have died and so we have been looking for a replacement tree. During Thanksgiving we got inspiration from visiting a high end Christmas store. We decided the design of the tree was easy enough that we could make our own version. So we did.

We gathered some sticks from around the neighborhood and hot glued them together.
We gathered some sticks from around the neighborhood and hot glued them together.
Then we spray painted the tree with white paint.
Then we spray painted the tree with white paint.
And now we have a lovely Christmas tree that won't die.
And now we have a lovely Christmas tree that won’t die.
Hope Ornament
Hope Ornament
Our Christmas tree, Nativity, and stockings
Our Christmas tree, Nativity, and stockings

Changed Jacket

I recently got a jacket for free that I didn’t like much, but I did like the way it fit. I made some changes and I like the results.

I wasn’t a fan of the patch or the buttons on the original jacket.

I took off the patch and switched out the buttons and I am pleased with the result. This is now a welcome addition to my professional wardrobe as my office is freezing cold.

Reupholster

A woman I visit teach recently gave me some chairs and off handedly said that they would be nice pieces if I reupholstered them. That sounded like too big of a project, but since the chairs were free I decided to take them. After visiting a friend’s house who had just reupholstered some chairs I decided I might give it a try. She gave me some tips and with some help from the internet, it wasn’t too bad.

Old Chair

I purchased the materials I needed: staple gun, staples, heavy fabric and then located the tools that I had on hand: scissors and a screw driver.

Materials

The project was fairly simple. I flipped over the chair, unscrewed the screws on the bottom, and popped off the seat. Then I measured the amount of fabric I would need to cover the seat and cut it to size.  I pulled the fabric taut and used my staple gun to keep it in place. Then I put the seat back in place and put the screws back. Old chairs made new.

New Chairs

Challenge Course Facilitator

I was trying to think of something to write about. Because Hope has been so diligent on giving updates on our adventures I do not have much to say. I decided to talk about my training last week and promote challenge courses. This summer I will be a challenge course facilitator at UNI. It is hard to define what a challenge course is and what it represents. It combines climbing on telephone poles with ropes and cables involved. It could be thought of as an obstacle course, only more complex and meaningful. It can be used as a challenge for those seeking to push themselves individually or as a group. It also has the power to achieve therapeutic results for those struggling to overcome boundaries. I think it has the ability to achieve what ever results you are looking for. It has been a goal of mine to be a challenge course facilitator for a couple of years now, and I am excited to finally live a dream. I suggest googling images of challenge courses if you still cannot picture what I am talking about. Believe it or it, legitimate challenge courses have to pass an inspection by an accrediting body such as the Association for Challenge Course Technology.

Feeling Crafty

I have a small little craft corner in my small little apartment. Recently I have not had much time to devote to this small corner of my life. Any craft that I have started has sat lonely and unfinished, until today. Yesterday I bought a glue gun which gave me a lot of ambition to be crafty. Today I pulled out my new weapon and made some progress on things I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

I was able to use some of the scrap fabric I’ve had laying around into fabric flowers….I don’t know what I’ll do with them, but they are there waiting for another project someday.

I was also able to finish this wreath that I started at a Relief Society activity.

Projects

My mom taught me to sew when I was in the 4-H program, but since then I haven’t done much. My mom recently gave me one of her sewing machines and I’ve been trying to get the hang of it again. My progress has been slow, but once I got some help from my mom and bought some new sewing machine needles, it’s gotten better. Here are a few things I’ve worked on, they are all items that I have repurposed.

These were both dresses that were too short. I cut off the bottoms to make headbands and used the remaining to make a top to wear over a shirt.

This is the project I am most proud of. It used to be a dress, I cut off the top and made it into a skirt.


And this is what it looks like on. (Please excuse the busy background).