A Bit Of Clothes Upcycling

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Dec 122018
 

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Makeing Changes To Some Clothing

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One thing I’ve noticed when buying clothes, of the comfy, loose kind I like to ware, is that quite often there is not a lot of difference between cut and material of dresses, nightdresses, and long t-shirts or tops, or of shorts and shortie pyjamas.

So sometimes I buy a shortie nightdress and ware it as a baggy top.  Or buy shortie pyjamas and ware the bottoms as shorts – I’ve bought ones before where the pyjama bottoms were exactly the same materials as lightweight shorts I’d bought the previous year.  The only difference tends to be pockets on shorts but not on pyjama shorts.

So these days I look at items on sale not just to see if they would fit and be of a style I would ware, but also thinking about whether they would be suitable to embelish with screen printing, or cut and sew into something that would suit me better.  Such as when I put in a bright stripe of material into the sleeve of a shirt where the sleeve wasn’t quite as loose as I’d like for gardening, and then adding some screen printing to the pocket.

Adjusting and playing with something on sale can work out much cheaper, and quicker, than buying matetial, thread, etc., and makeing the same garments from scratch.

What I’ve got to show you today is a pair of pyjamas from Simply Be that I changed.

Bought on sale for £12.  A lighter weight than some I’ve bought, but nice for wareing around the house and puttering at my daily chores.

I tend to ware shorts around the house and garden, (other than when I ware gardening skirt and shirt when doing actual gardening) because I my damaged leg is permanently miss-shaped and swollen, and therefore isn’t comfortable being covered with tighter trowser leg.

So, the first thing I needed to do was change the pyjama bottoms into a pair of shorts. Which is a quick job of deciding on what length I wanted – this time I decided on just over the knee – cutting off the bottom, opening the side seam a bit to give a slit of around 2″.  The pieces that was cut from the bottom were trimmed down to make pockets.

Just turning up the hems and sewing on my machine didn’t take long.  I then pinned on the pockets and sewed them in place.

And that was the job done – One pair of knee length shorts to ware around the house.

Then I turned to the pyjama top, and out came my Screen Sensation screen printing items.

I decided to use the Plumage and Foliage screen. I used several different colours of the Screen Sensation inks.

The material of the top is a bit stretchy and did manage to move a bit while I was working on it, therefore there is a bit of a shaddow image in some places. But, having shown it to my Mother and both of us deciding that actually the effect was quite nice, I decided to heat set it with my small travel iron as it was (rather than washing off the garment and starting again).

This is what the screen printed image looked like.

And this is what the whole top looked like.

(I should habe photographed it straight after ironing, rather than putting everything I worked on that morning jnto a clothes basket and coming back later to pop them on a hanger and photograph, as it got wrinkled before I photographed.)

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While I had my Screen Sensation equipment and consumables out I decided to do some more printing onto clothes and bags.  I need to crop off the photos I’ve taken of those other items and write a blog post about them, so please do pop back to have a look at them in about a week.

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Dec 102018
 

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More About My Big Work In Progress

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I know that some of you who are reading this will have seen my progress reports throughout the year. But some of you won’t have been following the saga, so I’ll start with a bit of a recap this time.

It started with my youngest sister giving me an I Owe You, as a Christmas gift last year, for one day of work to start on the job of clearing and redecorating the small guest room.  But I had an emergency eye operation in the Bristol Eye Hospital the first weekend of the year that meant I was not allowed to do lifting or anything strenuous for ages, which meant the redecorating was put on hold.

I spent some time discussing some ideas with my mother and decided that getting bunk beds for the room would be best and that I’d like to make 2 quilts and two blankets to go on them.

I did get one of our carers to put a die cutting machine on the kitchen table later in January so that I could start cutting the pieces for the quilt out.

It was February half term at my sister spending the day with me – when we took out the wardrobe, etc., leaving the spare room empty, and then set to stripping the wallpaper and washing down the walls.  Well I sat down to do what I could, holding the steamer and topping it with water, pulling a bit of paper off at eye level, etc.

A couple of days later my youngest nephew spent the day helping me paint the room. I can’t climb ladders so he painted everything above my shoulder height when I’m sat down, and did the last wall all by himself. I did the radiator and windowsill once the walls were dry. Doing the limited amount of work that I did still left me in agony that my usual painkillers wouldn’t touch and meant seeing the doctor who prescribed stronger antiinflametories.

Not the best photos I know.  The light wasn’t the best for taking photos.

Our cleaner then helped me get the old underlay out of the room and she brushed up the floor ready for the carpet layer from Teifi Furniture to come and put the new carpet down.  We’d ordered it quite some time before, and the company had been out to lay new carpet in the hall for us previously.  They had been very understanding about coming back to do the small room at a later date.

Once the carpet was down the youngest nephews helped me get the wardrobe back in, and then we started furnishing the room.  Other than the wardrobe and curtains, which I added some patchwork to, nothing else was available to go back into the room.

I’d discussed our bed needs with Teifi Furniture and ordered bunk beds that were full single bed size, could take adult weight, and could come appart into two single beds if needed. Suitable matresses were also ordered.  Not cheap to carpet and furnish the room with beds of course, but then again I had asked for good quality that would last.

The beds were delivered flat packed.  I could have arranged for the company to build them for me, but 12 year old nephew wanted to do the job and earn a bit of pocket money.  So between us we got on with the job. Anything I could do while sitting down I did.  Mostly holding things for him to connect and passing him screws.  A bit of lifting one side when it came time to put the lower and upper bed together, but the slats were not in place then so it wasn’t quite as heavy as it would be when complete.

We didn’t try to do it all in one go, we built it in short sessions over several days, and a couple of slats hadn’t been delivered so Teifi Furniture sent out a couple of men with some more, who put those in place and lifted the second matrass up for us.

As the room isn’t big enough for ordinary sized bedside units or cupboards, I ordered a couple of different, flat pack, slimline units. One to go by the bottom bunk (there’s a shelf by the top bunk that the person sleeping there can put some stuff on), and the other, taller one, to go by the side of the wardrobe. Again I had some help from both the young nephews to put these pieces of furniture together, though with these I managed to do more myself as most could be done sitting down over a few days.

And with the matresses in place we were ready for bedding.

And this is where my crafting “Big! Work In Progress” comes in.

I won’t go through every stage again.  You can follow my work by going through my progress report blog posts.  I’ll give you links now to make it easier for you to find them.

In the first blog of this series I said – “Hopefully, by blogging as I go, it will keep me on track to steadily work at the project and get it finished quickly – well sometime this year!

Now you can all chear – I have indeed finished it this year!

The last quilt has been completed, washed at a 30 degree Centigrade quick wash and dried.

This is it hung over the side of the top bunk to finish airing. Doesn’t look too different to the first one finished that I showed you in my last progress report.  This was made using a second box full of the same material as the first all cut out using the same selection of Go! 8″ cube dies, but both were constructed in a random manor.

I then got the wonderful woman who comes to clean for us to make up the beds.

And here we have the room completed.

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Of course, this is just one project I’ve got on the go.  There will be more blog posts over the coming weeks about other crafting I have done, so please do come back in the future to see what I have been creating.

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December’s Calendar Page

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Dec 082018
 

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December Calendar Page

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If you’ve not a regular visitor to my blog you may not know about the blank calendar from Papermill Direct that I gave to my mother as a gift right at the begining of the year – which I’m decorating for her month by month.

Over the year I’ve tried to use a variety of papercrafting styles, with a little but not a lot of dimension (because too much dimension would mean it would push the calendar out when flipped over the next month). Some pages have been decorated with something requested by Mam, some I’ve given her some images to choose from, and some she’s just told me to surprise her with anything.

You can catch up with my previous calendar pages by visiting my posts about them if you want. I’ve not blogged the early months of the year, but you can see the post for April – here, for May – here, for June  – here, for July – here, for August – here, for September – here, for October – here, and for November – here.

I decided to turn to a Hunkeydory collection for this month’s image.  It is a collection of animals, and I chose an image of a stag which had decolarge layers and matching background.

This time I used 2mm deep, double sided, foam tape to stick every thing in place – from sticking background to calendar to adding the decupage layers.

Here are a few photos of the page. (Sorry the photos are not the best I’ve taken.)

I’ve not photographed the whole calendar page this time, or the file attached to the bottom to hold appointment letters, etc. But this the whole page decoration I added.

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So, that’s the last page for this year done.  I’ve already bought a blank calendar ready to give her for next year, so you can expect to see more posts about that as the year progresses.

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A Little Project For My Crutch

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Dec 062018
 

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A Little Repair Project For My Crutch

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I’m not showing you a particularly decorative item today, but it is practical.

I know that many a crafter that I’ve come into contact with online have health issues, many with disabling conditions.  Many needing to use canes or crutches to get around if they’ve not reached the stage of needing wheelchairs. I’ve found it a little less of a struggle moving around since I got an Arthritic Crutch.

But, of course, the more use such an item has, the more the covering on the trough/arm rest becomes warn and tattered.

I have bought a new cover for mine in the past, but it wasn’t cheap for what it is.

So this time I decided to make my own.

I had a piece of faux leather that I’d bought a while ago to make a bag (a project I’ve decided to put to one side until next year). I knew that the piece would be more than enough for the proposed project so out it came.

The first thing I did was remove the worn out one from my crutch.

It really had become very tatty.

I cut off the elasticated edge and used this old one to make a template.

I copied this onto the back of the faux leather, including the lines inside the corners, and then cut it out.

Putting the corners, right sides together, I sewed along each corner with my machine using a zig zag stitch, and then attached a piece of bias binding around the edge. (The binding was from the piece I bought when I made my towelling robe and other towels a while ago.)

Then it was a case of getting out a reel of 1mm hat elastic, and a bodkin needle, and threading the elastic through the bound edge.

Once that was done I put the new cover onto my crutch.

And while I was at it I made a couple extra so that I’ll have spares the next time my crutch looks tatty.

So that left the strap that goes around the forearm to do next.

The hook and loop fastening on the strap I’d got on at the moment didn’t look too bad, so I decided to start off by removing the strap and unpickicking the hook and loop.

I used the strap itself as a template for cutting out a new one – basically a strip of faux leather twice the width of the strap.

I then folded in both sides to the middle and clipped them in place.

Then I put on the hook and loop fastening  – positioning it as it had been on the old strap – and moving the clips to hold all the layers together.

I then stitched the hook and loop into place as well as sewing around the edge of the strap to help hold it flat.  Somehow or another I always manage to wobble my sewing lines, but everything is held in place so I’m not worried by wonkey lines.

The places the strap had been folded over were still visible on the hook and loop strip so I could easily see where I needed to fold over and sew to create a ‘tube’ that the metal attachment on the crutch goes into.

Once the sewing was done I put the strap onto the attachment piece on the crutch – and here it is finished –

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Now, when I do get a bag made in the new year, I will have one that matches my crutch.

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So, that’s another project done.  I’m plodding along slowly with several projects. No telling what I will finish next, but I’m sure I’ll have another post about something to show you again, so please do pop back again soon.

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Dec 012018
 

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More About My Big Work In Progress

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Today I have another update on how I’m progressing with my two quilts for the bunk beds in the very small spare room.

It’s been a long time since my last progress report back in June. I hadn’t intended to leave it so long, but during the nice weather over the summer I took the opportunity to go to sit in the garden early morning and of an evening to putter with my troughs, towers, buckets, etc., of fruit, veg and flowers. In between I had to rest quite a bit. Which didn’t leave me with much sewing time when I could sit at the kitchen table with my sewing machine. As well as the fact that, in the sweltering heat we had here over the summer months, the last thing I wanted to do was sit with a quilt on my lap as I turned and manouvered it through the machine.

Last time I blogged about my progress I said that I wasn’t sure whether I’d go on to tidy up the wadding and backing of the one I was working on as soon as I finished quilting, or whether I’d quilt the second one next. I also said that I wasn’t too sure if I’d got enough quilting, in other words a small enough gap between the rows of quilting just in from the seam around each of the blocks.

I had decided that I would have to give the quilts a quick wash before they were used on the beds, both because I’d used temporary fabric adhesive to attach the layers prior to quilting, and also because they had been dragging on what was at times quite a dirty kitchen floor a lot of the time while they were being worked on. I therefore figured I would be better off seeing the effect of a low temperature wash on the quilt, as far as wadding shrinkage etc., was concerned, to give me an indication of how washing affected the quilts, before I went ahead with the quilting of the second quilt.  So completeing one quilt to the end was the aim.

So decision having been made I pushed ahead with completing the side to side quilting on the one I was working on.

I did pull out a couple of packs of new wadding, that I’d bought ready for other projects I plan on doing in the future, and I couldn’t tell the difference between the wadding I’ve used and the wadding I’ve got new in a pack that says you can quilt 8″ appart. So that means that, with the patchwork blocks being 8″ and the quilting lines being inside the edges of the blocks, the amount of quilting I had decided on would be fine.

This is one block having been quilted.

As I used black thread, the stitching doesn’t show on the black sashing, but I have stitched a line on the black the same distance from the seams as I’ve sewn on the patches. Doing the quilting in black may not be usual but I thought it looked best for this project in view of the fact that the sashing and backing are black.

I’d cut the wadding and backing larger than needed originally, to allow for some wiggle room and movement as I went through the various stages.

So onwards with trimming and tidying. I trimmed the wadding to the same size as the front.

But rather than trimming the back pannel to the same size and then sewing a binding to the back, folding it over and sewing to the front, I decided to cheat.  I cut a strip of card to twice the width I wanted the binding to be at the front.  I then used the card as a guide to trim the backing – placeing it up to the side of the front and trimmed wadding and then cutting along the other side.

I’d seen quilt binding being held together with clips like these – Dritz Quilting Binding Clips-30/Pkg, Silver  30 for £5.82 as I am writing this.

But I thought – don’t they look just like clips used by little girls in their hair? So I went looking online for larger packs of then. And this is what I found – 50 Pack Snap Hair Clips Hair Barrettes for Kids, Girls and Women, 50 mm (Silver). 50 for £4.99.

Guess which ones I went for! After all, if they didn’t do the job I wanted I could always pass them on for use by a little girl.

But they did work very well.

I folded the edge of the back over to meet the front …

… then folded the doubled over edge right over the front, and used the hair clips to hold it more or less flat in place.

So here it is after being washed in the machine on a Quick Wash 30 degrees C cycle. I gave it a quick tumble in the drier on a Silk cycle as well, before hanging it over the top rail of the bunk beds to dry completely and air.

It’s far from perfect, but I think it’s pretty, and it’s very practical as well.

So once I’d got this quilt hanging I started on quilting the second. You’ll notice I’m using blue quilter’s roll clips to help keep the quilt part that goes through the machine tidily together.

I don’t know whether I mentioned getting a new sewing machine before or not.  My previous one was sounding a bit rough and throwing a wobbly every now and then, so I didn’t know how long it would last. So I started looking out for a new one at a reasonable price.  I found one while at a reduced price earlier on this year, a Brother, like my previous one but a newer model. I hadn’t intended to start using it until the old one failed completely, or at least until I finished the heavy work of quilting and binding both quilts.  But then I remembered that the new one came with an extension table – which I didn’t have on the old one. So when I re-started on the quilting mid November I decided to drag the new machine out of it’s box and set it up.  The extension table may not be very big but it is definately easier to manouver the quilt with it in place, and even using the walking foot the machine is definately more quiet than the old one.

It’s the FS210 if anybody is interested.  It doesn’t come with a walking foot, but I had already purchased a walking, quarter inch and free mossion foot to go on my previous machine so didn’t need those again.

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So, that’s it for now, but keep an eye out for more posts about how I’m getting on with the last bit of the “‘Big’ Work In Progress”. Hopefully it won’t be too long before I have the second quilt finished and both on the bunk beds.

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