Recycling a Hoodie

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Sep 292018
 

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Making A Backpack From A Hoodie

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A few years ago my youngest sister bought a hoodie top for our two youngest nephews.  The boys loved them, and wore them over whatever they were wareing to go to Sunday School for several years (my sister had bought them a bit too large for them so that they had growing room which meant they had good use from them).  They boys have grown quite a bit since then and there is no way they could squash into the hoodies any more.

We’ve started having a bit of a tidy up of some of their old clothes (unbelievable how much little clothes of all sizes there are around this house in all sorts of cupboards and corners considering they don’t actually live here), but none of us wanted to throw out or give these hoodies to charity, which is where much of the other stuff is going, but we wanted them to be useful for something.  So I gave them a couple of suggestions – use the tops to cut up as part of a patchwork quilt or turn them into snuggle cushions.  One of the nephews did want his top made into a snuggle cushion but decided that he’d make it himself.  The other came up with his own suggestion – he wanted his hoddie made into a backpack that he could carry a few bits like a bottle water around in.

Having looked at the hoodie, and had a good discussion with him about what he had in mind, it was decided that the best way to go about it would be to remove the sleeves and stitch up the holes. Put velcro (or any other hook and loop fastner) along one edge of the front pocket and sew up the other hole to prevent stuff falling out, because the pocket is a long one that goes from side to side with two openings to put hands in to keep warm, not  really deep pockets for storeing things. We decided that the sleeves could be used as part of the straps and the hood as a flap to close the top of the backpack.

Finishing off by sewing across the bottom and putting in a bag bottom stiffner to give it some structure.

That was the plan!

This is how I got on with it.

The hood was removed and the two halves were separated.

Each half was a double layer stitched an inch from the front so I opened the double layer out.

I sewed down flat the bit that was the front edge of the hood.

The sleaves were also removed, the elasticated cuff removed and the underarm seam unpicked.

These are what I wanted to use as straps so I cut the pieces in half and then cut off a triangle of material to give me two straight pieces from each arm.

These were all individually folded so the edges were inside, and then sewn down the middle.

This left me with the body of the hoodie ready to sew together the arm holes.

I also sewed down one entry to the pocket and hand sew a piece of hook and loop fastening to the other side.

Then sewing on the hood piece to the front starting in the center and then sewing out to each side so that the piece was properly centered.

I cut off the extra that wasn’t needed and sewed a hem around the created flap.

A strip of velcro was then sewn inside the flap and onto the back of the backpack.

I then sewed on the straps, one at each shoulder and one near the bottom a couple of inches in from the sides.

I then got my nephew to put the backpack on his back so that we could decide how much of an overlap to put when sewing the top and bottom strap pieces together.

Once the straps were sewn I turned the backpack inside out and sewed the bottom together.

I also sewed across the ends to give the bottom a squared off bottom.

I cut two pieces of Clover bag bottom stiffener and stuck them together.

Then it was simply a case of turning the newly created backpack so that it was the right side out. Making sure the corners of the bottom were pressed to the bottom before dropping in the bag stiffener.  It’s not been attached in any way at the moment as just placeing it at the bottom of the backpack means it could be removed if the backpack needs to go in the wash. If nephew wants it stuck in the future it could be.

And here is nephew with his finished backpack.

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That’s it for today. More card making and other crafting before too long, so please do pop in for a look again.

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More Screen Printing

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Apr 142018
 

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T-shirts and Bags

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When I showed you some of my screen printing creations previously I said that I did it on a Friday morning because Friday is one of the days a carer comes in to help me with showering and doing my hair, and anything messy, either crafting or in the garden in the summer, I try to do one one of the two days when I have the little bit of help.

I didn’t make as much mess as I had feared I would, but I decided that I’d stick with the same idea and chose early one Friday to do my next batch of screen printing.

This time, in addition to two bags, I decided to decorate a T-shirt and vest top for me. I’d bought several tops on sale, but two of the Screen Sensation screens that I’d ordered and wanted to try out hadn’t turned up in time for my early morning session, so they will have be be for my next screen printing session. Of course they were delivered within an hour of me putting everything away!

In any case, early on a Friday morning I pulled all my Screen Sensation kit out, chose the screens I wanted to use, chose the items to print onto, and chose my colours.

I’d used the dog image, in black on a white T-shirt for one of my nephews in my first batch of screen printing, so I thought I’d switch it around this time and print it in white ink onto a black T-shirt for me. So a negative of what I did before. This time I taped off the wording so I’d only have a print of the image.

I also did the same onto a black bag.

For my other two projects I decided to use a monkey image. Again I taped off the wording on the screen before printing.

The first print was done using black, blue black, and a bit of brown mixture from my leftovers pot, onto a gray marl vest top for me.

The second print, using only what was in the pot of scraped off leftover paint, was onto a neutral colour bag.

This might be a bit better photo of it.

I not only managed to get the four progects screen printed, but they also dried, and I got them ironed to heat set the ink before the carer arrived. I even got everything washed and put away, except for the screens which were still drying.

And after having done the work I had to ware the T-shirt after my shower.

I even got the carer to take a photo of me in it before I crawled back to bed for a rest.

I think I look rather worn out in this photo, so not the best, but at least you can see the T-shirt with it’s print.

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It’s taken me a few days to get this post written and set for publishing, but I have been working on other things in between. I’ve even had my camera out snapping photos of other things I’ve made over the last year or so that I don’t think I’ve blogged and can’t find in my file of unblogged photos either. I’m going to do a keyword search on my blog to see if I have blogged without remembering, and then get on with sheduling some more catchup posts, as well as try and keep up to date with blogging about current crafting.

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Getting A Bit Messy

 Posted by at 08:00 am
Mar 262018
 

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Some Screen Printed Items

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The items I’ve got to show you today I’d got planned and bought all the items, but hadn’t started until now.

On the whole I don’t do messy. As my health/disabling conditions vary such a lot from day to day, and even hour to hour, I tend to keep away from messy projects that require a lot of clearing up. Especially anything messy that requires washing up before things dry. It just takes the joy out of crafting an item if my pains get too bad or my arms too weak to clear up afterwords and I’m left staring at paint or other stuff that does need to be washed immediately, so as not to ruin the equipment for future use. I feel better about things if I an just able to leave anything and go to lie down, even half way through a project, knowing that things will be fine if left till later. But I had started collecting things to do screen printing, both equipment, consumables, and some items to print onto, a while ago.  So it was just a case of when.

I decided to have a go at it after breakfast one morning when I knew I was expecting a carer mid morning to help me with things like showering and washing my hair.  My reasoning being that at least that way, if I managed to get the printing ink over me, I would at least end up clean afterwords.

I’ve only bought a small number of Screen Sensation screens, four if I remember rightly, and they are all of animals.  I had bought some white t-shirts in a size to fit my youngest nephews and shown them what I’d got that I could print on them, so those were the projects I tackled first.

My first project was a dog.

I used black and blue black ink for this one, then, as I’d used two colours I put the unused into a spare tub.

And the next a girraff.

This time I used fawn and ginger, together with a spot of the spare black dotted on the eyes. The spare ink was again put in the spare pot. I didn’t mix this ink up, but left it a bit marbled.

Neither was completely perfect – don’t think I had an even enough pressure all the way to the end of the pull so even though the paint was pulked over the whole screen and I couldn’t see any mesh, the bottom of the last two Ls were not printed and had to be filled in by hand.

I then decided, as I had the giraff screen attached to the Screen Sensations frame, I would print that onto a bag next.

I think that the print was better on this one as I knew by now about pressing till the end.

This bag I gave as a gift to the elder of my two sisters as a thank you for running me down to the optitians for the initial tests the begining of the year before I had to go into hospital for the eye operation.  I knew she wouldn’t want a bracelet, like I showed you in my last post that I gave my youngest sister and niece as thank you gifts.

Again I used fawn and ginger together with some of the black from the spare pot.

I did try the technique to transfer an image of a fox onto a candle next by printing onto funky foam and then rolling onto the candle. It wasn’t a sucess with me. Barely a shaddow of the image transferred, so I washed off the candle and will do something else to decorate it in the future.  I think I was just too exhausted, and my arms were too weak, by this stage to apply a good enough pressure to transfer the printed image from the foam to the candle.

But as I’d got the smaller screen of a fox in the Screen Sensation frame I did do a quick print onto cardstock. I had masked off the wording on this one.

This time  I made use of the inks in my spare mixed ink pot, together with a couple of splashes of bronze ink. It worked well having the variations of colour.  After using the spare ink for my attempt on the candle as well as this image the stuff in the pot is getting more muddy than marble, but I will use it on a project sometime in the future.

I’ll use this one for a papercrafting project before long. So keep an eye out for a post about that.

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So, that’s it for today.  I’m off to work on another PHD.  Have a great crafting day.

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