Make and stuff dog toys with fabric scraps 

I’ve been keeping fabric scraps to make toys for Coco. I take a bigger piece, cut shapes, and then sew around the edges. Leave an opening to stuff scraps in. Throw in a squeaker for even more fun. You can get bulk squeakers off of Amazon.  To add ears, arms, hair, etc, make appendages before…

McCalls M9872 contrast dress

I don’t typically buy patterns as i have been getting by with DIYing. However, this pattern called to me at Walmart. I traced out the top pieces on packing paper that came with handbags so i don’t feel bad about poking holes and slowly destroying the original pattern pieces. Anyone else does that? Since i…

Faux wraparound dress

While organizing my fabric stash, i stumbled upon 2 remnants from previous projects – the end of a skirt that i had chopped off to shorten a store-bought piece, and a skirt lining of a previous early project that hadn’t worked out. The skirt fabric is hardy yet stretchy and would make a great bodice.…

Dress that looks like a tee and skirt

It always begins with rifling through the fabric stash and leftovers that treasure is found. So I found a striped green fabric that is stretchy. Just enough to make a square top. I bound the neckline and arm holes with fold over elastic. Then remembered a ribbed knit tank top left it the stash. Cut…

Top with faux jacket

This was a 5 hour project and used grey fabric from my stash, black translucent knit, as well as the bottom half of a black knit top that was left over from a refashion It all started with finding fabric in my stash. There should be 4 pieces. Connect the (2 front and 1 back)…

Refashioning a long dress

Made this dress some time ago and thought I’d have loads of opportunities to wear it. I did wear it. Once. So I guess it needs some refashioning. Chopped off the bottom to make a new skirt. The dress itself is updated with white lace at the hem. Just like the skirt.:) Hope more occasions…

Refashioning Xmas turquoise skirt

Remember the turquoise skirt I made last Xmas? I decided that the raw hem just wouldn’t do anymore. Also, I wanted some length added. So I cut out a rectangular strip,  folded it I’m half lengthwise, and sewed it on to the edge me the skirt. For a more unique look, the new hem is…

Refashion: corduroy jeans to skirt

I love corduroy jeans and haven’t donned denim jeans in years. I love the texture, the warmth it provides, and the stretch of the material. The zipper on a pair of old comfy cords broke so I refashioned it into a skirt. I decided on a length that I wanted, added an inch and then…

Baby bibs from t-shirts

A friend who’s expecting a baby boy came over today to craft. We cut up some t-shirts that I bought during a sale some time back to make baby bibs. There was a blue 5XL t-shirt, a purple XXL t-shirt, and a scrap grey and white bit of fabric. She brought a pattern found on…

U-neck cropped top to V-neck dress

This is my latest project! More details to follow. 🙂 Sometime in early January, I was browsing JCP.com for work pants and chanced upon a cropped top in the sale section. At $3.99 per piece (U.P. $16.00), I saw lots of possibilities for refashioning. Especially since the cropped top look isn’t what I usually go…

Felt Xmas appliques

I don’t own a Xmas ugly sweater but the party I’m hosting for Xmas has a Christmas dress theme. So I made some appliques from leftover bits of felt (Halloween project) to tack on to whatever sweater or top we’ll wear for the party. All you need is some different colored felt, sharp pair of…

Weekend Sewing Frenzy!

Ella and i had an awesome time refashioning the bag of clothing she brought. Check out what we made! 1. Blouse to skirt 2. Bottom of red striped dress to skirt 3. Top of red striped dress lengthened with a section of another grey t-shirt 4. Sweater sleeves shortened. Decorative buttons added. 5. Men’s shirt…

Refashion: Cropped top into feminine top

This is Ella’s third challenge for me, and the last for this weekend’s sewing frenzy. She presented a cropped square top that had been stretched in the wash one too many times. The neckline was so stretched, it could be an off-shoulder top! I had a few ideas upon seeing the top. First, i wanted…

Refashion: jeans to short overalls

Ella came by for a weekend of sewing fun and we have been hard at work (fun) since Saturday afternoon. She presented me with a pair of jeans, that was gifted to her and were too big, to be refashioned. After some thought, i decided overalls were the way to go. Here is the finished…

Tutorial: corduroy halter vest

Years ago, my sisters gave me this green halter vest and I’ve been loving it. It’s great for layering over white tees and for preventing getting pinched on St Patty’s day. (I’m serious!) So I decided to make more of these for myself. I was thinking of making this from an old t-shirt, the hub’s…

Refashion: corduroy jeans to skirt

I ripped a pair of corduroy jeans some time back and couldn’t find a comfy pair to purchase. So I challenged myself to try to make a pair. Well, I guess we know how that turned out Since this post is about a skirt. haha… In sum, the crotch section was a little wacky looking.…

Refashion: Dog Beanie Sweater with Sleeves

While rummaging through my closet, I chanced upon an old beanie that I haven’t worn in the longest time (The beanie-flattened hair look just isn’t for me) so I refashioned it into a sweater for Coco. 30-45 minutes is all you need, especially if your furry little model is cooperative. Coco loved her new sweater.…

Jeans Refashion Part I- Shorts

Hello Readers, I am Sharon’s friend, Ella, and I would like to share with you how one could refashion a long, old pair of jeans into a cute pair of shorts that you could wear this summer! Two winters ago, I was given 2 pairs of jeans from my twin sister who got them from…

Refashion: Adding straps to $4 top

I’m making fun clothes for a friend’s graduation and found a tube top with peplums at the local thrift store. Peplums were in my friend’s list of must-haves so it was an awesome find. It had structure and is in a flattering shade of black. The only issue we had with it was that it…

Refashion: Dog outfit with finished edges

You’ve seen one pink outfit with hearts applique. This is the matching piece made with the other sweatpants leg :p We recently signed some adoption papers and have been promoted from foster parents to Coco’s forever home people. 🙂 I wanted to commemorate the event with an outfit so i cut out some felt/fleece and…

Refashion: Floral pashmina

Got this for Xmas and immediately knew i wanted to refashion it into something else. It’s a lovely soft material and i can imagine it as PJs if left loose and comfy (imagine tropical dreams!). Or a casual top with gathered waist… or just a layering piece to add warmth in this cold dreary weather.…

Refashion: From scraps to dog outfit

Material left over from making a top some time back. I didn’t take process pics but it involved 3 rectangular pieces (2 with rounded edges), 1 longer strip for finishing the edge, 2 short strips for sleeves and 2 bits for fake buttons that Coco can’t chew off. Added some elastic at the area near…