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Five Minute DIY Vintage Hanky Watch

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Hey guys! I wanted to pop in and share a super easy DIY watch with you all today! Sometimes I love to wear a watch, but the bands aren’t always breathable and can make my wrists feel sweaty. It’s super easy to make a watch with a hanky or scarf, and super cute too. Check it out:

Here’s What You Need:

*Watch Face (this particular face I got at Michael’s)

*Vintage Hanky or Scarf

Instructions:

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First you need to grab a hanky. Fold the hanky in half diagonally, forming a triangle.

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Starting at the top where it is widest, fold the hanky over about an inch, then over again, and again until you have a folded strip of about an inch wide.

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To finish off your watch band, insert the end of the hanky strip into the loop of the watch face, under the face, and then back up through the other loop. Tie the watch around your wrist and knot in a little bow.

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I love the hanky watches because, well, they are hankies! I love finding new ways to use them and wear them! Since there is not cutting or sewing you can switch them out as often as you like making the design possibilities endless. What I also love is that since they are cotton they are breathable and comfortable to wear. So, grab some of grandma’s old hankies and strap one on with a watch sometime. I love wearing mine! I’ll be back soon with more diy fun. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

DIY Egg Cup Vases

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A few weeks ago I was at the antique festival in Liberty and snagged the most adorable little egg cups painted like ladies faces. I instantly knew they needed to have flowers for hair! I have seen some really cute face egg cup planters on Pinterest like these, and have always wanted to make some of my own. These were even better since the faces were already on my egg cups and beyond adorable! I have seen them with grass or succulents in them, but I wanted something a little more colorful, so I decided on some silk flowers.

Here’s What You Need:

*Egg Cups (You can easily add faces with a Porcelain pen or other paints)

*Floral Foam

*A few bunches of small silk flowers

*Wire Snippers

Instructions:

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First you need to gather your supplies and clean your egg cups.

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Cut a small piece of foam to fit inside your egg cup with your craft knife.

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Stuff the floral foam into your egg cup. If you want it to be permanent you can add a little glue to the bottom of the foam.

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Clip your floral stems short and stick the ends into the floral foam. Arrange your flowers how you like them. I added an assortment of stems to one planter and then for the other two I used the same stems like all purple or all tiny floral stems.

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Once you have your flowers arranged how you like them you are done. Display them in your favorite space as a group or scatter them through your house in special places.

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Aren’t they so darn cute! I love my little egg vase ladies! They look super adorable all together or even by themselves tucked on a bookshelf or next to a sweet piece of art. I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It’s so easy and really fun! The best part is that it is an inexpensive project and you can make several in under an hour. I’ll be back soon with more fun DIY ideas. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Crafts- Autographed Belt

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Hey guys! I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all! In some of my old Good Housekeeping Magazines, they had a section called “The Date Line” that would tell about what was hip with the teens of that generation. I love reading them and some of them even had little craft ideas. My November 1957 issue had a note about girls taking their leather belts and getting their friends to autograph them. I thought that sounded like so much fun! When I was a teen, I had my friends doodle on my favorite pair of chucks. My sisters did the same with bags or stuffies. I guess teens have always been smitten with doodles. It makes me wonder if my grandmother might have had something she cherished when she was young that all her friends signed.

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Here is the original article:

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I decided to take one of my old thrift store belts and doodle on it and have my family sign it. Instead of using a gold leaf pen, I used gold sharpie paint pens. You could easily funk this up even more by using colorful belts and colored paint pens. We wrote my favorite sayings on them, and now I can wear a little reminder of all my favorite people with me. I am seriously smitten with my belt!

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I think this is a great idea for graduations since it is that time of year. It would also be fun to have at a party. You could have the wedding parties sign belts for the bride and groom at their showers. Or if your kiddos are leaving the nest, you can sign a belt with family signatures and wishes as a memento of home. I hope I might have inspired some of you all to give this vintage idea a try! I had a blast making mine! I’ll be back soon with another fun vintage craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Easy DIY Vintage Hanky Pocket Tee

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I am a hanky hoarder! I have tons of them and although I need another hanky like I need a hole in my head, I cannot resist snagging them up when I come across some! I was looking for something to do to embellish some of plain every day tees. I thought I’d add a fun pocket to some of them. Most of my favorite flour sack scraps are too small for pockets, so I decided to try makng a pocket out of a vintage hanky. As it turns out, hankies make wonderful pockets and are just what I was looking for! Now I want to make one for each day of the week!

Here’s What You Need:

*Plain Tee Shirt

*Hanky

*Interfacing

*Marking Pen and Ruler

*Scissors and Iron

*Sewing machine and thread

*Straight Pins

Instructions:

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To start with cut one quarter out of your hanky. You should end up with a squarish shape.

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Cut interfacing and iron onto the wrong side of the hanky.

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Fold the hanky in half on the diagonal so you have a triangle.

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Decide about where you want to fold your sides to make your pocket. Fold your triangle in half and measure out the same distance on each side and gently mark your fold line.

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Cut the sides off of your triangle a little past your fold line. Fold your hanky on your fold line and iron the raw edges towards the wrong side. You should now have your pocket shape.

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Decide where you want your pocket to go on your tee. Measure and mark the placement, then pin the pocket to the front of the tee with straight pins.

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Top stitch around the pocket stitching close to the edges and leaving the top open. Make sure to backstitch well at the beginning and end of your stitching. Clip excess threads and there you have it!

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My hanky pocket tees are definitely my go to every day tee! I love wearing them, and they are so easy to make I will definitely be making more. If you don’t have any hankies of your own, you can find them fairly cheap at vintage stores, antique malls, flea markets, etc. You could always substitute a hanky with a fun bandana too. So if you have some plain tees you are itching to do something with, give this one a try! I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Crafts- Vintage Stuffed Donkey Plushie and Free Pattern

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Hi everybody! Today I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all, yay! This diy, I have to say, has been my favorite to make so far! I got the how-to from a January 1956 issue of Workbasket Magazine. I am a huge fan of stuffed animals, and he was just too cute, even in drawing form! I couldn’t resist making one for myself!

Here is the Original:

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The How-To:

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The Pattern:

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To print the pattern, just save the image to your computer and print it in landscape on a regular piece of 8.5×11 paper.

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For my little donkey I used grey wool felt for the body. I used orange wool felt for the leg trim or inside pieces, and lime green for the hoofs. For the ears I used a mustard wool felt. The eyes were just regular black and white felt scraps. For the hair I used an aqua wool blend yarn. I followed the pattern and instructions pretty much exact. However, instead of whipping on the hoofs and the eyes, I glued them on with fabric glue. I also just left the tail bushy instead of wrapping it.

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I really enjoyed making him! He did take me a few hours to make, but it was pretty easy work. It was a little difficult to blanket stitch areas that were fully stuffed but patience and stiff fingers prevailed and I made it work. The yarn was quite difficult to pull through my felt as well, but a pair of pliers helped to gently force it through.

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I absolutely adore my little donkey! He is probably my favorite thing I have made in a long while! I do hope some of you lovely ladies and gents will make your own sometime. It is well worth the effort! I’ll be back soon with another fun vintage craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Cocktail Napkin Pillow

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A little while ago I snagged a couple of vintage cocktail napkins from one of my favorite shops, NeatoKeen, on Etsy. I have kind of a chicken theme in my kitchen and thought the Les Enfants napkins would be perfect to frame and hang in my kitchen. I do love chickens, and french chickens, well, I couldn’t resist! I was in need for a gift for my momma for Mother’s Day, and knowing she loves chickens and all things Francaise, I decided to make her a pillow with one of my napkins. Cocktail napkins being rather small, I decided to piece it into a frame block of other fabric. The result was super cute, and the process is easy!

Here’s What You Need:

*Cocktail Napkin

*Scrap Fabric

*Fabric for Backing

*Pillow Form

*Trim

*Zipper, or velcro

*Sewing Machine and Thread

Instructions:

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The first thing you need to do is measure your napkin and pillow form and decide how to make your strips. The napkin I had was roughly nine inches and my pillow form was a 14″. So I took the napkin and took out the seam allowance, so that mad it 8″ for a half inch on each side. So 14 minus 8 was 6″. Divide that in half and add your seam allowances back in. So, 6/2 is 3″ plus seam allowance on each side would be 4″. You want to make two bands the width of your napkin. In my case 4×9, and the other two to be the length of the pillow plus allowance, in my case 4×15. Cut a backing piece to be 15×15.

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Start by laying the bottom band to the bottom of the napkin with right sides together and stitch together. Do the same thing with the top band and top of the napkin.

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You should end up with a long piece with a fabric band, the napkin, then a bottom fabric band. Press the seams to the side of the band so it doesn’t show through your napkin.

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Now you need to stitch up the sides. Lay the right side band to the pieced napkin and band right side with right sides facing. Stitch up the seam. Do the same thing with the left side. Press seams to the bands. You should end up with a napkin framed in by your four bands and a total piece that measures 15×15.

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Top stitch around the napkin on the bands close to the seam, stitching down the seam allowance as you go.

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Stitch the trim if you have any to the right side of the backing fabric close to the edge. I have to appologize but my other process photos are lost at the moment. So you need to now stitch up your pillow, but you need to add your closure first. In my case I had a zipper. I stitched the right side of the zipper on one side to the right side of the front pillow piece. Then I stitched the other half of the zipper to the right side of the back pillow piece. You can follow the directions on the zipper packaging too which can be very helpful if you are not familiar with zippers. Once your zipper is stitched in you need to finish sewing up your pillow. Stitch all the way around the pillow starting and ending where your zipper starts and stops. Clip your corners and turn the pillow case right side out, then insert your pillow form.

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Isn’t it cute! My mom flipped over it, and it now sits on the little chair in her red sunroom, just as I photographed it. You can find vintage cocktail napkins online at places like Etsy or Ebay, or you can sometimes find them at flea markets and antique malls. I think they make great pieced pillows. It gives a whole new meaning to the term “Happy Hour!” I hope you all will give it a go sometime yourselves.  It’s such a fun project and can be made in under an hour too! I will be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then….

Happy Crafting!

DIY Vintage Flour Sack Fabric Hat Band

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04 DSC 3420 899x1024 DIY Vintage Flour Sack Fabric Hat BandAs many of you all know by now, I love to make patchwork projects with my vintage flour sack scraps! The prints on these fabrics are divine! They are so fun to piece together in patchwork too! I had snagged this straw hat in the cheapie section at Target a few weeks ago and liked the fit of it, but thought it needed something a little more than the thin elastic band it donned. So, I thought I would spruce it up with a fabric band, or even better yet, a vintage patchwork band! 

Here’s What You Need:

*Straw Hat- I bought mine at Target in their dollar section

*Vintage Flour Sack Scraps, or scrap fabric of your choice

*Rotary Cutter and Self Healing Mat

*Sewing Machine and Thread

*Flower Clip, brooch, pin or decorative hair flower, etc…

Instructions:

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Measure your hat circumference to see how many pieces you need. Divide the measurement by the length of your sewn rectangles which are roughly 2.5″ wide. So, 25″ divided by 2.5 would be ten pieces. I added a piece for good measure so I cut eleven rectangles with seam allowance of a quarter inch so my pieces were cut to 3″ wide each and I made them to be 2.25 tall so I could turn under the top and bottom by a half inch and still have a band that was 1.25″ tall. Cut all your scrap pieces with your quilting ruler and rotary cutter on your mat.

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Lay out your scraps in the order that you like. Play around with it until you have a design you like.

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Start by stitching your first piece to your second piece right sides facing at right side seam. Then stitch the third piece to the second at the right side seam. Continue stitching each piece to the previous until you have a long strip of patchwork.

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Iron open all the seam allowances. Fold the top and bottom raw edges under towards the wrong side by 1/2″ each and iron down flat. You can either leave it like that or you can top stitch close to the top and bottom to keep everything in place and the edges nicely concealed. Fit your band around your hat and overlap the ends, then fasten them together with a pin or a clip. I added a big daisy clip to mine.

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I just adore my hat now that I have added the band to it! I wear it all the time and have gotten so many compliments on it. I used some of my favorite feed sack scraps to make my hat band, but you could easily use any kind of scraps you have on hand, or you could make a solid strip just as easily. I love the versatility of this project and how easy it is to make! I also love that the band is removable, so if I want to wear a scarf around my hat or possibly make a different band or even add a different clip to it, I can. I hope some of my fellow hat lovers will give this one a try this summer. I think you all will love it too! Can’t wait to see what you clever guys and gals come up with! I’ll be back next week with another fun upcycled DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Upcycled Vintage Apron Back Tee

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01 DSC 3413 658x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeSome of you may already know this, but I am a vintage apron collector. I love vintage aprons, and have bunches of them in my cabinet in the kitchen. The full aprons I use when I cook. Some of my half aprons that have deep pockets get used at shows or the flea market, but a lot of them just sit there and look pretty. Occasionally I might slip one on with a pair of jeans and a plain tee. I have been wanting to find another way to style them into something wearable. I thought I might try to add one to a back of a tee for a fun look. I was so happy with the tee that I made, I ended up adding one to a tank too! This is a really easy way to funk up a plain shirt, and a great way to show off some of your favorite old aprons outside of the kitchen!

Here’s What You Need:

*Tee Shirt or Tank

*Vintage Half Apron

*Scissors

*Ruler and Marking Pen

*Straight Pins

*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread

Instructions:

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For the tee and the tank you will start out the same way. Lay out where you think the top of the apron should start. I wanted to start it near the top where the band of the apron would go across my back on the tee and meet up with the yoke on the tank. Measure and mark your placement and then pin your apron band on top of your mark line. Top stitch the band to the tee and then turn at the ends and stitch down the sides of the band. For the tank stop your top stitching at the end of the yoke in the back.

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For the tank you will need to fold over the excess band to the wrong side of the tee where the yoke meets the curve in the back. Pin it in place and then top stitch over it.

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To finish off the tee I cut a line from the end of the apron band to the end of the bottom of the side seam on both sides. Then I cut the fabric off of the underside of the band, so I cut away the whole chunk of tee where the apron was going to hang. Then I pinned the apron sides to the side seams and stitched all the way down. Then I trimmed and hemmed the front hem of the tee.

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The tank I finished a little differently. I pinned the apron sides on top of the back of the tee at an angle from where the band ended to the bottom of the side seam on each side. Then I top stitched the apron down as close to the edge as I could manage. Once I had stitched the apron sides to the tee, I went back and cut out the back of the tee where the apron hung at the side seams and the top leaving a little seam allowance. To finish off the tank, I stitched top stitched the pocket that was on the apron onto the front of the tank.

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07 DSC 3390 680x1024 Upcycled Vintage Apron Back TeeI absolutely LOVE both of my new tops! They are super comfortable to wear, especially on those days you feel a little bleh! I love how easy they are to whip up and how you can customize them to coordinate with the apron. The tank I bought at target on sale and it ended up being perfect with my aqua apron. The stripe tee was a Walmart cheapie I had lying around for a while. The only thing I was not happy with on the walmart shirt was that the knit was ribbed like a thin interlock so the hem got all wonky when I was trimming and stitching it up. A regular hanes jersey tee would have been better. So, if you are an apron hoarder like me, or just have a few tucked away in the closet, give this simple diy a go. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review- Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage Wallpaper

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03 DSC 3225 1024x988 Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review  Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage WallpaperRecently I had the opportunity to review some of Modern Masters Metallic Paint.  I was so excited to try this paint out as there are so many gorgeous colors available! Narrowing down exactly which colors to choose was so difficult, as I wanted them all! I got some small samples of a few colors that would compliment my favorite vintage wallpaper. I used an old colonial style side table my mom had in storage that she was going to be getting rid of soon. It had some cool lines and the table top was framed in a way that I could add the wallpaper to the top to go with my metallic paint embellishing. Check out my how-to:

Here’s What You Need:

*Modern Masters Metallic Paint (I used SnowflakePink PearlOlympic GoldShimmering Sky from the Metallic Paint Collection)

*Side Table

*Primer (I used Killz)

*Paint Brush

*Detail Paint Brushes (Small craft paint brushes are fine)

*Wallpaper

*Spray Adhesive and Glass Custom Cut to Fit or Wallpaper Paste

How-to:

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The first thing I did was paint a couple of coats of primer on my table and drawer. The wood on this table had a really dark stain, so I ended up with three coats of primer to cover it to my satisfaction. In reality I probably could have done two and been fine. I started by painting all my pink areas first. I painted each of the legs and the sides as well as the front of the drawer. I used three coats of the pink. Again I probably could have done two and been fine. I let the pink dry for a few hours. Then I started in with the blue accents with a craft brush that was about an inch wide. I mixed the blue with the white at a 90/10 ratio to make the lighter hue of blue. Then, I painted the band around the top of the table, the line in the middle of the drawer and all the corners that framed in the middle pieces as well as the front facing pieces. I think I used two coats on the blue areas of the table. I also painted the hardware in the blue. This took several coats since it was thin and very light. Once all the blue areas had dried, I got out my smaller skinny brush to free hand the details in the gold paint. I made the quilted pattern on the panels by painting diagonal stripes in one direction and letting the stripes dry, then painting stripes in the other direction. I did two coats on each of the stripes. I free-handed the tassels with feathery strokes on the tops of each leg. I also added a little line of gold dots on the blue band of the drawer. Once the paint was thoroughly dry, I added the hardware back on to the drawer and put the drawer back in. I measured the inside of my table top and cut a piece of wallpaper to fit the space. Then I used spray adhesive to stick the wallpaper to the table top. I am getting a piece of glass custom cut to fit the table top inside and protect my wallpaper.

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02 DSC 3227 682x1024 Modern Masters Metallic Paint Review  Updating a Side Table with Metallic Paint and Vintage WallpaperI LOVE how my table turned out! I could not be happier with the Modern Masters Paint line either! It was super easy to use, and the colors are gorgeous! The metallic has a lovely sheen to it and it has a nice semi gloss smooth feel to the dried paint surface without being shiny too, which I like. It shimmers and sparkles without looking too fake. I also love how smooth a finish it has. A lot of the craft metallics I have used in the past have looked a bit splotchy. Over all I was thrilled with the outcome of my project and would highly recommend trying out Modern Masters paint for your next furniture or wall project!To find your local Modern Masters retailer, you can use their Retail Locator or their Online Shop . Be sure to check out their blog too, Modern Masters Café Blog, for inspiration and diy’s, and of course on social media FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagramGoogle+ and YouTube too! Also if you are interested, check out the Top 5 Tips for Working with Metallic Paints – A Modern Masters Café Blog Post for some great tips! I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

Vintage Crafts- Retro Style Upcycled Men’s Shirt

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Hey guys! I have really been enjoying making and sharing vintage crafts with you all every month from my collection of vintage home magazines! This week I am going to share with you how to update an oversized men’s button up with some retro flair. I really wanted to share this one with you all including the source, but for the life of me I can’t seem to find the exact magazine that I got the idea from. The original was a in a mag and it was a gift idea for a teen girl. They took a man’s shirt and rolled the sleeves. Then they cut and hemmed it to be shorter and embroidered a cross stitch design on it. If anyone knows the specific idea and mag it came from, please feel free to share!

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For now though, I am going to tell you how I made my retro top. I started with a large men’s button up shirt I picked up at Goodwill. I tried it on and measured where I wanted it to hit length wise. Then I added a little to to the length for hemming and cut it at that length. I measured up from the bottom of each side seam and then drew a straight line across. Then I turned it under by a quarter inch and then under by about an inch again and stitched the hem closed on my machine. Then I stitched a little crochet trim to the under side of the hem. I cut the sleeves off at a little above my elbow line. Then I rolled the sleeve up twice and top stitched around the edge. Then I rolled it up again a couple of times. I hand stitched a little crochet trim on the pocket of the shirt, and then I drew my initial with a marking pen and using a back stitch, hand embroidered the initial in a navy thread to coordinate with my shirt.

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I love how my top turned out! I made it in about an hour with all the hand stitching, so it was pretty quick to whip up. The shirt only cost me a couple of dollars and the trim was a couple of dollars, so this shirt only cost me around five dollars to make. You can’t beat that, really! I love the retro flair it has! It is super comfortable too! I hope you all will give this one a try sometime! It is a great project for a beginner too I think! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…

Happy Crafting!