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!
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.
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…
Hey everyone! A while back I scored a super sweet vintage quilt in super shabby condition at the thrift store for a few dollars. I knew the quilt was kind of beyond repair to remake it into a quilt, but the fabrics were so lovely I thought I would use it as a cutter for some sewing projects. I thought I would make a simple tote to share with you all. This particular tote has added tabs on the side for an adjustable strap, but you could make it just as easily with just the top handles for a simpler tote. It is easy to customize it to your own style.
Here’s What You Need:
*Lining Fabric (I used an old thrifted bed sheet)
*Leather for handles or premade handles or a belt
*Pom Pom Trim (about 1/2 yard)
*Extra Cotton Fabric and interfacing for the long strap or webbing
*Bag hardware- (I bought mine Here)
*Sewing Machine and Coordinating Thread
*Fabric Glue (optional)
The first thing you want to do is cut out all of your pieces. Cut two pieces of your quilt to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. Then cut two lining pieces to be 15″ wide by 17″ tall. If you want to add a pocket you can cut one out for that too. I cut a piece to span the bottom so it was about 15″ wide by 8″ tall. Also cut your leather strips to 2.5 wide by about 14″ for each strap. Cut two pieces of leather for your tabs to be 1.25″ by about 3″. If you are making a fabric strap cut the fabric to be 3″ wide by about 52″ long. Cut interfacing for the strap too. If you are using webbing, cut your webbing to about 52″ long.
Start your tote by sewing your trim to the bottom of your font quilt piece using your zipper foot. Then place the back quilt piece to the front with right sides together and pin around the sides and the bottom. Stitch around the sides and the bottom with a 1/2″ seam allowance.
Stitch your pocket to your lining piece if you have one. I folded my pocket piece under and stitched the top hem. Then I stitched the pocket to the lining at the bottom and side seams and then added a seam up the middle for a divided pocket. Put your back and front lining pieces together right sides touching and pin. Then stitch all around the sides and the bottom. You can go back to using your regular foot for the lining pieces as you will not be stitching around any trim. Clip the corners of both the lining and outer bag.
Turn the lining and the outer bag right side out and press.
Now you need to stitch the tabs to the sides of your tote. Decide where you want to place your tabs. I places mine so the top of the tab hit at 5.5″ from the top of the bag on the side seam. Mark with a marking pen the spot on both side seams of the bag. Insert the top of the tab into the metal ring. Fold it over so it overlaps the metal by about an inch. Then use a little dab of fabric glue to glue it in place on the side seam. Repeat with the other tab. Then top stitch the tabs onto the side seams, stitching in a square and making sure to stitch as close to the ring as you can get. A zipper foot will help with this too.
If you are making your own handles, fold the leather strips in half with the wrong sides together. Stitch down the open side as close to the edge as you can. Then stitch up the other side close to the edge. You can use premade handles or even a belt if you do not want to sew your own. Mark where you want your handles to go on the top of your bag. I made mine to be about 4″ in from each side seam. Place your handles with the ends flat against the top of the bag and the handle down towards the middle. Stay stitch the front and back handles to the front and back of the bag.
Turn the lining inside out and insert the outer bag into the lining. Match up the side seams and then pin all the way around the top.
Stitch all the way around the top of the bag leaving a few inches open for turning right side out. Use a half inch seam allowance. Pull the bag through the hole you left and pull the lining through then stuff the lining back into the bag.
Iron down the top seam of the bag. Place a pin or two to hold the opening closed smoothly.
Top stitch the hole closed close to the top. You can then top stitch around the bag if you like. I top stitched 1/2″ away from the top of mine.
Now you are ready to make the strap. Apply your interfacing and fold the piece in half with right sides together. Iron flat. Stitch down the side of the strap with a quarter inch seam allowance. Then turn your fabric right side out with either a turning tool or a chopstick, etc.
Iron the strap again. Fold the raw ends to the inside and iron flat.
Insert your strap through one of your rings so that the end comes up the back side. Fold the end over and stitch across the strap a few times.
Take the other end of the strap and insert it through the adjuster, then loop it through the other ring and back up to the wrong side of the adjuster. Loop it back through the bar and then stitch it down to the strap close to the bar. You can do the same steps with a strap for webbing, just omit the stitching of the strap step.
I am super happy with my little tote! I love all the fabrics in this quilt, they have a homey feel! It was really simple to put together. I want to say it took me around an hour to make, so it’s pretty quick to whip up. I always love to use reclaimed fabrics, but you could certainly use any fabric you like. If you decide on using thin fabric, you may want to use an interfacing to keep it from being too floppy. I hope you guys will give this bag a try sometime! I think it is a great tote for spring and summer! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hey everyone! I hope you all are enjoying your week! I recently picked up a partial roll of some gorgeous vintage wallpaper. There was not enough to do an accent wall anywhere in my house, so I am using it for several projects I have planned. The first project I wanted to tackle was a piece of wall art. Some scrap wood and a galvanized letter paired with my wallpaper and I ended up with a sweet piece of art perfect for my craft room!
Here’s What You Need:
*Scrap Wood (I used a plywood scrap that was about 12×12)
*Galvanized Letter ( I got mine at Michaels)
*Decoupage Medium in Matte
*Rolling pin or Roller
First you need to cut a piece of wallpaper to use. Lay your wood on top of your wallpaper and cut out a piece that is a few inches larger on all sides than your wood.
Spread a thin layer of decoupage medium to your wood front.
Lay your wood wet side down onto the back side of the wallpaper, making sure it is centered and straight. Flip over and smooth out. I used a rolling pin to smooth out the bubbles and excess medium. Wipe away any excess medium that squeezes out the side.
Brush a little medium onto the back of the edges then fold over to the back side of the wood and smooth out. Fold the corners in and over the edges.
Let the piece dry thoroughly.
Now you are ready to add your letter. Measure your letter and subtract it from the overall width of the wood. Divide that width in half and that should be your border. Put a ruler on the side laying it the width of the border. Place glue on the back of your letter and glue down to the front of your wallpaper using the ruler to line up the letter so it is even and straight and centered. Let the glue dry. Finish off your piece with a sawtooth hanger on the back for hanging.
I absolutely love how my letter art turned out! I used a P for Park, our last name. It was really quick to whip up and was so easy! I think I might have to make some more sometime with other wallpaper. You can find some amazing wallpapers on Etsy! I hope some of you will give this easy project a try sometime for your own favorite space. I think you’ll love it too! I’ll be back soon with more DIY’s. Until then…
Whenever I have a white piece of clothing that gets a little dingy, instead of bleaching it, I like to dye them in pretty colors. I’ve never been really into tie dye, but I have been dying natural fiber clothing and accessories with procion dyes for about ten years now. I love the colors you can get with the procion dyes, and they are so easy to use! I had a couple of tees and some white cut offs that I decided to dye recently. So, I thought I’d share the how to with you all.
Here’s What You Need:
*Natural Fiber Clothing like cottons, silk, even woods
*Procion Dyes ( I get mine Here, the colors I used were sea-foam Green, Wisteria, and Jade Green)
*Soda Ash Fixer
*Bucket or Large Rubbermaid
*Measuring cup and spoons
*Plastic cup for mixing
Dharma Trading has excellent instructions on dying fabrics with procion dyes which you can find here. This is how I learned to use the dyes. If you want to do a solid color tie dye, twist and bind your clothing with rubber bands.
Add the right amount of salt for your weight of fabric to your container, and then add the water you need. I use a five gallon bucket for small batches.
The next thing you need to do is make up your dye solution. Add a little water to your dye to make a paste. Mix up the urea, and then add your dye paste to the urea solution, Mix well. If your dye isn’t dissolved completely it can cause spots.
Add your dye to your salted water. Mix well.
Add your fabric to your dye bath and stir frequently for about 20 minutes.
Mix up your soda ash fixer, making sure it dissolves completely. Gradually add your soda ash solution to your dye bath. Continue to stir frequently for thirty minutes to an hour. My colors turned out really light, which I was pretty happy with. I did thirty minutes, but probably should have done an hour.
Once the time is up dump your dye bath and rinse your items. Rinse thoroughly under cool water.
Once they have been rinsed, ring them out and then wash them in the washer machine with detergent. Dry as you would as usual and then enjoy wearing your new duds!
I love to dye clothing! I dye them solids a lot, but occasionally I will tie dye a piece in a single color. The henley is one of my favorite new shirts! When I first decided to try dying clothing, I was a little nervous using procion dyes because I thought it would be hard. I found out very quickly that it was easy and oh so much fun! I hope you all will give them a try sometime! It’ll make you want to dye everything! I’ll be back next week with another fun DIY. Until then…
One thing I have never made, but always wanted to try my hand at is an egg cozy. So, I thought I would give it a try for easter. I decided to make a bunny and a chick for my eggs out of felt. Turns out it was really fun, and they were so fast to whip up, I could’ve made a whole dozen in just a few hours!
Here’s What You Need:
*Felt (White, Pink, Yellow, and Orange)
*Pattern (see below)
*Embroidery Floss in black and needle
*Sewing Machine and thread
First you need to cut out all your piece. Draw in your face for your bunny and the eyes for your chick with a marking pen. Stitch the faces with embroidery floss. I always just use a simple back stitch. Glue your nose on the chick with your fabric glue.
Glue the pink lining onto each ear for your bunny. Then place a drop of glue in the bottom center and fold the sides in to the middle and glue down. Let dry.
Place your ears onto the front bunny piece with the ears face down and pointing towards the middle of the body. Cover with the back piece. Pin in place so the ears don’t shift when stitching, or you can stay stitch them before hand. Place the wings of the chick face down on the chick body at the sides and cover with the back. Pin.
Stitch all the way around the cozy leaving the body open at the bottom. Clip seam allowances and turn right side out. Slip onto an egg and enjoy the cuteness…
Aren’t they fun! I want to make a whole zoo now! I think these would be fun to top some special eggs in a basket, or simply to keep your breakfast eggs nice and toasty. How cute would they be on a tray for breakfast in bed! I hope some of you will give this a try sometime. They are a lot of fun to make! I’ll be back soon with another fun DIY. Until then…
Hey everyone! As I mentioned yesterday, this week on the blog I am going to be sharing Easter things all this week! Today I am going to share some easy DIY Easter Baskets with you all. These two baskets I picked up at the thrift store for a dollar. I liked the shape of them and decided they’d be cute painted and embellished. A little paint, some fabric scraps, a handmade medallion, and shredded scrapbook paper later, I ended up with some seriously cute boutique baskets!
Here’s What You Need:
*Thrift Store Baskets
*Paint (I used regular latex, but spray paint would be great too)
*Fabric Scraps cut into 1″ strips
*Embellishments such as medallions, bows, doilies, etc…
First paint your basket. I used materials that I had laying around the house. So, I painted my baskets with regular latex paint. I love being able to choose my favorite colors, but it did take a few coats and took a lot longer than spray painting them would have. You can decide how you want to paint your basket.
Once your basket is painted and then dried you can ad embellishments with hot glue. I made this medallion with ribbon, a doily, and a vintage milk cap a while ago and thought it would be cute on my basket.
To make the fabric handle basket, cut one inch strips of fabric. I used scraps from an old fat quarter of a vintage bed sheet. Glue the end of the first strip down tot he inside of the basket before the handle starts. Wrap and glue your fabric around the handle. When you run out of a strip, glue another down where the last one ended. Stop at the top. If you have a short piece trim it and then glue on another strip, or if your piece is still long, leave it. Do the other side the same way. Tie the excess fabric strips at the top into a bow and trim neatly.
To make the grass filler, I shredded scrapbook paper in my paper shredder and then crumpled it up a bit. It’s so easy!
Aren’t they cute! My favorite is the mint basket, which I shall be using to hold napkins after Easter. These baskets were super simple to make and pretty fast to whip up, faster if you spray paint them. I love how customizable they are too! I had everything but the baskets and scrapbook paper on hand, so this craft only cost me a couple of dollars to make. If you had to purchase the paint and embellishments it could cost around ten dollars for both. So if you all are looking for a fun DIY to do for Easter, give this basket a go! I’ll be back tomorrow with another DIY. Until then…
Hey everybody! Are you all so excited that spring is finally here? It’s still a little cool weather wise here, but I am starting to see some of my plants getting little buds. Soon everything will be green and pretty! Easter is also coming up very soon. So, this week I am sharing a bunch of Eastery springy things with you all to get an early start on the celebrations. Today I am going to show you how to make an upcycled stuffed easter bunny out of a vintage hanky and an old tee shirt. It’s pretty easy to whip up and full of personality!
Here’s What You Need:
*Striped Tee Shirt or Knit Fabric
*Interfacing, Medium Weight (a 1/4 yard should do)
*Coordinating Fabric Scraps
*Embroidery Floss and Needle
*Plastic Animal Nose (I got mine at JoAnns)
*Sewing Machine , thread and pins
Pattern for the Ears:
First, iron your hanky and then cut and iron interfacing to the wrong side of the hanky. Fold it in half.
Cut a rounded or egg shape at the top of the hanky, and trim the sides so they are straight and even.
Cut one ear, interfacing for the ear, and ear lining piece for each ear from your fabric scraps. Also, cut two to two and a half inch strips for the legs and arms from your tee shirt. I made mine very long. I cut them all from the sleeves of a long sleeved tee shirt. Iron the interfacing to the wrong side of your ear lining pieces.
Pin your ear and ear lining pieces together. Stitch all the way around leaving the bottom open. Clip the seam allowance at the top and turn right side out. Iron flat.
Take a long knit strip and fold it in half lengthwise and so the right sides are facing each other. Stitch close to the edge all the way down. When you get about an inch away from the bottom curve the seam across the bottom for the ends. Do the same thing for all the other arms and leg.
Using a chopstick or turner turn your leg and arm pieces right side out.
Carefully iron all your leg and arm pieces. This is also a good time to trim them up to make sure the arms are the same length as well as the legs. You can also decide how long you want to make the arms and legs if you have not already and trim to your liking. You also need to embroider the bunny’s face. Draw in the eyes and mouth with a marking pen and then embroider over the lines with a simple back stitch. To add the nose clip a tiny hoe and insert the nose in at the top of the mouth then fasten the back to the front of the nose from the wrong side.
Pin the arms and legs to the body where you like. I pinned my arms about half way down the sides and the legs about 3/4 of an inch from the corners at the bottom. Pin so that the limbs are pointed in toward the middle of the body.
Stay stitch limbs in place. Stay stitch the ears too. Fold the ends of the bottom on each ear in toward the middle. Pin in place to the head where the lining fabric is facing the right side of the hanky. Ears should point toward the center. Pin in place and stitch.
Once the limbs and ears are stitched in place, carefully fold everything in towards the middle of the bunny body.
Lay the other body piece right side down on top and pin all the way around. Stitch all the way around the body leaving couple of inches open in the bottom for turning.
Now, clip corners and allowance where needed, and turn your bunny right side out. Stuff the bunny with fiber fill.
To finish off your bunny, stitch the opening closed by hand with a whip stitch or ladder stitch.
I just adore my little bunny! This was one of my favorite hankies, and now I like it even better. She is so sweet! I think such a sweet bunny would be a perfect addition to an Easter basket for your little ones! You can customize it too with how you stitch the face or the length and thickness of the legs and arms. I hope some of you guys will give it a try sometime! I think my bunny took me a little over an hour, and she was super fun to make! I’ll be back very soon with another fun Easter DIY. Until then…
Hey everyone! A while back I shared how to make a martingale collar with you all. A martingale collar is a lot of times used as a training collar. We use them for our italian greyhounds since they are the one collar they can’t back out of. I’ve made several martingales for Beau in the past. They are super easy and totally customized to your dog’s neck. Today I am going to show you how to make a martingale with a half chain out of a belt and some fabric. Here’s my how-to:
First you need to measure your dogs neck. Measure around the neck behind the ears. Add two inches to that measurement. Cut your fabric to the same measurement as the neck measurement and add an inch for turning under for the length. Make the measurement for the width a little under the width of the belt plus a little for turning under. So if my belt is 2″ wide, I would make my fabric 1 and 1/4″ wide plus 1″ for turning under, so 2 and 1/4″.
Iron the top and bottom under towards the backside of the fabric by 1/2″ on each side. Then, turn under the sides by 1/2″.
Spray the back side of your fabric with basting spray. Center the fabric on top of the leather and smooth down.
Stitch the fabric down to the leather all the way around by machine close to the edge as possible. Clip excess threads.
Cut the leather at the ends to fit the width of your chain rings. I had to trim mine down to 3/4″
Punch a hole in the center of the end of your end about 3/8″ from the edge. Fit the end around the ring. Mark the hole where it needs to go on the center of the thick part.
Wrap the leather end around the ring on one side. Load a rivet through the hole you punched and hammer the rivet down completely. Wrap the other end around the other side ring on the chain and load a rivet on. Hammer down the other rivet. And that’s it, you’ve got a new collar for your pooch!
I totally love the new leather collars I made for Beau and Sadie! I was able to make two out of the same belt with plenty left over. It was even easier than the ones I usually make with webbing. So far they have held up nicely. If you want to make them extra strong you can add extra rivets or stitching. You can keep them even simpler by just using the belt without stitching the fabric to them. I always like adding fabric to mine, especially when it’s vintage feedsack cowboys! I hope all you dog lovers out there will give this one a try sometime. I’ll be back soon with another fun project. Until then….
One of my favorite things in the whole world is my collection of vintage magazines! Recently I shared a recipe with you all for a citrus butter cake that was delicious. Today I am going to share a craft. I love all the DIYs they have in the craft sections of my old decorating and home magazines! I have been wanting to try some of them out for ages. So, I thought I’d share one or two of them with you all each month. My first craft review is for a DIY breakfast coozy from Everywoman’s November 1957 issue.
Here is the how to from the magazine:
I followed the instructions with the exception of hand embroidering the wording on the outside with a simple back stitch and using a cotton quilting fabric on the inside under the vinyl. I’m not sure what buckram is. Anyone ever heard of it? It was pretty easy to sew and it turned out very cute! It was a little smaller than I expected, however, I think you could easily change the size of it by adjusting the measurements. This little coozy is meant to keep your breakfast warm until you are ready to eat.
I think my little breakfast coozy is adorable! I used it the other morning to keep my hot tea warm while I was stitching up a project. This would be a great little accessory for a breakfast in bed. I think it would be a great handmade gift for Mother’s Day or for a couple. It was pretty simple to make and it took me about an hour from start to finish. I hope you all have enjoyed my first vintage craft review! I hope to share lots more with you all! Until next time…
My little sister came into the world when I was thirteen years old. Over the years our relationship changed from where I went from being like a second mommy to us being super close friends. She’s still one of my favorite people in the whole world! There have been lots of nicknames throughout the years. The one that has stuck to this day is Pooka. I started calling her that when she was around three and had a total love for the cartoon film Anastasia who had a precious little dog named Pooka. Hannah just celebrated her 20th birthday last month. I always make her a gift, and this year I wanted to do something fun for her. So I decided I would make her an embellished tee with her nick name.
Here’s What You Need:
*Vintage Fabric Scrap
*Steam a Seam Double sided interfacing
*Computer and word or editing program
*Pencil, Scissors, Ruler
*Sewing Machine and Thread
The first thing you need to do is open up your editing software. Write out your word in the font you like. Play around with the size of the font until it fills the screen to the size you like. You can measure it with a ruler to be exact if you like. Mine was around nine inches wide. Take your steam a seam and hod it up to the screen and trace the word onto your paper.
Take the top sheet off of your steam a seam. Iron your fabric and place it on the sticky side of the steam a seam sheet. Cover with the top paper that has the writing on it. Cut out your word. Remove the backing and take away the top sheet. Lay it out on your tee shirt. When you have it centered and where you like it, iron the fabric down to the tee. I did not have any fabric stabilizer, but I would recommend using it on the inside of your tee to help keep your fabric from stretching while stitching.
Now you are ready to top stitch. Set your machine to a zigzag stitch. I made my stitch length at 1 and my zigzag at 3. Stitch along the outside of the word, outlining it. When you have stitched along the outside, you can back stitch and then clip your threads. Then stitch around any other areas that need outlining like the loops. Clip your excess threads give a quick iron and then you are ready to wear.
Hannah loves her Pooka tee and it looks super cute on her! I thought even if she was too embarrassed to wear it out she could wear it with her favorite pj bottoms. Of course I should’ve known, she does wear it out, like a boss! This tee was super simple to make! It took me less than an hour and I only had to use a large scrap of fabric. I was thinking I may have to make one for myself with Posh on it. Hannah used to call me Posh when the Spice Girls were popular. She of course was Baby spice and my best friend Katie was Sporty spice. We would dance to their music all the time. I hope you all will give this easy tee a try sometime. I think you’ll love it! I’ll be back soon with more projects. Until then…
Hi! I'm Ashlee, and I love to create all kinds of lovely things! I spend my days creating and thrifting with my amazing hubby, three crazy cats, one very spoiled dog, and eight adorable chickens. Follow along with me for a heap of DIY projects, everything I just adore, and a healthy dose of vintage goodness.