Thursday, February 14, 2013

Today I Upcycled a T-Shirt and a Sweater.

I love the idea of re-purposing.  I would really like to get better at "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without."  I see all sorts of great ideas online of how to upcycle clothes so they get a second chance.  I love all the home decor posts, featuring items that are being re-used.  LOVE IT!

 (blurry, but still super cute.  especially since hugs are not always something britt enjoys giving or receiving from her big sister)

Today is my first time, that I can remember, taking two shirts that were headed for the second hand store (because they were stained) and turning them into something worth keeping. 

(elle in her sweet outfit.  remember seeing it on britt, way back when?  i do not save that many firsts anymore.)

Reason:  Elle got Britt's adorable hand-me-down Valentine's Day outfit.  But Britt and Ash had nothing.  I do not have the funds to run out and buy cute t-shirts right now, especially for a one day celebration. 

 (my 3 little sweeties.  most of the time!)

So - I dug around in a bag I have of mostly white clothes that I have been planning to try to bleach the stains out of before giving up on them.  I must admit, those clothes have been in that bag for a year.  The only two tops that worked were both too big for Britt and Ash, but better than too small, right?

(too excited!  would not make a "normal" face at all.  heehee!)

The tops were already clean.  I just ironed them, held them up to the outside light to see exactly where the stains where and then grabbed the felt and fabric glue.  For Britt's I glued the hearts first, then stitched.  I didn't glue Ash's because I wasn't sure if I wanted her felt heart to be permanent or not.  Plus, it's a chunky knit and the glue would have gone through, most likely.

(see?  so big, it's falling off her shoulders.  but stinkin' adorable regardless!)

I'm really pleased with how they turned out!
I love upcycling!

I've decided that these are not soooo valentine-y that they can only be worn one day.  I'm gonna put Britt's away for Spring or Summer (hopefully she grows a bit) and she can wear it more then.  Ash can keep wearing her sweater for the next 2 freezing cold months we have yet to get through.  Spring doesn't usually arrive on time around here. 


SkyMommy said...

I'm so impressed, those are so cute! And you're right, they definitely aren't too "valentiney." Love them.

My Journey With Candida said...

Those turned out adoreable!! You did a great job on them, no wonder they were so excited.

MommyMert said...

Love the sweater. Seriously cute.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Three of the most precious Valentine's! You are so clever.

Thank you SO very much for linking up this Valentine goodness!

Saimi said...

You have skills mama, and those girls of yours are so stinking CUTE!!!

mun said...

Great job capturing the warm moment of Britt hugging Ash and having fun. You are really talented. I love the new look of Britt's T-shirt.

alissa apel said...

They are cute!!! I think they can be worn longer than this month as well.

I'm having the boys wear their robot Valentine tees longer than Feb.

I'm going to try to make viking tees for the boys tomorrow. I've been saying that for a month though. I have the fabric paint and the blank tees. Now if I could just do it!

Amy said... adorable...both your creations and your sweeties. :) You're definitely very talented to turn an otherwise ordinary t-shirt into something so adorable. If I see these shirts in the store, I would buy them in a heartbeat!

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow! wonderful! good for everyone!!

Drama Queens Mum (Kimberly) said...

They all look so much alike.