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.
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.
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?
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.
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.