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The Thrifty Baby Celebration

Well, I really thought I would have had a baby by now. I’m 39 weeks today and have never been this pregnant in all my pregnancies! Since this is my fourth baby, baby showers are pretty much non-existent at this point. And, let’s be real, most of my friends have four or more children too, so there’s no time for throwing parties. Instead, I decided to throw a virtual party here on my blog and everyone’s invited! It’s the Thrifty Baby Celebration!

Thrifty Baby Celebration | Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Over the next month there will be tons of great baby ideas that you can sew or DIY that cost next to nothing.

 

Since my last baby was a girl, I did quite a bit of baby girl sewing.  Here are some great (inexpensive) ideas to get you started:

  1. FREE baby dress pattern

Baby Lap Dress FREE Pattern 6-12 mos {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

2. Upcycled maternity shirt to baby skirtUpcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

3. Update baby clothes

BabyBodysuitUpdateG

 

4. Baby headband

 

BabyLapDressTutorial-16

5. FREE Baby shoe pattern

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

6. Get your baby Halloween ready!BabyCaptainAm-1

Over the next month I’ll have some great bloggers featured here with their ideas for sewing for baby that won’t cost a ton of money. Be sure to follow along!

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Boy

I know, I know, my brother’s wedding was months ago, and you’ve probably forgotten that I even posted about my dress and my daughter’s outfit.  But we’re gearing up for another wedding this weekend, so I figured I had better get to posting about my son’s outfit before that wedding passes us by!

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

My brother’s wedding was this past summer and I knew for several months that I wanted to sew all the outfits for my family for the event. And, why not upcycle and use free patterns for everything too, right? Well, I was able to accomplish most of that. The pattern for my dress was free, the fabric for River’s dress and headband were free. Plus I found a dress that worked perfectly for Lioness, so I didn’t have to sew anything for her. But today, I’m focusing on Carpenter. We don’t get dressed up much at all, so this wedding was the perfect excuse for me to go crazy sewing something fancy for him. My son’s outfit turned out to be the best use of free patterns and upcycled materials.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew ThriftyThe original shirt was my husband’s favorite shirt, but the collar was coming apart and just wasn’t ok for him to wear to work anymore. He hated to give it up, so I snuck it away years ago in hopes of using it for a refashion one day. And today is the day! For the vest, I thrifted a pair of dress pants. The original intent was to find a jacket, but the pattern I used didn’t fit the jackets I found, so I decided on pants. And, I found these for 50% off – only $2! I tried to keep the original welted pockets, but they were slightly too big, so I had to sew my own. You can see here how the cuffs from the original shirt were used for my son’s shirt. I loved that I didn’t have to sew all that. And the buttons were reused as well! I did have to improvise on the collar, since I couldn’t re-use that section and I was running out of fabric. Luckily I had some spare white cotton that I used to line the inside of the collar, since that section wouldn’t really get seen anyway and the outside of the collar came from the back of the original shirt.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The vest came together nicely, even though I wasn’t able to use any of the original pockets from the pants. I lined it with a khaki cotton someone had given me from their stash. Then I accented it with orange buttons. Yes, I went with orange.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

The tie was made from a free pattern as well, along with scraps of fabric that was given to me. And his pants and shoes were given to me by a friend. His whole outfit came to a whopping $7, since I include the price of thread, buttons, and the clasp for the tie. Not too bad for a fancy wedding outfit. I might be able to afford to dress him up more often.Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty{so, how do you get a girl to like you?}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

{ok, Mama, enough with all this wedding stuff, where’s the cake?!}

Here’s the breakdown:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding, a refashion by Sew Thrifty

Dress Shirt:
Pattern: Fishsticks Designs’ Everyday Camp Shirt (with length added)
Fabric: Upcycled men’s dress shirt + scrap of white cotton

Vest:
Pattern: MellySews’ free Holiday Vest (FREE)
Fabric: Upcycled pants and gifted khaki cotton for lining

Tie:
Pattern: Delia Creates’ Lil Mister Bow Tie (FREE)
Fabric: Blue and Green cotton from JoAnns (name unknown)
Light green cotton gifted from a friend

The other wedding looks:

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Mama
Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Girl

Thrifty Handmade Wedding: The Girl

As I settle back into blogging after the month of sewing and saving, I’m still trying to figure out what I want for Sew Thrifty. At my core, I’m a business woman, but right now my heart is for my kiddos and homeschooling, and having this little blog on the side. Everything in me wants to care about growing this blog (stats, newsletter, great graphics and tons of pinned images), but I know that’s not for me right now. The other extreme is having an ultra-creative blog, but I’m really not that creative. I’m a stats nerd.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to be me and have some creative and fun posts and then have some other posts more business-like (bullet points and graphs and all that fun stuff).  And I’m going to try and not care about what people think. But we all know that’s nearly impossible. Just sayin’.

Today I finally get to share with you the crazy story of River’s flower girl dress!! [It’s long, I don’t blame you for skimming or just looking at the amazing photos my husband snapped.]

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Let me start by saying I really had no clue what I was going to make for her. I wanted to go along with the colors of the wedding, but not be overkill. I wanted it to be fancier (i.e. not knit) since I tend to always sew basic items. But nothing was inspiring me.

Until 10 days before we left for the wedding. That was when my brother called to ask if River would be the flower girl! I was so excited (then a bit stressed and freaking out) that I would get to make her a flower girl dress that inspiration was everywhere. And to top it off the colors of the wedding changed to neutral tones – browns, creams, khakis – with a rustic elegant theme. My initial desire to put some cowgirl boots on her was a bit too rustic for their taste, but I was able to settle on a look that I loved. Here was my inspiration dress.

Artsy Handmade Cute Flower Girl Dresses
Photo credit: Petit de Lin on Etsy (item no longer available)

Honestly, I look at this and think, wow, that’s a bit too Southern for me. But I actually like it. Plus, my friend has a paper pattern that is very similar to this, so I figured I could borrow it.

[Now, insert craziness]

My friend with the FREE pattern lives about 40 minutes away and we rarely see each other. This dress had to be completed in less than 10 days. We were leaving in 10 days, and I am not a fan of sewing late into the night the day before I leave on a big trip. So really it had to be made in about 3 days. Getting the free pattern from her just wasn’t going to work. But, she mentioned that they were on sale at my local Hancock Fabrics for $2. Sweet. I can handle $2 and a short trip to the store. Made it to the store, picked up the pattern, and headed home (without kids!). Later that night when I opened the pattern, I realize I had bought the child’s version instead of the toddler version!! Really?! They do that? I’m so spoiled with indie patterns that I just assume all patterns go from 2T-10 years. It’s late, the store is closed, there’s no going back to see if they even had the toddler version (and I’m pretty sure I bought the last one anyway). That’s when I realized the pattern is a bunch of rectangles with a bodice. I had already printed out the bodice to the (free!) Madeline Dress and it was very similar. Then I realized I could calculate my way through the pattern. [Squeal!] One of the biggest reasons I love sewing – all the math! After I accomplished all that I was so proud of myself and I could return the $2 pattern too. Boom.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Now for better part of the story – the fabric. A friend had gifted me boxes and boxes of her old fabric. Most was stuff I would never buy like linen, wovens, and (gasp) lace! After rummaging through it all, I found the exact fabrics I needed. The khaki cotton that I used for most of the dress was heavy enough for my girl not to damage it. The silky white fabric for the straps gave just enough elegance. And the lace….I could not have asked for a more perfect piece of fabric. The width of the lace was the exact amount to offer a slight gather. I did run out of the skinnier piece of lace, so I just attached it to the front instead of making a sash like the inspiration dress. And done, with 7 more days left to pack and finish Carpenter’s vest and dress shirt.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Then, once we got to the mountains River plainly decided she didn’t want to be the flower girl. Um…thanks. In the end, we were able to convince her to play a part in the ceremony, but once she did, she was outta there. [Thanks Aunt Jackie for watching her for the rest of the ceremony!]

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

After the ceremony, she was all about the flowers.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, lace

Thrifty Handmade Wedding Flower Girl Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} rustic, vintage, elegant, laceAnd just today she mentioned wanting to be a flower girl. Seriously, girl? Gotta love ’em.

I don’t have a fancy little graphic for the time and cost. It took a while to gather all the materials, create my own pattern, get the fit right, and play around with the look at each stage, so it wasn’t a fast sew. However, the price was right – just about FREE. Thread probably cost 50 cents or so. All the fabric was handed down to me and the pattern was free too. And her headband (which she thankfully wore through the ceremony) was free too. I hot glued flowers from the same fabric as her dress and some other mint green that was gifted to me to some lace my mother-in-law gave me ages ago.

Thrifty Handmade Wedding {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Thrifty Handmade Wedding {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}If you’re looking for my dress, that’s here. Baby girl only got a headband, and I’ll have Carpenter’s outfit up soon!

 

 

 

Upcycled: Baby Shoes (Free Pattern from Feather’s Flights)

Today is the last day of upcycling for your kids, and this project is such an easy one! Plus, Feather’s Flights has the free pattern over on her blog.

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org)

Remember those khaki capris I cut up for my daughter? Well, I used the hems of those to make these darling baby shoes. That’s it! I love how Feather’s Flights makes use of the space in the hem to make this just about the quickest sew you can imagine.

Pattern

FREE baby shoe pattern from Feather’s Flights.

I paired my baby shoes up with a Lap Dress (FREE pattern) and a turban headband to make a complete upcycled outfit for my Lioness.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} Upcycled Baby Shoes {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown:
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Want the FREE pattern? Head over to Feather’s Flights today and snag it up!

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Upcycled: Baby Circle Skirt (From a maternity shirt!)

This upcycle cracks me up…it’s a baby circle skirt made from a maternity shirt! So, when you’re done with the baby in your belly, turn that shirt into a skirt for the baby in the bouncy.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern

I used the tutorial from MADE here.

Additionally, here are my recommendations for sizing. These are based on averages and may not work for your baby or toddler. If you can measure them, do so, as that will give you the best fit.

 

Baby Circle Skirt Measurements {Sew THrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Instructions

Grab a t-shirt. I used the bottom half of this maternity baby-doll-style shirt. It was a bit of a stretch (ha. ha. ha.) since the bottom half of this shirt was smaller than I would have liked, but it still worked!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut down the side of the shirt to the sleeves (or in my case to the elastic).Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then cut off that section of the shirt. I took my time with this to save as much fabric as I could. If you’re using a regular t-shirt or a larger shirt, you don’t have to be as careful, since you’ll have plenty of fabric here. Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

But now I’ve got two rectangles. Wait…I thought you were making a circle skirt?! Don’t you need a large circle? Yes, ideally. However, since I’m upcycling, I’m going with the flow. So, work with me here and follow along…two rectangles:Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut the hems off. You won’t need to save these.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Take one of the rectangles and fold in half. You should have a square (or square-ish) shape. Then, using the measurements you have and MADE’s tutorial, construct your circle. Since you only have one fold, you’ll have a half circle when you’re done with this step.Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Take that half circle and place it on top of the other folded rectangle piece. Like so:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity top to baby skirt {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then cut out your second half-circle piece. Now you have two of these:

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Sew or serge them together to create a circle. Yay, it’s looking like a circle skirt!

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The next step is to add the elastic. I have tons of pretty (brand new) elastics. But, I wanted to make this skirt 100% upcycled. And well, my husband needed to trash his boxers…but the elastic was still good!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I couldn’t help myself. I snagged those bad boys out of the trash pile and salvaged the elastic. (And yes, he knows I’m airing his dirty laundry on the internets 😉 )Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

From there, I sewed my elastic onto my skirt and viola!Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I’ll be honest, the elastic was a bit stretched out. So, if you’re using upcycled elastic, you might want to decrease the length to compensate the extra stretchiness.

But, it still looks cute! And now the skirt will fit longer.

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{Something isn’t right about my new outfit…}

Upcycled Circle Skirt: From maternity shirt to baby skirt! {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{What?! I’m wearing Daddy’s dirty underwear?}

It was clean! Just old. She’ll be ok. I hope. 

If you’re looking for a little something different for your baby, check out Feather’s Flight’s baby leggings or toddler dress.

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)Have you upcycled anything lately?! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram or Facebook. We’d love to see your creations!

 

Upcycled: Turban Headband Tutorial

I’m really not that mom who has her baby girl wear headbands with every outfit. Really, ask my friends. BUT, when you can make one to match her dress perfectly, and it doesn’t cost you anything, why not go for it!?

Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Pattern

Based on averages, here is what I use to make turban-style headbands:

Infant/Newborn: 14″ by 3″
Baby: 16″ by 3″
Toddler: 18″ by 3″
Girl: 19.5″ by 3″
Adult: 21.5″ by 3″

These measurements are approximates. Depending on how stretchy your fabric is or how large your head is, you’ll need to make adjustments accordingly. I also personally don’t like tight headbands, so I make mine larger than any suggested pattern and use fabric that has some stretch – spandex, lycra, etc.

I have made countless turban headbands, and usually make the width about 6″ and then fold the piece in half and sew down the long side. However, when upcycling, you have to go with the flow and make things work with what you’ve got! All my measurements listed above assume you are working with a fabric (like t-shirt knit) that won’t fray and therefore the raw edges can be shown.

Also, check out this great tutorial on how to size specifically for you (or the girl in your life).

Instructions

Cut the appropriate sized rectangles for the size you need. Since I was upcycling this small shirt, I only had enough to make a baby-sized headband. You can see that I cut off the leftovers from the hem (where I cut the sleeve for the Baby Lap Dress from) to create my first piece.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

My headband pieces – two rectangles measuring 15″ by 3″. I know I said 16″, but I could only squeeze 15″ out of this shirt and it’s pretty stretchy, so I’m hoping it will work fine.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Place one piece on top of the other and form an “X”.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Fold the bottom piece down over the top and match it back up with itself.
Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Do the same to the other piece (the piece originally on top). And match it back up with itself.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Gently pull the headband pieces out and you’ll get this. See? It already looks like a turban headband!Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Make sure your 3″ sides are matched up to each other.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then take the headband and fold it in half, matching up all 4 ends.Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Then sew (or serge) connecting all four pieces. I then used this method to close off my loose serged ends. And done!Upcycled Turban Headband Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The dress was already done, and now I have a matching headband!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

You can make another one….Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Or mix and match…Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

Upcycled Turban Headband {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

This hair is just begging for more headbands.

Upcycled Turban Headband {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{Oh, hi there! I’m liking this whole headband thing.}

And don’t forget to see what Feather’s Flights has for your upcycled kid today: harem pants and shirt sleeve pants from the same top! She is so amazing!

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Upcycled: Baby Lap Dress + FREE Pattern!

I’m so excited to wrap-up week one of upcycling with a FREE pattern! Introducing the Baby Lap Dress…

Upcycled Baby Lap Dress FREE pattern {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I wanted something that could save the neck binding of the original shirt, but also be easy to sew with no snaps or buttons (I still feel like a newbie sewer, so I like to keep things simple). There are plenty of baby dress and bodysuit patterns out there, but none quite fit what I was needing in order to save as much as I could from the original shirt. So, I created my own pattern! (This is my first pattern. **Insert squeal here**. I’m offering it free and as such, it hasn’t been tested. Please be nice if you come across any issues with the pattern.)

Materials:

1. Free pattern (size 6-12 mos, approx.) {Print on US Letter paper with scaling set to “none”. This pattern has not been tested on A4 paper}
2. T-shirt (check your closet, thrift store, or garage sale)
3. Coordinating thread
4. Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, pins, scissors, etc.

Instructions:

Step 1: Find a t-shirt to upcycle. See Heather’s tips here for finding great items to upcycle. I chose this super soft tee that I bought while vacationing in San Diego (pre-kids, so it doesn’t fit, and no, it never will. I’m over it). This shirt is a Small, so it’s a great one to upcycle for babies. Most upcycling garments need to be L-XL in order to best fit your pattern for bigger kids, but you can still get some great material out of any size garment. This baby dress is a great pattern to use for those smaller tees that you have lying around!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 2: Prepare your shirt. Cut out the tag. Babies don’t need all that extra stuff rubbing up against them.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Cut the shirt down the sides. If your shirt has a side seem, just cut along that. If you chose a shirt with no seems, you might want to mark where to cut or just eye-ball it. I didn’t cut the sleeves off because I wasn’t able to use them to make the sleeves for the dress. However, you can cut the sleeves off at this point too, or wait until you’ve cut your front and back pattern pieces.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 3: Cut your dress front. Fold the original shirt front in half while the back of the shirt is up and to the left of the shirt front. I lined up the sleeves and side seems here to be sure I folded the shirt in the middle. Or you can eye-ball the graphic on your shirt to be sure it will line up in the middle of your dress when you cut the pattern. (Note: I use a rotary cutter for everything, so I don’t pin. If you don’t have a rotary cutter or don’t want to use one, simple pin the pattern at this step and cut using your fabric scissors). Cut out your dress front.Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

You can see in this photo that I made sure the top of the pattern piece and the neckband of the original shirt lined up as best as possible. You don’t have to line these up perfectly, as your shirt may have a slightly different shape, but it should still work in the end.Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 4: Cut your dress back. Line up the back pattern piece to the back of the original shirt on the fold and cut it out.

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 5: Cut your sleeves. You can use the sleeves of your original shirt to make the sleeves of your baby dress! In my case, the original sleeves were a bit short, so I used the bottom of the shirt. But most sleeves will be long enough for you to use. Line up the hem and fold line with the pattern piece as indicated and cut 2 sleeve pieces.BabyLapDressTutorial-8

OK, now you’re ready to piece the dress together!

Step 6: Line up the dress front and back. Don’t do what I did and line them up wrong. Be sure to place them WRONG side (dress back) to RIGHT side (dress front). It should look how you want the final garment to look. Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I overlapped them by about 2 inches. Here’s a close-up:
Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s a picture of how to do it the right way:

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Ahh…much better!

Step 7: Attach the sleeves to the dress. Place the RIGHT side of the sleeve to the RIGHT side of the dress arm hole. Line up the middle of the sleeve to the middle of the arm hole (the the middle of where the front and back dress pieces overlap). Working from the middle, pin the sleeve to the dress until you reach the end of the arm hole. Do the same for the other section of the sleeve. Now you have the sleeve all pinned to the dress pieces. Go ahead and pin the other sleeve at this point too. (I like to double check that I’ve pinned correctly by flipping the sleeve over to be sure I pinned the right side. Cause, you know, I’ve been known to make mistakes 🙂 ) Sew these seams. I use a serger, but you can also use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine ( set at .5 width and approx. 2.5/3 length). And always use a ball point needle when sewing with knits.

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

Step 8: Pin and sew side seams. Placing RIGHT sides together, line up the sleeve hem and pin down the side of your dress. Line up your sleeve seams as well and the rest of the side should line up to the bottom of the dress.Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

Sew down both sides, flip the dress right side out, and you’re done!Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

I chose not to hem the dress. Since it’s a knit, the ends won’t fray. I did tuck the ends of my thread back through the seams using the method I mention here.

If you wanted to go for a more polished look, you would hem the dress at this point. Simply fold under about 3/8″ (or 1 cm) and hem using your preferred hemming method.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Add in a headband (made with the same shirt; tutorial coming next week!) and some cute upcycled baby shoes (that I will share with you next week – made from the hems of pants!) and you’ve got yourself a little stylish outfit for your babe.

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}

Then whip up another one because they are so fast and easy!

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}{What? The back of my shirt is wrong?!}

Baby Lap Dress {Sew Thrifty|www.sewthrifty.org}{Oh well, I’m cute. No one will even notice}

Baby Lap Dress FREE Pattern 6-12 mos {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}{Plus I’ll just grin and my mom will make me another one}

Here’s the breakdown:

Baby Lap Dress Tutorial {Sew Thrifty |www.sewthrifty.org}

 

And for something a bit different for babies, check out what Heather has for them today. Plus, she’s got an amazingly quick backpack you can whip up from a used t-shirt as well!

Hope you’re enjoying this series. Keep tagging #upcycledkid on Instagram and be sure to come back Monday for another week of great upcycling tips and tutorials!

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)

Upcycled: Raglan for Boys

Do you ever realize how many free or event-related shirts you amass over the years? Today’s tutorial will show you  how to make use of those shirts for your kids.

This post is the second of my versions of  the Raglan Shirt Pattern by Nap-Time Creations.  You can view my girl’s version of the raglan here.

{Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don’t claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The patterns and tutorials must be obtained at the pattern designers’ sites.}

Upcycled Boy Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Both the gray and lime fabrics came from shirts with over-sized graphics. These are very common with shirts you can receive for donating money, company shirts, or team shirts. Some of these shirts are sentimental, but others are just filling up your closet…or your trash pile. Now, there’s something you can do with them!

Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

This shirt was a friend’s that she and her whole family had worn in support of March for Babies. An awesome cause, but she didn’t need 5 of these matching shirts past the day of the walk. She kindly packed up this one and many others and delivered them free to my house. Free fabric! Free delivery! I have the best friends.

Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

Because the graphic on the back was so large, I could only use this shirt for the front in the size I needed. There was still some leftover on the back that I’ll use for other small projects.Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

As you can see above, I folded my t-shirt and lined up the bottom of the pattern to the bottom of the shirt. Since I didn’t have to bother with hemming the shirt, I could have slid the pattern piece down to account for not hemming. However, I like longer shirts (makes them last longer on my constantly-growing kiddos), so I kept the pattern piece as pictured above to gain an extra inch or so. Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

For the sleeve, I did slide the pattern piece off the edge of the t-shirt’s original sleeve. I wanted a short-sleeve shirt and nothing longer than that.

Upcycled Raglan for Boys {Sew Thrifty| www.sewthrifty.org}

I did the same cutting process for the back of the shirt and cut off the neckband of this gray shirt to use for my final raglan.

Also, since I used the original hem of the shirts, when I serged my shirt together, I ended up with a tail of additional thread. (This will also happen if you’re using a sewing machine, although if you back stitch your seams should stay put.) When using a serger, I use this method to keep my thread tails from coming apart:

Finishing Serger Hems {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

 

 

And now the shirt is completely done and ready to be worn!Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Lime Raglan and Baggies {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

And I know you saw those awesome shorts up there! Don’t worry, those will be coming next week.

Here’s the breakdown:

Upcycled Boy's Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Check out what Feather’s Flights is up to today with her peasant style tunic!

Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)

Have you upcycled any garments for your kids? Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram so we can see all the awesomeness you are creating! Or share a link in the comments.

Upcycled: Raglan for Girls

Have you ever held on to something for 20 years and then found the perfect moment to do something with it? No? Just me? OK, well, today is the day!

Welcome back to another day of thrifty sewing for your kids! Have you been following along here and at Feather’s Flights? If not, be sure to go back and see why we upcycle, tips for shopping thrift storeshow to get the most out of one item, and my first featured project – a colorblocked muscle tee. 

Now, onto today! I’ll be sharing two projects from the same FREE pattern – the Raglan Shirt Pattern by Nap-Time Creations.  This pattern is a unisex pattern offered for a wide range of sizes: 18 mos – 6T. Ladies first!

Upcycled Girl Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don’t claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The patterns and tutorials must be obtained at the pattern designers’ sites.}

As I was going through my closet and my huge pile of clothes to be upcycled, I ran across just about every color…except pink. I just have never worn pink. But to my 3-year old, pink is her world. And because  I focus so much on making clothes for Carpenter,  I wanted to make something special just for her that she would cherish. Finally, in the depths of my storage, I came across this youth XL t-shirt I bought when I was 10! I still remember my youth and the love for chipmunks, and obviously I couldn’t bear to get rid of this shirt.

Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Since I really was focused on saving the graphic and not the hem (like here), I made sure the graphic was centered before I cut. Graphics can be hard to save in some shirts since adult shirts have graphics that can be quite large. Be sure to measure the graphic or the pattern before purchasing any thrift store graphic tees.

When checking to see if your desired graphic will work for your pattern, be sure to account for seam allowances. In the case of this raglan pattern, I had to make sure the neckline, sleeve seam, and side seam all were at least 3/8″ (1cm) away from my graphic. And they were! If this is not the case for your upcycled garment, try color blocking to keep your desired graphic.

Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Once you have your graphic ready, either pull the back of the shirt away from your cutting area or cut down the sides of the shirt. Then fold the front of the shirt and line up your pattern piece as indicated. Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

I always use a rotary cutter and weights, but if you use scissors, simply pin your pattern piece on and cut.Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Done! The graphic looks slightly off-centered, but it’s pretty close. I doubt my 3 year old will care. 🙂Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The black sleeves are from a friend’s old shirt that I want to be able to use the logo for a future project. The neckband ribbing is from another black shirt (the first one had gray ribbing for the collar)

I was able to save the hem on the black shirt by using the existing hem to cut new sleeves. I started by folding the shirt and then lining up my pattern piece to the hem.

Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Since this shirt is for my girl, I wanted the sleeves a bit shorter than what was recommended. You can see below that I just slid the pattern down off the original shirt. Then I cut around the pattern piece there.Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

For the second sleeve, I cut around my first sleeve piece (to make sure the lengths of the sleeves were equal).Upcycled Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}Lastly, I cut out the neckband from another black shirt to use for the raglan neckband. You can choose to rip out the seams of a neckline, but that’s what too much work for me! I just cut as close as possible to the seam; the new neckband will be slightly smaller than the original, but for kid’s clothes it looks fine.

Then I followed the directions from the original pattern, and River has a pink shirt to call her own!

Upcycled Chipmunk Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Upcycled Chipmunk Raglan {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Here’s the breakdown:ChipmunkRaglanTimeCost.jpg

And be sure to hop on over to Feather’s Flights to see her peasant style dress!Upcycled: Learn to Sew Your Kid's Wardrobe. A Series by Feather's Flights (feathersflights.com) and Sew Thrifty (sewthrifty.org)

So….have you raided your closets yet to sew something up for your kiddos?! Feather’s Flights and I would love to see what you are sewing! Tag #upcycledkid on Instagram for your chance to be featured.