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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!

Radical Raglans – The Launch of Something New

This blog’s been a little sparse lately, but it’s not because I haven’t been sewing. I’ve actually been sewing more…and organizing a big photoshoot and launching a new product line in my Etsy shop! And today I get to reveal it to you all. I am SO excited!! (and my kids are too)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

I’ve been posting sneak peaks on my Etsy shop’s Instagram account and even had a sneak peak sale. But today, TODAY, the Radical Raglans are now available for purchase in my shop. So go check ’em out!  Here are my kiddos sporting their custom-requested shirts.Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)(let’s all cry like Lioness. waaaaah!)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)(just needed Daddy. All is right in my world now)

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

If you love this look and don’t want to make one yourself, let me make one for ya! Use coupon code RADICAL in my shop until Sunday, January 31st for 20% off any Radical Raglan. (A little background on my shop: twelve2 is the name of the shop and it stands for Romans 12:2, which calls us to not be conformed to this world, but transform our minds to the will of God. For me, that means donating all the proceeds of every purchase to adoptive and missionary families. Currently, I’m raising money for a Nicaraguan missionary family to help them buy a used SUV and supporting several US adoptive families.)

If you’re a fellow sewist, and want to make it yourself, here are the details:

Pattern: Nap-time Creations FREE raglan pattern

Fabrics: Body is upcycled from old t-shirts, sleeves are various fabrics from Girl Charlee (aff link)

Graphic: Custom-built graphic from a friend’s text painting (but you could use any fun font) and various shapes. I used my Cricut Explore to cut iron-on vinyl and then adhered that to my shirt.

 

So, whatcha waiting for?! Go run and get you one…or make you one!

Radical Raglans by twelve2 (twelve2.etsy.com)

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

Madeit Fashion Show Week

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Carpenter is taking kid’s fashion by storm this week. Literally. He’s lightning from head to toe. It all started with his recent love of lightning bolts, a challenge, and some rockin’ creative time.  (I do my best work jamming out to David Crowder or needtobreathe; anyone else a Christian rock fan?)

Let’s start with the challenge. Just a few months ago, I wrote that you should invest in patterns that stand the test of time.  So when Olu challenged  asked me to participate in Madeit Fashion Week featuring their new pattern collection FOLD|2 inspired by origami, I was excited, but really didn’t think my mind could be changed about trendy patterns. Are they really worth the cost?  Let me tell you ….. they are! And I can honestly say that this outfit (mainly the pants) is one of which I am most proud. I will make these patterns again (reason #5 of when to purchase a pattern), plus the patterns cover a wide range of sizes (reason #2), they are unisex (reason #1), they provide excellent photos and instructions (#4), it’s definitely something I couldn’t figure out on my own (#7), and if you purchase this week, they will be on sale (#8)!

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{Say wha? My mom actually likes trendy patterns now?}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

{You better believe it!}

The look all started with the shirt. I selected Madeit Pattern’s Kite Fold Tee because it was relaxed and fun. Carpenter and I went up to my sewing room, and I let him rummage through my stash.  (I had originally bought the lightning bolt fabric with the intention of making something for him, but he quickly dismissed it. So I had resigned myself to using it for me.) But, he saw it and immediately thought of Lightning McQueen (we had just let him watch Cars for the first time) and begged me to make him a “Lightning McQueen shirt.” All right dude, you can have your fabric back, I guess.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

After selecting the lightning fabric (purchased from Girl Charlee), I paired up some navy scraps that I had lying around and added the yellow. The yellow knit was given to me by a friend, the gray from a Target sheet, and the other pieces were scraps, so the whole shirt cost less than $2!

This is such a fun shirt, and you really can use up some scraps, or cut up some old t-shirts and piece them together. The pattern gives recommendations for piecing four different fabrics together, but you could use different fabrics for each pattern piece or use fewer than the recommended amount for a totally different look.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Now, onto the pants, and my rockin’ creative time. I started with the Book Fold Trousers because, how cool is that fly?! Carpenter wanted red lightning pants, so I had to make sure these pants lived up to his expectations. First, I had to find the right fabric. I don’t typically have a lot of woven fabric lying around, and I definitely didn’t have any red pants that could be upcycled. So, I had to (gasp) buy new fabric. Luckily it was on sale. For the pocket linings, I was able to upcycle an old dress shirt, and included some star fabric for the hem (because…stars!).

Originally, I had thought to make a big lightning bolt on the back pocket of the pants, until I went back and looked and saw that the pockets were hidden! So, the challenge was on (again). Then I started sewing and brainstorming. Everything ended up happening while I was piecing and sewing the pants together. I threw in a lightning bolt on one of the front pockets, hid one on the inside of the back pockets, top stitched in white (even when it didn’t call for top stitching), and widened the belt loops so I could sew on some more lightning bolts.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}
Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

The end result….a pair of pants unique for Carpenter and just what he wanted! He got excited as I showed him all the bolts, especially the hidden one.

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

AND, these pants mark the first time I’ve ever: successfully installed snaps, sewn on belt loops, used button hole elastic and altered a pattern the first time I sewed it. So, yea, I am PUMPED about these pants. Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

Madeit Fashion Show {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org}

There’s the real Carpenter! He’s not a high fashion kid at all, but he plays it really well. Thanks dude for being so awesomely inspiring and loving what I make for you!

Kite Fold Tee by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

Book Fold Trousers by Madeit Patterns, sewn by Sew Thrifty {www.sewthrifty.org}

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Love these patterns as much as I do?

Check out how you can win your own Madeit pattern this week:

Correctly answer a question related to the Fashion Show that will be posted on Facebook or Instagram at random times of the day. The first person who correctly answers the question will win a pattern of their choice from the FOLD Collection. 

Or maybe you would like some free fabric?

Here’s how you can win €50 NOSH voucher:

All you have to do is leave a comment on Needle and Ted on Sunday September 6 about what the highlights of the Fashion Shows were for you.  A random winner will be selected from the comments.

And there will be another giveaway on Instagram to win the other €50 NOSH voucher. 

And let me know how I did on the origami challenge! Ok, ok, I use the term origami loosely, but it was fun to throw in a few props to the photoshoot.

20% OFF Madeit patterns

Even if you don’t win, you can still get 20% off any of the patterns in the Fold collection by using the code MFW20.

Check out the rest of the fashion here:

 Monday 31 August

Kid Approved | Girl Like the Sea | Huisje Boompje Boefjes | Our Chez Nous

Tuesday 1 September

Kimme Sew Crazy | Pienkel | East and EdenChi Chi Romeo and Me

Wednesday 2 September

Neil and Nikki | In a manner of Sewing | Glitter + Wit | Creative Needles and Threads As it Seams

Thursday 3 September

Climbing the Willow | Fliegfederfrei | Fairies and Bubbles Co | Sew Thrifty

Friday 4 September

Just Add Fabric So-Cal Sewing Mom | Sansahash | Miss Castelinhos | Sewing Sober

Saturday 5 September

Made by Toya | My Cosy Co Paisley Roots | Diorella | Fruits de Mère

Sunday 6 September

Round Up and Reviews:
Needle and Ted | Climbing the Willow | Swoodson says

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!

 

 

 

Floor Cushion – Free Pattern Friday with Mae & K

Remember when I said to save all those scraps? Even the ones you can’t really do anything with? Well, today is the day I tell you why!Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

I had plans to make this floor cushion by Living with Punks for a while (these were supposed to be Christmas presents last year), but finally I got around to it this spring.  And once I did, I immediately made another one. They are so fun!

Then when Maegen mentioned showcasing this pattern in Free Pattern Fridays, I was thrilled to show off my versions!

Free Pattern Friday at Mae & K

For my version, I ended up making it even bigger than the tutorial since I wanted to use up most of my one yard of the upholstery fabric that I had purchased. This fabric is nice. It’s one of those times where I really wanted something fun for the kids’ rooms and knew I would need to pay a bit more to get something unique and really cute. Both fabrics were about $10/yard, and I purchased a yard of each.

Not only does it match their rooms, but they both look awesome side by side in our reading nook.

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

And they are great for reading…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Being read to….Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Flying on…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Or throwing…Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

And of course PILLOW FIGHTS!Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

Floor Pillow {Sew Thrifty | www.sewthrifty.org} pattern by Living with Punks

My secret? I filled half of them with fiberfill (that I scored at a garage sale for FREE! The lady felt bad charging me 50 cents, so she just let me have it. Thank you!) and the rest is knit scraps from all my projects. They are a bit heavy, but that might have to do with the fact that I made them quite a bit bigger and didn’t cut my fabric scraps as small as I should have. There will be a third pillow for Lioness at some point, and I plan on cutting up the scraps really well. In fact, as I finish projects, I already cut up the scraps and pile them in a bag. Then when I get ready to make her pillow, all the stuffing will be ready to go!

Here’s the breakdown:

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Also be sure to check out these other two versions:

The Berry Bunch

Floor Cushion - by The Berry Bunch

Mae & K

Free-Pattern-Friday--Floor-Cushion---Mae-&-K-1w (1)

Thanks again Maegen for having me sew along with Free Pattern Friday! Be sure to stop by Mae & K to follow along each week – and link up your projects.

Floor Cushion – Free Pattern Friday with Mae & K was originally posted by Sew Thrifty.

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!

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

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!

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