Months ago, I found this project on Craftster. I forgot about it, until recently. I had an old bedsheet made out of t-shirt material and needed to do something with it. I also wanted to try my hand at lettuce edging. I love the results! Here are some great shots of the dress. Don’t mind the sad face. My daughter was feeling a little melancholy because we had to let our new butterfly go free. Pictures of that tomorrow!

Here’s a closeup of the lettuce edge:

It took me about an hour to make the dress. I used thread that my  mom gave me, and an old sheet, as I mentioned before. Total cost: $0! It’s very soft and comfy, and my daughter loves it!

 

I found a tutorial that I am totally smitten with! It shows how to make a sweet toddler dress out of an adult’s button-up shirt. Click here for the original tutorial. By the way, if you haven’t discovered craftster, check it out! Tons of tutorials and networking among crafty people like us! :)

I made this dress as a practice run. I had an old button shirt I wore during high school. I never liked it much, but couldn’t part with it either. I knew I’d be able to make something out of it someday! I never knew that the something I made would be so darn cute, though! I was saving an cool blue button shirt to make an even sweeter dress to match my daughter’s eyes, but while my back was turned, making this dress, my son got creative with his scissors and cut that shirt up!! Oh well, such is the life of a sewin’ mama!

 All together, I spent about an hour on this dress. Total cost: ZERO DOLLARS!

After I made my Silhouette T-Shirt, my daughter was desperately sad (as only two-year-olds and teenagers can be), crying that I hadn’t made her anything. Luckily, I had just seen a post on The Artful Parent Blog about how to make a toddler smock out of an old T-shirt. So, I whipped up this fun smock in about 15 minutes. It was kind of fun to make, and she loved it so much! The funny part: she insisted on wearing it with nothing underneath, so she looked like she was running around in hospital gown! :) Thanks, Jean!!

 

Happy Friday!

Jean, over at the Artful Parent blog, has frequently sung the praises of The Creative Family: How to Encourage Imagination and Nurture Family Connections (Trumpeter Books, 2008) by Amanda Blake Soule. On Saturday, during my weekly trip to the local library, I was browsing the new books and, to my delight, I found this little gem of a book! I immediately snatched it up, and the only thing that disappoints me about The Creative Family is that I will have to eventually return it to the library! I wish I could keep it forever. I guess I’ll have to head over to Amazon!

The Creative Family is chock-full of amazing insight and fun projects. In the following weeks, I plan to try out as many of these projects as I possibly can, and I’ll share them here on my blog.

The day after I checked the book out, I bought some elastic and made reconstructed shorts for both of my kids.  Since they were made out of my old shirts and I already had matching thread, all I had to purchase was the elastic, and it made one pair of shorts for my son, and two for my daughter! In total, I paid $2.76 for three pairs of oh-so-comfortable, perfectly wearable kids’ shorts! I’m so jazzed about this project that I’m going to scour the Salvation Army this weekend for old shirts that would make neat shorts!! 

My son has plenty of pairs of solid color shorts, and when I offered to make him some reconstructed shorts, he agreed, on one condition: they had to be “stripey.” Here are his “new” shorts:

I had an old pink shirt that I didn’t wear any more, which made perfect girly shorts for my daughter (Isn’t she a HAM??!?):

Plus, these shorts will match perfectly with some of the Sunny Day Tank Tops I’ve made for her! Yay!

If anyone reading this knows of any other reconstructed clothing projects (tutorials preferred), I’d LOVE to hear about them!

If you’d like to know more about Amanda Blake Soule, read her Artful Parent Interview, and of course visit the Soule Mama blog. You can also buy the book now by visiting Amazon.

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