It's official, "spring break" is officially over for us. We had lots of fun spending time with friends. We've had three visitors come visit us in the span of a month and it's fun, but exhausting! Now that my pile of projects has stacked up...it's time to get busy!
First up...kids clothes. It's finally getting warm here in NY and the kids are needing new clothes. For the first time ever, I didn't buy and make ahead of season leaving us little to start with. This weekend I bought each of the kids a good amount to start with, with plans to make the rest.
One of the things I have been wanting to do forever is recycle many of the items they already have. So I went through the too small bin and their closets to see what I could salvage. So I've been chopping and sewing all day. My first project today, turning jeans and a plain t-shirts into fabulous summer outfits!
Man why didn't I take a before pic?!?!? Hard to belive these old jeans and white t-shirts are now my kiddos favorite new clothes. Oh and did I mention I each set in 30 minutes? ;)
Step 1: First pull the pockets up and pin them so you don't cut them. See how the pockets are sticking out...I had a close call! OK hold your breath....and cut! I cut right across the jeans just above the crotch. If your less of a risk taker like me, draw a line across first. I was a little worried about it being too short but the ruffles added just enough length. If you would like it to be longer...just cut below the crotch. Then you will have to seperate and sew it flat to the front.
Step 2: Sew a zig zag along the cut edge.
Step 1: Cut left over ruffles into different widths, make sure to leave the finished side so it won't fray. I wanted it to look a little messy and frayed so I left the other side raw. If you want to make sure it's a little neater you can zig zag on the cut side.
Step 5: To attach the flower I first made a few stitches in the center tieing off after each one. Then u will want to tac dow the flowers by adding a few stitches in matching colors around the edges. I added about 4-8 stiched on each flower.
Now for the second shirt. This one was super easy and quick. I used a regular tank top, because I liked the look best. But you can use a regular cut or even a v-neck.
Step 1: Start by folding and top stitching one end of each ruffle, just like you did for the skirt.
Step 2: Pin your ruffle around the shirt starting in the back middle leaving a small amount over lapping. If your going to put on a second ruffle remember to leave a little room near the collar. Sew on the first ruffle. I did not cut the ruffle lengh first. I found if I pin on the ruffle then cut off excess at the end it's a fool proof way of doing this.
Step 3: Repeat for the second layer.
There you go! Turn a plain tank top, into an adorable ruffled tank.