Tuesday, March 8, 2011

restyled and upcycled gifties

presents for my bestie & her boy

One of my oldest, dearest friends became a mom again.  She and her hubs adopted a son and I am so thrilled for her and her little family.  As the time was getting nearer, I started making things for her little guy.


Don't you love how when you are making something for someone you love, they are in your thoughts the whole time you are working?  It was almost like the old days when we actually lived close to each other.

I made her some of my favorite things.  The best burp cloths ever.
burp cloths

I recieved a bunch of these before I had the twins and they were astounding!  I'll do a post with a tutorial--super duper simple, but how I loved them.


The back of this little quilt is an XL shirt that was free and didn't fit anyone.  Really, I just didn't want to drag the kids to the fabric store.  (That's how I get a lot of creative ideas: from being overwhelmed/lazy:  how can I get what I want without leaving the house?  Then I scavenge. ) I like how you can tell it's a shirt on the back of the quilt, how fun is that.  (Can you tell I'm a crappy seamstress from these pictures?  But I don't let that stop me.  No, because quilts are used to stay warm or keep a baby off the floor, so who cares if the seams are straight?  Not me.)

I did a onsie like the ones here because you can never have enough onsies.  And hats.  Hats are just cute.  Although I found out that these hats are to darn big for the tiny little guy. 

That brown one is upcycled/restyled from an old sweater.  I googled how to do it and I could not believe how simple it was.  The hardest part was the first cut of the sweater.  Does that happen to you?  That hesitation...am I SURE I won't wear this again?  What if I mess it up? JUST CUT IT ALREADY! 

Speaking of restyle, I thought I'd post a picture of this crazy little number:


Hey, I'm not complaining.  I love a girl who's not afraid of a little color (or a lot of color).  We get spoiled rotten with the best hand-me-downs.  She had several cute striped long-sleeved shirts that she never wore and I couldn't figure out why.  So I added some yummies and they became her favorites!  I used old clothes and fabric scraps and made a simple fox. 


Much bettah.  Isn't it freeing when your clothes help express who you are?

I think she likes it;)



Emma Jo said...

I love that we live in a creative and beautiful time where we can re-purpose things and make them look so fabulous!!! You are seriously cute and talented.

Shelley said...

Love all the projects. It is hard to take that first cut sometimes. But once the creativity starts it's hard to stop. How exciting for your friend to receive all of those wonderful gifts! Love the fox shirt too!

b_maria_why said...

i LOVE that you do stuff like this. i think that shirt is adorable! :) i do a lot of the same...i'm currently working on a purse that i'm making out of a wool skirt. and i'm even using the silk lining for the inside. :)

Anonymous said...

I stumbled upon your blog one night, and love it! I also love what you made.. Very cool!!

A Sweet Life Rocks said...

I just found your blog, love love love it!! So unique and creative. I will be back :o)

Rachie said...

Love these, you are sooo creative :)