Recovered Case

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

Recovered Case using the old case as a pattern

I wish I took a photo of the original cover. It was pretty thrashed. Lots of tears, and the fabric was brittle. Honestly, I wasn’t sure I could do this. You’ll have to use your imagination.  A friend of mine runs a non-profit music program for kids, regardless of income. It is pretty wonderful. She has a few of these cases that are extremely worn, and she gave me one to play with. I wanted to see if I could recover it, and you know what? I can!

It is far from perfect, being the first one I ever did, but it totally works, and it looks a heck of a lot better than it did. I completely seam ripped (carefully) the old cover off, and removed all the hardware, and then used the old case as a pattern, adding a half inch seam allowance all around. The best part is, I managed to save the zipper and the straps, and reuse them. It is difficult to find a 52″ zipper, so I am thrilled to be able to use the old one.

One case saved from the landfill! I can’t wait to do more.

Upcycled Quick Sew Tween outfit

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

Upcycled Quick Sew Tween outfit

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you know how I feel about upcycling. If you are new here, you can see some more upcycled projects by clicking on the category “Upcycling” under the banner on top of this page. You’ll get the idea that me and upcycling, we are close.

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That means that people give me things. All the time. I end up with linens and worn clothing and all sorts of things that people don’t want anymore, because they know I will do something with them. And you know what? I love that.

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This outfit was made from a small square lace tablecloth, and some mysterious heavier-weight fabric (maybe drapes) that was in my stash. I have no idea of what it was in it’s past life, but it was perfect for the skirt.

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I will start with that shawl shirt. It was so simple, it took literally minutes to make. I turned the square diagonally so it looked like a diamond. I then folded it so the top point met the bottom point. I cut a small semicircle out of the center. Then I hemmed it. I also sewed a straight line from the bottom up to her armpit, on each side. That is it. Because it is lace, it stretched a bit when she put it on, which she loves.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

As an aside, let me tell you that I am still blinking at the fact that my youngest is now a tween and we are all finished with Elementary school.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

Because this girl of mine is now going on to Intermediate school, she is very appropriately more picky about what I make her, more specifically, about what she will actually wear.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

The skirt was a bit of an experiment. I just finished thumbing through Sewing Happiness by Sanae Ishida *affiliate link* and the origami pillows caught my eye. I could not stop think about making a garment with this technique!

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

I just spread out the front panel of the skirt (much larger than it would have to be to account for the shrinking from the pintucks) and started to fold and sew. It was actually a whole lot of fun. I just sewed it up as a simple skirt (like here, here, and here,)with a casing for the elastic in the waistband.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

I made this outfit, and she instantly put it on, and then wore it to the graduation party we attended over the weekend. I’d call that a success.

upcycled quick sew tween outfit by falafel and the bee

What have YOU made today?

 

Juice pouch sewing tips

Yes, I am STILL obsessing talking about juice pouches.

I sewed up some more things to show you, but I also want to share what I have learned while experimenting with this strange material.

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  1. WASH the pouches immediately. I mean, as soon as they are empty. cut the top off, and wash them. You can store them after they are dry. I hand washed over 200 of these suckers, and a lot were moldy inside. While I appreciate the fact that people collected them and gave them to me, I did have to discard a fair few due to unwashable (not to mention unhealthy) black mold. *gag*
  2. Keep the pouch together as one piece. If you cut it open to separate the front and back, the edges curl because the material they are made of (foil? plastic? both?) is very thin. Keep it together by folding the whole thing flat. It will be sturdier this way.
  3. Make sure to have a heavy duty needle in your machine. When layering these pouches, it can get thick (especially at the corners). A needle that is used for denim works great. I can’t promise that you won’t break one, but this will at least reduce your chances.
  4. Always sew with one on top of the other, lining up the edges. NEVER right sides together. It may take a little longer for you to figure out how to construct a bag this way, but if you sew them the other way, once they are sewn together, it is darn near impossible to turn them rights sides out again (neatly). Believe me.
  5. Zigzag stitch works well. ’nuff said.
  6. Have fun and get creative! These juice pouches are incredibly sturdy and fun to work with. Save some from the landfill by giving them a new life!

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I made a few different sized zippered bags to give as teacher gifts.

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I think this one is my favorite.

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Big enough for a bunch of pencils. We were thinking of gifting this one to the school nurse to hold some first aid supplies.

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The smaller ones are nice to fit in a purse. I only made one with a handle. I like them better without.

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Have you sewed with these? Do you have any tips to add?