Recycled Jeans turned Denim Jacket

My friend Audrey over at Skirt Fixation made an incredible denim quilt that she posted the other day, out of upcycled jeans. When I read she made it for a refashioners challenge (which is right up my alley), I knew I couldn’t resist making something to enter myself (although that quilt is pretty hard to top)! The contest is over on Makery.uk.  After taking all of the jeans out of my upcycle pile (doesn’t everyone have one of those?!), I decided to make a Denim Jacket for my Falafel girl.

Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

I have always wanted to make one of these! Of course, when I started looking, I could not find a pattern to use. So, my next thought was “what pattern do I own, that is close enough so I can adapt it into a jean jacket?”.

Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

I fell back on one of my favorite patterns, the Bookworm Button Up (affiliate link). You can see other Bookworm Button Ups I have made here and here and here.

Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

I used it as a base, and then made some obvious changes. I shortened it, and extended each of the front pieces instead of adding plackets, and I broke the back up into sections (and took out the pleat).

Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

The most fun I had was in embellishing it! For the back, I used the same method I used here with water soluble fabric (affiliate link). I think it adds a little whimsy, at the same time it uses up a bunch of scraps.

  Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

A friend had made me those wool felt feathers, a few years ago, and I have been holding on to them to use on the right project. I think they are perfect for this!

Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

For the hem, I unpicked a wasitband on one of the old jeans I had, and used it, as is (just upside down).

Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

I left the distressed spots that were part of the jeans. For some pieces, I actually turned them inside out for some color variation.

Upcycled Jeans turned into a Denim Jacket

I had so much fun with this one, and the best part is, it used up some jeans (and scraps) that were taking up space!

Upcycled Jeans turned into Jean jacket

AND my girl now has a snazzy new jean jacket to go with her sassy new haircut!

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What have YOU upcycled today?

Office Chair Refashion

I found this chair on my local Buy Nothing Project group.

The upholstery had holes and was worn, but the chair had “good bones”, so I grabbed it for my daughter. When I brought it home, I did a simple Office Chair Refashion that made us both happy.

Office Chair Refashion

I started wiht asking my 10 year old what kind of fabric she wanted. She said soft and warm, like flannel. That narrowed it down, nicely. I then went through my fabric stash, and found this adorable woodland creature flannel and she was in love.

Office Chair Refashion

If you have never recovered one of these rolling chairs, it really is super easy. Unscrew the screws on the back, remove the old cover (and any staples) and cut a new piece of fabric to fit. After the fabric is in place, secure it (either staple or even tape) making sure to get all the wrinkles out, then place the backing and screws back on. Repeat for the seat part.

Office Chair Refashion

The only thing I was in doubt about was giving my child a white chair. Ha! She does not keep many things white, for long. So far, though, she is treating it gingerly, and lovingly. I do hope those fuzzy creatures help her maintain it. But if they don’t, I can always recover it.

Office Chair Refashion

What have you recovered today?

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

I had several requests for a class to teach how to sew rope bowls. I am not offering a class (yet) but have the next best thing….

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

What’s even better is, I will teach you how to use pieces of rope to do it. I love being able to save these little pieces from the landfill, and give them purpose once again. My friend Liesl of Pioneering the Simple Life (among other things) sparked this newfound passion when I asked for rope, and she offered pieces that washed up on a local beach. I thought “Why not?!”, and gave it a whirl. And you know, the bowls I made with them are my very favorites.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

This is one of them, pictured above

The one I am showing you today was made from an old hammock! I had my girls unknot it (in exchange for extra media time). Some pieces are long and some are short, but they all are sturdy and work perfectly for this.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

After it was made, I set it in a shallow amount of navy blue dye. It bled up the sides and created this subtle ombre effect. I really want to play with this a whole bunch more.

Sewing Rope Bowl Tutorial

If I have piqued your interest, head over to Instructables, and check it out!

My first Instructable

It happened! I finally made my way over, and created my very first Instructable!

If you are here from there: Welcome!

I am so excited about it. I just entered it into the DIY dress contest that is going on. Here are a few photos of what I made.

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Western Shirt into Rockabilly dress by Falafel and the Bee

Many of you have asked how I refashion. Now you can find out! Head over to Instructables, and make one for yourself.

Trashion Show Highlights

Trashion Show Recap

The Trashion Show was yesterday. It was the perfect end to our busy Spring Break! I submitted 4 outfits total. You can see each here, here, here, here, and just the jacket from here. I didn’t get too many photos of the actual show (I was busy running around, and it was dimly lit). But I did snap a few pf my girls outside. Trashion Show Recap

The Bee wore this for the “trashion” category. I made her jewelry out of foam shelf liner that I painted bronze, and fastened on her with safety pins.

Trashion Show Recap

I also had her wear these feathers in her hair.

Trashion Show Recap

She looked like she was straight out of Mad Max, and loved every minute.

Trashion Show Recap

My Falafel actually wore something made by a friend of mine, and I made an outfit for her daughter, since that jacket doesn’t fit my Falafel anymore.

Trashion Show Recap

That is the face she made the entire time she was walking the runway.

Trashion Show Recap

I also took photos of this magnificent creation (which won the grand prize) made by Sue VanDuine. There were over 1000 magazine pages used to make this.

Trashion Show Recap

Trashion Show Recap

Trashion Show Recap

One of the best parts of being in this trashion show was meeting new people. I was so inspired by their creative use of recycled materials. I think we can all learn something about reusing things we normally would throw away.

Trashion Show Recap

On another note, both my girls did a fantastic job modeling their outfits. I am so proud.

 What have YOU reused today?

Decoupage boots

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First I have to tell you that my youngest is rough on her shoes. She plays hard and we live in WA state, so usually that play is in the rain and mud. These boots were new at the begining of the school year. That is September. I suppose 5 months is a good run for her, but these were not cheap. She has wide feet so our options are limited. Enter: Decoupage Boots!

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Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I wanted to extend their life a little longer. Give them a reprieve.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I got out my E600 glue, trusty white glue and water mixture, some fabric scraps, and a paint brush to get started.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I had to glue down that toe to begin. I let it dry outside for a while.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

Since this is the first time I had ever tried this, I was feeling my way through. I learned a few things as I went. Firstly, make sure to apply the glue mixture to small sections of the boot. Cut the fabric and lay on top of the glue. At first I was using pieces that were too large, and when I cut them into smaller strips, it went much smoother.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

I didn’t worry about getting the edges perfect. In fact, if you leave a little fabric hanging over the edge of the boot, you can go back when it is dry with a precision knife, and cut the excess off.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

Since it won’t fray once dry, you can leave the edges raw, on the boot. I didn’t use a knife on the top.

Give a second life to old shoes: Fabric decoupage them!

After it was all dried and the bottom edges trimmed, I sealed it with a coat of polycrylic. That is it!

Not perfect by any means, but it certainly accomplished the goal. Now my girl can continue to wear these boots a little bit longer.

What have YOU saved from the landfill today?

Novelista Pattern Hack: Upcycled bed sheets into retro dress

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

A friend of mine, whose 100 year old Grandmother just recently passed, gave me a whole trash bag full of her old sheets, knowing that I would do something with them. And of course I did! I upcycled bed sheets into something my teen would wear.

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

Upcycled Bed Sheets

I started with the tried and true Novelista pattern *affiliate link* (like I have used here) and went with 3/4 length sleeves. I cut it off a little above the waist, and added a horizontal-stripe band for visual interest. And for the circle skirt portion of the dress, I used By Hand London’s circle skirt calulator. It worked perfectly!

  Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

 I had some piping that someone had given me, from their couch. I thought it was chunky enough to make an impact. And instead of buttons, I used snaps!

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

She is wearing her trusty crinoline *affiliate link* (LOVE this thing) to give it that extra pouf!

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

I will be entering this is a Trashion Show in April! This is one out of THREE outfits I am making for this show. I think I have officially lost my marbles. Yup. Gone.

Upcycled Bed Sheets into this retro styled dress

BTW, when did my little girl start looking all grown up? Cheese Louise.

This is one of my favorite things to do! Turning trash into treasure is so much fun.

What have YOU upcycled today?

Jane Austen Inspired Regency Style Dress

Jane Austen inspired Regency Style Dress

A friend asked if I would make her daughter a Regency Style dress for a Jane Austen fancy dress party. Of course I would! What a lovely challenge.

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I started by using Sis Boom’s Molly Peasant pattern. This was the first time I have ever used it. Actually, I have never made this style of dress before either! It was pleasantly painless. I would totally make another. I raised the waistline about an inch so that it had more of an Empire waist. Instead of inserting elastic, though, I made a buttonhole on the outer bodice and threaded a ribbon through.

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I used an old sheet which was nice and soft. I lined the bodice since the fabric was a tad bit sheer. If you have been coming here for a while, you know I love upcycling things! Using old sheets is one of the best upcycling to do. There is so much fabric to work with!

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This was a fun project.  It was great to try something I had never done before, while making this young lady so happy. I think she looks spectactular!