Shirred Pillowcase Top : Daily source of DIY craft projects and inspiration, patterns, how-tos | Craftzine.comShirred Pillowcase Top By Betz White When summer heats up I am definitely on the lookout for cool summer tops. And I’ve got a great stash of thrifted pillowcases that are the perfect candidates for a makeover. A few rows of elastic smocking makes a super comfy top and adds just the right detail. Materials: Pillowcase Most pillowcases are approximately 20" wide and 28" long. Directions: Before starting this or any project, please read though all instructions that pertain to the size you are making. Step 1: Plan your top.For size S/M (finished top shown), use the width of the pillowcase as the width of the top. Step 2: Deconstruct the pillowcase.S/M: Starting at the hem, cut open one side seam and then cut along the seamed end of the pillowcase. Step 3: Determine the length of the top.S/M: Measure yourself from underarm to top of hip (I used a measurement of 16 1/2"). Step 4: Hem the top edge. Step 5: Wind the bobbin. Step 6: Create the shirring. Step 7: Steam the shirring. All finished!
Sarah at Welcome to the Good LifeWOO HOO! Call me a big nerd but my heart's pounding because i'm so excited and honored to be here!!! my name is Sarah and i keep a blog over at Welcome to the gOOd life. it's a diary written by me (and sometimes by my hilarious husband) of the good and the ugly as a wife, a stay at home mom, raising two kids under three-just a year apart, and also my weekly DIY sewing projects. so should we get on to my DIY project? picture from an anthropologie review blog. i think i literally gasped when i saw this top online. i instantly fell in love and knew i had to have it! i bought 2 white shirts, one in xs which is my size and one in large. i got the large shirt in round neck for more fabric while i got the xs in a scoopneck. you'll need: 2 shirts scissors matching thread pins estimated time: 1-2 hrs. project cost: very reasonable(mine was $8 for both shirts) skill level: advanced beginner to intermediate 1. take the large shirt and cut it into two pieces, a front and the back piece. 4. and you're finished!
DIY Galaxy Print Blouse | Let's Get ThriftyThe other night my hubs took us to see Kimbra, my music and fashion ICON. I had to be dressed to the nines if I was going to be in the same room as her. So that’s where this galaxy print blouse comes into play. I’m not going to even try and pretend that I came up with this, especially with how many great tutorials are out there. Just like the crafty mastermind in the video, I chose a dark purple article of clothing. Ok so I’m a huge dummy and accidentally used cleaner with bleach instead of actual bleach. I ended up going to the store and picked up some regular bleach. Thrifty Getup Details Blouse | Goodwill: $6.00 + $3.00 in DIY supplies = $9.00 Maxi Dress | Uptown Thrift: $5.00 Boots | Buffalo Exchange: $15.00 The Kimbra show was CRAZY AWESOME…and LOOK LOOK LOOK! I didn’t get many more photos or video because I was too busy dancing, BUT I love this clip of her at SXSW talking about how she puts together her wardrobe. Like this: Like Loading...
SerendipityHow To: Hand Sewing, Without The Knot05 Apr 2013 April 5, 2013 We’re brushing the dust off our sewing skills and revisiting some essential techniques in sewing to share with you! Your hand-sewing (and knotting) techniques usually differ between projects, as your need for a secure knot can vary on a sliding scale. In just three easy steps, you can create a knot that is secure without the hanging tail, particularly important if your fabric will be flattened for display or stitched over for quilting. We love this hand-sewing technique — what’s your favorite way to start off a knot? About the Author handmadecharlotte Handmade Charlotte offers a daily dose of DIY craft projects and design inspiration to help families live each day to the fullest.Soap Making Instructions | Soap Making Recipes and Tutorials | Teach Soap
Learn To Master Zippering Techniques In This Free Online Sewing ClassLet Sunni Standing transform you into a zipper master with easy-to-follow sewing techniques. Apply slot seam, invisible and lapped zippers to a variety of garments – including those with linings and facings. Sunni will guide you in choosing the best zipper type for your project. Go over all the supplies you need; including zipper feet for your sewing machine, stabilizers, and fusible web tape. What You'll Learn Basic types of zippers and their usesHow to use adjustable and invisible zipper feetHow to stabilize a zipperTechniques on applying slot seam, invisible, and lapped zippersTricks for working with lined and faced garments
How To Put A Shank On A Flat ButtonNovember 30, 2009 Three years ago, I purchased a vintage collection of buttons at a local historical society fund-raising auction. It contained hundreds ranging from ordinary to extraordinary. And added to the rest of my stash, provides a great source for finding the perfect one as a cool focal point on a jacket. 1. This is a traditional method that you might already know how to do. Position the button holes directly over the toothpicks and the attach the button by continuing to sew over them. When the button is secure, remove the toothpicks. Secure the thread by pulling it to the wrong side and knotting it. 2. Another way to make a shank under a flat button is to position a smaller one under it. Just line up the holes and sew through both buttons simultaneously. Done! 3. A 5-6 mm bead makes a terrific shank. Position the button on your fabric and sew in place. I’ve used all 3 options and like them. Stay tuned for more informative how-to’s and tips!