sewing

Sewing with my daughter.

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The bag: Re-used coffee sack (from our friend, who owns a coffee roasting business), odds and ends of fabric and lace, an old belt, that fitted no one in the family anymore and buttons and bows lol. (the small button on the front pocket and holding the belt in place in the back were handmade by my husband from antler, we got from another friend of ours.)

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I am not sure if you know. I certainly haven’t really made it a secret… I am on a budget. A  TIGHT budget. So my clothes usually come from the thrift shop, yard sales, or free piles (which are plenty around our city).

I am not ashamed of it, if I can use something and keep it out of the landfill, I think I have done my job. I firmly believe we do not own the land, but are mere caretakers and as such should do what ever we can, when ever we can, no matter how small we think the gesture is.

My husband found the LL Bean, 100% Merino pullover in a free pile the other day. He brought it home, we washed it and then I noticed a little tear in the right sleeve cuff. No doubt, this was the reason it got tossed out in the first place.

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Well. It’s 100% Merino and the colour is amazing, so a little tear is not going to keep me from using it. I was thinking about how to fix it. Maybe a pretty ribbon? I don’t have any handy. OH!!!! YES! Some handmade lace! Why not? I have amazing gray coloured yarn that would look great with it.

A few blanket-stitches, so I have something to anchor the lace to and it also hold the cuff turned under, so the tear is not going to be seen. Then the fun part: deciding what lace to use.

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I opted for crochet this time around. There are so many beautiful edgings out there. Just do a search on pintrest and you will be busy for hours.

I finally narrowed it down and went for it. 20 minutes after making up my mind, I had a brand new sweater. One of a kind now, that I personalized it.

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:) I am happy about my new sweater and that one more piece is staying out of landfills for a little while longer. (don’t worry, when it gets to a point where one can’t fix it any more, I use it as a cleaning rag until there is literally nothing left lol)

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Refashioned Dread-wranglers

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It’s summer and I love to keep my hair off my neck when it’s hot out. I am sure a lot of you do, too. To top it off, i have dreadlocks, they seem to be even hotter than “regular” hair. So I tie it up a lot, or have my locks in a bun. Well… t gets boring fast if that’s all you do, so I figured a few headbands are in order. One still has to tie the hair up in a pony tail, messy bun or other up-do, but the headbands make it look different and fresh and fun. One can use a bunch of things for such hair bands. Anything from the obvious Bandanna to vintage scarves and lace shawls, or ribbons. hand made ones are the most fun and can be pretty price conscious, in a pinch. (I usually want things when I don’t have the cash in my budget to actually buy them. Does that sound familiar to you too?)

I do have vintage scarves, but a girl wants options, no? So I went through my stash to figure out how I can make these things for myself. I have a BUNCH of T-Shirt material, that I scavenged from our own old Shirts and from thrift-shop and yard sale buys. I use them to make all kinds of things, as you have noticed, if you have been reading my blog for any amount of time. Now they get turned into hair bands! (I like to call them Dread-wranglers lol) I already have ONE made. Out of striped T-shirt fabric. I love stripes!!! Honestly? This one was just the leftover from another project. It went on my nerves, as it was left out after the project was done and all the stuff put away already. So there it was and I glared at it and then it hit me: Tie it! I just cut it open (since it was still a loop) and ted it around my head and VOILA! It was close to perfect!

It goes around my head once, crosses in back and then ties. I am looking into making more just a wee bit longer, so I can wrap them twice and then tie it. I also want a few wider ones. Why not, right?

If you want to make your own:

Measure your head, then measure the T-Shirt (or fabric you want to make the wrap out of. I like T-Shirts, since you don’t have to sew anything) Make sure you have twice the head circumference, plus about 20 inches for tying (approx. 10 inches of tie on each side, or longer, if you want to tie it in a bow, rather than just a double knot). Find a T shirt wide enough to give you that measurement by only cutting off the bottom part. If you want both sides to look alike, cut off the hem of the shirt as well.

It’s best to find a T-Shirt without side seams. I don’t mind the seam in t, but if you can find one with out a seam, it will give you a continuous strip of material and some people might mind the look of a seam in the middle of the wrap. Take the T-Shirt and measure the desired width of your head wrap up from the hem to the underarm and mark it, then make a straight cut right at the mark. Take the resulting loop and cut it open on one of the side seams, Presto. Done. If you like you can make the |tie| parts pointy, but I like them blunt.

In the top picture you can see the uncut section of T-Shirt, the loop, in the light blue and the striped fabric is another T-shirt already cut open. I did cut away the entire seam, since I didn’t like the way it looked hanging off the end lol.

One could go and get yardage for this project, but where is the fun in that?

You don’t have to tie them, you can just tuck the ends and make it stay that way. Use a few bobby pins to hold the wrap on your head, if you feel it’s not secure enough (mine stay on just fine….) and go have fun in the sun.

So with a few of these I will be good for the rest of the year, or will I????

Honestly? Did you think I could go without a knitted one in my collection? NOPE! So I am working on one right now as well.  I love it. here are a few pictures of it, fresh off the needles. Very lacy, very cute, very stretchy! The yarn has elastic in it! How great is that?  I let you all know when the pattern is done and out.

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If you make any of these wranglers, let me know! Send me pictures! I want to see them! <3

Wishing you a great summer!

Hugs,

Bridgett

 

My Foo

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My fiend Jennie makes handmade plushies. She calls them FOO’s (how utterly adorable is that in itself???)

Well, Jennie found out that I have to undergo surgery and decided to just make me a foo to go along and keep me company! SUQEEEEEE!

Sadly my gallbladder was not playing by the rules and had me emergency admitted and in surgery before the appointed time. So my foo was not ready. But today, when I came home from the hospital (had to go back with complications), the mailman delivered him.

I am so in love with him! He has a secret little pocket for notes and for the little heart to store in. I am melting from the cuteness.

All Jennie’s FOO’s are handmade. Every single little stitch you see! This alone has me vibrating with omgilove!!!! I love handmade things. LOVE THEM! And Jennie does such an amazing job.

She is working on getting some of her work in a Magazine! I think she deserves to be! I will let you all know when that will happen.

If you want to melt someone’s heart with cuteness and your own Foo, please do contact Jenni FooFoo on Facebook (she is still working on her website), or me and I will happily get you together.

No internet = lots of time

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I don’t have internet at home at the moment. This means I get less distracted by shiny things being posted by friends on the weekends.

This, in turn, means I have way more time on my hands and that means I get more sewing and knitting done.

I have finished my husband’s shirt this weekend (no photos just yet) and finished and ripped back the same sock three times as well. I also made a skirt for myself (machine sewing) and started a new dress (hand sewing).

I only have a few pictures of the skirt at the moment.

Specs: 2 yards of fabric (@ $1.50/yard) and a pair of old shorts I never wear (can’t remember how much they were. I had them for at least 6 years)

What do you think? A bit 80’s inspired. a bit swishy and shoowshy and fun and light and airy for summer. I love it.