If your kids have a lot of solid colored shirts, here is an easy way to give them a little update with just some spare fabric and a sewing machine. Continue reading
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Save A Stained Shirt
If you ask me, the most useful baby gift you could give to an expecting mother is a huge box of OxiClean. When young kids eat, they usually just aim in the general direction of their head, leaving more food on their clothes (and bodies) than in their mouth.
Usually, I can throw a stained item in the wash right away but every now and then there is a stubborn stain what won’t come out no matter how I treat it.
Here is an example.
While the shirt is very clean, it just looks disgusting. It makes me to sad to just throw a shirt away so I wanted to see if I could save it.
I did a similar post with a sweater with a hole in it. You can see how that turned out here.
For this shirt, I decided to save it with hearts.
First, I cut out a heart from pink fabric by folding it in half and drawing half of the heart (just like we did in elementary school).
Then I cut it out, opened it up and placed it over the stained area. The stains were ALL OVER so I actually had to cut out another heart to cover up another section. Then I just added a couple more hearts for fun. I pinned them in place and sewed them all down with a zig-zag stitch around the edges.
Now someone has a whole new shirt!
So, if OxiClean is no match for your little food artist, I hope this idea can save the day!
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Embellishments To Give One Shirt Many Looks
Back to school time is here so that means clothes shopping!
Here is a fun way to make one shirt have many different looks, saving you money and closet space.
To begin, take a shirt or tank top in a solid color. We are going to be adding removable embellishments on it.
You will want to buy strips of Velcro from a craft store. They come with a strip of the scratchy hook side and a strip of the hairy loop side that go together to hold your pieces together.
For this tank top I wanted my embellishments to go in the upper left corner of the shirt. Once I picked my spot, I sewed a small (about 1″ ) strip of Velcro. I’m not sure if it matters which side of Velcro goes on the shirt. I used a small strip of the scratchy loop side because I feel it is better in the washer and dryer. Just sew it on with a sewing machine or by hand.
For your embellishment pieces, I will show you the ones I made and will explain in detail how to make them in another post. Otherwise, this post will turn into a novel! Don’t worry, you will get the idea, though.
Using ribbon, buttons, felt, and anything else, create decorative pieces for your shirt.
If the back of your piece is flat enough, just glue your opposing piece of Velcro to the back of your embellishment like this:
If your embellishment is not flat in the back (like with a bow) then glue the embellishment to a small piece of felt and then glue your Velcro to the felt.
Now you have removable pieces to change the look of one single shirt. The nice thing is your embellishments can be made of anything without worry of the washing machine. Because they are removable, just take them off before washing to keep them clean and nice.
Here are a couple ideas.
Keep in mind you can do more grown up looking embellishments to change up your own shirts and tank tops too!
awwww, don’t throw out your poor sweater just because it has a hole in it. Rather than end its life, let it start a new life with a quick patch job.
I actually have to credit this project to my husband. I showed him the hole disappointedly and he said (jokingly), “Why don’t you just slap a patch over it?”
I’m sure he wishes I would just laugh at his jokes. Instead, I take them very seriously.
On the bright side, I called him a genius and left him alone for an hour while I worked on this.
Here is the sad state of the sweater before…
First I sewed along the edges of the hole just to clean it up a bit. I don’t know if this was really necessary, but it felt like the right thing to do.
Next, I cut a circle out of red felt just large enough to cover the hole and pinned it in place.
With a zig-zag stitch on my sewing machine, I sewed around the edge of the red patch (twice for good measure) and that was it.
Since the patch is on the back of the sweater, it definitely is a different look, but I like it.
You could also do this with clothes that have a stain that won’t come out. Just cover the stain with a patch and sew it on in the same manner.
Now go grab your Goodwill bag and see what you can resurrect!
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