Monday, October 19, 2015

How to rescue a too big shirt

Lately I've been digging around in the basement and finding lots of old clothing that I can refashion into something totally new! I recently found this plaid shirt that was obviously a men's shirt. I really liked the faded look of it though, and wanted it for myself. SO with only 2 quick seams I transformed it into something super cute!

I'm using this technique with a button down shirt in this tutorial, but you can also use it on plain pullover shirts too.

Measure how much you need to trim and where. I needed about 2 inches at about rib height. Mark on the inside of your shirt. Starting at the bottom corner, free hand a slightly curved line, tapering in, then curve back out to the armpit as in the picture. You can see that I took a little bit of width off the sleeve too.

Sew up your line then cut off extra fabric. See the difference?! Repeat on other side and you're done!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DIY "I'm Late Anway!" Clock

Confession: I'm late to things. A lot. Even if by just a couple minutes. The only times I'm on time is when my brother is with me, because he is ALWAYS early, AT LEAST on time!! I thought this little project was quite fitting for me:

Materials needed:

  • Canvas (I used 8x10)
  • Paints in 2 or more colors
  • Mod Podge
  • Brushes
  • Clock kit (You could just paint on the hands if you don't have a clock kit.)

With a ruler and compass, cut out a hole in the very middle of your canvas. Check you clock kit for the right size. (Mine was 1/2 inch.)

Paint the background of your canvas. This can be just solid color, a design, or a scene. I thought the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland might be fun. :)

Once your background is dry, paint the words "Whatever, I'm late anyway" In one corner. 

Add the numbers 1-12 in a mish mash order around the rest of the canvas. They can be spread out like mine, heaped in a corner, or in a circle like usual but out of order.

Once the numbers and words are COMPLETELY dry, add a layer of mod podge. 

Once mod podge is dry, assemble your clock kit per directions in kit or paint on your hands. 

Isn't it cute?! I hung mine up right beside our door to give me a smile as I'm rushing out the door...hopefully on time. :)