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With a few thrift store treasures and some basic sewing skills, you can create original one of a kind additions to your wardrobe, unique gifts, beautiful handbags, adorable hats or anything else that tickles your fancy.
I love hitting up my local thrift stores looking for treasures. They are fun to explore and often help spawn new ideas and inspiration for projects. Reusing once loved goods is one more way to help our planet stay clean. When thrifting always make sure to bring along a friend, the more eyes the merrier!


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

T-Shirt Skirts

One day soon I will post pictures of the process of making these. It's pretty easy and fast. It helps if you use can use a serger because it finishes the seams and leaves a decorative edge that does not get all wavy looking or wonky out of shape.

This was made from two t-shirts serged together at the sides to add some color
A great use for old concert t-shirts!!

Another thrift store find.  I printed up an image of a pair of dressmaker sheers and transferred it onto clear contact paper. I carefully cut it out and stuck it onto my shirt.

I painted my image using fabric paint and let it dry overnight.
This is the back of the skirt. I slit the skirt and added some patchwork that was also made from old t-shirts and sewn using my serger .
The finished product.
My sister is a hair stylist so I made one for her with an image of hairdresser sheers

More thrift store finds
I eventually added and waistband with a drawstring tie to this one.

Alright, this one was made from fabric that I had laying around, not from a thrift store but worthy of popping into the skirt section here.

Close up of cute birdie trim :)



Earlier this year I was given a lovely toile shower curtain from a neighbor. Having no need for it in my bathroom, I made an apron for a friend. The weight of the fabric was perfect being a heavier canvas like material. It's durable and completely washable. It's hard to see from the picture but I used black vintage buttons on the straps for a little added bling.  It was a fast and easy project, perfect for beginners. It appears as if I did some piecing at the bottom with the checkered trim. I did not, it was all one piece and I just added a black ribbon trim to break up the design.
 If you are in the market for a new apron for yourself or as a gift, I would highly recommend first checking out your local Thrift shops before going to the fabric store. Most often they will carry fabric shower curtains. 
You will save money doing this!! 



 This lovely little waist apron was made for another friend of mine. I was given a bag of fabric and inside I found 2 pillow shams. I love this print but not for my bedroom! They were just the right size to make into aprons.
The fabric was a soft cotton and already doubled because it was a pillow sham. So there was no need to line it or use any stabilizers inside. I just cut out the desired shape, added some red flannel, slightly gathered trim along the bottom edge, some vintage red buttons and ta-da!! A word on the slightly gathered red flannel trim, it came from the edge of a bed sheet that was also in the bag these pillow shams came in, FANTASTIC!!! I love free materials!!