Want to see some upcycle magic? See how I upcycled an old shirt into three new items. I loved the fabric and details of this shirt, but not the fit. I never wore it but didn’t want to get rid of it because I loved the colour and design so much. I started cutting and made three items from it that now get lots of use!
When you love the colour and fabric of a clothing item but not the fit, upcycling is the answer!
reuse (discarded objects or material) in such a way as to create a product of higher quality or value than the original.
Here is what I made from this ONE shirt:
I used the bottom hem of the shirt to make scrunchies. I was able to make 2 scrunchies from the hem of this one shirt. I love the trim detail and used that as the outside edge of the scrunchie.
This is one of my favourite Cricut tips! There are many times I am making a project and don’t have the right vinyl colour on hand. My solution is to make a stencil and paint the design on! I will show you how to turn any SVG into a stencil in Cricut Design Space. It is so easy!
Upload your SVG and place on your canvas. Now you will place a rectangle over top of your SVG, making sure to fully cover the SVG.
Next select both the rectangle and SVG and click slice. Slice is located in “actions”.
Now remove the cut out piece of your design and the original SVG from your canvas. You are left with a stencil ready to be cut out!
Being stuck at home these last few months has given me lots of time to craft with my kids. I have enjoyed having the time to teach them to sew. This is a project they loved. This candy wrapper zippered pouch is a fun and easy beginner sewing project! My oldest, 13 & 10, made them by themselves. My six year old did the cutting and contact paper and then I helped him sew it together.
Yes you can sew plastic with a sewing machine! My kids were completely amazed by this! It will dull your needle, so remember to replace your needle after this project.
You will need :
– candy wrapper
– clear contact paper
Cut your candy wrapper at the sides and bottom so you have a front and back for your zippered pouch. Then apply clear contact paper to the front of both pieces.
Next place your wrapper facing down and sew along one side of the zipper.
Place other side of wrapper facing down and sew along other side of zipper.
NOW UNZIP YOUR ZIPPER HALF WAY (don’t skip this step!) so you can turn it right side out after the next step!! Sew along the sides and bottom of your pouch.
Turn it right side out and you now have a zipped pouch! Perfect to use as a pencil pouch or whatever you want. It is a great DIY gift idea for kids to make for their friends too.
Don’t throw away your heat transfer vinyl scraps! I’ve got four projects perfect for scraps of HTV. I like to save my vinyl scraps to use for small projects so that I can save my full sheets of vinyl for larger projects.
I love this idea from Where the Smiles Have Been for storing vinyl scraps. I need to pick up a photo album next time I’m at the Dollar Tree
1. Label your Child’s clothing, shoes, and backpack.
Small pieces of HTV are perfect for making labels. I cut a bunch of name labels at once so I have them ready to go. I love to use them on my kids backpacks, hoodies, coats, snow pants, and winter gloves.
2. Make DIY leather tags for your handknit/crocheted items
HTV scraps are perfect for making leather tags for your knit/crochet projects. Click on the link below to get my free SVG and see the tutorial.
All of the extra time spent at home on the weekends has given me lots of time to craft with the kids. They have started playing the game Among Us so I came up with this plushie pattern for them. Made out of felt, this is an easy sewing project for kids.
Sewing is an excellent handicraft for kids of all ages! This project can used with hand sewing or machine sewing.
My oldest two who are 10 & 12 made it by themselves. However, even younger kids can make this easily with a little help! My 6 year old cut out the pieces and operated the foot pedal while I guided the fabric in the sewing machine.
I used a sewing machine for this project but this would also be a great project for hand sewing. Felt is great for beginner sewing because the edges do not fray.
I have included a free printable pattern and instructions so you can make them at home! Click on the link at the bottom of this post to download.
Fall is when I pick up my knitting needles again and enjoy cozying up on the couch with a knitting project. I love the look of leather tags on knit/crochet items. I came up with this DIY version that is easy to create at home with some leather and heat transfer vinyl. I am giving you the free SVG file below too!
I made my tags out of leather from a thrifted bag. I am always on the lookout for leather bags and jackets when thrifting! To make these tags you will need leather (or faux leather), Heat transfer vinyl, my free cut file which you’ll find below, and a hammer and nail.
First you will cut a 1 inch by 2 inch rectangle out of the leather. Then using the hammer and Nail you will punch a hole in each corner of the tag. Be careful not to punch too close to the edge or the hole could rip. Use a piece of scrap wood under while you hammer.
Now you will cut your design out of vinyl and apply it to your tag. Make sure when weeding the vinyl to remove the outline as shown below. It is a bit tedious because it is such a small piece. I used a hair straightener to apply my vinyl to the leather. It works great for small applications like this! I just put parchment paper between the straightener and the leather.
Now you get to sew your finished tag on and admire how professional your handknit looks!
If you make your own tags I’d love to see how they look on your hand knit or Crochet creations! Tag me on Instagram @handmadejoydesigns #handmadejoyblog
Are your kids going back to school? In our area the Covid cases are low so kids are going back to school in September. However they are required to wear masks in the common areas of school. I’ve made these pouches to attach to their backpacks so that their masks are easy to reach when they arrive at school! Below I have included a quick tutorial to show you how I made them.
Supplies needed: main fabric and lining fabric, velcro, amd ribbon or bias tape. The mask fabric I used is available in my Spoonflower collection.
First You will cut out 2 pieces of fabric 12 inches x 6 inches – one main fabric and one lining fabric. I wanted to have a rounded edge so I traced a lid and rounded the corners of the top. You will also cut a 3.5 inch piece of ribbon or bias tape for the loop.
Next you will sew your fabric right sides together, leaving a small gap so you can turn it right-side-out after.
Turn right-side-out and fold the bottom up to form the pouch. You will pin your ribbon/bias tape in place along the side. Sew along the edge to secure. Final step is to sew on your velcro. You can do this before you sew the pouch if you find that easier.
I used a key ring to attach it to a zipper on my son’s backpack. I love that they will always have their mask handy when they enter school in the morning!
If you would have told me a year ago that I would be sewing a stack of cloth masks for my family, I would have thought you were crazy! But here we are. I am finding there is a shortage of elastic now that everyone is making masks, so I had to get creative when making mine.
I bought some stretchy headbands and cut them up into strips to make my ear loops. They work great and are so soft on the ears!
I was able to get four pairs of ear loops from each headband. However, that would vary depending on the stretch of the headband fabric.
I used Made Every Day’s Fabric Face Mask free pattern to make my masks. The only change I made was to do ears loops instead of the around the head ties.
I hope you try this is you are having trouble finding elastic to make masks or if you just want to try something that is softer on the ears! What is your favourite fabric mask pattern? I am going to try the 3D fitted mask style next.
When we got our little Lucy I wasn’t that impressed with the selection of dog collars in the pet store. I decided to try making a collar but found it hard to source the hardware without buying big quantities of them in bulk. When browsing in the Dollar Tree I saw their dog collars and thought I would try using their hardware to make my own collar.
Supplies needed: Dog collar, seam ripper, ribbon
This time I used a mint satin ribbon. The first collar I made her was with a velvet ribbon. The velvet one is probably my favourite that I’ve made. I am on the hunt for wider velvet ribbon so I can make a new one.
Remember to take photos of the collar before your take it apart so you will know how to put it back together!!
First you need to use a seam ripper to take out the seams of your collar. There are 2 areas sewn on the collar.
Once you have done that, remove the buckles and D ring. Next cut a piece of ribbon the same length as the collar.
Place the ribbon on top of the collar and sew along each side to secure it.
You will now put it back together and sew to secure everything in place. That’s it, you’re done! Now go try it on your pup!
Just want to mention that Lucy’s sweet dog tag was ordered from the Etsy Shop Field Trip. I love it so much! We have had it for almost three years now and it is still in perfect shape.
I decided to add her name with some heat transfer vinyl. Don’t throw away those vinyl scraps from other projects!
This is such an easy and inexpensive project. I love that I can change up her collar for holidays or just when they get dirty without having to spend a lot every time!