Having finally repaired my sewing machine I have set about upcycling some of the things I picked up at April’s clothes swap. For ages I have wanted to turn a t-shirt into a bag, having seen this tutorial on pinterest.
So I took an old t-shirt:
Cut off the arms and cut out the neckline a little:
Sewed the bottom edges together and voila – a bag!
I also used some of the leftover fabric to make a couple of scrunchies for the girls (not pictured).
While in the ‘upcycling’ mood I also adapted a red scarf to take on holiday later this year. I had a beautiful rectangular red scarf but it was too long to wear.
So I turned it into a square (with some very bad cutting and sewing as I am quite a lazy sewer):
And here is a shorter and more practical scarf to take away to brighten my outfits while on hols:
All of this sewing brings to mind a fantastic term I came across at Jen’s blog, mymakedoandmendyear, entitled ‘wonk’. That is handmade work that is, shall we say, less than perfect. This has really inspired me to have a go – and even photograph- my sewing work which is always wonky. This is partly due to the fact that, as I said, I am a lazy sewer and can’t be bothered to follow instructions. I have many more sewing and upcyling projects in mind now that the sewing machine is working again. I am also determined to work my way through my pinterest board rather than just pinning mindlessly. So plenty more wonk coming your way…