For some time I have had a former suit jacket in my stash waiting for inspiration to strike. When I saw a great clutch bag on instructables from a former jacket (see here) I knew I had to dig it out and have a play:)
Inspired I decided to play with the idea of an upcycled tablet case using the collar of the jacket as a closing flap. My work are currently issuing some staff with tablets, perhaps an opportunity to make a few sales?
Firstly I worked out the dimensions for the finished case and cut out fusible fleece this size. This then worked as a pattern piece when laying out the sleeve of the jacket and the collar.
I folded the side edges of the collar, pinning then hand stitching closed. I added a button hole for button closure of the upcycled tablet case.
I utilized the fold of the collar as the fold over closure, tacking this in place before sewing up in usual tablet case fashion! Naturally I used a shirt for the lining:)
Frustratingly the collar curled up at the edges.
I spray starched the collar to assist with laying flat. Then added velcro under the corner edges.
This has made a significant difference, but I wish I knew why it curled at the edges in the first place! As you can see adding some top stitching at the last minute has brought out details, complimenting the original features from the jacket.
If you would like a tutorial for a tablet case I have one here. Any suggestions as to why the collar curled or how to prevent it in future gratefully received:)
For a ridiculously long time I have been meaning to try my hand at converting jeans into a skirt. You may wonder how this fits with one of my New Years goals to slim my wardrobe down. One of my christmas gifts was the book “The life changing magic of tidying” by Marie Kondo.
So far I have parted with two bin bags of clothes – rather a shocking quantity. My wardrobe really does feel liberated. When I open the door I am no longer overwhelmed with uninspiring clothes, instead I am greeted with a few clothes I enjoy wearing. I feel as though I have gained a whole new wardrobe!! As part of this process I have identified a few key wardrobe staples I am short of – one being a denim skirt.
I did struggle to part with some clothes which are a little small. Then their were clothes that I have been meaning to repair. One pair of jeans had stitching gone in the crutch area – this was just too tricky to try and restitch.
Time to convert the jeans into a skirt. I started with reading a few tutorials on line – find some here on my recycled denim pinterest board.
These are my top tips for converting jeans into a skirt:
- Change the needle on your sewing machine to denim
- Lengthen the stitch length
- Fit the walking foot (if you have one). These three tips encourage your sewing machine to cope with the thickness of denim fabric.
- Use an existing skirt for width and length guides
- Slim the hem by turning up once and securing with sewing tape or bias binding
Its really simple to do, so much so I can’t quite believe I hadn’t made one years ago! Start with unpicking the inside leg seams. Use an existing skirt to work out the suitable length – don’t forget to allow seam allowance for turning up.
Piece in some of the discarded leg to create a great A line shape.
Lastly hem – I used bias binding as my machine would have thrown a hissing fit at being asked to sew through three layers of denim, particularly the french seams!
It really took hardly any time at all:)
Do you have a favorite denim recreation?
Teaching your child to sew
Its been a delight to have a little time to sew for and with my daughter in the post Christmas breath and relax time. For far longer than I care to admit A has been asking me to make her some nappies for her dolls which wee. Disposable dolls nappies are shocking in price and yet it is so easy to make your own.
I used the disposable dolls nappy as a template, an old towel and a variety of fabric to whip up a few. The overlocker objected to the towel but I coaxed it along!
- Spark your child’s interest
Creating a practical item sparked her interest in sewing (I guess making her clothes seems too far removed from her skill level to relate to). She decided she would like to make duvets for her dolls bunk beds.
- Focus on basic sewing skills
This was a great quick project, she practised using pins and sewing a straight line. This is a fun and quick project, great for learning basic sewing skills. You can imagine her delight when I explained that by using pillowcases they had three seams sewn for her:)!
- Start with a project which inspires the child
This has brought her great delight, she took one into school and has taken requests for making more:) She is using upcycled sweaters for her soft toys.
- Create time
There is no rush, sewing can be a lifelong pleasure. Taking a step from sewing for the Etsy shop (which is rather empty!) and blogging created time for us to enjoy sewing together and alongside one another.
Do you have any top tips for teaching children to sew? We are sticking to projects she wants to make, that are quick and simple.