Refashion runaway – buttons (free bag pattern)

Refashion runaway – buttons (free bag pattern)
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This weeks runaway refashion is all about buttons… that’s one item I am not short of! I inherited my Gran’s button box, and my mother-in-laws. There is something special about using buttons passed on down through the generations. Some of the buttons have stories attached to them, sadly lost now as he generation passes away.

Button box

The refashion seems a great way of using lots of odd buttons to add a twist to one of my favourite tutorials.

Recycled Tweed Bag Tutorial Vicky Myers Creations

This makes a super cute small bag. I started with some wool fabric I had been passed on in a gorgeous burgundy colour.

To make your own cut out the bag pieces as per the downloadable Tweed Tote Bag instructions. Add fusible fleece to the main bag piece. Mark out 1″ squares with tailors chalk and a quilters ruler. As you can see from the image I started from the top of the bag each side marking out 8 squares towards the base of the bag (central column on image below).

stitch lines

Stitch these grid lines in a complimentary colour, I chose a strong orange.

Have fun selecting a variety of buttons.

Choose buttons for the upcycled button bag

 

Hand stitch the buttons into place, leaving the top and side line of squares. This enables you to stitch the side seams in place. It has the added bonus of providing a frame around your gorgeous buttons.

Tack into place Annies Soft and Stable to the main bag piece, this adds strength and stability to the bag (mine is quite heavy with the weight of the buttons)

Button bag in progress

Sew up the bag as the tutorial. I did moderate slightly, placing the lining inside the bag with the top seam allowance turned in (as the outer is shown above) and top stitching the two together.

Wool Burgundy Tote Bag - step by step instructions to make your own

 

Free tote bag pattern, great use of your button stash

This bag is available from my Etsy shop  – its that time of year where I need to start building up stock ready for Christmas sales.

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Refashion runaway – Mettalic

Refashion runaway – Mettalic
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Last week I shared my sew along for Refashion Runaway. A friendly competition encouraging people to have a go at restyling former items of clothing. The theme this last week was metallic. It was a bit of a struggle to find anything in my local charity shops – I didn’t want to pay out and restyle a ball gown! I finally settled on a 1980’s handmade dress.

1980's dress

Its a shimmery slippery fabric from a manmade fibre.  The skirt has a reasonable amount of fabric in it. The plan – to make a top which can be dressed up or down, great for an afternoon or evening out.

Refashioned top, pattern free

To make this refashioned top pattern free I used an existing top as a pattern.

I started by cutting along the waistband.

use a top as a template

As the fabric pattern does not have an obvious right way up I could use keep the slip at the back of the skirt as the opening along the rear neckline.

I decided to add an additional layer to the front, with a shimmery transparent fabric.

Shimmery layer

This was tacked in place. Thw shimmery layer is stitched into the left hand side seam, the shoulder seams, and the front neckline. The hem of the main top I machine stitched, and then hand stitched the transparent fabric.

hand stitched hem

I made bias binding from the remaining fabric from the top. This was not easy as the fabric moved around so easily, but still no one is going to be coming up to measure and check the evenness of the neckline!

Handmade bias binding

The shimmery top layer is gathered near the shoulder seam.

gather at shoulder seam

I love the fact I have tried lots of sewing techniques new to me – for me that is the point of the sew along. Having a go, trying something new, not worrying about it going wrong. Will I wear me new top?? I’m not sure.. does it still look 1980’s to you?

To see and vote for the contestants makes this week on the theme of metallic visit Renegade Seamstress here.

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Refashion runaway – velvet

Refashion runaway – velvet
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Are you a fan of the blog Renegade Seamstress? She regularly shares tutorials for refashioning garments of clothing. Each year she runs friendly refashioning competition plus sew a long. Last year I took part, although failed to keep up to the end. I made a skirt from a maxi dress which I love, particularly due to its bright pattern. Its a garment I would never have tried on in a clothes shop. I view the sew a long as an opportunity to push myself, to try and be creative with clothes, to try something new.

However it’s the school summer holidays here. I love having the children at home, catching up with friends and family, days at the beach, but consequently there is not much time for sewing.

This week we have been camping on the north Norfolk coast. I spotted the Refashion Runaway sew along on my phone with a rare moment of wifi access. A perfect excuse to visit Sheringham’s charity shops looking for velvet so I could take part – there was only one choice! Thankfully the black velvet skirt, although two sizes too small, did have plenty of fabric.

black velvet skirt refashion

I decided to be realistic about my limited time, aiming for a quick refashion. My plan to shorten the skirt so that the waist band fitted my waist and add a ruching/gathering effect at the side or middle – somewhere!.

shorten velvet skirt

First step to cut off several inches and create a new elasticated waist band. Next – employ brother with camera..

gathering both sides

refashion runaway 2016

After seeing looking at my photographed options I decided to take in the side seams to reduce the width of the skirt. Then I added a gathering to the side of the front of the skirt.

Gathering side up

I have to admit this refashion definitely counts as having a go, trying something different as opposed to I am delighted with the results!

Have fun with refashioning old clothes. Refashion a velvet skirt into a short skirt with ruching.

Searching through my wardrobe this was the most suitable top – maybe this coming week I will find something metallic to refashion to style with the skirt.

If you fancy sewing along with the contestants its fairly open ended but the posts must not have been shared previously on your blog. The challenges are:

Week One: Velvet

Week Two: Metallic

Week Three: Buttons

Week Four: Tunic

Week Five: Pantone Color of the Season: Riverside

To see and vote for the contestants makes this week on the theme of velvet visit Renegade Seamstress here.

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