Hurray for May!
And the sunshine, and for finally starting to feel like summer might just be on the way 🙂
I blogged at the start of the week about Me Made May, so it seems sensible to dedicate May’s edition of the Make Do and Mend Monthly Magazine Blog Post Thing to all things clothing.
So here goes:
Make-New from Old
- New skirt from old jeans
I’ve done this before, and made this:
There is a tutorial here, if you fancy having a go
I think it would be really cute to incorporate the scalloped edge from these jean shorts, from So Zo, What do you know..? (the brains behind Me Made May) and use a plain denim panel at the front and back, instead of a patterned fabric
- Recycled Jumper Slippers
I made my own slippers back at the start of My Make Do and Mend Year, but they weren’t that warm. I know the warmer weather is now (hopefully) approaching, but in the spirit of prepared-ness for next Winter, how about making some new slipper from an old jumper? I found this great tutorial from Kerrie Curzon of Charm and Laundry, on the Sewing Directory
- T-shirt to knickers…!!
If you are brave enough, how about making some new knickers, from old t-shirts?!
Check out this post here from The Shiny Bubble
- Skirt from T-shirt
Another cunning use for old t-shirts is to turn them into shiny new skirts, with the addition of a spot of shirring. I have never really been brave enough to try shirring, but this may inspire me. Anyone tried it?
Here’s the how-to from Snippets of my faith, family and crafting
Make Do (or Tarting Up..!)
- Here’s a really lovely Cashmere jumper to cardi upcycle, on Burda Style.
It’s in German, so no instructions (unless you speak fluent German), but it looks reasonably self-explanatory. My attempt would go something like: chop up the middle of the front, bind it with pretty bias binding, attach buttons!
- T-shirt to shrug
This looks super sweet, and is a great way of re-fashioning an old top you might have fallen out of love with
- Updating a loose fitting top with a spot of shirring
There it is, the ‘s’ word again! I really am going to have face my demons and have a go!
- Adding lace/detail pockets to a cardi or dress
or embellishing your jeans
- Crocheting a collar to jazz up any number of tops and jumpers-there is a free pattern and instructions here on Lulu Loves
- I think I may have posted these 4 secrets to a well-mended wardrobe before, so forgive me if I have, but it’s worth repeating!
- And if that wasn’t enough , here are 10 clothing fixes that everyone should now from DIY Fashion-everything from sewing on a button, hemming trousers and mending zips
- Crafting Queen Martha Stewart is even getting in on the mending scene, with this post on Darning and how to mend knits
- Who wouldn’t want a flower brooch from an old tie?!
This looks very sweet, and the tutorial from Heavenly Handmades makes it look pretty easy!
- Pocket Purse-as the name suggests, these are purses made from the pockets of old jeans-genius!
The how-to is here on Sewing for Utange
The zip thing is, quite frankly, a little off putting for me, but I think these would be a worth a try!
- I have made a couple of bags from old trousers, but I really love this one from old cargo trousers, on the fabulous blog Noodlehead
For the Kids
Just so the kids don’t feel left out, at all the new clothes you are whipping up, here are a couple if ideas for them
- What Small can resist some dinosaur spikes to spice up an old jumper?!
- Here’s an ingenious way from Folk Haven, to make a whole new pair of toddler jeans from grown-up ones, all with no measuring!
- And there is a great mend here, from Joyfoolery to salvage a jacket with a broken zip
Phew! That should keep us all busy 🙂
Have an awesome May everyone.
I love the Martha Stewart contrast darn idea. Now I want to try and find a pair of cargo pants to turn into that cool bag. The contrast trim really lifts it out of the ordinary, It is a great tutorial. Thanks for posting this. Blessings xx
No problem Angela-so glad you liked it!
Love the lace pockets and all the mending tips. Thanks!
No problem-glad you enjoyed it!
This is just what I needed to help me get inspired with starting out mending and changing. Thanks.
Fabulous! That’s great news 🙂
Thanks for the mention! Lots of other recycled things on my blog – and the zips really aren’t too bad (though when I started sewing recycled bags I swore I would not put zips in them!)
Not a problem 🙂
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