Wednesday, December 23, 2009

One Shirt --- Three Projects


I found this very pretty top at a thrift store a few weeks ago. Originally I was going to wear it. Then after I came home, I tried it on and the top was shorter than I like. So, I have decided to make a few things out of it.

I love the embroidery on this, so I wanted to showcase that. I cut it up into 4 pieces...


Project one: Red Pom Pom Pillow


I made this pillow from the top portions of the shirt. I love how it turned out. I saw something similer to this at a gift shop one time and believe me, it was pricey! I paired it with the tea towel pillow to make my house look more Christmasy.

Project two: Patchwork Pillow



The embroidery parts came from the sleeves. I just couldn't throw them away, so I went through my stash and made more pillows! I love red and white with some tan.

Project three: Apron Skirt




I had a hard time deciding whether to make this bottom part into a handbag or into a skirt for Rachel. In the end I am so glad I made a skirt for her! Not only is the color red perfect for this season, she looked so pretty in it. Eventhough she is half Japanese, she looked almost like a Russian doll. I know this will go with the jeans too.

I used up pretty much the entire top, and had no buyer's remorse. I love projets that are inexpensive and where I have tons of freedom. If you ever see clothes (at thrift stores) with details like embroidery or beads work don't pass it up. It has the potential of becoming something unique and beautiful!

I can't believe that tomorrow is Christmas Eve. I hope you all will have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones... Oh, Rachel wanted to say something to you all...

19 comments:

Karens Hopes said...

10 out of 10 for your resourcefulness. Some great items
made, I love the creativity of crafters well done xx

Elisabeth said...

Wow, that's amazing! I absolutely love the cross stitch pillow. I was at Dollar Tree the other day and I wish I had seen your post first I would have picked up one of those towels! What a great idea. Have a Merry Christmas!

Nalamienea said...

Wow, beautiful projects!! Great job! :) I'm very envious of your sewing abilities!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Great repurposing! Thanks for showing it and getting the creative juices flowing :-)

Catherine said...

What can I say but wow! You are soo creative. What a precious little girl....may she and your family have a Merry Christmas!

Cheryl said...

what a sweet pic of your daughter looking over her shoulder. The smile on her face is priceless. : )
I love how you take something used and repurpose it. You have such creative genius.
Have a very Merry Christmas!

Little Treasures said...

I absolutely love everything you did with the shirt! Pity it was not right for its purpose. Nevertheless, you've created amazing things and my favourite is definitely the skirt. It is ADORABLE!!
Happy holidays!

Maryann @ Domestically-Speaking said...

Brilliant! They are all adorable!

Barbara Jean said...

Great ideas!

I'm going to start buying some of
those things i love at thrift stores and just be more creative with them.

thanks for the ideas

barbara jean

Its So Very Cheri said...

I LOVE those pillows and love the colors together. I'm trying to decide if I want to go with a brown, tan, cream and red theme or a black, gray, cream and red theme for my blog header.
Cheri

glor said...

Oh my goodness ... talk about creativity!!!! These are absolutely beautiful. Thanks for the tips!

Polly said...

Beautiful! I especially love the second pillow.

kosmicchai said...

Wow, such creative use of the blouse..your pillow came on beautifully..Now I know how to use my old shirts with beautiful embroideries..

Sheri said...

Wow! I don't know which one I like better! You did a fabulous job! I'll be posting a link on childmade.com. Thanks for sharing!

Thankfully Thrifty said...

Precious! Not only did you make something but you made it into THREE things! I'm so impressed!

bec4 said...

Oh, wow, great reuse. The little pillow is my fave!

Its So Very Cheri said...

Be sure and go check out my blog because you've been featured.

Cheri

Lydia said...

Awww, I just sent this blouse to the thrift store! I so would have done all this...

nádya said...

I just loved the cushions - you matched greatly the colours and stamps!!!!! The apron skirt is incredible!! Well, I just love your blog and all the ideas you share with us...thanksss

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