Someone’s favorite leggings were ruined last week in a tumble. My daughter’s eyes got real big when I pulled out the scissors and snipped off the bottoms of her pants. I hope she doesn’t get any grand ideas! With just a few more weeks of summer, we may be able to eek out a little more wear.
Using the zigzag stitch on my sewing machine, a “lettuce leaf” edge was created by pulling the jersey leggings as it was stitched. I narrowed the stitch length (.9 on my sewing machine) for a tighter hem. Volia! Shorts! Like new!
Lately, I’ve been inspired by Betz White’s work in up-cycling. When I ran into this dingy old table linen at a local vintage store, I thought, “hey, I can make my two year old wear this!” I’m only half kidding, of course. The adorable embroidered daises were too much to pass up! I bought it, sent it through several rounds of OxiClean (that stuff is amazing!), cut a hole in the middle, and voila! –a cute dress or smock for a toddler. It was really that simple. Here are the details: (more…)