Get out your used, thrifted, or out grown t-shirts and warm up those hands. Here's my Momtastic post from this week showing you how to make hand warmers. I made four in 20 minutes!
Oh and look… I used purple.
The Real Deal: You can use items you already have on hand. No need to go shop around.
Ok. Ok already. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about how to make the fabric flower for my fab t-shirt headband. Admittedly, it’s a little different than the flower I link to (don’t shoot me!). Here goes the difference… Instead of folding the t-shirt in half after twisting like the Hannah fabric flower, I fold the t-shirt in half before twisting.
- 1” wide x 16” long cut of fabric
- Hot glue and gun
- Sweet twisting and rolling skills
Cut your strip of fabric and fold in half lengthwise. Twist as tight or loose as you like. Loose twisting will present a shabbier looking flower than a tighter twist, which will produce a more uniform flower.
Glue intermittently as you roll the fabric, making sure to hide any glue deposits on the underside.
The particular flower in the photo above was twisted tighter than the one in the t-shirt headband flower. No two flowers are the same, but this is the technique I used.
I had scrap sleeves left over from a maternity top that I made. Some think scraps are a waste of space, but I can’t seem to part with mine. I mean, as soon as my scraps go out in the trash I think of a brilliant (well, I think brilliant) craft to turn them into. So this is where I refashion my turtleneck sleeves into a pair of cozy, cute leggings for Peaches.
- Sewing machine
- Scrap long sleeves
- Needle and thread
- 1 inch wide elastic
- Pair of existing pants
Lay the sleeves down, with seams facing inward, next to your existing pants. Trim the top of the sleeves straight across, leaving a 2 inch margin above the waist of the existing pants. The 2 inch margin will be used to fold over and insert the elastic for the waist.
Cut the sleeves along the seam from the top to the crotch location.
Sew the front flaps and back flaps together. Once the front and back flaps are sewn together the waist needs to be created. (Doh! I don’t have pictures for this.) To create the waist, fold down the top of the sewn together sleeves and sew in place. Make sure to leave enough room to insert elastic.
And voila! That’s how to make cute, cozy leggings in under an hour. Sew a few pretty buttons on the outside of either leg for additional cuteness.
Go and be pretty.
When I am pregnant I tend to wear the same thing over and over again. To add a little variety, I combined a couple of shirts to accommodate my growing baby.
I found the short sleeve shirt at a thrift store and it pretty much reached down to my belly button. The 'exposed pregnant belly' look isn't really my style though. So I cut the bottom off just under my chest line. Then, I cut the sleeves and neck off of a turtle neck I have had for 8 years (seriously). I think it was definitely time for a refashion with this turtle neck.
Line up the top and turtle neck. I cut the turtle neck to have straighter edges. The difference in the width of the top and width of the turtle neck did not seem to matter in the finished result because both materials were very stretchy anyway.
Turn the turtle neck inside out and sew using a zig zag stitch along the two sides (see above). Then, I placed the top and turtle neck right sides together and sewed with a zig zag stitch (I don't have a picture of this step).
Now my neighbors don't have to see me wearing my purple or blue pregnancy shirt all the time. Do you find yourself wearing the same thing all the time?
Go and be pretty,
Of all the headbands I've made, I think this is my new favorite. It's like wearing sweats on your head, without the dumpy look. It's so cushy and comfortable!
And yes, I am wearing the shirt with the bottom cut off in the picture. Hey, I needed something to match okay? This could match, too. But, wearing that much gray can make a girl feel glum. NOT the feel I am going for!
Scrounge around for an old t-shirt. Cut a 1.5 inch strip from the bottom of the shirt. The length should be equal to the circumference of your head minus 2 inches. That way the band won't be loose when it's worn.
Fold in half lengthwise and pin in place. The right side of the fabric should be facing inward. Sew along the edge. Cut away the excess material.
Fold the headband right side out.
Make a flower or two and hand stitch it over the seam. I don't think it gets any easier, less expensive, or comfier than this!
The Real Deal: It cost me pretty much nothing.