Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Upcycle - Twig and tale tours

I'm not going to lie, I find much more pleasure browsing racks of clothes at an op shop (Thrift store) than rolls of new fabric at a store. There seems to be so much more of a challenge in taking something and changing it into something else, than taking a big sheet of fabric and cutting it up. What started as a way of crafting while on a single income has become "my way"of crafting!

I found these fabulous flannel pants that I thought perhaps my husband would wear, but alas a bit too adventurous for him. Perhaps too adventurous for the original owner too as they were in perfect condition. They seemed perfect for upcycling. 

I set about deconstructing them, they are a quality piece of clothing and had beautiful details and trims that I carefully unpicked.

Then the exciting part, what to make?

It seems like after such a dry spell of friends having babies that there is a new wave of life coming into the world. I used to crochet most of my baby gifts, small booties and hats, I used that as a starting point when choosing something to make.

I chose two patterns from the Twig and tale website, two patterns I've never sewn before. The Wayfarer Shoes and the versatile Evergreen Bonnet (So many options!)

I forgot to take a photo of the lining fabric, but it was a soft wool vest. I added a few extra snaps on the bonnet to give it maximum wear.

I used some of the trim from the pants as little pulls for the back of the shoes, making it easier to get them off and on. I was so surprised how quickly they worked up! Such a fabulous pattern that I can see will be my "go to"pattern now to make for gifts. I'm about to make up a stash of them!

I used the wool vest for the soles and lining of the Wayfarer shoes too. I had thought I'd cut into a leather jacket for the soles, but the wool has more stretch to it and perhaps will be worn just that little bit longer. But if I was making them for older kids ie walkers I think leather would be a much better option.

I'm about to wrap up this little "Welcome to the world!", knowing my gift will be as original as the wee babe that will wear it!

My post is just a small part of a fabulous tour of bloggers and their upcycled Twig and Tale creations. You can read more about it here.

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  1. These look awesome, lucky baby!

  2. Those are adorable...what sweet little baby items!

  3. I am with you on upcycling being more satisfactory than bolt fabric sewing! I love the set you made and those little flaps on the heel from the trim are the max!

  4. Wow, you're a talented seamstress, I love them!

  5. I have been loving the blog tour. That fabric is awesome. What a lucky wee bubba to receive such a cute gift.

  6. What a lovely collection! I'm with you - op shopping for fabric is way more fun ;) Thanks for joining in with us x

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  11. Wonderful fabric design. I found another fabric store, here is Broadway Fabrics.


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