Feathers Flights // Sewing Blog: 06/01/2015 - 07/01/2015

6.27.2015

Wall Decor for Kids' Rooms

We moved the kids into the same bedroom a couple of weeks ago, so I'm slowly starting to decorate their room. It's going to take me awhile to decorate. I kind of like to decorate slowly and let it come together. I'm going with turquoise, navy blue, and a coral/pink color for their room.
What I have so far is a turquoise striped curtain and framed letters above their beds. The curtain goes perfectly with Claire's mint bed skirt. (Read about the owl quilt or the patchwork memory quilt.)
Wall Decor for Shared Boy and Baby Girl Room
I also have a turquoise lamp and an alphabet picture. (I'm still working on framing it.) It's above the reupholstered rocking chair and a bookshelf filled with stuffed animals and books.
Wall Decor for Shared Boy and Baby Girl Room
I'm leaning towards an adventure theme. I just ordered a wooden elephant clock which I've wanted something similar to since Henry was born.
Wall Decor for Shared Boy and Baby Girl Room
Now I want to put something next to elephant clock, but I haven't decided yet. I'm just loving the art over at Minted. I'm leaning towards a big picture Fly Away With Me to go along with adventure. Or I'd like to personalize it with a Super Imagination and a Circus Pony. Both of the custom paintings are great examples of my kids' personalities. I'm having a really hard time deciding between a big hot air balloon or two smaller personalized paintings.
Wall Decor for Shared Boy and Baby Girl Room
I also got caught up in looking at Minted's new Save the Date cards. There are some really awesome ones! I'm passed planning a wedding, but I couldn't helping looking through them. I know they are for weddings, but I think it might be cool to use them for a child's baptism or a child's special event like that. They are easily customized so you can use it for anything you'd like!
Other things I'd like to make for their room: a really great twin sized quilt for Henry's bed, frame the alphabet picture, do something about the rug.
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review, but I was offered credit to link to some of my favorite prints.
Heather

6.23.2015

Sewing for Baby: DIY Fringe Baby Sandals

Claire has tiny feet and was in much need of some sandals. She's walked through two of her leather shoes already. It's gotten hot so instead of doing full shoes I altered my favorite free baby shoes pattern to be sandals. It's perfect because I am super specific about my babies sandals. I want them to be breathable, durable, and cover the toes. I know there are lots of cute baby sandals, but they never cover the toes. My two kids are busy and crazy and with uncovered shoes they rip their toes to shreds.
Sewing for Baby: DIY Leather Fringe Baby Sandals
I added fringe around the ankle and fringe on the top. I did some cutouts on the sides for breathability. Then I added a top strap over the foot and a back strap on the center back. I love the elastic at the ankle because it keeps it on the foot even with all her craziness.
Sewing for Baby: DIY Leather Fringe Baby Sandals
I did a double layer of leather for the soles. I really hope it'll last through the summer since she's wears them daily. I was going to make a pattern, but it turned into one of those make-it-work project.
Sewing for Baby: DIY Leather Fringe Baby Sandals
She's adorable in her little sandals.
Sewing for Baby: DIY Leather Fringe Baby Sandals
It's especially great for puddle jumping. Or just walking in the gutter streams. Unfortunately, the leather takes forever to dry. But I'd rather have these leather shoes that cover her toes than any other sandals.
Sewing for Baby: DIY Leather Fringe Baby Sandals
Heather

6.19.2015

Me Made: DIY Buffalo Plaid Shirt

This shirt has a story. I thrifted this XL short sleeve buffalo plaid button up shirt a couple of weeks ago. I was really drawn towards to large woven plaid. I knew I could refashion it. But I didn't realize how many refashions it would take.
Me Made: DIY Buffalo Plaid Shirt
I took the sides in multiple times. Redid the sleeves three times. Shortened the sleeves twice. Added elastic, took it off, added shirring, took off some of the shirring. Took off the collar, put the collar back on, took off the collar. And I hemmed the shirt hem once. I'm still debating taking out the shirring I left on the center back. I learned a lot about what I wanted out of this shirt. I found I wanted a semi-fitted, tunic length, short sleeve shirt for the summer.
Me Made: DIY Buffalo Plaid Shirt
I love wearing it and love the plaid. I'm planning on wearing it with shorts, leggings, and pencil skirts like here. (The pencil skirt is also a DIY, but I haven't blogged about it yet. One day.)
Me Made: DIY Buffalo Plaid Shirt
Heather

6.16.2015

Floral and Herringbone Cargo Duffle

Making a cargo duffle for myself has been on my to-do list ever since it first came out. I love it. My sister made one for her husband, so I decided to make one too. Her making it first gave me the kick in the pants to get started. Or maybe I love making things at the same time that she makes them. 
DIY Floral and Herringbone Cargo Duffle // Handmade Weekender
I even had fabric to make the bag. I bought an IKEA cushion cover in the as-is section specifically for making a bag. The two sides were opposite colorways of each other. I had to piece some of the sections together, but it turned out well.
DIY Floral and Herringbone Cargo Duffle // Handmade Weekender
The only change I made to the pattern was to double the width of the center to make it deeper and more of a weekender bag. I also added interfacing to the bottom piece to make it more sturdy. I used a pretty coral and white herringbone quilting cotton for the pockets and handles. For the back of the handles I used some remnant quilting cotton from Henry's wolf coat.
DIY Floral and Herringbone Cargo Duffle // Handmade Weekender
I did enjoy quilting the pieces even though it takes forever. Its relaxing for me. For the inside I used a really pretty floral and matching bias binding. I didn't do very good with the bias binding; it's not my strength. I love, love the pretty floral inside. It makes me happy every time I open it and look inside.
DIY Floral and Herringbone Cargo Duffle // Handmade Weekender
I put a blanket inside to give it some shape and had Henry pick it up. He thought it was way too heavy.
DIY Floral and Herringbone Cargo Duffle // Handmade Weekender
Now we need to go on a trip or stay overnight somewhere so I can use it. Or I can just let my kids play in it.
DIY Floral and Herringbone Cargo Duffle // Handmade Weekender
Heather

6.13.2015

How To Upcycle: Tutorials

Thank you for visiting and being with us through our upcycled series! It was a lot of work but wonderful to share upcycling tips and tutorials with you! I love sharing my passion of sewing and upcycling. Thanks to all the free pattern designers for letting us use and share their patterns! And a special thanks especially to Dana from Sew Thrifty for doing this fun series with me! 
If you have any fun upcycled projects, especially ones inspired by these posts, share it on your social media with the hashtag #upcycledkid!
How To Upcycle: Sewing Tutorials
Tutorial List
Tips for Thrifting and Clothing to Upcycle
Maximizing for Upcycling
For Boys 
Colorblocked Muscle Tank Tutorial by Sew Thrifty
How to Upcycle a Tee Neckline by Feather's Flights 
Lime and Gray Raglan Tutorial by Sew Thrifty
How to Upcycle a Basic Tee by Feather's Flights
Striped Baggies Tutorial by Sew Thrifty
How to Upcycle a Vest by Feather's Flights
Cargo Pants Tutorial by Feather's Flights
How to Upcycle Denim Shorts by Feather's Flights
Two-Pants from One Shirt Tutorial by Feather's Flights 
For Girls 
Chipmunk Raglan Tutorial by Sew Thrifty
Cap Sleeve Tee Tutorial by Feather's Flights
How to Upcycle a Cardigan by Feather's Flights
Peasant-Style Dress Tutorial by Feather's Flights
Peasant-Style Tunic Tutorial by Feather's Flights
How to Upcycle Capris by Sew Thrifty
Toddler Dress Tutorial by Feather's Flights
How to Upcycle Leggings by Feather's Flights 
For Babies 
Free Baby Dress Pattern by Sew Thrifty
Free Baby Shoes Pattern by Feather's Flights
Baby Shoes by Sew Thrifty
Turban Headband Tutorial by Sew Thrifty
Baby Leggings Tutorial by Feather's Flights
Baby Shorts and Bloomers (+FREE Pattern) by Feather's Flights
T-Shirt Romper Tutorial by Feather's Flights
Two-Pants from One Shirt Tutorial by Feather's Flights
Circle Skirt Tutorial by Sew Thrifty 
Accessories 
Easiest Backpack Ever Tutorial by Feather's Flights
Turban Headband Tutorial by Sew Thrifty
Free Baby Shoes Pattern by Feather's Flights  
How To Upcycle: Sewing Tutorials
Free Pattern List
Disclosure: These are not our patterns, and we don't claim any rights to them. They are kindly offered for free by the pattern designers. The pattern and tutorial must be obtained at the pattern designers site.
Peasant Dress Pattern and Tunic by Once Upon a Sewing Machine
Classic Leggings Pattern by Nap-Time Creations
Caroline Dress Pattern by Shwin and Shwin
Day Camp Set by Peekaboo Patterns
Cap Sleeve Tee Pattern by Shwin and Shwin
Waistcoat Pattern by Barmy Beetroot
Harem Pants Pattern by Suburbia Soup
The Tank by Fishsticks Designs
Raglan Shirt by Nap Time Creations
Baby Lap Dress by Sew Thrifty
Baggies Shorts by Designs by Sessa
Turban Headband by Shrimp Salad Circus
Circle Skirt by MADE
Baby Shoes by Feather's Flights
Baby Bloomers and Shorts by Feather's Flights
How To Upcycle: Sewing Tutorials
Buy the tshirt romper sewing kit!

6.12.2015

Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Pattern!

I love making baby shoes. They're fast and cute, and Claire walks holes into them so quickly. To make them even quicker, you can reuse the hems of pants as casings. This makes them a half hour or less project! Use the most durable fabric you can find or even use vinyl or leather for the bottom piece. Unless your baby isn't walking. Then you can use whatever fabric you want!
Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle
Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle
Supplies
Hems of pants - the more durable the better
Sewing supplies*
12" of 1/4" elastic*


1. Cut out pieces along the hem. Transfer markings to the fabric.
2. Cut two slits for elastic on hem allowance of the top piece.
3. Tack the cut ends of the hem stitching to keep it from coming undone.
Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle
4. Pin top piece to the bottom piece lining up the notches. Then pin the back piece to the bottom piece over the top lining up the notches.
Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle
5. Sew with a 1/8" all around the shoe. I sewed with a straight stitch and then with a zigzag stitch. Turn right side out.
6. Cut a 6" piece of elastic.
Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle
7. Use a safety pin to insert elastic through the back hem and up through the front two slits.
8. Sew the elastic together overlapping it about 1/2".
9. Do the same with the other shoe.
Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle

Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle
If you want to see another version, see some baby shoes over at Sew Thrifty!
Upcycled Baby Shoes: FREE Baby Shoes Sewing Pattern // How to Upcycle
Heather

6.11.2015

Upcycled: Baby Leggings

Baby leggings. My baby can have one in every single color and every single pattern. I love them. I'm pretty sure she loves them because they are so comfortable and perfect for being a busy body. They are great for warmth in the winter and protection from the sun in the summer. They pair perfectly with dresses and perfectly with tees. And they can be made in about half an hour or less when you reuse the hems of a tee shirt!
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew Baby Leggings
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew Baby Leggings
Supplies
Adult tee
Sewing supplies*
Leggings pattern - I used the free Classic Leggings pattern from Nap-Time Creations

1. Draw hem allowance onto the leggings.
2. Line up the drawn line with the hem of the shirt. Cut out.
3. Construct leggings as pattern directs.
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew Baby Leggings
These leggings would pair perfectly with a baby circle skirt like the one that Dana made at Sew Thrifty!
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew Baby Leggings
Heather

Upcycled: Skirt to Toddler Dress

Sometimes you buy that super cute skirt because it has a cool print or it's a cute style, but after you take it home you realize you don't really wear it. It's too short or too long or too blue or too bright or too loose or too tight. There's just one or two things wrong with it that makes you never wear it. Well take those woven zippered skirts that you never wear and turn them into a dress for your toddler girl!
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew a Skirt to a Toddler Dress
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew a Skirt to a Toddler Dress
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew a Skirt to a Toddler Dress
Supplies
Skirt
Sewing supplies*
Woven dress pattern - I used the free Caroline Dress pattern from Shwin and Shwin

1. Draw on hem allowance.
2. Fold the skirt along the zipper. Line up the center back of the pattern on the zipper fold and the drawn line with the hem. As you can see I got to reuse about half of the zipper for the center back.
*Tip: When cutting through a zipper, pull the zipper tab all the way to the bottom of the zipper to keep it from coming off.
3. The toddler size lined up great with this knee length skirt. It fit right in between the waistband and the hem.
4. Do the same with the front (not pictured) by lining up the drawn line with the hem and lining up the center front with the fold.
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew a Skirt to a Toddler Dress
5. I thought I would have enough hem area left to cut out short sleeves along the hem. I didn't though so instead I flipped the skirt upside down and cut the sleeve out with the waistband as a sleeve cuff. It was the perfect accident and makes cute cuffs for the dress.
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew a Skirt to a Toddler Dress
6. Construct the dress as the pattern instructs.
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew a Skirt to a Toddler Dress
Instead of making a dress, make a super fast baby circle skirt with Dana from Sew Thrifty. Perfect and easy for babies!
Upcycled Tutorial: How to Sew a Skirt to a Toddler Dress
Heather

6.10.2015

Upcycled: Two Pants From One Shirt

One shirt or one pair of pants has tons of fabric. Way more than I realized until I started working on this series. Did you know you can make two pair of pants from one button up shirt? It might be a little cliche but I love having my kids match. Or at least coordinate. So making them pants from the same shirt was just too adorable!
How to Upcycle: Two Kid Pants From One Shirt // DIY Sew
How to Upcycle: Two Kid Pants From One Shirt // DIY Sew
Supplies
Adult Button-up Shirt
Sewing supplies*
Harem pants pattern - I used the free Harem Pants Pattern from Suburbia Soup
Baby pants pattern - I lengthened my free Baby Shorts and Bloomers Pattern
Harem Pants
1. Cut the shirt open along the shirt side seam and through the sleeves.
2. The harem pants pattern need to be cut on the fold. Fold the front of the shirt along the center of the button placket. Line up the hem as closely with the hem as possible. The hem will be angled so you'll just have an angled hem.
3. Fold the back of the shirt in half and line up the pattern on the fold and with the hem.
4. Sew the button placket closed.
5. Construct the pants as directed by the pattern.
How to Upcycle: Two Kid Pants From One Shirt // DIY Sew
Shirt Sleeve Pants
1. Cut the sleeves off of the shirt. If not already, cut open on the seam so it can be opened flat.
2. Lay the pattern out on the sleeves. Use the cuff as the hem.
3. Construct the pants as directed by the pattern.
How to Upcycle: Two Kid Pants From One Shirt // DIY Sew
I love the details on a men's button up shirt. Henry's harem pants even have a pocket for all his treasures. And the cuffs on Claire's pants are so adorable.
How to Upcycle: Two Kid Pants From One Shirt // DIY Sew
How to Upcycle: Two Kid Pants From One Shirt // DIY Sew
The happiest of siblings
How to Upcycle: Two Kid Pants From One Shirt // DIY Sew
Now what do you do with some of those leftover pieces from what you've cut out? Use Dana's turban headband tutorial over at Sew Thrifty!
Heather
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