Making A T-Shirt Out Of Fabric Scraps

Making a t-shirt out of fabric scaps

I must confess I have a huge collection of fabric scraps. Every once in a while I get a bag out and think I have to make something out of them or why am I keeping them. Clothes for little ones are a great way to use up fabric scraps as you don’t need as much fabric.

The t-shirt is hand sewn, with the seems  on the outside for extra interest. I used five different colours of organic cotton jerseys from Organic Textile Company.

Making a t-shirt out of fabric scaps,detail

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Embroidery On Clothes – Stitches Can Make Your Clothes Pop

Embroidery on clothes is a wonderful way to embellish plain clothes or fabrics. Once you know a few embroidery stitches, you can transform a boring piece of clothing into something awesome and very special.

embroidery on clothes

Compared to other craft forms, embroidery doesn’t require much tools or materials. All you need is thread, a hoop, a needle, some scissors, a tailors pencil for drawing a design onto the fabric or some transfer material if you want to transfer images to fabric.

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Design Your Own Unique T-shirts

handprinting t-shirts

Why not design your own unique t-shirts? Now that I have started I don’t want to do anything else this summer! A pity summer in the UK just doesn’t last long enough!

Of course, there are many ways to decorate a t-shirt. Here I used stencil printing to transfer a design onto fabric. It’s an easy and simple printing technique that can produce stunning results.

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Make Your Own Summer Trousers

Blue linen summer pants

I remember the days when I went from shop to shop to find a pair of trousers that were beautiful and fitting, it could take me hours to finally end up exhausted with something quite expensive and nearly always a compromise. I’m so glad I don’t have to do that anymore.

I learned to make proper trousers (I mean the ones with zips, pockets and belt loops) with this book Sew U: The Built by Wendy Guide to Making Your Own Wardrobe, which has detailed instructions on all the steps involved in creating the trousers. I’ve used this pattern for years, only changing the width of the legs from the knees down, I like legs that flare at the ankles…

The fabric I used is from Dragonfly Fabrics, it’s a linen/rayon mix called Brussels Washer, I chose the colour ocean, there are many more colours available.

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Making Sandals At Home – A preview of my upcoming book

This is another preview into my upcoming e-book on making sandals at home (here is the first). I’m in the finishing phase, it’s so exciting to finally come to an end with something I started 2 years ago!

making sandals
Sandals embroidered with a goat’s skin leather cord

How come I began making my own sandals? As with clothes I seldom found sandals, or shoes for that matter, that I really liked. I always had to settle for what was available.

One day I saw a book on shoemaking (in German) and felt the urge to buy it. That book got me started and here I am more than 10 years later writing myself a book on sandal making. That’s how much I love it. I want to share my enthusiasm for this wonderful craft, that isn’t much in fashion – yet.

Most people perceive shoe making as something that can’t be done at home, but it’s not difficult at all, once you know the basic techniques.

The book on sandal making will be available soon, so watch this space.

Update

The book How to make unique leather sandals is available now. Follow the link to find out more about it!

 

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