Friday, October 28, 2011

Repurposing Sheets & Stained Shirts

I'm a reluctant sewer. I know how to do it, but I just have never put in the practice to get good at it. Sewing a straight stitch is nearly impossible for me at this point. Well, after thinking that I might be ready to give my new serger a spin, I tried staring at it until a sewing project came to mind.

I had some white t-shirts with stains on them. They weren't mine though. They belonged to my 2 & 4 year old. I'm not sure why I kept them, but I did. I also had a set of bed sheets I bought for about $2 at a Lighthouse Ministries Thrift Store. I liked the pattern but bought them with no intention other than possibly repurposing them into clothing. There was no plan in my mind, just a love for the light florals and the so soft to the touch fabric.

Then today, inspiration hit! I remembered making t-shirt dresses with my mom when I was a kid and I decided to do the same thing for my girls with the stained shirts and sweet looking bed sheets, based on a tutorial at My Crafty Side. Here are the results:

Clearly, the girls love them. And I do too. I'm so happy with the way they turned out. The one cheat I took full advantage of was in how I created the gathers. I used the already elasticized corners to work the gathers in without having to do any extra basting. Oh, and I used my serger to attach the skirt to the shirt, saving all kinds of tedious fun sewing steps.

Have you ever accomplished a crafting feat you weren't sure you could do?


  1. Cute! BTW the sun works wonders at getting out stains, it might take a few days, but it works! I had some stained onesies and left them in the sun and they are no longer stained!

    I attempt lots of things that I have no idea if I can do :o) I can follow a pattern pretty well and if I don't understand something, I can usually find something on the web to help me. I've learned to make and modify my own patterns to. I just LOVE to sew!

  2. Thanks for reminding me of the sun trick Nikki. I'm awful at following patterns which is why the girl's homemade Halloween costumes were made like pillow case dresses to minimize the matching of pieces and what not.

    Thanks Iris. I'm really quite pleased with the dressed! Miss you!


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