New In Thee Shop: Painted & Upcycled Denim Crossbody Bags

I had accumulated a couple pairs of white denim jeans and I don't particularly like using white denim for full on bags. I imagine white surfaces on bags getting dirty quite easily. So instead I've made use of them by using them as canvas for unique and colorful embellishment.

Per usual I've tried to mix in different elements, material-wise and create textural interest you can both see and feel. I love the thick thread used on jeans and try to incorporate them wherever I can.

For this bag I sealed the edges of the flap with a cotton twill tape that came tied around something I bought. I can't remember what it was but I'm glad I hung onto to it and re-purposed it. I also re-used a faux leather boot strap to keep the flap in place rather than a magnetic snap.

For two of these bags I upcycled a pair of belts I found at the thrift store. They make excellent adjustable purse straps (the hardware comes right included!).

When jeans are low rise they will have these itty bitty zippers but they're still in excellent working condition, why not use them? It doesn't matter what size they are, all pockets are good pockets.

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Upcycled Wall Decor | DIY Mirror Glass From Thrift Store Framed Art

Here's a super easy upcycling project you can do with old thrifted wall decor and spray paints (the color/s you want for the frames and Krylon Looking Glass).

The before: A set of matching framed wall art and mirror. The artwork looks dated with the gold colored frames but the detail on the frames is cute and a mirror is always useful no matter the age.

The after: A matching pair of mirrors. I chose a gloss black for the frames because it matches the bathroom decor (please ignore the dated wall paneling, it's up next for a makeover). Now, yes one mirror is stronger than the other (the original mirror of course) but the mirror I created myself is truly not that bad. All you have to do is simply spray paint one side of the frame's glass.

See the backside is dull. While the other side is the shiny mirror that you'll see through the glass. Leave the original matted artwork though, for the frame's back support (you won't see it anymore anyway).

12 Upcycled Sewing Pattern Tissue Ideas

1. Create cute sewing/craft room wall decor with by filling an embriodery hoop like this by Natalme 

2. Follow this DIY Sewing Pattern by Sadie Seasongoods for lovely framed wall art

6. Make a Vintage Sewing Pattern Wreath like this one by Number Fifty-Three

12. Use iron-on vinyl to turn paper sewing patterns into durable fabric for crafts like these Christmas Stockings

Vintage Finds | Simplicity 5082 Sewing Pattern from 1972 "Super Jiffy Wrap and Tie Pantskirt"

So I think I nailed it.

A while ago, I posted this picture to my Instagram. I was excited because I had found a wide leg pants design I liked for this vintage floral fabric. The excitement didn't last. According to the pattern, I don't have enough fabric. You need like 4 yards and then some. I sincerely thought I had a lot of that floral but it's only enough for like three leg parts. Sure, I could make the shorts version but I was really set on the pants.

Anyway at the same time I bought that pattern, a vintage pantskirt kept popping up in my search. It looked pretty cool. The best of both worlds. It looked really easy too and I was tempted to just make it by observing the picture provided on the pattern envelope. I went ahead and bought it though from While The Cat Naps, an Etsy seller of vintage and modern patterns.

How to put it on is quite the interesting process. Sucks having to use the bathroom though. Like a jumpsuit or romper you basically have to take it all off.

I got 3 yards of this printed rayon fabric.

I don't think it gets any easier than this.

It's pants inside a skirt. Super Jiffy Wrap and Tie Pantskirt! Definitely give it a try if you're a novice sewist.

DIY Sewing Pattern from Your Own Clothes | TUTORIAL

Slow Fashion. Have you heard of it? It's the ethical response to fast fashion.

"It's about understanding the process or the origins of how things are made," says Soraya Darabi, co-founder of the clothing line Zady. (

"It represents all things “eco”, “ethical” and “green” in one unified movement. It encourages taking time to ensure quality production, to give value to the product, and contemplate the connection with the environment." (

It's like fast food vs slow food and we all know one way to avoid fast food is to cook the food ourselves. So why not make the clothing ourselves? There are plenty of sewing patterns out there. Even free ones online but you don't really know what the fit will be until you make it.

You already know how your own clothes fit you though. So why not use them as your patterns? Because you you're not sure how? Well let me give you an idea by showing you how I made a copy of this simple dress I really like. The concept can pretty much be applied to any article of clothing.

I re-use packaging paper to draft my patterns on. It works great, just iron out the crinkled ones. This dress is 5 pieces. A front bodice, back bodice, skirt and pair of sleeves. Starting with the top I took the widest measurement first so I would know how wide I need the sheet of paper. The widest would be the bust width then waist width, also get the longest vertical length.

Remember to include a seam allowance. I wanted this new dress to be slightly looser so I gave it another inch. A big bonus to making your own clothes is the personalized alterations you can make.

I bought 2 yards of this colorful rayon and it was more than enough. Take the same measurements for the back piece. Once you work out how big the pieces of paper you need, fold them in half. Also fold your dress in half. Starting with the front place your paper over it, aligning the folds and end. Then trace over the edge of the neckline and armhole. 

Do the same thing to the back pieces and also for the sleeves. These sleeves are slightly gathered at the tops. I took that into account and made them a little longer then the tracing would make it appear. They also have elastic in them so I took down the measurement for the length of elastic I would need too.

I think the skirt is the easiest to alter, if you want to. Add width if you want it more full. If you want it longer or shorter, add or take away. Add pockets if it doesn't have any. I wanted the dress slightly shorter, also like an inch. For the skirt part though, I don't think it's necessary to make a pattern. Many a time, your skirt width will be the fabric width. In my case it was. It worked out perfectly.

Jot down your skirt details (and any other notes) on one of the pattern pieces for the top. Since my fabric has these square patch like things going on, I wanted one centered on the front. So I unfolded the front piece and set it in place where I wanted it.

There was enough space to cut out the sleeves along side the front piece so I did that. I was able to place the second sleeve over a similar patch design so that they would match a bit.

I cut out the back in two halves because it fit better on the fabric this way. So I gave the center a seam allowance to sew it together.

Took the back pieces and sewed them together to create one then attached the front to back at the shoulders.

Then I serged those shoulder seams, the center back and the ends on the sleeves.

I created a casing for the elastic in the sleeves. Gathered the top of the sleeves a bit. Then sewed them onto the bodice. This way I could sew the sides from sleeves to end of bodice all in one seam. Alternatively, you could sew the sleeves lengthwise and sew the bodice at the sides then attach the sleeves to the bodice at the armholes. Doing it this way actually creates a nicer end to the sleeves since the serged edge would end up tucked away in the casing but I forgot this. It's okay though, either way gets the job done.

The skirt took one seam and I placed it on one side. I gathered the top of that piece to fit in with the bodice width. I sewed them together and serged the raw edges together. Then I hemmed it. To finish the top neckline I created a bias tape out of the same fabric.

Lastly, I added a tiny piece of elastic and a tiny black button to close the key hole on the top back of the dress.

This was the initial, final result that I was not 100% content with. The pattern on the skirt conflicted with the top (the big squares with the light blue centers). I really didn't like that and wished I had paid attention to it before sewing it on this way but thank goodness for seam rippers.

I also thought it lacked a little something and added black cotton lace trim to the waistline.

So, I hope you give making pieces for your wardrobe a try. The feeling of accomplishment whilst you wear the thing is pretty awesome. #memadeeveryday