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Recycle, Reuse Refashion

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

This is cute top that I bought while I was living in Spain, my sophomore year of college. Its been a long time since it fit, but I can’t bare to give it away. With my new post-partum mommy boobs, there is NO way it’s ever going to fit again, so I decided to cut it up and give it a new life through Penelope. Peter said to me the other day, “man, you really like cutting stuff up now, huh?” Yup, I do. I am not sure what has come over me, but every spare second I have I am in the dinning room sewing or getting ready to sew!

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

First I cut off the sleeves. Then I turned it inside out and took in the sides a bit to make it more of an A-line dress shape.

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

Then I sewed on hot pink bias tape to finish the armholes and make the straps. Here is a good tutorial on how to use bias tape. And Ta Da! Super cute toddler sized dress. I was so proud of myself for this one, I came up with the idea all on my own. In fact, I thought I was kind of a genius for turning a woman’s shirt into a toddler dress, but when I searched online I found numerous other women who have been doing this for a long time! Oh well, great minds think alike.

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

And then I made her a little bow to match! I used a fabric button cover kit from JoAnn Fabrics. Here is the tutorial for that.

While I was making some new scarves for Penelope, I did a scarf refashion for myself.

I have had this big, chunky scarf for almost 10 years and I love it. It keeps me so warm! But it was huge and it had some stains on the ends of it.

Infinity Scarf for Mama

So I cut off the ends, and I used a scarf that I already have as an example, to know how short to cut it. If you were to cut out a piece from a yard of fabric, you would do a 12 to 15 x 24 rectangle piece and sew the short ends together.

Recycle Reuse Refashion Infinity Scarf for Mama

Recycle Reuse Refashion Infinity Scarf for Mama

When I had my basic rectangle shape, I sewed the end pieces together and ta da! Chunky, knit, Infinity scarf for Mama!

Please forgive this horrible picture. My husband has been out of town for weeks and this is what I am reduced to, in order to get blog photos. If you wonder why I haven’t done a Mama yoga post in a while, this is why! I am giving Penelope a digital camera for Christmas, so maybe she will be able to take pictures of me soon!

Recycle Reuse Refashion Infinity Scarf for Mama

Recycle Reuse Refashion Infinity Scarf for Mama

Pillowcase Dress

After my first refashion I started digging through my closet to see what else I can refashion for my Sweet Pea.

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

This time I cut up an old Lilly Pulitzer skirt that doesn’t fit me anymore. See a pattern here? I have held on to, way too many clothes, hoping that I would magically become skinny one day and fit into them again. But post childbirth, I am so impressed with my body for creating, growing, pushing out a baby and then making milk for it that I am finally at peace with how my body looks and can LET GO of these old clothes!

For this refashion, I had to rip out the zipper in the back and sew it back together, and then finished it with pinking shears. Then I cut out armholes, in the shape of an upside down J. The skirt was already fully lined, so I turned it inside out and placed the edges of the armholes right sides facing and sewed together.

Then I turned the top edge down of the front and back necklines and sewed a casing for the ribbon. And since it was a skirt in its past life the hem was already complete!

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

Ta Da! The one on the left, is another pillow case dress I made for Miss P. Here is a great tutorial for pillow case dresses.

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

This is a beloved dress from my college years, more exactly, my hippy college years. Who am I kidding, I am still a hippy, but I just dress more preppy now.

And since I would not be caught wearing this dress anytime soon, but it has such a pretty print, I decided to cut it up and refashion it!

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

First I made this little top for Penelope. It’s the same basic idea of a pillow case dress, but I cut it short to be a top and only did the front to make it a halter.

To gather the back, I just did two darts. You could probably also do elastic or a basting stitch.

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

Then I made myself a head scarf. Which I can’t use anymore now that I have chopped off all my hair. Well, maybe I could. I guess people with short hair can still wear scarfs in their hair, I will have to try!

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

I also attempted to make myself a shirt, similar to the Snappy Baby Dress I made, but I sewed the yoke together instead of doing two pieces with snaps. I used a shirt I have in the same style and tried to make a pattern from it. I did well on the actually assembly of the shirt, but I got the sizing wrong. The armholes are too short and it doesn’t fit my boobs. Oh well, I am sure I can figure out how to save it and turn it into a dress for Miss P.

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

I used to be a nanny to two very sweet little girls, Ava Grace, who just turned 5 and Ella Shea, just turned 4, who also happens to be my Goddaughter. Yes, they are 12 months apart in age! It was HARD WORK, but oh, so fun.

I needed to whip them up something for their birthdays, so I poked around in my fabric stash and old clothing pile to see what I could come up with. I picked this drawstring skirt and dress to turn into pillow cases dresses. Then I rummaged around in my ribbon bin and found coordinating ribbon. I also had two hair pins and two buttons in my button cover pack to make them matching hair pins. I wrapped in them saved tissue and present bags that I had on hand. Not ONE thing was new, but the everything turned out beautiful!

Recycle, Reuse, Refashion

I just cut off the tops of the dress and skirt and it left me the shape of a pillow case. Here is a great tuturiol on how to make pillow cases from fabric. They are so stinkin easy, once you get the hang of it.

Recycle Reuse Refashion IV

And here is a pic of the hair pins. Pretty cute, right? I am so impressed with myself that I made them something handmade and from my heart AND I didn’t make one trip to the fabric/craft store to do it!

What do you have laying around that you can turn into something else? I am about to cut up an old white, eyelet cotton shower curtain!

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  • Anna
    November 15, 2011 at 3:46 PM

    Great idea! I have a box full of old scarves that could use a refashion like this. Plus, it seems like a quick enough project that I can squeeze it out during the baby's naptime.

  • Becca
    November 15, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    Love this. I have a chunky red scarf just asking to get refashioned.

  • PharmaMom
    November 15, 2011 at 11:00 PM

    Looks great! I wish I had a chunky old scarf like this to refashion!

  • Star
    November 16, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    Love this idea. And also wonder what digital camera have you chosen for Penelope? That is a great idea for my lil who is always using the camera on my phone.

  • Anonymous
    November 18, 2011 at 2:24 PM

    This is far off of the subject of scarves, but in your recent pictures it appears that you have lost weight. I've read that you are preparing for possible baby #2. Are you doing something to lose weight in preparation for that or do you have any weight loss tips to lose the baby weight?

    Enjoy reading your blog, 1st time commenting.

  • Stephanie
    November 19, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    @Anonymous…So glad you enjoy the blog and thanks for commenting! I love to hear from my readers! The photos in my header were taken in March. And yes, I have lost some more weight. By March, I had lost all my pregnancy weight and little more and then I continue to loose about 10 more pounds. I need to do a post about what I did this summer to loose those last 10 pounds soon!

  • Anonymous
    November 19, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    I'm sorry but you looked on the skinnier side of the scale – not the optimum weight that you would want to have when trying to conceive. In my opinion it's not healthy.

  • Stephanie
    November 20, 2011 at 4:44 AM

    @anonymous..thanks for the concern, but I think this picture is more flattering than reality. I still have plenty of good fat to grab onto. 🙂 I fluctuate between 128 and 133, depending on where I am in my cycle. I am 5'6" so my BMI is still very much in the healthy range.

  • Annie
    November 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    I think you look great & I would really like to read a post that would give tips to a new Mommy on how to get back to pre-baby body. I didn't mean to open discussion for negative comments on your weight. You seem very healthy if you actually read your blog. 🙂