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A Skort Gets A New Life

While thrifting a few weeks ago we found this cute denim skort.

I turned it into this cute purse!


I know this is nothing new as jean purses were huge a few years ago.  I never got into it back then, but now I see why it was such a big thing! They are fun to make and you have plenty of built in pockets.
Since these were skorts I used the shorts beneath for the lining.

Here's how I did it.

First I sewed the bottom shut.

Then I cut the bottom corners at an angle.

fold the cut edges so the seams meet.

and sew.  This will box out the bottom.

Next I turned the skorts inside out and cut the crotch of the shorts off. Don't sew this shut yet.

I wanted to add a zipper pocket to the inside so I cut a piece of knit fabric (tshirt) that matched into a 7"x4" rectangle. Sew the zipper to one of the long edges.

Next I laid it on the inside of the skort about 1.5" from the bottom of the waistband.

Flip the pocket up and pin zipper in place then sew.

Flip it back down fold under raw edges 1/4" and pin in place.

Sew close to the edge.  Now you have your inner pocket.

Sew the raw edges of the shorts together. You can set this aside for a few minutes.

Grab an old pair of jeans and a seam ripper and take the waistband off.

Sew the open edge of the waistband shut.

On the side with the buttonhole find a decorative button larger than the hole.

Sew it to one side of the purse.

Now pull the jean button from the other end and you'll have a small hole. Put a button there and sew to the other side of the purse.

Now for the button on the skort front. I used some hot glue.

And added another pretty button to match the other two.

It looks like a lot of steps but it was pretty quick to whip up.


Heirloom Dress

The creative juices have been flowing this past week!!!  Here is another project I finished a couple of days ago.

 This is the first time I have really done shadow embroidery. I love how it looks!!!

I also did corded pin tucks for the first time.  They are soooo easy!!!!  I will definately be doing them again!

I love heirloom sewing!  I hope someday my great great grandchildren will get a chance to wear this dress.

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Miniature Quilt

I was going through my scrap tub yesterday trying to decide what I wanted to make.  Aiyanna  saw a mint green Minky Dot fabric and said "oh, my baby needs this blanket." She wrapped it around her baby and carried it around all morning long.  So at nap time after she was asleep I grabbed that blankie and turned it into a little quilt for her baby doll.  She was so happy!

  • fabric square 14" x 14"
  • About 1/2 yard of second fabric
  • bias tape
  • thread
  • 18" x 18" square of batting or fleece
I cut the second fabric into an 18" square
 2 strips that are 2" x 14"
 and 2 strips that are 2" x 18"

Right sides facing sew the 2" x 14" strips to opposite sides of the minky square.
Then sew the 2 longer strips on the remaining sides.
You just made your quilt top.

Now you are going to layer your fabrics.
Lay second fabric right side down.
Lay the batting on top of that.
Then lay the quilt top right side facing up on the top.

Next I stitched in the seam around the minky fabric through all 3 layers.

Pin and sew bias tape around the edges and you're finished.

Now it's time to snuggle the baby doll.

Night, night baby!!!!


Purse Strap Belt

Here is another great find from the thrift store this week.
I L.O.V.E. the embossed design on the front pocket!!!  I instatnly had a project in mind for that pocket.

After I got home and was showing my husband this purse and sharing my idea for that pocket I started thinking about the purse strap.

The strap is soooo pretty! I thought it would make a cute belt.

The purse also had a belt buckle on each side that the strap was buckled to.

I grabbed my seam ripper (my friend today) and got busy getting that buckle.

I sandwiches the purse strap between the buckle pieces.

Here's a side wiew.

Sew it following stitching holes that are there from being on the purse.

I really wish the purse strap would have been longer. I really want one for myself! LOL!!!

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