Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Sewing with Sheets - New Valentines Outfit

I had so much fun making my daughter an outfit for Valentines Day this week.  Surprisingly she was very willing to model it for some pictures too.
I didn't purchase anything to make the outfit.  I used embellishments, a stained shirt, and two bed sheets! 

We recently upgraded my daughter's bed and were left with a pantry full of cute toddler sheets.  Last week I came across the sheets and knew I could turn them into something fun.
I picked two sheets to use for the skirt and ruffled heart on the shirt.
The sheets were fitted so I started by cutting off the elastic.
I didn't have a pattern but cut pieces for a very simply (very very simple) skirt.  The dotted fabric made perfect little pockets on the front of the skirt.
I sewed the two skirt pieces together, hemmed the bottom, and sewed in elastic.
The pockets were dressed up by a couple of hearts.
The shirt was really easy to make.  Instead of using a new shirt or making my own I used my daughter's stained owl shirt.  She has outgrown the sleeves but the length of the shirt is still okay.  The cotton made it easy to alter the sleeves - just cut them off!  No hemming was necessary.
I made a heart template that would fit over the owl and stain.  I traced the heart directly onto the shirt and cut it out.
Next I cut strips of fabric from the sheets and changed the tension on my sewing machine to make ruffles.  If anyone is interested, my birthday is at the end of the month and I really really want a ruffler foot for my Singer sewing machine!
Adding the ruffled heart to the shirt was time consuming, but not difficult.  First I cut a heart out of white cotton fabric to serve as a base.  Next I pinned the ruffles directly onto the heart, sewed around the heart edges, stitched directly down the center of each ruffle, and then trimmed the edges.
Finally, sew your heart in the shirt.  Stitch around the edges of the heart opening on the shirt with the ruffled heart behind it.
I added a few embellishments to the shirt when I was finished.
My daughter had so much fun wearing her new skirt and shirt yesterday!
This project cost nothing and I still have plenty of sheets for more sewing fun!

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A Couple of Craft Addicts said...

This looks so CUTE! I love it.

Anonymous said...

Yay! Just saw this tutorial featured on Tip Junkie! So cute!