I’m Sarah.

After graduating college, I worked as a TV news reporter at an NBC affiliate outside of Chicago. I then retired from that life to be a stay at home mom to my three little ones. While at home I was able to rekindle my love for decorating and crafts. A blog seemed like the perfect place to share those ideas. There is inspiration everywhere, I hope you find some here.

t-shirt up cycle: a baby tee

t-shirt up cycle: a baby tee

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My sister gave this shirt to me when she cleaned out her closet. I loved the color, but I went running in it and the collar was just too tight, I hated it. So I gave it back to my sister... then she stayed at my house recently and after she left I realized she left the t-shirt here. Now, I am assuming she left it because she didn't want it either, I hope she didn't just forget it because I turned it in to a shirt for Elly. Normally, I wouldn't take the effort to make a t-shirt because you can buy them pretty cheap, but I haven't really seen a lot of t-shirts like this for babies, and I think it's cute.
first: I used one of her other shirts as a pattern, but added about a 1/4 inch all around for seam allowance.
second: Cut out the pieces. Now, because the collar was already tight, I didn't touch it. But normally, you may have to cut the collar, I would do this at the shoulder seam, just rip the current seam and then cut about 1/2 inch off the top.


 These are the pieces you are left with.

third: Turn the shirt inside out and sew the sides of the shirt, leaving room to attach the sleeve.
fourth: Sew along the side of the sleeve, it's the left side in the picture. Then attach the sleeves. {you can look at this shirt I made earlier to see how to attach a sleeve, or google it, you would probably get better directions there anyway}
fifth: Turn the shirt right side out and fold under the bottom of the shirt and do a top stich along the bottom.

Then with the extra fabric from the t-shirt, I cut three skinny strips, braided them together and then sewed the ends together to make a circle. And you have an easy headband.

homemade valentines

homemade valentines

vintage giveaway {winner}

vintage giveaway {winner}

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