Monday, 7 July 2014

Cashmere mittens from a jumper

Cashmere.  Even the name is soft.

I found a lovely jumper at a charity shop one day.  Took it home.  And felted it in the washing machine.  Boy did it shrink!  It was teeny tiny by the time I'd finished with it!

As the sleeves were so short I decided that the only reasonable thing to do with it was to make some mittens.  I could just see them in there.  And it meant that I didn't have to make the cuff as it was already made for me.

This is the end result.

And I even had enough cashmere left over in order to make a phone cover. 


Thursday, 3 July 2014

Bookmark from a shirt cuff

Sometimes you see things differently.

I was looking at an old shirt and I couldn't decide what to do with it.  I turned it around and nothing but nothing was jumping out at me.

Then I had a thought.  Surely I can use that cuff to make a bookmark??

Easy peasy, right?

Cut off the cuff, insert something to make it more rigid and then sew it all up, right?

Actually, it was a bit more of a challenge than I thought it would be.  There was an awful lot of unpicking to do to remove the sleeve itself.

Then I had to figure out how to insert the stiffener between the buttonhole and the button.  Once that was done, I tucked everything back in and then sewed it all up again.

Added a ribbon and ta-dah - it was done!


T-shirt refashion

I had this fab t-shirt that I wanted to keep.  It had so many memories attached to it. 

Trouble was, the neck was a leetle bit on the tight side.

It felt more like a turtle neck than a t-shirt.

But I soon sorted that out.

Easy peasy.  Cut the neckband off.

And as it's t-shirt fabric it doesn't fray.

I was a bit concerned in case it rucked up in the wash.  But nope.  It washes perfectly!

And it's so much more comfortable now!