Sunday, September 15, 2019

Our Hero: Pete the Cat Pixie Hoodie

Our Hero, Pete the Cat, is just waiting for my grandson to join him 
on his next adventure!
We love to read about him... at school
and sing his songs.
“No matter what you step in, keep walking along and singing your song…because it’s all good.” that's what Pete says.
This hoodie features our
 hero facing the first day of school, 
an experience that my grandson faced this year. 

As we read the book, fears were is about reading in the library, playing on the playground with new friends, adding, writing, and learning. Pete Loves It!
So here is the Pete the Cat hoodie, created to face 
the new challenge of school for my grandson, 
with our hero, Pete, by his side
Pete is Rockin His New School Shoes

On the back of the shirt, I used my Circuit to tell the story of what Pete does at school....reading, playing, writing, and adding.  

I created a sneaker just like Pete rocks at school.

 I made the hoodie...Pixie style. Adding knots to the hanging strings was easy and added more details.

This is one little boy who actually enjoys wearing the hood on his hoodies.
 Inside or doesn't matter.

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Midwest Learning Experiences Hoodie

The theme for Week 1    is called Home Sweet Home and your garment is to be inspired by what makes your area of the US so special.
I live in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois.
Our home is just a train ride away from all the 
wonderful adventures available in this friendly, cultural city.
One thing that my granddaughter loves to do is to 
visit the Shedd Aquarium. 
Well, my granddaughter loves all creatures, large and small. 
Have you ever seen a child staring into the depths of the water in an exhibit, and knew the child's mind was just racing
with excitement as she observed and learned? 
That was probably my granddaughter!!! 

One special experience that you can do there
 is to visit the beluga whales. 

You can meet the belugas where they live! 
You can stand next to the trainer,  on an underwater ledge, 
  face-to-face with a whale. These kinds of learning experiences drive the future world changers to protect their environment.

 With her love of all creatures, I knew my 
"Future World Changer," 
would love this hoodie that I created for her.

Since I wanted your eyes to have something to feast on, regardless of the angle that you viewed the garment, I appliqued a whale on the back of the hoodie too.

So you may not think of the Midwest and whales, but our part of the country is filled with opportunities to learn more about the world and all creatures free and wild. From walks in land preserves, lead by a trainer that will help you really see the natural habitat, county farm walks, and access to a huge cultural city like Chicago, our home is so wonderful.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Windham's Fabrics Kantha Fabric Jacket, Skirt, and Cowgirl Boots Upcycle

Here is my finished upcycled outfit.
 I loved working with the Kantha fabric from Windham fabric. 
I bought this fabric at my local quilting shop in our town, so
that's a great place to start looking
for it to make an outfit for yourself.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Upcycled Tent into a Grocery Bag and Organizer System: Fruits, Vegetables, and General Supplies

 I just had to use the Zippered Window in the tent to create a bag for my Grocery Bag and Organizers system. 
It still zips from the inside so you can use 
it like a pouch!
 Here is the back of that bag which 
features another pocket.
The purpose of this bag is to 
store fruits and vegetables.

This is the label to let the person bagging the groceries know that this bag is just for general supplies.
This bag is probably the "prettiest" bag, as it features this lovely fabric from Windham fabrics. The tall rectangular portion is actually a pocket.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Upcycled Tent into a Grocery Bag and Organizer System: The Insulated Bag

The Insulated Bag

As you can see from the label inside of the bag, this bag was designed to hold food that will go into the refrigerator and freezer.
 It is quite deep and measures 20" by 19" by 9".

The bag is made from a sandwich of tent fabric, tent flooring fabric, and Insul-Bright Insulating Batting.
 Why add the Insul-Bright?
  • Keep your hot foods hot, and your cold foods cold
  • Consists of insulating hollow-core polyester fibers needlepunched through a nonwoven reflective mylar
  • Hot or cold temperatures are reflected back to its source
  • 100% polyester; insulating and breathable material
  • Can be Machine washed cool/machine dry low 
When sewing place the shiny side of Insul-Bright  toward the hot/cold source.
I serged my fabric sandwich together. I love how the tent flooring will add a 
waterproof inner layer to the bag.
 Then, I sewed the front/back panel to the sides.

Look at how much the Windham fabrics added to the visual appeal of the insulated bag, compared to just the
  blue tent fabric.
This fabric will be available in October of 2019.
 The edges of the bag are finished with a matching bias tape that I made. It's tempting to just cut straight strips of fabric, but I know the finished product would not look as attractive. Going around the bottom curves would not hug the curves the way bias cut fabric does also.

I also made a top for my bag that would be able to "flow over the top" of bulky food items. I did not choose to have a zippered top, because I wanted the versatility of being able to fit over larger food items.  I just wanted the top to help hold the cold inside, because I'm just going from the grocery store to home. 

The insulated top is secured with 
parachute buckles.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Upcycled Tent into a Grocery Bag and Organizer System: Adding the Straps

 When working with this nylon tent material, how do you securely sew on your 
Dritz 1.5" Belting/Strapping?
Here is my suggestion:
1.Create a sandwich of nylon tent fabric, sew-on interfacing, and strapping.

2. Sew a large rectangle as wide as possible through all 3 layers.
3. Press under the 4 edges of a small rectangle of cotton fabric to form a "patch." I used a fabric from Windham Fabrics in their new "Fantasy" line. Place the rectangle on top of the strapping so it overlaps the strapping about half way. Sew around the edge of the rectangle and then diagonally through the patch from one side to the other.

 4. Using a small scissors, trim away any interfacing that is showing.
5. Now, to make the handle easier to use, fold the strapping in half and sew near both edges, the open edge and the folded edge. Sew only the middle area of the strapping.

You can see in the picture below how the finished strap looks on your Upcycled Grocery Bag and Organizer System.

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