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Today’s tutorial is a step by step refashion on how to make a
Jersey Hoodie Denim Jacket by using two pieces: a denim vest and a jersey sweater.

I have wanted a similar jacket for some time now but buying it was out of the question. I remembered having these two pieces in my wardrobe and decided to give it a try. I am really surprised how well the jacket came up and I am thinking of adding a cap, since I have enough sweater fabric left.

I had this vest for some time but I wore it rarely and the sweater belonged to my sister.

This is an example that shows you can make new and beautiful things by using your old clothes.
So please refashion your wardrobe and give a new life to your clothes instead of buying cheap seasonal trends that come and go.

For the tutorial you’ll need:
•  Denim Vest
•  Jersey Sweater
•  Cotton thread to match your fabric
•  Pins
•  Sewing machine
• Scissors
• Iron

Lay down on your work desk the vest and the jersey sweater. Ideally, it would be great if both were the same size.

Using a seam ripper remove the sleeves and clean the remaining threads around them.

Make the sleeve ready to insert it into the vest armhole.

Test the fit by hand stitching the sleeves into the vest.

Insert the sleeve into the armhole with right sides together. Align the underarm seam and pin in place, and then align the rest of the sleeve and pin in place. Sew all around the armhole using a denim needle.

Repeat for the other sleeve.

My denims vest was very thick, so the heavy denim needles I had really saved the day.

The final result

All the best!

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Today I am excited to share this adorable Free Apron Bib Pattern for the little ones.

This bib can be sewn in two different methods, with or without bias tape and it is super easy to make, including for those who are new to the art of sewing. The simple step by step tutorial below will walk you through on how to sew the apron bib.

Enjoy creating beautiful things!

To make your own Baby Apron Bib, you will need:

  • The pattern – Download HERE
  • 3 pieces of fabric ( front, middle, back fabric) 35 cm tall 30 cm wide
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

First, some fabric suggestions: You can use light to medium-weight fabrics like cotton, denim, muslin, canvas, linen, denim, fleece and terry cloth.

Print the Free Pattern HERE

There are three pages in total, but you only need to print the second and third page.

Print at 100%. Do not “scale to fit. Check if the square test measures 4 cm x 4 cm.

Cut out a front, a back and the batting fabric. I used some fleece insead of it .

Pin together the batting and the back layer.

Topstitch horizontally and vertically as desired in order to keep both these layers in place as one.

Design the front of the bib with stars or your chosen figures.

With your choice of fabric make the ties. Cut four rectangles 3 cm wide and 20 cm long.

Fold each piece in half lengthwise, and press.
Fold again so that the raw edges are enclosed and the folded edges meet, iron and stitch along in one or both long sides close to the edges. 

On your work desk put the front bib panel and position the straps 0.8 cm off the neckline edge on both sides.

Sew in Place using 0.3 cm seam allowance. Repeat for the bottomed ties.

With the right sides of the fabrics together, pin the two panels together

• Stitch around the bib with a 0.6 inch seam allowance, leaving a 3 inch opening at the bottom to turn the bib right side out.

• Trim some of the bulk from your seam.

• Turn the apron bib right-side out through the opening and press the seams.

• Sew the opening at the bottom and continue topstitching around the entire bib.

Second method – with Bias Tape

Pin the two panels of fabric with the wrong sides facing each other.

Edge stitch all around the bib, so you can remove the pins and add the bias tape without worrying that the panels will shift.

Add the bias tape around the sides, first.

Next, pin the bias tape to the neck of the bib and leave out 15- 20 cm of tape for the ties on both sides.
Pin the bias tape around the bottomed curved edge of the bib, also leaving enough for the ties.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as I plan to share more baby patterns in the future.

Thank you all!

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Believe it or not, this summer beach tote you can see on the pictures used to be a tablecloth. It was 1,5  long x 2 m wide and my mom used it for a long time to cover the table on our balcony during summer.

Until one day, she did not. So I took it for use in my refashion projects. At first I thought of making a crochet top but after so many laundries the piece changed color and became a bit stiff. My second thought was a beach crochet bag, and I have to say I love the result of this.

I’ll be waiting for that summer beach day to wear this bag and enjoy the sun & waves.

For the tutorial youll need:
•  Cotton crochet tablecloth ( 40 cm x 80 cm ).
•  Lightweight cotton fabric (35 cm x 70 cm).
•  Cotton thread to match your fabric
•  Pins
•  Sewing machine
•  Scissors
•  Iron

Before you start, wash and iron the crochet panel and the cotton fabric. The crochet panel I used was 84 cm long and 43 cm wide. But a 80 cm x 40 cm panel is enough to make the tote.

*To create this type of tote you can also use square panels of crochets.

Turn the crochet panel on the wrong side. Cut a piece of cotton fabric approx. the length of the crochet panel but reduce the width. Zig zag or serge the cotton panel all around.

*As you see on the picture below, my cotton panel wasn’t long enough. Because I found this shirt to use as a lining but it wasn’t enough for both the lining and the handles.

After positioning the cotton piece on the crochet panel, sew all around using a straight or a zig zag stitch. Before sewing, make sure to sew the cotton lining into the wrong side of the crochet panel.

Sometimes it is really hard to differ which one is the right side and which one is the wrong side on crochet pieces.

Some details after I finished this step.

Next, fold the panel in half, wrong sides should face each other and make sure you have an even square in all sides. Pin along both sides and sew using a straight stitch.

As for the handles you can make your choice by using small crochet pieces if you have enough.

* For example, I initially wanted to make my handles like this but then I preferred making some using the same shirt I used for the lining.

If you’re making the straps from the fabric, then cut two fabric stripes 65 cm long and 12 cm wide.

Fold the fabric stripe in half and iron it.

Next, fold the fabric edges to the center and iron again.  Fold again so that the raw edges are enclosed and the folded edges meet, iron and stitch along in one or both long sides close to the edges. 

Handles should be approximately 2.5- 3 cm wide.

Attaching the handles

First, attach using pins and test if it is necessary to adjust by either shortening the handles or moving them closer to the center if you prefer.

Sew by hand or sewing machine.

*On each side of the handles I attached small crochet pieces. But feel free to do this suiting your preferences.

Lots of love!

Tringa
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This is a sponsored post

A few months ago Dutch Label Shop reached out to me and offered me a $100 voucher to try out their labels. I promised to blog about them, but unfortunately I only posted pictures of the labels on Instagram and Facebook. So after using the labels for some time I’m writing a sincere review.

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I choose iron-on woven labels and with my voucher I got 200 of them. They arrived to Kosovo in two weeks. They were well-packaged in a resealable plastic bag inside a paper bag.

I’m very happy with how the labels turned out and I’ve been using them these past months on my handmade pieces. I was a bit concerned about how the logo would look like but as soon as I saw the labels I loved them because the text is clear and sharp.

The labels are soft and since I choose iron-on labels, I just need extra care while applying them with heat on fabric. I noticed that if too much heat is applied on the label, the glue becomes visible on the sides and changes the color to yellow.

So, if you’re looking for labels or tags, I’d definitely recommend Dutch Label Shop

All the best,

Tringa
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I had this wristlet around for many years and never used it. The wristlet had an outside pocket for the cell phones used years ago and that kind of made it ugly to use. After removing the pocket, there were seam marks left on the cover. To disguise those I thought of making a collage out of fabric scraps with a Frida look on it, since she is one of my favorite female artists.

For the tutorial you’ll need:

  • Linen or cotton panel
  • Frida Pattern
  • Fabric scraps with floral print and solid black
  • A clutch or an wristlet
  • Thread
  • Interlining
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Lace crochet tape

Here’s a look of the wristlet

First, print the Frida pattern which you can find HERE. You’ll have to cut it in three pieces : Hair, brows and the flowers. The eyelashes are to be embroidered.

Trace the pattern pieces onto the black fabric for hair and brows. Cut out.  It’s preferable to apply interlining on both pieces.

Find an appropriate piece of fabric with floral print. Apply the interfacing on the wrong side and cut out the flowers. Arrange pieces together and hand sew them.

As a base I used a piece of linen (interfaced ) but using cotton works fine, too. The linen was white and to make it beige I dyed it with Ceylon tea.

As for the raw edges of the linen, I suggest using lace crochet tape. I used the crocheted edges of a vintage handkerchief, it was white so again I dyed these pieces with Ceylon tea.

Place the pieces onto the linen panel. Having all the pieces on the panel will look something like in the picture below. Using the sewing machine or by hand sew along the edges of the pieces.

After stitching all along, embroider some extra strands between the brows to make them look like Frida’s. Also embroider the eyelashes using a brown or black thread.

Arrange the lace crochet tape around the panel and finish with top stitching it.

After your panel is ready to be attached to a bag of your choice, there are several ways to do it. If you have a wristlet like mine, use two sided tape. Put the tape on the area you want to attach the panel to, then add the panel and using fingers press all along. This way the panel will get attached to the glue (sorry, I forgot taking pictures for this step).

If you plan to attach it to a tote or a bag that is made with soft fabric, then the ideal way would be hand stitching it.

Lots of love,

Tringa

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After months of not sharing anything new here, I would like to present some of my denim projects made using jean and shirt scraps. For some of you, sewing with a thick and a bulky fabric as denim may be intimidating but as long as you are using quality thread and a jean needle, there’s no need to panic. Below are 5 different ways to repurpose the denim you might have.

  1.   Embroidered denim pouch

Since there are lots of tutorials on how to make a pouch, I didn’t find it reasonable to write one. If you’re looking for a tutorial, I suggest trying Melly Sews Tutorial. I made lots of pouches from it and it worked for denim and other types of fabrics. You can finish adding some embroidery leafs, as I did, below.

2.  Decorative hoop

Boro and Sashiko stitching are everywhere on Pinterest and Instagram and I just love this type of mending. I made this one specifically to attach it to a tote, but it looked so beautiful on the hoop so I decided to hang it on my sewing room.

Later, I made a second one and attached it to a blank canvas tote I made.

3.  Upcycled Denim Bracelet

A  denim bracelet, all time favorite. Here’s my Tutorial for the bracelet.

4.  Upcycled denim tote bag

I made the tote a while ago using a thrifted denim shirt. Follow the Link for the Tutorial

5. Fabric art piece

This piece of art is totally an inspiration from Pinterest. It’s my first collage out of mixed scraps of fabric and tulle. One of the easiest things I have ever done. But I can say that it’s time consuming because you’ll need to select a theme, combine and arrange fabric pieces, and select stitches to use. It’s similar to painting, just using scraps instead of colors.

I hope you’ll find some inspiration around my works and start using your denim scraps.

Love,

Tringa
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