June 26, 2016

I have a confession to make, I absolutely hate vests with poppers for the little ones.  You know the type, the ones that fasten in the crotch area, can be short or long sleeved and keep their little backs warm.  Yeah, great for the little ones when you pick them up their clothes always seem to end up bunched around their armpits but I just HATE them.  Those little poppers really get on my nerves and when worn with cloth nappies, they just seem to dig in and create a bit of leakage.

We are travelling really light but I just seemed to have loads of the hated vest contraptions and wondered how I could use them without having to get rid.  One rainy day I’d had enough of those pain in the arse poppers and chopped the bottom bit off.  As I said, we had too many of the darned things so I chopped up quite a few, in order to make Mayhem some long sleeved tops and decided to do something with the leftover fabric.

I looked at what shapes I had left over and drew out a few ideas on paper first then cut out the fabric and then used the sewing machine to stitch around the different fabric shapes.  An easy sew but make sure you pin everything down first or it can get complex!  Mayhem got his appliqué designs on the chopped off vests and I tarted up some of Chaos’ plain tops to make them a bit more va va voom!

Here’s the results:

Pink Pear Bear

29 Replies to “Upcycling clothes, Make do & Mend”

  1. What a great idea! Those tops look fantastic and I love a good bit of upcycling (makes me feel like I am some kind of wartime wife making do and mending). Nice work. #BloggerClubUK

  2. I wish I had your talent to see so much loveliness in scraps… Mine would probably be cubistic art apstractions 🙂

  3. Such a brilliant idea. I used to do things like this until I had a second child and started blogging. Now the time actually evaporates before my eyes. It makes me want to dig out the sewing machine again, though – really brilliant! #BloggerClubUK

    1. Ha ha, yes it’s amazing how much time blogging takes up! Thanks for your comment…and the great thing is when they outgrow them you can just cut the design off and sew it onto another top!

  4. This is actually such a great idea! I hate the poppers too, especially when my little man squirms and makes it his mission to avoid getting the poppers done up! #bloggerclubuk

    1. Thanks for your comment Kirsten. A great idea, if you can sew at all then you can always do some appliqué with leftover fabrics. The kids loved that they could choose their own designs and the great thing is you can upcycle them again when they outgrow the clothes as you can just cut them out and resew them on to a new top!

  5. Wow, they look great and what a fab idea. There’s something very special about seeing your little one in a one-of-a-kind that you have made. Thank you for sharing with the #DreamTeam x

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