Upcycling clothes, Make do & Mend

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

Post Author: Topsy Turvy Tribe

29 thoughts on “Upcycling clothes, Make do & Mend

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    (August 17, 2016 - 7:20 am)

    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


      (August 17, 2016 - 1:02 pm)

      Ha ha, thank you, as we are travelling we have limited clothes so really do have to ‘ration’ the kids clothing so it’s a great way to make things last longer!


    (August 17, 2016 - 7:32 am)

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


      (August 17, 2016 - 12:52 pm)

      Thanks Ana…but I’m honestly not a sewer…cubist art sounds pretty cool! !


    (August 17, 2016 - 8:31 am)

    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


      (August 17, 2016 - 1:00 pm)

      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!


    (August 17, 2016 - 8:10 pm)

    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


      (August 18, 2016 - 5:41 am)

      Thankyou! So true poppers are a nightmare to do up as soon as they realise that if they wriggle enough they can escape!


    (August 18, 2016 - 1:30 pm)

    What great fun and looks like your kids love them too. #BloggerClubUK


      (August 18, 2016 - 7:36 pm)

      Thanks Helena Chaos told me what designs he wanted and he was very pleased with the results, and they just love to jump around!

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    (September 26, 2016 - 10:02 am)

    These are great! God I wish I could create things of use. The only thing I can create is a mess. Well done you, I’m impressed! #bigpinklink


      (September 26, 2016 - 7:27 pm)

      Thank you for your comment Harriet. Ha ha, I’m not a sewer by any stretch…as long as you can cut in a straight line and sew a little you could manage it!


        (September 26, 2016 - 7:29 pm)

        Hmmm even that might be pushing my creative skills to the limit!


          (September 26, 2016 - 7:36 pm)

          You never know you might find a new hobby 😉 if you ever have any spare time from blogging!!

    Coombe Mill

    (September 26, 2016 - 10:28 am)

    A great idea and they all look really well done. I’m a huge upcycling fan and hate to throw anything away! #BigPinkLink


      (September 26, 2016 - 7:29 pm)

      Thanks Fiona, we hate throwing anything away too, there’s always a use for everything, especially nice fabrics 🙂

    Lucy At Home

    (September 26, 2016 - 12:59 pm)

    Wow these are great! I struggle to even repair seams when they’ve been popped so this might be a bit beyond me. But they look fab! #BigPinkLink


      (September 26, 2016 - 7:30 pm)

      Thanks Lucy, I hate, hate, hate repairing seams, it’s so boring! As long as you can thread a needle you can do this and it’s way much more fun!

    Kirsten Toyne

    (September 26, 2016 - 1:05 pm)

    The applique looks great. The furthest I have got is to cut off the legs of kneed trousers ans sew them into shorts. #bigpinklink


      (September 26, 2016 - 7:33 pm)

      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!


    (September 27, 2016 - 9:02 am)

    Oh how cute!! What a great idea. That really is an ingenious way of upcycling and leaving no waste, they look fab. Thanks for joining in with the #bigpinklink

    Lisa Pomerantz

    (September 28, 2016 - 8:42 am)

    Good for looks, and teh planet too! Brilliant idea. #BigPinkLink


    (September 28, 2016 - 10:27 am)

    My mummy used to hate those poppers too!! Glad those days are behind her! What a great upcycling project. You did a fantastic job! #DreamTeam xx


      (September 30, 2016 - 3:09 pm)

      Thanks it really is great to see the last of the popper vests gone. Good riddance!

    Hooks and Dragons

    (September 28, 2016 - 5:02 pm)

    I am a fan of upcycling and it looks lile you did a fantastic job making the tops. #bigpinklink


    (October 2, 2016 - 7:26 pm)

    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


      (October 3, 2016 - 9:12 pm)

      Thanks Annette for your comment…The boys aren’t really overly bothered about clothes but I like them to look nice. The more unique the better I say!

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