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Refashion: Boho pants turned into a Boho dress

I really like the idea of up-cycling and refashioning old clothes into a new item of clothing. It’s fascinating to see the creations that are made from transforming an old or thrifted article of clothing into something new and more modern.

I turned this pair of wide legged boho pants into a dress! I seam ripped the inseam of the pants and then sewed it up into a skirt. There are tons of videos on YouTube with tutorials on how to do this. It’s really easy to do!

For the top part, I removed the elastic at the top and with the extra fabric that was there, I used the top part of a pattern that I have in my stash to fashion a V- neck with straps. I had some leftover black cotton scraps that I used to cut into shoulder straps. I also used the black cotton for the facing. I cut the bodice to fit me and made it into an empire waist. Since there was extra material, I gathered the top part of the skirt.

This dress is the perfect quarantine dress. It’s so comfortable that I’ve worn it many times already. Comparing that to the fact that I haven’t worn this as pants for over 5 years, I’d say that’s a plus! I’m also embarrassed to think that it’s been sitting in my closet unworn for that long. It didn’t spark joy then, but it sparks joy now!

Up-cycling and refashioning is a great way to foster your creativity in sewing. It’s a great way to be resourceful with what you already have in your closet instead of throwing it away. What a fun and fulfilling project… Happy Sewing!

Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.

Fred Rogers
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Cloth Napkins- A fun beginner’s sewing project

When I first started to learn how to sew, I taught myself how to sew cloth napkins. This is a really fun and easy beginner’s sewing project. Cloth napkins are practical. You can use them over and over again. It’s also a great way to use your leftover fabric scraps.

I decided to sew two types of cloth napkins. A cloth napkin with mitered corners using one piece of fabric and a double sided cloth napkin using two pieces of fabric.

For the cloth napkin using one piece of fabric, I did research on how to sew mitered corners. Here are a couple of links with step by step instructions on how to sew a mitered corner:

https://www.positivelysplendid.com/sew-mitered-corners/

https://theseamanmom.com/mitered-corners-sewing-tutorial/

For the double sided napkins, I did research on how to sew napkins using fat quarters. Here a couple of links with step by step instructions on how to make double sided cloth napkins:

https://sewmod.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/diy-fat-quarter-cloth-napkins/amp/

https://cnz.to/recipes/other-recipes/homemade-diy-cloth-napkins-recipe/

For my napkins, I chose cotton fabric from Fabric.com as well as quilting fabric from Joanns. I tried my best to find coordinating colors and prints. Here are a few samples of the cloth napkins that I have made.

I had an Etsy Shop and managed to sell a few of these cloth napkins. I gave my napkins quirky names.

Cloth napkins are eco-conscious and earth-friendly. Perhaps you already use cloth napkins to dress up your table for dinner or tea parties. Or maybe you are interested in green living.  Either way, what a great way to conserve the earth’s resources and go green by using cloth napkins to prevent land pollution and waste.

“All the pretty roses” cloth napkins are great for everyday use. They have a shabby chic style and would be beautiful for use at a tea party.

This is a set of 6 cloth napkins. All 6 napkins are  16 x 16 inches. 100% cotton. Machine wash in cold water, tumble dry low, use warm iron. 

Each cloth napkin has a sewn hem and mitered corners.

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I made brand labels using thick ribbons and iron on ink transfer paper. I put one on each cloth napkin.

I don’t have my Etsy Shop anymore but I use my cloth napkins all the time. I actually prefer cloth napkins over paper napkins.

If you are looking for a fun and easy beginner’s sewing project, cloth napkins are a good choice.

Happy Sewing!