Boho T-Shirt Refashion | Tutorial

Boho T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

This sewing tutorial is for an easy boho top refashion. It takes less than an hour, including seam ripping! We will be opening the side seams and adding a triangle of fabric there. This will give you a looser fitting, flowy top. It’s a trendy way to update your wardrobe.

Easy Boho T-shirt Refashion (sewing tutorial)

Boho T-Shirt Refashion

Boho T-shirt Refashion | Sewing Tutorial

First we start by seam ripping. Sigh. Nobody likes seam ripping, but we gotta do it. I kept my shirt in my bag and worked on it while waiting to pick up my daughter from school. Seam rip your bottom hem and remove all the thread, as shown above.

Easy Boho T-shirt Refashion Sewing Tutorial

Now seam rip the side seams, all the way up to the armpit where the sleeve starts. Don’t rip into your sleeve seam.

Refashioned top- shoulder detail

Choose coordinating fabric for your triangle inserts. You can use a knit (stretchy) or woven (not stretchy) but it needs to be soft and drapey. The wrong fabric will make your top bulky and gross. I used peach skin fabric from Girl Charlee, which is light and flowy but easy to work with. Doesn’t it match the shoulder details perfectly?!

Easy Boho T-shirt Refashion (sewing tutorial)

Cut your fabric triangles to match the top. Measure your shirts side seam and add 5″ to get the triangle length. The width can be as wide or narrow as you like. For reference, my fabric was cut about 8″ across the bottom. I free-handed mine and ended up with a rounded triangle…don’t do that:) Measure it out and make a template for a really clean cut.

Boho T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

Pin your insert fabric and the side seam of your top, right sides together. Begin with a back-stitch in the armpit seam, then sew a straight line down to the hem. (You’ll have extra fabric on bottom.)

Boho T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

Carefully match your starting point to sew the next seam. Position your needle right where you back stitched before.

Boho T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

Cut your excess fabric into a v-shape to create a handkerchief style hem. Press and stitch. Voilà!

Boho T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

I’ve been getting creative with my wardrobe since I started my winter fluffing. It’s an epic battle to pull my jeans on every morning. At least I have some tops that don’t choke me:) Now you can make your own boho t-shirt refashion too!

Boho T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

I hope you’re all having a great Christmas season. We have done some painting inside, hung lights, and the tree is gorgeous. I’m so excited for our first Christmas in this house! I’m hoping to get all my siblings under one roof this year. That’s my wish, what’s yours?

Boho T-shirt Refashion Tutorial

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Easy Top Refashion For Fluffy Girls

Easy Top Refashion | Adding Triangle Inserts To Side Seams

I have a holiday tradition that I’ve honored for many years. I like to eat food. Not just on the holidays; but the entire winter season. I find it easier to stay warm with a bit of extra fluff, so I eat pie and my body instinctively knows what to do with it.

Easy Top Refashion | Adding Triangle Inserts To Side Seams

I know not everyone can gain weight as easily as me, and I’m not trying to brag. If you aren’t highly experienced picking up extra weight this time of year, eating sweets alone may not work. You should  add long periods of inactivity to your regime, and carbs of any sort can be beneficial as long as you don’t use moderation.

Easy Top Refashion | Adding Triangle Inserts To Side Seams

The flaw in my annual “fluffing” is that my clothes begins to cling. I like my clothing to flow rather than suffocate me. Here’s a quick refashion I made to an existing top to add a little….girth.

Easy Top Refashion For Fluffy Girls

Easy Top Refashion | Adding Triangle Inserts To Side Seams

You may notice I didn’t iron. I’m so committed that I didn’t want to burn any unnecessary calories.

T-Shirt Refashion | Adding Triangle Inserts To Side Seams

You also might notice above that my jeans are practically cutting off my circulation. I assure you that most of you can get these results with a little dedication and practice.

Easy Top Refashion | Adding Triangle Inserts To Side Seams

I like how this top turned out. Boho style is in full swing this season, which is lucky for me. (I dress sort of shabby and eclectic even when it’s not in style:) This is a cute wardrobe hack no matter how fluffy you aren’t.

T-Shirt Refashion | Adding Triangle Inserts To Side Seams

I may write a sewing tutorial for this easy top refashion soon. Many of you will be able to split the side seam and add triangle inserts without a tutorial. I’ll try to get some construction photos to make it even easier. In the meantime, check out my pattern hack to make a flowy top from scratch. You’ll find lots of refashion inspiration on my Clothing Upcycles board on Pinterest, too!

 

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Fake A Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

I had a great holiday, guys! I can’t believe I was away from my blog for over a week. We were utterly lazy and spent Thanksgiving break watching movies. We did manage to drag out the Christmas ornaments though! And I finally have an excuse to write: I figured out how to fake a coverstitch with a sewing machine.

How To Fake A Coverstitch- With A Sewing Machine!

I experimented with some stitches while hemming a pair of my daughters running capris that got a hole in the knee. I wanted to make the stitches look as close to the coverstitching as possible.

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

There are decorative stitches on my machine but they didn’t work very well on this Lycra. Wanna know how I got a similar look?

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

I used twin needles on a zig zag stitch setting. I kept the standard stitch length and width, but you can experiment with your stitch size to achieve the look you want. I wish I had a brighter pink thread in stock! Try to match your thread color too:)

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

Anyhow, I may not need to fake a coverstitch with a sewing machine much longer. I have it on good authority that Santa is bringing me a machine!! I’ve wanted a coverstitcher for several years and I finally feel like my sewing merits owning one. Plus I was a really good girl and bought fabric only once this year, a tiny cut for cuffs I needed. I’ve even been destashing!

In other news, my sewing room is packed up so we can paint it. My house is a hot mess right now, but we should be done by Sunday.

My goal is to get everything set back up by the end of next week. And…to eat better because my jeans are feeling kinda tight! Do you have any holiday goals? And are your Christmas trees up yet?!!

How To Fake a Coverstitch With A Sewing Machine

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Farmhouse Chair Makeover: Shabby Chic Plant Stand

Shabby Chic Chair Makeover: Into A Plantstand

This chair had been lingering around for a couple years. It’s pretty small; my niece is the only one who can fit in it anymore. Some of the joints were a little wobbly too. It lived outside for a while, spent some time collecting dust in our clubhouse, then somehow survived the move out here to the farm. It blended in and sucked the joy out of whatever corner it lurked in.

Farmhouse Home Decor! Wooden Toddler Chair Repurposed As a Shabby Chic Plant Stand

I’ve been on a decorating kick lately. I’m obsessively arranging and rearranging furniture, and busy filling my greenhouse and sunroom with plants. (The long term goal is to make my own jungle.)

Farmhouse Chair Makeover

I changed my color scheme in the new place so I’m finding tons of junk to paint. Did you see my dollar store lantern refashion? I thought this chair would make a great plant stand to add some height and color somewhere, so I got out the paint again! I’m not a furniture or home decor guru. In fact, it’s quite out of my element. But this is so easy, anyone can do it. It’s just slopping paint on old crappy stuff; to make it look less crappy.

Farmhouse Chair Makeover

Toddler Chair To Farmhouse Plant Stand

I started with a hunter green base coat. I used a sponge, and when that got annoying I just started wiping it on with a towel. But it was blah and boring.

Farmhouse Chair Repurposed: To Shabby Chic Plant Stand

So I added a coat of grey, so light it’s almost white. I was real careful to paint sloppy, because shabby chic is in vogue. I wanted bits of the wood grain and base coat to show through. If you want things to look rustic, just paint like you don’t give a damn. It usually works out fine, in my experience.

Home Decor Idea! Farm Style Chair Makeover: Into Rustic Plant Stand

It turned out like this. The light color is a perfect backdrop for greenery or bright flowers. Don’t you think?!

If you like this project, you may want to visit some of my Pinterest boards!

Garden & Outdoor Decor

Furniture DIY

Decorate The Dream Home

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DIY Antique Painted Lantern from the Dollar Store

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

So we just finished up remodeling the living room, and I just have a few more touches before the big reveal. I’ve been distraught because I haven’t been sewing much and didn’t have any blog posts to share. I just realized, I can just show you some of the other stuff I’ve been working on. Duh!

DIY antique painted lantern

Check out my DIY antique painted lantern- it’s from the dollar store! It was red and it’s made of some sort of thin metal with glass doors. This candle burner was in a box of stuff that doesn’t “fit in” here at the new place. It’s not the hardcore authentic railroad lantern I’ve been eyeing, but like I always say…

If you can’t afford it, fake it!

Valspar paint samples are about $2.50 and they're great for crafts and remodeling!

I used Valspar paint samples that cost $2.50 each. These are a life saver when you’re remodeling, btw.

DIY "Antique" Painted Lantern: from the dollar store!

I started with the Butternut Tree and used a small paintbrush with an angled tip to brush on the first layer. It was a real nasty brush stroke; uneven and jagged.

DIY: How To "Antique" Paint a Lantern

I slopped the Sea Air on top once it dried, and then patted it with a paper towel. After that I fingernail scraped some of the edges so the original red would show through, and cleaned up the glass with a Q-tip. I could’ve done a little bit better job with cleaning it…but I’ll get around to it:)

Faux antique painted dollar store lantern

This project took about 30 minutes including dry time. Wanna see a sneak peek of my next paint project?

"Antique" painted lantern from the dollar store

Yup. I have lots of stuff to paint; including this junky old chair. What color do y’all think?

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