Upcycled Fashions - Christmas Plaid Edition!

If this isn't embarrassing, then I don't know what is.

  
Today's challenge was to create whatever I could think of (for my pets of course) from this plaid nightmare...I mean, nightgown.

Enjoy!!

First I cut off the end of the sleeves, which already had elastic in them for a ruffled look.  Fancy.

Then I stitched on jingle bells.  Voila! 

Chanel has brand new Jingle Bands for Christmas!

I cut off the lace collar and took it in about 6 inches with the sewing machine to make a "snazzy" collar for the cats.  It already had a button closure so I kept that part.

Looks kinda cheesy to me, but I think the cats rocked it as best they could.

Next I opened up one of the sleeves.  The round edge is from the shoulder.  I thought this would make a perfect plaid jacket for Sebastian!

This project was a lot more detailed.  I lined the inside with fleece, cut a hole out for the head, added velcro for the neck closure and straps for the tummy closure.  I think this was my best upcycled transformation.


Here are some more views of the jacket.

Ok, so then I got inspired to make a few toys.  Here's an easy upcycled toy anyone can do!  First cut three strips of fabric (luckily this gown was a long one).

Tie into a knot at one end and then braid it! 

It can be as long or as short as you'd like.  Perfect for tug-of-war!

Sebastian gives it his tug of approval.

Here's a squeaker bone toy I made out of this same fabric (the middle bone) a few weeks ago.

And last project of the day...bow ties!  I'll be selling these ones with the rest of my bow tie collection at my craft booths.

What a stud!

I still have haven't even touched the backside of the gown.  Hummm, all the possibilities.

That's all for now.
I hope you are inspired to upcycle some of your own "fashion" pieces from the past!


3 comments:

Kay said...

Thanks to Fave Crafts, I have just discovered your blog...love the doggy items. My little black dogs looks just like Sebastian. My sister teases him and says he looks as though he stuck a paw into a light socket. . . hair sticks out everywhere. I love him.. . so want to make some of the things you have shown on your blog. Thanks!

Lavi said...

Hi, thanks for following my blog! As you can see, I'm here to return the favour.

I looked around your blog and I really like the things you make. Especially using the nightgown, you really have a lot of inspiration.

I also used one of my old t-shirts to make a little coat for my dog, but I see it needs a lot of work to look right.

...with ♥, SB said...

all I can say is wow, you really do inpire me!

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