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T-shirt top play dress tut!

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Michelle at MichellePatterns is doing another challenge this week 🙂 It’s called the pinterest challenge (it’s not too late to participate and do the giveaway!) and you have to make something inspired from something you pinned on pinterest… I saw lots of  dresses made from t-shirt tops so I decided to give it a go! (here’s another one for inspiration)

T-shirt top dress

Remember the white cami I dyed? I finally used it 😉 Along with some fabric my friend Katrina gave me (Hi Redrane!)

T-shirt top dress

It was going to be for Camille, since I find it hard to find some cute dresses the length we like.

I cut the cami about 4 inches under the arm.

T-shirt top dress
Then I cut 2 inches strips from the remnant.

T-shirt top dress

Sew 2 strips together to make a long one and ruffled it with my sewing machine.

T-shirt top dress

I then pinned  it around the collar and cut the over and sewed the 2 end together to make a loop and sewed it on.

T-shirt top dress

The purpose of this ruffle is to make more girly and to hide some of the dye stains 🙂

Next I measured the length I wanted and cut the fabric  accordingly (width is selvage from selvage). Sewed the selvage together.

Gathered it and sewed it on the cami.

Made a ruffle with the fabric remnant and added it to the skirt. Put a cute belt and you’re done!

T-shirt top dress

When I showed it to her when she came back from school she squealed with delight and was wearing it the next morning (so the pictures are taken before she left for school and she ‘s standing up on her dresser lol!)


Freezer paper appliqué tut

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Freezer paper appliqué tut

I’ve been wanting to try this technique for more than 6 months now… It has been delayed that much because it’s impossible to find  freezer paper here in Québec! No grocery stores, no walmart nor Zeller’s and the like are selling it! Can you imagine that?! Finally I gave in and bought the stuff at Club Tissus, 11 bucks for 50 paper size sheets… this is not cheap, but it’s for a good reason 😉

I can say I’m thrilled with this technique and I almost regretted not to buy this stuff earlier (this was the cheap in me lol).

Wanna now what I did? let’s go for a walk thru …

First you will need

  • some freezer paper (in the wrapping aisle of your grocery store) It’s a paper that is wax on only one side.
  • Fabric paint (I  used dollar store acrylic paint mix fabric medium)
  • sponge brush
  • iron
  • X-Acto or utility knife
  • Piece of cardboard
  • hair blower if you are anxious to see your results like now!
First, decide on what you want for appliqué and draw it on the paper side of your freezer paper (keep in mind that you’ll get a reverse image, so draw you letters backward is you want to write something) With X-Acto cut along your lines and tear your drawing to remove the center, keeping any small parts inside.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

As you can see I did an anchor and I keep the small circle at the top.

Next, iron your design (wax side face down on your fabric). It will stuck to your fabric like a sticker! Put any small parts of your design on  and iron them too (see my small circle?).

Freezer paper appliqué tut

You will need a piece of card board to put between your 2 layers of fabrics, so when you will paint you won’t have a mess on the back.

Mix your acrylic paint with your medium according to instruction or use fabric paint. With a sponge brush, dab your design taking care not to put paint anywhere else on your fabric.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

Continue until all your design is covered with paint.

If you are like me, and just want to see the finish product now, blow dry it for about 5 min, until paint is set.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

remove your freezer paper carefully and iron it to set the paint.

Freezer paper appliqué tut

Did someone said FUN???!!! Man, I have TONS of plain t-shirts…. LOL!

DSC_9239Freezer paper appliqué tut

It looks soooo professional don’t you think?? This skirt is for Camille and I made it using all thrift store fabrics…

On a other note, I’ve finally decided that I won’t use this bag as a school bag after all…

Eco-friendly shoulder bag

I’ll be afraid to dirty it all the time and I will not want to put it on the ground, not very useful for a school bag 😉 So I’m offering it on my shop (here). I bought a little vintage something instead….! Pictures to come when I’ll receive it 😉

Hand dying try

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hand dying tutorial
Yep! I tried to hand dye some stuff and I’m glad I did 🙂 I wanted to try this for awhile but never really took time to do so.

I had a white cami for months that I wanted to use to make a dress but it was a bit stained on an armhole. So why not overdye it a new color? and since I was going to make a dye bath why not throw in some lace?!

Here is what I did if in case you would do it yourself.


I used powder dye from the dollar store. It is good for one pound of cotton, silk, spandex and viscose.  Two boxes is good for nylon acetate, rayon and wool.
I basically followed  the instructions in the box. BUT, next time I will use boiling water, not only hot tap water as it didn’t dissolve all of the powder.


So, use boiling water (enough to cover the clothes you want to over dye) and add your powder. Note. I did it in my inox sink. I wouldn’t do it in the washing machine as they propose on the box. Nor in a stainable sink or bowl.


Put on some gloves if you don’t want to have weird colored skin. I dissolved it using a wooden spoon (that you won’t use for cooking anymore).


I weighted what I wanted to use to know if I had more than a pound. Was ok on that and even put more lace in it 😉


I hand washed everything quickly and rinse thoroughly (your clothes need to be wet through).


And just added it to the dye bath. Swished it for a bit and let it soak for 20 minutes (swishing once in a while).
Here’s the results:



It says on the box you need to let your fabric dye until you reach a bit more darker than what you want because it does get paler when it’s dried. Here the lace and cami are straight from the dye bath. I was so glad with the lace, now I have nice purple-lavender laces!

Stay tune for what I’ll do with the Cami!

Sweater into pillow tutorial

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New tutorial today!!! YAY!

So, do you have any old sweaters lying around that you don’t wear anymore but just can’t throw away? Why not turn them into cushy coach or bed pillows?

Let see, you will need:

1 old sweater (or 2, or 3…)

1 pair of good scissors or a rotary cuter (plus mat)

1 ruler

sewing thread and sewing machine



Ready to go?!

Just make a strait cut just below the arm holes.


Turn your square on the outside (wrong side out, right sides facing each other) and sew the upper edge close (and since it’s cotton I serged it to prevent fraying, you could also zigzag stitch it ) do the same on the waist band edge but leaving a couple of inches unclosed so you can fill the sweater. ( Since it’s the waist band and the edge is already finished up, no need to serge or zigzag it.)


Now just fill it up to the cushiness  you want, hand sew the opening close and add decorations to your liking!  I went with yo-yos for this one, as it will match Camille’s room 🙂


Easy peasy hey??!

and one crossed

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Remember my resolution to try new techniques this year?! I’m glad to report that I’ve crossed one thing on the list! It’s been awhile since I saw a tutorial on how to do reverse appliqué and I’ve been itching ever since to try my hand at it. I had this black t-shirt lying around that was still fitting but it was a bit short length wise. Remember also that t-shirt that I used to make a waist band on a skirt? Well it got to be used again 🙂 The less trash, the more happy I am!

Est-ce que vous vous souvenez que ma résolution cette année était d’essayer de nouvelles techniques? Eh bien, j’ai déjà un trait de fait sur ma liste! Ça faisait un bout que j’avais vu un tutorat sur comment faire un appliqué inverse et j’avais depuis, bien envie de l’essayer. J’ai donc utilisé un t-shirt noir qui me faisait encore quoique un peu court sur la longueur et je me suis adonnée à un peu de chirurgie 😉 Je ne sais pas si vous vous souvenez du t-shirt que j’ai utilisé pour faire la bande de taille d’une jupe? Eh bien, vous le reverrez à nouveau! Moins il y a de gaspillage, plus je suis heureuse, ha!

I first started by adding the hem of the turquoise t-shirt on the black one so it will be longer (since I cut it without thinking first I didn’t had that much fabric to play with here…) Then I freehand draw something that seems ok on the front (using an old bar of soap) and TRIED it before anything else. You really DON’T want your design to be placed somewhere crucial (a big circle on part of your breast might seems quite awkward) when you are happy with the results, bring your embroidery floss on!

J’ai tout d’abord commencé par ajouter ce qui me restait de l’ourlet du t-shirt turquoise au bas du chandail noir, question d’allonger le tout (et puisque je n’ai pas vraiment réfléchi avant de couper le turquoise, je n’avais pas beaucoup de jeu question tissu). Puis j’ai dessiné à main levée quelque chose qui me paraissait bien beau 😉 Puis, j’ai ESSAYÉ le chandail.  Étape cruciale s’il en est une! Vous ne voulez vraiment pas avoir une partie de votre design qui passe au mauvais endroit (un gros cercle de couleur sur la poitrine pourrait faire vraiment “bizarre” si vous comprenez ce que je veux dire!) Quand le résultat vous satisfait, sortez votre fil à broder!

Put the contrasting fabric underneath your design (use t-shirt fabric if you doing it on a t-shirt since cotton doesn’t stretch as much it may prevent your shirt from fitting correctly) . Pin it into place and start embroidering! I used a backstitch for this and didn’t put too much tension on my thread (forgot to say that I used 3 ply out of the 6). Once you embroidered all your lines you can cut with embroidery scissors about 1/8″ from your lines being careful not to cut the fabric underneath. And Taadaah! you are done!! Isn’t easy?? Can’t wait to wear this one. If the weather could be warmer now 😉

Placez un bout de tissu contrastant dessous le devant de votre chandail et épinglez bien. Commencez à broder (j’ai utilisé le point arrière et 3 brins de fil sur les 6) sans mettre trop de tension dans votre fil. Une fois que tous les lignes sont faites, avec des ciseaux à broder couper le tissu du chandail à 1/2cm de vos lignes en faisant attention de ne pas couper le tissu contrastant. Et taaadaaah! c’est terminé! Facile n’est-ce pas??! J’ai bien hâte de porter celui-ci! j’attends juste un peu plus de chaleur 😉


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I’ve score some stuff the thrift shop yesterday! 🙂 Found some grey wool pants as I use lots of them in my bags, 2 pairs of shorts for Julien, drinking glasses as the kids are tired of drinking out of plastic ones (all different ones of course!) a nice porcelain bowl, t-hsirts for making my scarves and different fabric coupons for sewing! All for 20 bucks…

Je suis allée faire un petit tour au centre bénévole de ma municipalité hier, et j’y ai trouvé plusieurs items qui ont fait mon bonheur! Plusieurs pantalons en lainage gris pour mes sacs (j’en passe beaucoup, j’aime le gris!) 2 paires de shorts pour Julien, des verres de vitre pour les enfants puisqu’ils sont tannés de boire dans des verres de plastiques (et ils sont tous différents évidemment!), un superbe petit bol de porcelaine, des t-shirts pour mes foulards et différents coupons de tissu pour coudre. Et tout ça pour 20$…


made these 2 scarves yesterday, and I’m definitely keeping the red and turquoise for myself (Have I ever say it’s my favorite color combo?!) I’ll put the other on sale on etsy soon.

J’en ai profité pour faire 2 foulards hier, un rouge et turquoise (pour moi!!) et un dans les teintes de rose et brun qui irait bientôt dans ma boutique.

While I was rummaging in the fabric coupon box, I saw this teal and cream knit, and just snatch it up. To find out it was a partly made skirt. In my size. YEEESSIR! I wanted to try that yoga waist band you can find everywhere on the net, so this was the perfect occasion!

Pendant que je fouillais dans la boîte de coupons de tissu, j’ai vu ce superbe imprimé dans les teintes de turquoise et crème… J’ai tiré dessus et Ô surprise: une jupe à moitié terminée! De ma grandeur! Quelle chance! Ça faisait un bout que je voulais essayer une bande de taille style yoga que l’on voit partout sur le net. C’Était l’occasion parfaite!

This is what I used: the thrift store partly made skirt with an old t-shirt of mine.

Voici ce que j’ai utilisé: La jupe à moitié fini plus un vieux t-shirt qui était sur ma pile à débarrasser.

The skirt had the sides sewed up but for maybe 6 inches up to the waist band. I just closed the 2 sides.

Les coutures de côtés étaient presque toutes faites, je les ai donc terminées.

Cut a band in the t-shirt (removed the hem before).

J’ai ensuite taillé une bande dans le t-shirt en enlevant l’ourlet d’abord.

Removed about 1 1/2 inches from one side (so the fit is more snug).

J’ai enlevé environ 1 1/2 pouces sur un côté.

Folded it in half (matching side seams).

Puis j’ai plié la bande en deux (envers contre envers)

Gathered the skirt so it’s fitting the waist band and sew the skirt to the waist band.

J’ai ensuite froncé la jupe et ajusté le tout avec la bande de taille. Puis, cousu les 2 ensemble (zigzag léger).

And Taaadaaahh! you are done 🙂 the Skirt was blind hem stitched already 😉 so about 15 minutes to do it all!  And it’s mid-calf , the length I like… even got the perfect match t-shirt to go with it (maybe I’ll wear it with a orange one too). I’ll wear it with the waist band fold over though, it even more comfortable!

Et voilà! Terminé! La jupe avait déjà le bord de fait (ourlet invisible), donc un projet de 15 minutes! Longueur mi-molet, celle que je préfère! Et je porterai la bande de taille pliée en deux, c’est encore plus confortable!

Just for finish, A bag I made one of my friend 😉

Pour finir, un sac que j’ai fait à une amie 😉

Something easy

(pour le texte en français, voir au bas de la page!)

Julien has that pair of pj that he likes a lot. So when I told him it was more than time to give them away since they were way too short now, he didn’t want to part with it… What a mother’s to do??! Make something out of it of course!

Just cut straight to remove the ribbing part at the ankle.

Make a new hem.

And TaDAAH!  now you have capri summer pj’s!!! (it will go just below his knees…) I do that with his pants too, turn them in longish short of capri pants. That save on big bucks and since he’s a skinny child (even though he eats a LOT!) the waist band is more fit than if I buy a new pair of shorts for his size…  It’s quick, earth friendly and easy on the wallet.

I’m thinking of doing my first tutorial soon… wish me luck 🙂


Ma mère a offert à Julien un pyjama de Monsieur-Madame qu’il aime beaucoup! Mais le bas de pyjama est rendu maintenant trop court (beaucoup trop court!) et Julien refuse que je donne 😉  J’ai donc fait une petite retouche afin qu’il soit encore utilisé pour le plus grand bonheur de mon garçon!

J’ai juste coupé la partie cheville, fait un nouveau bord et TADAA! un bas de pyjama pour l’été! Il lui arrive juste sous le genou.  Je fais cette petite transformation sur ses pantalons aussi, comme ça pas besoin d’acheter de nouveaux vêtements et la taille lui fait mieux puisqu’il est très mince.  Et les pantalons avec genoux déchirés font de super shorts-bermuda et ne sont pas jetés aux rebuts 🙂

J’espère pouvoir mettre disponible mon premier tutorat-photos bientôt!! Souhaitez-moi bonne chance!