DIY Tunic Style Shirt

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By Guest Blogger Kelly from the blog So Much to Make.

Kelly shares something for everyone on So Much to Make. Check out her blog for sewing tutorials, recipes, easy arts and craft tutorials, printables and more.

DIY Tunic Style Shirt

Nothing is more comfy in hot weather than something that feels like you aren’t wearing it at all. Nudity without the embarrassment of exposure—that’s what this tunic-style shirt feels like.

And it was SO easy to make. You make ONE cut. You sew TWO seams. Finish edges, sew in the elastic shirred waist (this isn’t hard, but does take about as long as the rest of the shirt-making combined), and you have a new, fun, flattering top!

Start with the right fabric. I bought this as a remnant, so I don’t know exactly what it is. I’m guessing it’s a rayon challis. You’ll want a fabric that is lightweight, drapes well and isn’t too crisp or thick.

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T-Shirt Infinity Scarf

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Upcycle old t-shirts into a colorful infinity scarf

Do you have a few T-shirts that you want to keep but don’t wear anymore?  It’s a tricky when you have a few because it’s not enough to make a T-shirt quilt with, but it’s too many for a lot of small T-shirt projects.  Well, I have a solution for you.  Infinity scarves are great because you can wrap them around you, and they look great without a lot of effort.  By following this tutorial, you can make a great infinity scarf out of your favorite T-shirts.

Materials:

  • 5-7 T-shirts
  • 1 yard Jersey or Fleece
  • Thread
  • Pins

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DIY Poncho Shirt Tutorial

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By Guest Blogger Kelly from the blog So Much to Make.

Kelly shares something for everyone on So Much to Make. Check out her blog for sewing tutorials, recipes, easy arts and craft tutorials, printables and more.

DIY Poncho Shirt Tutorial I have 6 sisters and one brother. Don’t pity him. A boys favorite thing to do is tease, and he had (and has) all the teasing he could ever want.  Anyway… Two of my sisters have birthdays this month, so I decided to get back into sewing gear (I haven’t done much during summer break), and make them something. This idea for a poncho shirt has been swimming around in my brain for a while. I have a shirt from Charlotte Russe that is similar to these, but is not as long as I would like it to be. I looked at the basic construction of that shirt to come up with my plan for making these.  They are easy and fast to make, and oh-so versatile. I could see them with a cardigan over or a long sleeve under in the fall and winter. Enjoy! Read the rest…

Reversible Fabric Tote Bag

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

DIY Reversible Tote Bag

Tote bags are the perfect bag.  Children can use tote bags to carry their school books or their piano lesson books.  Adults can use tote bags for grocery shopping or as a great bag to keep a lot of stuff in.  During college, I had my life organized by tote bags.  Each activity had a different tote bag ready to go that I could grab quickly and run out the door.  I would have been lost without my tote bags.

Mixing a matching fabric is also a passion of mine.  By combining a love of tote bags and mixing fabrics, this reversible tote bag will be perfect for you.

Materials:

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Fabric Yo-Yo Tank Top

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Upcycle a tank top with fabric yo-yo's!

Tank tops are a pretty versatile piece of clothing.  You can wear a tank top with shorts during the summer or pants during those days that go from hot in the morning to warmer in the afternoon.  During the winter, you can put a cardigan over a tank top with slacks for a nicer look.  The problem is that inexpensive tank tops tend to look boring and plain, while the fancier tank tops are more expensive.  By making and adding fabric yo-yos to a tank top, you can take it from boring to fabulous.

Materials:

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Summer Knitting & Crochet Projects

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In the heat of the summer, it’s really difficult to pick up a lot of my favorite crafts. I’m a huge fan of knitting and crochet. I just finished a giant granny square blanket that was almost torture to complete during the heat wave here in Oregon. It was so big, I basically had to wear it as a blanket to keep stitching. I’m so happy it’s done, and I think it looks pretty great for my first real crochet project.

Giant Granny Square Blanket

I love to work with yarn because it keeps my hands busy and doesn’t require much artistic talent to accomplish. I’d love to continue working with yarn for the rest of the summer months, so I need to get past the blanket I started in the winter and pick up something lightweight that I might actually get some use from even in the 90 degree weather. Here are some projects I’m considering:

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Convertible Swimsuit Cover-Up

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.

Sew a DIY Convertible Swimsuit Cover-Up!

Summer is a great time for enjoying the beach or the pool.  Cover-ups are great for going to and from the pool or beach.  Depending on your swimsuit you might want a different cover up style to avoid extra tan lines.  This convertible cover-up will allow you to style it to fit your swimsuit style or to just switch it up whenever your feel like it.  Make this convertible cover-up for yourself and keep cool during the dog days of summer!

Materials:

  • Larger T-shirt (the larger the better)
  • Ribbon or Cord (Get approximately your height in length)
  • Thread 
  • Pins

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