Sunday, October 15, 2017

Onesies From Old T Shirts

I wanted to show you guys what I am doing here lately and also wanted to start downloading my sewing things on here in case my daughter ever decides she wants to learn sewing. She has sewn some, but one day I wont be here to help teach her and wanted it to be here for her and for others I am trying to help learn.

 A friend of mine has a couple daughters that has gotten married and have had a baby each. She is now Grandma or Granna as they will call her. She's loving being a Granna. So I have started sewing baby clothes again and sure am enjoying it. Been a long time since I have sewn baby clothes.

I am still thrift store shopping as well and got the idea online to repurpose,restyle, recycle, or refashion, whatever you want to call it some old t shirts. One of the thrift stores I like has been having a fill a bag for a buck so I have gotten several bags of t shirts here lately and am making onesies with them. I can get two onesies from an x large t shirt and am practicing with them doing embroidery. I am trying to learn how to position my designs where they're suppose to be and lining them up. Getting a little better if my machine would stop messing up on me. :( See the blue colored one, yep machine messed up and top thread got all tangled in the bobbin and stretched the fabric and then when I went back to sewing the design was off. Funny thing is, it seems to happen on the VERY LAST thread I have to use every time. 

I was actually very well pleased with the white one. It turned out very well I thought. The white one I did with a t shirt that was a medium I believe it was and I wound up having to get my sleeves from another white t shirt. Actually I used the left overs from one I had made 2 onesies from. Had enough to do the sleeves for this one out of it. It was a turtleneck AND long sleeved one.

I also wanted to show you one of my finds from yesterday. We needed another little step stool and I thought this monkey one was so stinking cute.

This is the onesie close up of the embroidery.

This was a onesie I made for my niece, Hannah. She is having a girl and just found out a couple weeks back what it was going to be. This was one of the onesies I got from the other white t shirt. It was actually a Christmas one with a little embroidered Christmas tree on the neck (turtleneck) of it.

I found this square thing that had this monkey design on it awhile back and was going to refashion it some how. Then I got the idea to do a bib with it. This ones for a friend of mines little boy, Joseph. I think this thing must have been made for hanging on the wall. ??? Not really sure what it was used for. I first thought it was a pot holder of sorts, but it had poly fil in it. You can't use that for a pot holder! Talk about getting burnt!

Now for the video where I show just where I place the pattern for this onesie to get two out of an x large t shirt.
Two Onesies from X Large T Shirt

Hope you all enjoy these ideas I have found online. I found the patterns for the bib as well as the burp clothes I am making and the onesie online for free downloads PDF files.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

How to Make a V Neck Out of a Round Neck Tee Shirt

Figured since I got pix to share on my Facebook page I would TRY and make a post about it on my blog. I am hoping this works because in my program I use to write my info, I forgot my info password and such and not been able to get into it. Oh well, Windows Live Writer wouldn't work for me. UGH Don't know WHAT is wrong! :(

OK here goes….. This is the tee shirt before pic but details first…. I went to the thrift store and found they were having a bag day and you fill a bag for a buck. So this was one of my deals in the bag. I like purple and I like butterflies.  Notice the round neck in the before pic.

I take the neck band off almost to the shoulder seams lacking about an inch or so. I go to the front side of the shirt and stretch it a bit and I can find the seam in there. Use my seam ripper and it's easier to get out that way.

Once ripped out I then find the center of each the shirt and the band. I cut the band at the center point. Then I cut the shirt into a V at the center point of it as well. Pics below of how much I cut out. If you cut out to much you might not have enough band to put back on there.

The part of the shirt I cut out to form the V in the above photo. Then the band in the below photo forming the V shape when sewn.

THE BAND: Notice the pen direction goes from where it was sewn onto the shirt here upwards for forming the V in the band. I have to really watch what I do here because I have gotten the V upside down before!

Then I serged it. You have to stretch the band to fit the shirt. I pen it in place when sewing, but you can’t do that with serging.


Doesn’t take long at all to do. Now got to hem those sleeves! They’re much too long for me dangling around my elbows!

I got it a bit off on the V, since I was using my serger. I’ve always done this with my sewing machine and I had to take the pen out I had in the point of the V and it shifted on me. NEED to make me up some bands or use some I am cutting off of tees I am restyling and practice a bit with the serger. I think you get the jest of it though. 
Hope everyone is doing well!


Thursday, March 31, 2016

What I'm Up to These Days

I asked my hubby and daughter for a dehydrator for Christmas. They got me an Excalibur. I've been dehydrating food ever since I got it and I love the thing! I've done my own chicken broth, my own celery powder, onion powder and garlic powder. I have also dehydrated mixed vegetables, corn, potatoes, sweet potatoes, okra and I don't know what all else. Then a few weeks ago I found ANOTHER Excalibur at the thrift store for 20.00. Needless to say I WAS and AM a happy camper. I sure hope God richly blesses me with more tomatoes than I can handle. I'm doing my part by planting 79 heritage red beef master plants. Then I have about 7 I'm thinking it is, of the heritage Black Cherokee ones. I'm hoping to dehydrate a bunch of tomatoes this summer.

This is my bowl I made for dehydrating the broth out of a dehydrator sheet.
This is the broth in the bowl.

Tomatoes to dehydrate

My thrift store find.

Dehydrated celery.

Powdered Celery.

Dehydrated Sour Cream

Dehydrated and Powdered Sour Cream

If you are dehydrating food leave me a message with your favorite links. I am new to dehydrating but I am learning.


Friday, August 28, 2015

Canning Chick Peas

Since our garden didn’t do anything this summer I am going through canning withdrawals. So I decided to can some dry beans I have had in my freezer. I bought a bunch of dried beans a couple months back for like 4 packs for 1.00. So I also have a herd of those as well to can later on.
Figured I would post a pic of some of my beans. These two were left overs so they went into the fridge. I know I can pressure can more things with the two jars and if I was pressure canning them I could have used all pints. Anyway I had this much left over once I got my pressure canner full of pints. Had 9 pints in there and then I just put this in these jars and I will make some hummus with it.

Next is to get to canning those other dry beans. WHY can dry beans you ask? Much cheaper to can your own AND you KNOW what all is IN them. No nasty's in my canned beans. Winking smile Plus there is more in these pints than you would get from a can.

I found my recipe on the Homesteading forum several years ago and they said you could use all the spices and can several kinds of dry beans using them. I have been canning them ever since I tried them. The family just loves the seasoning in them as well. They’re not just plain unseasoned beans.

On these chick peas I canned today I only added just a touch of the cayenne pepper and I added sea salt, just a touch of cumin, 1/2 tea. of garlic powder and dried chopped onions as well. Since I will making hummus from them I didn’t want to add the chili powder and black pepper like I do to the other kinds of beans.

I LOVE having these nice seasoned beans in my pantry because I can grab a jar and make all sorts of recipes with them. Just like the other day, I had some left over rice that I needed to use. So I got me a jar or two of my pinto beans and fried some link sausage and made some red beans and rice with them all. Well pinto beans and rice but nobody noticed. ha

Then just a couple days ago I was searching for something to cook for dinner since I seem to get stuck on the same food all the time. I came across this recipe on the web and I can’t recall where I found it now. Someone shared it and they didn’t give the name so I just call it the Mexican chicken dish. I had all the ingredients to make it with and the ones I didn’t have I figured ways around them. But yep you got it, my canned beans came in handy yet again. I served mine over corn chips I’d gotten from the Dollar Tree. I also doubled the recipe because I knew we were going to like it. Hubby doesn’t even like cream cheese and he loved the stuff to. I didn’t have any of the Fiesta ranch mix, mine was just the plain kind and I used it. I knew my canned beans were spicy so it would have been much too hot had I used that kind of the ranch mix. Also the day before I found this recipe I had boiled some chicken legs so I just deboned them and used that meat instead of the chicken breast. I also don’t like the taste of the water in canned foods from the store. YUCK, so I drained the corn and just added fresh clean water, like 1/2 can or so. So you see how handy these canned beans are for meals. PLUS I am trying to put more fiber in my meals since we don’t get enough fiber these days. Please do try this recipe if you haven’t tried it. My family and I really loved it so needless to say it’s a keeper.

Mexican Chicken Dish

4 chicken breast
1 packet Fiesta Ranch mix (by the salad dressing)
1 can black beans
1 can Rotel tomatoes
1 can corn (not drained)
1 block cream cheese

On high in the slow cooker for 4 hours or 6 on low. Eat over rice or with tortillas!

EDITED to add: I just found yet another recipe using beans that looks awesome! My link isn't wanting to work so I'll just add it this way. :-)

Now to get to canning those other dried beans and figuring out where to store them. Winking smile

Hope you guys are having an awesome summer and got to can a lot this summer.