I’m so excited about today’s Make it Work guest. And yes, I do plan on saying that every time. I admire, look up to, and love every single one of the participants. And honestly, who doesn’t love Sachiko of Tea Rose Home? She has a way of finding and creating beauty all around her, making even the most simple things amazing. Here are a few of my favorites
My theory on how Sachiko pulls off such amazingly beautiful projects? She is amazingly beautiful. Reading her blog, you know she’s sweet and sincere. But I had the opportunity to meet Sachiko this past weekend, and she’s all that and more in person. I loved talking to her and meeting her. Plus, she had really cute shoes.
Sachiko has such a fun, unique, and simple Make it Work tutorial for us today. And again, the shoes are adorable! Hi everyone! I am Sachiko from Tea Rose Home. There I share my sewing, craft projects and tutorials. I also host weekly link parties every Wednesday. Come see me sometime! I was very excited when Sabra asked me to be her guest blogger with the theme “Make it work". Because I tend to do that a lot! You can find my past "make it work" projects on my blog. For example, when my little girl splashed some paint on her (my) favorite dress, and it didn’t come out, I covered it up and came up with a different looking dress. I also love refinishing furniture that I find at thrift stores and garage sales. I have restored an old ugly chair that I found at a yard sale for $2. Also, I made completely new furniture out of two old pieces of furniture. To me, “make it work" projects are so fun and exciting. I guess the most fun part is that I get to use my imagination and dream of the potential of the items that I have in front of me. I don’t have to follow someone else’s instructions, and I get to do my own thing! The "Make it work" project I am sharing today is a little different than the ones I talked about. The goal for this project is how I can come up with a multi-purpose shirt from another shirt. Ok, do you think I made it work? Come an’ follow me, I will show you what I did. I found this shirt at Ross for $9.99. I had an idea for the big bow, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted the bow to be in front or back. After thinking it over for a while, I had a light bulb moment. Why not both! So, here is what I did: 1. I wanted a V line in the back. So I marked the center of the back, and the line where I wanted to cut off. 2. Cut out the fabric. Fold the edge, pin and sew. 3. I found a similar colored fabric in my stash, so I made strips (I cut 1" X 8" of fabric, folded it in fourths and sewed. Cut them into 8 pieces) to sew them onto the t-shirt as loops. Close up… Now the t-shirt is done, set that aside to work on the ribbon that will be threaded through the loops you just made. 4. I made the ribbon out of silk like polyester. I made my ribbon just like when I make bias tape, but much wider. I cut mine 3"wide X 83"long, cut both ends diagonally then using a serger I sewed around the edges. The t-shirt is made out of very light material, so I didn’t want the ribbon to be too heavy. 5. Put the ribbon through the loops and enjoy the shirt. I enjoyed my shirt two different ways already (yea!). Firsts, I had the bow on my back… Then, the other day I had the bow in front. Wasn’t it an easy project to do? I think the key to making things work is curiosity and flexibility. Sure, the furniture makeover takes more time and effort, but something like this only takes a little bit of time and some "outside the box" ideas. I hope you enjoyed visiting me today. Sabra, thank you so much for having me! *************************** Thank you so much, Sachiko! I love it!
And did you know Sachiko is one of the judges for the Make it Work Challenge? It’s true. You totally should enter just on that merit alone! Contest details here. And don’t forget to enter to win the Colette Patterns Giveaway HERE and a Libman Mop and $100 Visa gift card HERE