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Upcycling, which is way better than chucking(…or “up”chucking)

I’m starting to think it might be a realistic goal to post once a month. We’ll see.

I wanted to show you a bit of what I’ve been up to lately. I have two major projects on my front burner: BratzBasher’s deluxe kimono and a new cover for my dad’s patio swing. Both of these have been temporarily put on the back burner so I can whip up a few things for the silent auction our church ward is having to raise money for youth camps this summer. It’ll be going on in the background during Trivia Night this Friday.

Merkin is in charge of the kitchens Friday night, and he has appointed BB as kitchen manager, or something. He is, of course, “executive chef”. He’s actually got everything organized like a real restaurant so that the kids on his staff can gain real job experience. He’s offering professional referrals to anyone who does a good job. But I’m not involved in the kitchen stuff, so I’m not going to elaborate on any more of that. Instead, I will show you one of the five projects I’m donating to the auction. It was inspired by BratzBasher’s Killer Rabbit jacket, and it’s already my favorite item. I hope other people like it as much as I do — like enough to pay good money for it and help send kids to camp.

I started with a basic denim jacket from Baby Gap (size 2T/3T), a graphic t-shirt, and a really cool iron-on applique from Hobby Lobby. Sorry, no pictures of the process, but you don’t need photos for this project because it’s super simple. Here’s my technique:

  1. Cut the front graphic from the t-shirt (I basically just removed the front of the shirt from the rest, so I still had plenty of margin to work with) and apply fusible interfacing to the back of the entire piece for stability.
  2. Trim the image to the size you want. It’s easiest to work with just a basic rectangle, so I used a rotary cutter and straight edge.
  3. Position patch on back of jacket and pin in place. I like to pin all over, not just around the edges, so that the piece really stays put during the next step, which is…
  4. Sew patch to jacket with a straight stitch all the way around the edge, leaving a margin of about 1/4″. When you get all the way around the four edges, keep going maybe an inch past the first stitch and then backstitch to lock everything in place. You can use matching or contrasting thread. I prefer to use contrasting because I like the “obviously customized by a cool person” look. Be mindful of the tag inside the jacket during this step. You don’t want to wind up sewing your care instructions face down onto the fabric. Depending on where your stitching and tag are, you may need to pin your tag up or down out of the way. In my case, I had to pin it down.
  5. Remove pins (except for the one keeping your tag in the desired position) and sew all the way around the edge of the patch again, using a zig-zag stitch. I set my stitch width to 4 and the length to 1. Again, I didn’t want it to look too professional. Center the zig-zag stitching between the previous straight stitch and the raw edge of the patch. Backstitch at the end, same as in the last step. Because the backstitching is more obvious on the zig-zag, you will probably want to start/finish in a lower corner. (In the photos below, you can kind of see where the stitching is darker/denser in the lower left corner.)
  6. Extras: I added the awesome “ROCK” applique I got from Hobby Lobby. I had originally thought it would go on the front, but the jacket had pockets on the chest with big snap closures. BB suggested I put it on the upper arm instead, and I think that’s much better. It’s an iron-on, but I never trust those — especially ones with odd shapes that could peel up around the edges, so I hand stitched it in place after ironing it on.

Here are photos of the finished product. I had a terrible time getting the flash working right, so the only one that’s true to color is the close-up of the ROCK applique. The lightning bolts on the patch are neon green, and the patch is hot pink with black, purple, pink, and blue print. Click on an image to see it full size.

girl's rocker jacket

left sleeve



Girls Rock patch

Jacket: $3 (Goodwill); T-shirt: $2 (Goodwill); Applique: $1.99+ $0.16 tax (Hobby Lobby); Black Thread and Fusible Interfacing from my stash: FREE!

Total Cost: $7.15

Having the most rockin’ jacket on the playground: Priceless

It’s a shame I didn’t stick something like a dollar bill next to the jacket for size comparison. It’s even cuter when you realize how small it is. Maybe I’ll have to take another pic and update this post. So what do you think? I don’t think it took me an hour from start to finish. Stitching the applique on was the most time-consuming part, and that was because it was so intricate. I’ll post pics of the other projects when they’re completed. There’s even a little  dress with glow-in-the-dark embroidery. You’ll love it.

Is it just me, or…?

You know how the sacrament hymn is always about Christ and his sacrifice for us, his never-ending love, the atonement/crucifixion/resurrection?  It’s about Christ.  Like I used to tell BB when she was little and I wanted her to behave during the sacrament “It’s Jesus time.”  So why was our ward singing “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” for the sacrament hymn yesterday?  I know it was the day before the most patriotic holiday of our country, but c’mon — it’s Jesus time, and that song doesn’t mention him once.  I didn’t even know it was the sacrament hymn until I saw the priests breaking the bread.  Of course, that shows how much I pay attention in sacrament meeting if the “And now for our sacrament hymn…” didn’t really register in my head.

My apologies if the person responsible happens to be reading this — perhaps you could shed some light on the subject and educate the clueless.  I’m willing to stand corrected.  Or sit.  I’ll probably be sitting when I read any comments.  Perhaps it was chosen by inspiration.  How would I know?

P.S. — I considered putting in a picture of Jesus with an American flag — for about two seconds before I assured myself it was sacrilegious.  And not nearly as cool as the guy who did the coloring page of Jesus riding the dinosaur.

We get to wear costumes and everything!

Our stake’s youth conference is going to western Missouri this year to visit some key sites from church history: Far West, Liberty Jail, Haun’s Mill, etc.  Merkin, BratzBasher, and I have volunteered (rather, agreed after being asked) to participate in a couple historical reenactments/presentations/whatever.  We’ll be in costume.  I doubt we will be documenting this with photos.

We had our one rehearsal today.  We spent two hours going over logistics of the trip, such as transportation, lodging.  Marriott messed up the reservations, so the sister in charge was scrambling yesterday to fix everything — where do you find reservations for over 200 teenagers and their chaperones?  Fortunately, that responsibility falls to Marriott because the mix-up is their fault.  Unfortunately, we will now be staying in establishments 30 minutes away from where we planned to be.  This adds overtime charges to the bus fees.

Anyway…after the long session of talking, during which BB fell asleep, we actually rehearsed our parts for the various presentations.  I have a honkin’ big part at the temple — not looking forward to that.  Merkin is doing a walking tour at some point.  Otherwise, we just have a couple small parts to do — plus an in-the-background reenactment of the Haun’s Mill massacre while others talk about it.  I get to hoe an imaginary field for a few minutes before running from the mob.  BB gets to help mend and fold a quilt.  Merkin gets to be an angry member of the mob.

I’ve got some costume sewing to do.  I’m repairing a white skirt for a scene at the temple; making a simple, blue skirt for my costume; and adjusting a blouse to button all the way up.  I’m not making bonnets.  I think BB has one somewhere, but I’m not looking for it.  Merkin is on his own, costume-wise.

I’m sure that I’ll be wondering why I ever agreed to do this before the job is finished.  I’ve got one line in the Far West presentation that makes me cry.  I always feel like a total dork when I cry in public — which, by the way, I never do because I’m very good at not crying…usually.  Everyone else was talking about how awesome it was that I could barely say my line because I was crying.  Whatever.  I still felt like a dork.

That’s what we’ll be doing next weekend.   I’ve got a week to finish getting ready, learn my lines well enough to get by with a small cheat card, and get psyched up for a scorching hot weekend dressed in pseudo-pioneer garb.  Yay.  At least I don’t have to help herd the teenagers.  YAY!