Sneak Peek – First 6 Crafts Of My Upcycling Boxset

As you guys have probably herd, my Upcycling Boxset will be free on amazon from October 31st -November 2nd at 2:00pm PST. As a thank you to all my fans and followers. I am giving the first 6 crafts of my boxset away for free here before it goes on it’s free promotion. Please comment and let me know what you think 🙂

craft tutorials-min

Turn Pants Into Capris

Click here for the image to this craft!

Materials

  • Ironing board and iron
  • Sewing machine or sewing kit
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • A pair of slim pants

Directions

  1. Wear the pants you want to turn into Capri’s. Make a chalk mark on the side of your left leg (where you want the bottom of your Capri’s to be.)
  2. Use a full length mirror to achieve the best idea of the end result. Adjust as desired until it looks right in the mirror. Also mark the other side. Take off the pants and lay them flat on your workspace.
  3. Capri’s have a signature hem of about 2 inches high. Decide how thick you want the hem to be and double that number. Add a half inch for the seam allowance and mark. Repeat for the other leg and make sure they are even.
  4. Cut off the legs at your chalk marks and make sure the back and front are even, and that the legs are also of the same length.
  5. Turn the pants inside out and fold up half inch from each leg and pin. Continue to do this all the way around the leg and iron, removing the pins as you do so. Fold in once again at your first marks and iron all the way around.
  6. Use thread and needle to sew a 1/8” away from the bottom of the hem, all the way around.
  7. Sew the top of the hem about 1/8″ from the top and there you have it!

Ombre  Four-Strand Head Wrap

Click here for the image to this craft!

Materials

  • Shirt (preferably white, size L for men)
  • Scissors
  • Dye
  • Buttons
  • Needle and thread

Directions

  1. Cut the end of your shirt into small strips of about one inch apart. Avoid cutting it all the way across. Leave a few inches where you will sew on the buttons later.
  2. Lay the head wrap on a piece of plastic or tarp. Twist the strands.
  3. Get a foam brush, dye and a small bowl of water. Use the gloves that come with the kit. To create the ombre coloring, drip dye at the ends of your strands.
  4. Moisten the brush and dab it on the painted section of the fabric, working your way up. Continue to dab it to the level of saturation desired.
  5. Continue with this technique for the other strands. You may also use turquoise for 2 and lime green for the other two. Once you finish coloring, wrap the project in plastic and allow the dye to set for a few hours.
  6. Throw it in the washer (by itself) and machine-dry it for a perfect look.
  7. To finish up, twist the strands and lay ends over the corresponding piece’s end, and sew together to secure. Add buttons to cover the seams.

Cat Printed Jeans

Click here for the image to this craft!

Materials

  • Ruler (optional)
  • Pencil
  • Small scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Small piece of cardstock (4 x 10 cm)
  • White fabric marker (I used a DecoFabric one)
  • Pair of jeans

Directions

  1. Use a pencil to draw a cat head of your desired size (preferably 3 x 2.5 cm.) Before cutting out your cat, you may want to poke holes using the pencil to make it a lot easier.
  2. Use nail scissors to cut it out but regular scissors still work just fine.
  3. Put a cardboard in one of the pant legs to help stretch out the fabric and make it easier to paint on. This will also make it easier to keep the marker from seeping to the other side.
  4. Follow the edge of the stencil to draw the cathead outline on the pant leg. Use a fabric marker to do this, and go over it once again to make the cathead stand out nicely.
  5. Continue drawing until you feel like you have the desired number of cats on that one side. The cats should be about 1 cm apart. You may use a ruler to make sure they are all lined up.
  6. If you encounter a seam on the leg, simply shift your cardboard and draw a cat head and keep going. Do the same for the other leg, and let the jeans dry out for about 10 minutes.
  7. Repeat the steps with the other side of your jeans. In order to seal the design, iron the jeans on the medium setting so as to prevent the design from fading in the wash. All done!

Ombre Jeans With Bleach

Click here for the image to this craft!

Materials

  • A pair of jeans
  • Some old towels
  • Disposable gloves
  • Bleach
  • 2 buckets (one with plain water and the other for the water bleach mixture)

Directions

  1. Fill the first bucket with 4 liters of tap water.
  2. Add 2 liters of bleach. Follow package instructions.
  3. Wear your gloves and soak your jeans in the bleach. For a nice Ombre effect, allow the bottom half of your jeans to soak while the other half hangs over the edge of the bucket.
  4. If you would like to tie dye, make knots in the jeans with rubber bands and through the whole jeans in the bucket.
  5. Let it sit for close to one hour and see the difference. However, if you need the bottom parts to be lighter, simply dip them back in the bleach.
  6. Fill the other bucket with enough water to rinse the jeans.
  7. Add a tad of washing powder to the water and wash. Let it dry overnight.

Boyfriend Jeans

Click here for the image to this craft!

Materials

  • Butter knife
  • Scissors
  • Boot cut jeans
  • Sandpaper block
  • Safety pin

Directions

  1. Start off by wearing your jeans, and start cuffing the hem to ensure that when you roll the boot cut jeans, it won’t get too bulky. Cuff them just above the ankle and use a safety pin to hold the cuff in place.
  2. Take off the jeans (avoid cutting them while they are still on) and cut both hems at the bottom of the cuff.
  3. It’s now time to distress your denim. For the big rips around the knees, begin with a small snip using your scissors. Use the butter knife to widen the hole.
  4. The butter knife is great for creating frayed edges. You may also rip the hole yourself as it gets bigger. For small distressed details, just use scissors to create a couple of small slits. Take a sand paper block and rough up the holes nicely.
  5. Now roll the denim 2-3 times for the perfect boyfriend jeans. And you’re done!

Lace Scarf From An Old Table Cloth & T-Shirt

Click here for the image to this craft!

Materials 

  • A big men’s shirt
  • An old lace tablecloth
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Directions

  1. Cut off the body of the t-shirt by making a straight cut across under the armpits. This leaves you with a loop of fabric hemmed on one side. Now you have an infinity scarf right there. However, it’s still lacking in fabric and this is where the tablecloth comes in.
  1. Cut along one of the side seams so as to turn the loop into a strip. Measure the width of the strip and cut a strip of lace that is of the same width as the loop. Measure the length depending how much lace you would like in the scarf.
  1. Now pin the ends of your t-shirt strip and lace strip together to create a loop once again. Zigzag stitch the pieces together or use a serger.
  1. Hem the raw shirt/lace edge. There you have it!

If you would like more crafts like these then download my Upcycling Boxset today. This book is available in kindle format and paperback on amazon.

Click HERE to get your copy today!

Box Set Cover 2

Click HERE to get your copy today!