Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Put A (Vintage) Bird On It

 Two things I love (along with those I'm related to and that cute guy I married) are anything with a bird on it and everything vintage.  Hang around my blog very long and I'll prove it to ya.  



I've managed to do both for this post.  Twice. 
If I were being graded on my ability to feed my fetish I'd have a 4.0 GPA for sure.

First, there's the baby diaper set I made for my sweet nephew's expected baby boy.  I used a vintage pattern, recycled mens dress shirts, and a cute little bird applique. A+, since I'm grading myself...










Then, there's my new apron with, yes, a bird on it. The fabric is awesome.  It looks vintage but isn't.  I found it on the remnant table at Hancock's for $5 a yard and loved it so much I haven't wanted to cut into it.  I think I'll give myself another A+ just for being brave enough to take a whack at it.








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 Tips for Upcycling Clothes
  • Go with the flow.  Use the details already there.  It'll add character without the work.
  • Use spray fabric sizing before sewing. The extra body makes it easier to sew and the fabric has a nice, crisp finish.


  • Double check all buttons to make sure they are secure, especially when making children's clothes.
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A friend of my daughter's shared this YouTube video with me.  It's just too stupid (and funny) not to pass along...




I get the message.  Feel free to subtract a few points for this one.  I desire it.


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35 comments:

  1. Great projects! I love your birds; they deserve to be on everything!!

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  2. What great projects! How talented you are!

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  3. Great projects! Even with the video you still get an A+

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  4. This video made me laugh out loud! Thanks for sharing it! And you are not alone, I love birds too!

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  5. These are just too darn cute! Thanks for sharing your creative clothing with us.

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  6. what a beautiful post,, you are so talented,, I'm a follower,

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  7. ADORE the itty bitty outfit! The diaper cover kills me. Great tip on adding the spray starch for body. I hope everything is A-OK with your back, Lindy. I want to invite you to take a peek at my chocolate giveaway, too. Not as cute as birds, but... ;0). Hugs, Kim

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  8. I love coming here and the outfit looks professionally sewn! Kudos to you, girl!!! Have a blessed week.

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  9. Cute ! I particularly like the dress!
    -Trish

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  10. Both of those projects are just darling. LOVE the little boy outfit and your apron is darling. What is it that makes us dread cutting into a piece of fabric? I think it is because once we start we know we are captured by that project and the all the dreams of what we COULD DO with that particular piece of fabric are no longer dreams. Great post- xo Diana

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  11. Love the apron...the little bird adds just the perfect touch.

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  12. I love both your apron and your diaper set. And the bird video??? Tooo funny.

    I like your style.

    Put a bird on it.

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  13. That baby outfit is awesome....I love it!
    Love both of your bird appliques!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  14. Oh my goodness! the diaper set is tooooo cute! I would have never thought to cut the pattern out right over the original buttons!! I've always wanted to "re-do" clothing ... I shall be paying very close attention to you!! PS... loved the bird video. LOL

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  15. This is so cute! What great ideas! I love this.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  16. Birds are always so cute, and I especially love the way you have featured them on clothing.

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  17. i too love birds...my first time to youre blog & enjoyed looking around

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  18. okay, I'm so jealous of that cute apron! LOVE IT! And the adorable set...is just too sweet for words!

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  19. Girl, you are talented! Mad creating skills!
    And that video.....still laughing...

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  20. I just came across your blog and I love your cute little birds!

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  21. Love your projects...put a bird on it!
    from Oregon
    Donna

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  22. The birds are sweet-but what I'm really impressed with is your use of recycled materials. I personally like to make bowls and beads out of old magazines. i love your little flowers you made from magazines.

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  23. Lindy, both of those are too too adorable. Love that apron. It does look vintage. Have a great weekend.

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  24. Both are adorable but I particularly love the diaper set...what a fabulous idea...

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  25. Lindy, Both of these are so adorable and the little birds make them even cuter!
    xo,
    Sherry

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  26. You're so clever -- love the little diaper suit!

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  27. You are a girl after my owe heart!!
    I love it that you take the time to sew a special outfit for your nephew. But using recycled fabric-who would think of that?
    Pioneer women, that's who. Didn't they use flour sacks and outgrown clothes for quilts. Also recycled fabrics for rugs.
    Well, I could go on and on! I really enjoyed your post and will visit again!

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  28. Love your work...very talented! Just saw one of your pie safes via Karen at The gRaphics Fairy.
    xo Cathy - your newest follower

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  29. I love your comment about loving a fabric so much that you don't want to cut into it. My college-age daughter asked me to patch a pair of cutoff shorts with a fat quarter of fabric I hearted so much I was "saving" it for who knows what. After I cut into it, I quickly used more of it for another few projects. I loved the feeling of "release." I need to do that more often.
    BTW, I subscribe to your blog through Google Reader. Is it better to be a follower? Does it matter which I do?
    Thanks.

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  30. Imaginative use of fabric, cute projects, great use of existing embellishments, and recycling fabric from a shirt, give yourself A++

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  31. Hi: You are amazing! I am coming back to visit. You have so much to teach. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

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  32. Nice work! The baby outfit is so adorable. And the apron is so cool. Thank you also for those useful tips.

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  33. this little outfit turned out amazing =)

    Come link this up at my woot woot wednesdays!
    www.tootsiewootsieboutique.blogspot.com

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