Friday, May 31, 2013

No Sew Simple Skirt Tutorial

 The warm weather has arrived and I'm taking off my pants. Oh? You wanna join the fun too... well today I'm sharing a super easy no sew skirt tutorial. Go grab an old tshirt, a pair of scissors and one safety pin. With 3 snips of the scissor we'll transform it into an ultra comfy, one size fits most, casual summer skirt!

 Fold your tshirt in half, cut a straight line from armpit across

 Your second cut will be a 1" strip 

 Pull the 1" strip taut, this will become the drawstring for your simple skirt (cut loop to make 1 long string)

  Snip a small opening on inside bottom hem of tshirt (Hint: Be sure to not cut through both layers!) 
Feed drawstring through hem, and put on your new skirt!

I figured I'd go all out with the no sew tshirt upcycles today and paired my finished skirt with a refashioned tee halter inspired by this tutorial on The Ultimate Upcycled Tshirt Tutorial List. The Simple Skirt is my go to for hot summer days or when I'm having a "nothing fits right" kind of day. 

Here's one of my favorites, a variation of the Simple Skirt that includes pockets! Want to add a pocket to your No Sew Skirt- tutorial added! Will you join me for a summer full of simple skirts & pants-less-ness?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Customer Collaborations: The Stories Behind the Tees

Some of my most favorite designs have come from custom orders. Today I want to share a few of the stories behind them. I'm honored each and every time a family asks me to be a part of their special events, family announcements, and memorable gifts! (I think) because we have so much for getting to know each other & creating the perfect heirloom tshirts they always come back for more! Squeezes and hugs to all of my past customers & future ones too!

Preparing to welcome a newborn nephew into the family, Deborah (of  Mini Me Woolies ) was already stitching up a storm creating a special welcome home knit sweater using Lets Rock buttons from Tessa Ann. Her brother, the drummer for JodyBoss, was in for a real treat- he and his wife delivered a healthy baby boy and brought him home in his custom made rock'n'roll garb
More baby love, this custom order is really special to me. A friend of mine from college reached out to and asked if I would work with him to create a monster tshirt for a close friend of his. Brian's buddy, an Afgan vet, is a hero to our country and when Brian shared that he was hoping to get a camo monster truck made I took it one step further. I threw out some ideas of retro military kaiser (m715) or jeep with a white star on the side. (I happen to know Brian is a Jeep enthusiast) He dug both ideas. Brian pushed back- and his idea for me is what really sets this design over the edge. He sent me his buddys actual fatigues, which were cut up and used in the humvee design you see here. It melts my heart #1 because holy cow what a thoughtful gift!! #2 the thought that this little guy will have a piece of his daddy wrapping him tightly even when he's far away #3 because in some teeny tiny way I've been able to give back to a family that have sacrificed so much! 

Meet the Nichols family = Adorableness! I've had the pleasure of working with Stacey to create birthday tshirts for her entire family on several occasions. She is always celebrating the boys birthdays with fun and exciting themes like this one: monsters driving monster trucks! I delight in her unique ideas and wish I could attend the parties myself!

This is a work in progress I tweeted out when creating Amanda's SECOND custom rig tee. No, there was nothing wrong with her first order but when he son began to outgrow his favorite tee and she heard I was closing custom orders, Amanda emailed me in a frenzy! Her family spends their weekends in the back woods testing out their rock crawling, mountain climbing, nothing gets in our way off roadin' rig. (You know I can relate!) Do you think they'd let take it out for spin?

and I can't talk about custom orders & the personal connections between buyer/seller without mentioning one of my most loyal customers Jennifer W. 
A mama of 2 boys, Jennifer has commemorated birthday celebrations with a pair of matching tees. She has so many now, we've already began discussing turning them into a quilt! (She has a total of 9!) I love love love working with her because she brings the ideas to the table and gives me full creative reign! If you're in the Dallas area... there is a good chance you might catch a TrashN2Tees tee abound! Wondering how the super dino tee came about? When her oldest son was about to turn 4 he REEEEEALLY wanted to have a superhero/space themed party but then when the local museum had a dino dig he may have had a slight change of mind. I loved the idea of smooshing the two together and the rest is history!

Hey handmaders, thinking about the benefits of custom orders but not sure how to get started? I invite you to check out my latest post Navigating Custom Orders on Oh My!

I would love to hear your story: Have you purchased a TrashN2Tees tee or custom order and care to tell the story behind it or share with us your own celebration? Catch up with me using the social media buttons on the top right or email directly (contact AT
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Monday, May 20, 2013

Girl on the Up // Luri and Wilma Magazine

Seeing your work in print is really, really, exciting- I can't imagine how it felt to have your entire online magazine published & sold around the country. That's just the tip of the iceberg for the gang at Luri & Wilma Magazine! (Pick up a copy of their Spring Fashion edition) If you ask them to describe themselves this is what they say
"If you’re a free-spirited gal who thinks social awareness > celebrity gossip, rock a mean pair of vintage rose-colored glasses and oh, so love on some delish food – we know one thing, you should roll with us."

Yep, they're my kinda of people- which makes the fact that Luri & Wilma Magazine have named me a "Girl On The Up" a huge huge honor. I'm really blushing over here. Thank you! Click to read full interview here.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Oh My! Biz Share Parrrrtay!

We're talking marketing over at Oh My Handmade for the month of May & we want to market our businesses together. Got one? A handmade/indie business that is- Jess and Marisa are inviting all of us to a Pin Party! Pin an image with us that best represents your business – a popular product, photo collage, etc – include your best marketing pitch in the description and tag with #OhMyBiz (you can find the original post here)

Then make sure to visit the board and discover other OMHG businesses! Here's mine.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

DIY Gifts for The Coolest Moms

With Mother's Day just around the bend, I find myself day dreaming about a kid free day down by the bay. Ahhh yes. Warm sunshine on my face with the occasional spritz of sea water in the air. But really who am I kidding- it would only take an hour before I instinctively wanted to start building the tallest sand castle or go boogie boarding with the boys. What does your ideal Mothers Day look like?

 In honor of all the cool mamas I know, I pulled together some really rad DIY gifts that the coolest of cool moms will love!

Potato Stamped Tote Bag Tutorial from Neuer Stoff 

How To: Nebula Pillow on Whimsey Box Blog

Sharpie Mug (in German!) via sinnenrausch

Toy Dinosaur Necklace Tutorial on Omiyage Blogs 

Wire Wrapped Crystal Ring Tutorial via TrashN2Tees Blog

Mothers Day Tattoo Planter How To from BrideBlu Vintage Handmade/Flickr

Aluminum Lanterns via Family Circle

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Star Wars Felt Popsicle Cozy Template

Besides the bubble wands, what else could be possibly be turning into light sabers? Well today I'm sharing just a few ideas. My mom came over last week and helped craft these ice pop cozies, and below you'll find a printable PDF to help you make your own. We whip stitched them together using floss but  to save time you could always try your hand with the fancy hot glue gun... I wasn't too sure how it would hold with the felt + temperature changes. If you try it out let us know how well it works (or doesn't.)

You can download and print the PDF here: Star Wars Ice Pop Felt Template

I'll be sure to share how everything comes together after the party Saturday!


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