Well, I've finally gotten the projects for this month's birthdays finished. Just 7, 12, and 23 days late. Oh, boy. This is so unlike me. I'm normally hyper-prepared. I've been known to have all birthdays for the entire year purchased for, wrapped, and packaged for shipping by February. Obviously, I've slacked off. But, I took the time to finish these up this week and I can now rest easy for a few weeks.
First up is a present for my oldest niece, Carly. She turned 6 this year, and according to my 6-year-old, this is a fantastic present, so hopefully she will like it too. If you'll remember that for another niece, Zoey, I took a man's shirt and transformed it into a dress. Well, this is very similar, but instead of a dress, I changed it into a skirt. Carly is very long-legged, so a full dress was out of the question. It'd barely cover her bum. I used the button-up front of the shirt as the front of the skirt, so it, too, buttons up the front. For the back of the skirt, I used the back of the shirt. On the shirt, it has that double layer across the top. Well, I used that (about an inch of it) to contain a strip of elastic. It was a very simple transformation.
I paired the skirt with a cute little 3/4-length sleeved white button-up top. I love the final look. I hope Carly will too!
And for my sister-in-law, I made this. It was once a placemat. I loved the fabric combination for the placemat, but I really love it as a purse too. I got it at Target, by the way. Simple seams up the side & short ones to make a bottom, add some purse handles attached with ribbon, and it was done. Meagan is begging me to make another one for herself.
I had received a placemat purse several years ago from a friend, but was inspired to make this one for Don's sister after seeing another blogger's submission for a previous Sew Crafty Friday. I can't remember who it was, now, but there are some really talented ladies out there! Check out the other projects this week at Waiting for Him!