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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tshirt Shag Rug

There are few things so lovely to step onto after a shower or whenever you're in bare feet than a thick, yummy, shag rug.  If you then make the shag rug out of upcycled teeshirts, it's all the better. 

I live in Texas, it's been 105 for weeks.  I live in bare feet and have a tiled floor.  I am in serious need of soft and squishy.

You can toss this thing into the washer and dryer.  Just shake it and stretch it back into whatever shape you need.  It's a wonderful, wonderful thing. 

Want instructions?  

Here they are:  

Take one teeshirt and fold it, serge the edges to be the size of a rug you'd like.

Rotary cut teeshirts into 2x3 inch rectangles.  I can't give you amounts, it depends on what size rug you want.

I sewed the rectangles together through the middles, squished, into very long pieces.  I attached them to the pencil lines.

Voila, very happy toe making t-shag rug!  I'll be putting it on Etsy in the not too distant future, I'll update the link here.  In the meantime, think about your happy feet in this rug!



Email me if you are interested in custom colors or sizes and we can talk ;) 


Oh I'm making one in red, it's fantastic!  :)

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Tshirt Hobo Bag. The Market Bag

I have teeshirts laying around.  I separated them out to piles that would and would not be good choices for the Pixie Coats that were ordered.  I thought any good pixie coat needs an enormous recycled reclaimed upcycled teeshirt hobo bag.

It's 22 inches wide, 21 inches tall and when it's 'relaxed' like in these beauty shots, there's a 15 inch drop.

I pleated the sides to allow it to expand to a ridiculous dimension and sewed, tied, then double wrapped the handles, those babies aren't going anywhere.  It's not lined and there's no pockets but it's serged and sewn to reinforce the seams.  The four top seams of the bag are left raw but I've pulled and curled them so they stay stretchy.

I'm very happy with how it turned out, oh and yes, I'll be turning more out.  It's already on Etsy.

I am going to make more, these things are fantastic.

Here's all the beauty shots.  Yes, I do realize I have to find a better spot to photograph this stuff but I just wanted it up already :)





Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Pixie Teeshirt Coat - FINISHED!


I figured out how to make a sweet reclaimed sweater coat...we are in Texas, it's a 100+stupid degrees still so the coat, is out of reclaimed teeshirts.  It's fantastic!  I'll be posting it on Etsy but wanted to show you the shots, there's a few tweaks i'm going to add but I'm so thrilled with it, I had to post it now.

This still needs the belt/tie and I think I am going to add an additional row on the bottom, I'll rummage the spouse's closet, he'll never know ;)

thanks to Katwise on Etsy for the inspiration!!

I have an order already for an all white one and a purple kid version which will probably be floor length.  I'm going to be busy in my sewing room for the next little bit, hopefully I'll generate enough to be able to find alternate lodging for all my crafty stuff and hold classes again, we'll see...fingers crossed.  In the interim; here's the coat!


more finished shots to come!

OK, we're done.  It has a double tie at the neck, black and white and an extra long tie at the waist. It's extra "twirly" with just shy of 200 inches around the bottom hem.  Extra long Aline sleeves.

Super long pointed patched hood for wrapping like a giant cowl, I'm into cowls. nice view of the butt with the hood lifted and slung over the shoulder. Wide hood with embroidered edge.

with the "tail" wrapped around the neck and as well just draped down the front to add to the 'swingy'.


If you can't stand the exposed serged seams (as my hubba pointed out) you can wear it inside out!  or would that be outside in?

I totally love this coat.  I have orders for more already and will be selling them on Etsy, custom  (my Etsy store is  TracyLoopers).  They are fun, floaty and just right for Texas.

Oh and I do realize my dress form is actually a male.  I named him Phillip.  I tried to put a bra on him and stuff him up so that he could wear the coats better but he ended up looking like a headless transvestite and I collapsed in laughter and could barely make it out of the room.  No, Phillip won't be 'altered' I'll just have to find me a girl.

Email me for any more information on the coats  ""

/happy thursday

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Mop Cap the Poodle version

Second in the grown up line, many many in the line in general.  This particular mop cap is made for a friend of mine in New York, yeah, she made the faux pas of asking ;)  

It's a large mop cap for a 22' head with a 2 1/2 inch 'ruffle'


I have more baby versions and toddler sizes that i'm tossing on Etsy under "tracyloopers".  Go check 'em out


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Mop Cap

I went back in the sewing room today.  A friend did a shout out, asking if anyone could whip up a "sleeping cap like in little house on the prairie".  I love a challenge.

I grabbed some muslin and a piece of pale pink cotton, a little bit of elastic stolen from a pair of Connor's "funky pants" that no longer fit and voila.

I immediately made a baby version in black and white, with a yellow ribbon.  It fits an 18-20 inch little kid head. I'm hoping to get a live baby to model it in the near future.

I'm selling them in my Etsy store, go check it out.


the black and white baby hat is crazy cute, I love it and might make a big one for me!