How to turn a large collared shirt into a sleevless mini dress

I picked this large shirt up from an op shop a while ago, it was only $1 and I liked the fabric so i thought ‘why not’. As much as I like oversized shirts I figured it was time I turned it into something more fitting…
What you will need:
Large collared shirt
Sewing Pins
Sewing Machine
Step 1.Put the oversized shirt on inside out. With sewing pins, mark where your waist is (A) and where your arm holes and sides (B) are located. With a pen or pencil, trace the shape leaving a seam allowance of at least 1cm.

Step 2. With a scissors cut along line A and B. You should now have the following pieces:

Step 3. With the shirt inside out, sew the side seams connecting the front and back together again.

Step 4. You can add darts to make the top more fitted. As you can see in the diagram below, the point of the dart is located just below the breast and runs all the way down to the waist. Put the top on inside out for an accurate placement and once again, pin and trace where the dart will go.

Step 5. To sew the dart pinch line A and C together so that they meet and align perfectly. While still pinching pull line B in. Sew along line A&C on the inside of your garment.

Step 6. To get a perfect arm hole, sew 1cm into your garment following the circumference. Remember, you do not need to attach or fold anything at this point as this stitch is just a marker.

Step 7. At the marker stitch, fold the edge of the arm hole in while ironing to keep it in place. You will notice that the stitch will make it easier to maintain the shape of the arm hole.

Once you have ironed all around the arm hole, sew the fold in place.

Step 8. Now it is time to attach the skirt. As you can see, the top is now considerably smaller than the bottom. The first thing you need to do is align the button holes and the buttons by pinning the top and bottom together into place. The next things you need to align are the side seams. Gather all the excess in between the seams and pin into place. Make sure that the button holes, buttons and 2 side seams align perfectly.

Fold the top onto the bottom so that the right sides are facing in. Sew along the waistline that you just pinned to complete the garment.

From geek to chic!

How to make coasters using scrap fabric

Today I’m using the scrap fabric from my bunting project and making coasters.
What you will need:
Scrap Fabric
Bias Binding
Sewing Machine
Pencil or Pen


Step 1. To make one coaster that is 10cm in diameter, you will need 14 strips of fabric that are 2.5cm in width (a seam allowance of 5 mm has already been added) and at least 11cm in length.

Steps 2 – 6 need to be repeated as 7 strips will be used to make the front of the coaster and the 7 remaining strips will be used to make the back of the coaster.

Step 2. Put two strips of fabric together with the right sides facing in. With your sewing machine sew along one of the edges.

Step 3. Open the connected strips like a book and attach a third piece along one of the edges and sew. When this is done connect a fourth strip onto the third strip and then carry on doing the same until you have attached the seven strips onto each other. This is what it should look like from the back.

Step 4. Lay the connected strips flat and iron on the wrong side of the fabric. To keep this piece tidy, make sure you iron all the seams to one direction as pictured below.

Step 5. Trace a circle 10cm in diameter onto your interfacing. For this step you can use a compass or in my case I found the lid of a Hershey’s Kisses tin was the perfect size. I’m sure you can find circular objects around the house if you don’t have a compass either.

Cut the circle out of your interfacing and iron onto the back of your strips. This will make your coaster more rigid.

Step 6. Cut along the outline of the interfacing. You should end up with a neat circle, the front being your fabric strips and the back being interfacing.

Step 7. As noted in the beginning of the tutorial, repeat steps 2 through to 6 in order to produce a front and back for your coasters. Once this is done, attach the two circles together with the interfacing facing inwards. Sew along the circumference of the coaster closely to the edge so that the stitch can be covered by the bias binding.

Step 8. You will need a strip of bias binding that is approximately 32cm in length. Wrap the bias binding around the edge of your coaster and sew. This finishing touch will hide the rough edges and prevent your coaster from fraying.


You have one coaster… now make 5 more 😉 Remember to keep all your scraps from this project, you never know when they’ll come in handy!

How to make bunting

What you will need:
Sewing machine

Step 1. Decide what size triangle you would like and then using a pencil and ruler, rule up a template on a piece of A4 paper. Add a seam allowance of 5mm around your triangle (or more depending on how big your triangle is). Cut the template out.

Step 2. Pin the template onto your fabric. Cut out the number of triangles you need x2 as you will need a front and back for every flag (i.e. for 12 flags you will need 24 triangles).

Step 3. With the right side of the fabric facing in, sew along the seam allowance on the longest sides of the triangles.

Step 5. Through the open edge, pull the triangle pockets inside out to reveal the right side of the fabric. All seam lines should now be hidden.

Step 6. Cut away any unwanted thread and excess fabric. Iron your flags so they are nice and flat.

Step 7. To make the line cut a piece of fabric that is 4cm wide and however long you require it to be. Fold the line in half lengthwise and iron. When a clear crease is created, open the line back up and fold the outside edges into the middle as pictured below and iron again.

Step 8. Pin the flags to the line so that the open edge is on the centre crease. When you are happy with the alignment, sew along the line to attach the flags.

Step 9. Iron the completed bunting and PRESTO! Your bunting is ready.