Tuesday, October 15, 2013

mend and make do

 my favorite light weight sweater had bleach spots on it
have you done that before?

so I patched over the spots with wool felt shapes
 (they were leftover from a christmas project last year)
they make great patches!

the bleach spots were at kitchen counter height
I must have been bleaching the counters and splashed it on myself

it turned out pretty cute
maybe even an improvement over my old faded sweater

my girls have been watching netflix re-runs of "what not to wear"
I think clinton and stacy would not approve
... ask me if I care ...

how did I make the flower shapes?
cookie cutters were used as templates
what were the flowers originally used for last christmas?
I was making hair clips for my girls
just layer the shapes like I did here, 
stitch them with embroidery thread,
 attach them to big bobby pins



Elizabeth said...

I think it's super cute and totally "what TO wear." It looks, in fact, a lot like something you'd find at Anthropologie or Boden!

Halle said...

I totally love it! I accidentally bleached a black t-shirt that was a favorite. I then took a foam stamp with bleach and made the spots part of my design. :) Worked for me.

Jill said...

My attempt at fixing the same problem was to use a sharpie, some success but your's is much cuter. I tried to repair a hole in a wool sweater by needle felting some wool on it. Would have worked great except I chose a color that was slightly off (all I had) and it really made it look like a stain. Ugh.

Christie - Fine Lines said...

What great luck that you had felt almost the exact color as your sweater!! Very cute!

*jean* said...

i like to embroider right over the top of my stains...making do with what we have...cute idea and the hair clips? darling!

Yvonne said...

Really cute ! I do things like that because I grew up making do and not wasting anything. We are such a throw away society that I love seeing your ideas to use what most would get rid of.

Caterina Giglio said...

Very cute!! I love this wardrobe save!!

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

That's a cute idea. My fav is to cross stitch over spots using waste canvas.

~*~Patty S said...

Your sweater is extra lovely now Kimmie ... what a great save!
I wear aprons a lot in the kitchen so I am missing out on fun mending projects like yours :)
Happy Weekend to you and yours

Anonymous said...

Totally cute. I've done it to shorts pockets when our beagle Rusty gets into the laundry and eats holes in the shorts where the biscuits used to be....Nice wool on wool though. xox

Nancy said...

Lovely :) it would be a shame to throw out an old favourite!

Gberger said...

What a great inspiration! I love it...might even borrow the idea, if needed! Thank you for sharing.

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Ha-ha! You did a great job. I've gotten bleach on pants before but never my shirt. Best wishes, Tammy

Honey from the Bee said...

You have such great ideas! This is awesome and a sweater I'd buy!