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Like The Blue Suede Shoes?

Posted by on 8:34 am in Bags & Purses, Blog, Cruise Collection, Deb_D, Fabric, Jen_F, Jennifer Collection, Pat_T, Upcycled Projects | 0 comments

Some things, you just don’t repeat, but some are really cute and bear being overheard and shared … at least that’s my story and I’m stickin to it today. lol A little back story here, Deb is going Cruising … AGAIN !!!   AND, she’s already said she’ll be going again in December – SMH SMH SMH – What am I now?  chopped Cruise Harley Hotel and Bag Maker?   LOL – I mean, she did just abscond with 10 of my latest bags AND she left the dog?  What’s with that?   So, we have this sisters/mother private Messenger chat group, right?  Well, I caught this...

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Thinking Outside the Box for Border Prints

Posted by on 2:51 pm in 4TxSisters Etsy, Blog, Fabric, Our Art, Shari_T, Upcycled Projects | 1 comment

Thinking Outside the Box for Border Prints

Growing up our home was filled with seamstresses: a grandmother who should have been a fashion designer, a mother who was so good her own daughters were afraid to compete, and all three of my older sisters were (and are) talented seamstresses in their own rights. As for me, a discussion of fabric types, prints, patterns, measuring and so forth was like listening to the adults on a Charlie Brown special: just a lot of “Wa-wah, wa-wah”. So, as we began to pull our businesses together last fall, we moved fabrics and other supplies from one home...

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The Toddler’s Velveteen & Lace Dress Gets an Upcycle

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The Toddler’s Velveteen & Lace Dress Gets an Upcycle

1st sister, Pat discovered this cute little toddler dress and evidently it just screamed “send me to Jennifer, send me to Jennifer.” So, she did. In the box that she sent were probably at least half a dozen shirts she sent for making my man’s shirt aprons, a slinky, shiny blouse which I loved, and this little dress. The dress screamed the loudest … and it said “Me, Me, do something with me first.” 2nd sister, Deb, happened to be visiting at the time and when I waved it at her and said, “this would make a cute bag, but it’s gonna be bigger...

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The Upcycle Challenge–Making an Adult-Child Apron Set using A Man’s Shirt

Posted by on 4:21 pm in 4TxSisters Etsy, Aprons, Blog, Fabric, Jen_F, Our Art, Transformations | 0 comments

The Upcycle Challenge–Making an Adult-Child Apron Set using A Man’s  Shirt

It’s a set of Aprons for that special Mother/daughter/son, or Father/daughter/son combo.  And of course there are numerous other combos … the Aunt or Uncle/niece/nephew, Grandparent ……. etc  … The original challenge  by the 3 other sisters and our mother was to make matching aprons for an adult and child from shirts. If it weren’t an upcycle challenge, I could have just gone out and bought a child’s shirt and adult man’s shirt as a matching set.  But, I also don’t like accepting easy...

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A Valentine 36 Years in the Making

Posted by on 10:23 am in Blog, Fabric, Our Art, Shari_T | 0 comments

A Valentine 36 Years in the Making

“Back in the day,” which, for the purpose of this blog means the early ‘80’s, I had a purple velour sweatsuit Clay says I wore all the time. I had only vague memories of this outfit, as it was the only warm one I really owned in college. So, when ever it was even moderately cool, out came the “purple suit”. Then, about 3 months ago, a funny thing happened: a box arrived with the top of that long ago lost sweatsuit. You see, my mother throws nothing away for fear someone might need it someday. (And, yes, in case you’re wondering, her daughters...

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The Taming of The Thread

Posted by on 10:15 am in Blog, Fabric, Jen_F, Our Art | 0 comments

The Taming of The Thread

LOL – this is so incorrectly titled, it makes me laugh. Honestly, there IS NO taming of a thread, not when we’re talking about upcycling fabric.  But let’s start at the beginning instead of the end, ok?   Two mantras: Clip your threads as you sew Press as you go Those were the two mantras I learned over time and they repeat in my head every time I sit down at the sewing machine.   However, since I probably do the most seam ripping of all four of us, I probably have the most to lament about here … I know, I know, Shari would say differently...

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Who Is More Bow Dazzling?

Posted by on 7:39 am in Blog, Fabric, Jen_F, Our Art, Shari_T, Upcycled Projects | 3 comments

Who Is More Bow Dazzling?

If you’ve read many of our posts, you probably know by now that even though we take our arts seriously, sometimes we just go wonky funny. So here’s the back story… Shari bought this pair of interestingly colored pants…. And, of course, she shared it with us in the Sisters/Mother FB chat group. Since no one was asking ME to wear them, I just moved on as I suspect, everyone else did. …. Except Shari …. because she had plans for those pants and she wasn’t telling anyone either… The next day, she and I are private chatting about this and that,...

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The Gray’s Chair

Posted by on 11:41 am in Blog, Furniture, How To, Our Art, Shari_T | 0 comments

The Gray’s Chair

The guys and I are working on the Grays chair today. It’s a wreck. I would have moved on had it not been for the fact that it was the Grays. The Grays lived next door to us when I was growing up. They were “old” when I was a teen. So, you can image me when I returned with twins of my own 20 years later how “old” they were then. The Grays doted on the boys and loved them like grandchildren of their own. So, when my mother offered the chair to me to reupholster, it was a no-brainer. They were special people, so the chair was special and NOT...

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The Dress, The Sister, The Cruise and the Boob Bag

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The Dress, The Sister, The Cruise and the Boob Bag

So it all started out rather innocently, if you ask me. This dress happened to fall into my lap. And I have to tell you, the picture just does not do the dress justice…. But anyway, back to the story. At the time, I was making clutches.  Not sure how I ended up being the clutch girl, OR even the purse/bag girl;, but here I am, now having made close to 2 dozen in the last few months….  lol The clutches I’d been making were actually bigger than I personally would want to carry, so as I was looking through my closet for some really cool fabric,...

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The Making of the Man’s Shirt Apron

Posted by on 8:14 am in 4TxSisters Etsy, Aprons, Blog, Fabric, Jen_F, Our Art, Transformations, Upcycled Projects | 0 comments

The Making of the Man’s Shirt Apron

Using an man’s shirt, no pattern, just an image in your head of what you want instead of a piece of fabric, putting a pattern to it, cutting it out, sewing it up and saying “here’s an apron” … well, it has its own sort of excitement for a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants seamstress.   But besides the uniqueness of using a man’s shirt, why would I make an apron, and then make an apron for you too? Here’s why.  In my opinion there are three typical issues with aprons #1 They bunch up my clothes #2 They...

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