The holiday season is most definitely the busiest time of year for we crafty divas and although there are never enough hours in the day, new DIY traditions always seem to sneak their way into my to-do list.
Last year’s (not so ugly) Christmas sweaters were such a hit that I’ve decided to come up with a fresh festive refashion to add to our wardrobe every year!
So what’s my wearable happy holidays project for 2015?
Hilariously awesome Christmas Character blouses!
Here’s how to whip up your own:
Grab your button-up shirts and a variety of scrappy bits from your stash in festive colours.
quick tip: using fabrics that won’t fray such as felt, jersey, fleece and felted wool means no hemming will be required, yay!
another quick tip: if refashioning for a munchkin, select a shirt that is a size or two larger to ensure it will also fit next year!
Decide which xmas character you’d like to start with (my kiddo was desperate to be Santa) and snag a scrap of fabric large enough for the main body. Fold it in half and roughly sketch out half of the body shape at the fold.
Cut it out, open it up and your body is complete!
Place the body piece onto the shirt centered directly under the collar and add your detail embellishments.
Once you’re happy with how it looks remove the pieces from the shirt and painstakingly stitch them all together to create a large patch.
Chop off any excess bits.
Do up all of the buttons of the shirt, flip up the collar and pin the patch in place under the collar and over the button placket.
Carefully chop your patch in half using the edge of the button placket as a guide.
Undo the buttons.
Stitch on both sides of the patch.
Snag a small cutting tool and carefully slice out the patch fabric covering the button holes.
Handstitch the chopped bit to the edges of the button holes.
et voila! Your fancy festive button up blouse is complete!
The embellishment possibilities are only limited by your imagination!
Whip up an instant Santa beard with cotton and double-sided tape…
I quickly created a holiday headband by swiping the hat from a Christmas Teddy bear,
and then stitching it to an old headband!
+ my lickety split tute for creating those quirky Christmas earrings!