Not long ago I was at my Mom’s house, rummaging through a box of one of my brother’s “keepsakes” and “baby items”. This box was no younger than 38 years old and wedged tightly on the cement floor of the storage room–at the bottom of the shelves. As you know, I’m always looking for an interesting, useful find and wanted to see if there was anything that could be salvaged and used for my little ones.
Sure enough, I found the perfect pair of baby shoes in all their aged radiance and splendor! I think these are much, much older than 38 years, but who cares?
I decided that I would take these little cuties on a 5 hour drive back to our house in central Oregon and see if I could fix-them-up. After all, they would still be sitting in that box in the basement for the rest of their existence, so why not? I decided on glossy white spray paint. Here is the one I used:
First, I used a very fine grained sand paper and sanded the rough areas of the shoes. Next, I washed them with soap, water and a toothbrush. I allowed them to dry over night. The next day I applied painters tape to the parts of the shoe that I didn’t want to be touched by paint.
I spray painted the shoes 1x and let them set and dry for over a week. Then, I spray painted them a second time. I separately washed the shoe laces with soap and water and then put them in a small bowl with 2 teaspoons bleach, 1 tablespoon of baking soda with about 1 cup or so of water. I allowed them to sit for a couple hours and then rinsed them and let them dry on the window sill. Finally, I laced up the shoes and voila, here is my result.
These shoes looked rejuvenated and ready to wear when baby boy is a little bigger. Not perfect, but certainly much better than before. I’m excited how they turned out and even more excited that they can be used again instead of sitting in a box, buried in a basement somewhere in eastern Oregon.
Thank you for checking out my little blog. There will be lots to write about with all of our upcoming adventures.
Yes! I found really cheap fabric in the Joann Fabric discount area. The pink fluffy stuff was $2.50 a yard– and the black and white stuff was roughly the same price– maybe $3.00 per yard.
I agree. Time is money too. But if you’re learning a new skill on top of getting a new outfit, I think it’s well spent.
So I spent $5.50 for this fabric here:
Then I went to make the shirt. Yes, I’m still practicing on my “shirt making”. I have a long way to go. Sleeves are such a pain but I’m slowly getting the hang of it.
I found some pink Terry cloth scraps from an old project to use for the shirt collar.
And…done. pink toddler shirt for $2.50. Plus, I have fabric leftovers for something else.
Now, for the pants 😋 using an old toddler pants pattern.
And here they are! Adorable pants with 2 inch width elastic waistband. They’re slightly long so she can wear them for a long time.
Here she is with her new shirt. Based on her facial expression, I think she loves it.
And here…with the entire outfit on. Looking at books in her bedroom.
Homemade sew job complete. Now on to other ideas.
https://asliceofmytravels.wordpress.com/2018/03/15/i-made-socks-from-worn-out-leggings/I’ve always been a minimalist when it comes to socks. I’ve never owned more than 7 pairs of socks at any given time– and this includes that comfy pair you pull out during winter months and also that funky pair with bright pictures on it.
My Sock Drawer (I think 2 pairs of my socks are in the laundry):
Currently, all of my socks have holes in them (for the past couple years) so It dawned on me that I should get some new ones. But who wants to buy socks? And for the going price of nearly $12 a pair, I don’t think so!
What I decided to do was take some stretch pants that are full of pillings, fuzz and damage and turn them into socks. I thought, once turned inside out, they would be perfect material for a snug pair of socks.
You know when your stretchy leggings start to look awful?? Sure, you bought them at Ross 4 years ago for $6.99– but they’re ready to be recycled now.
Well, let’s turn them into socks, sounds Good? Use an old pair of your socks like this as a “template”. Next, cut around the sock and sew!
Here they are on my feet. Socks from old worn out leggings– they FEEL GREAT!
I’m sure with this pair of leggings I can probably get 3-4 pairs of socks! Also, make sure and save the waist elastic from the leggings to use on another sewing project!
I plan to make a bunch of socks over the next few months so please stay tuned!
PS: This is my first blog post I did 100% on my phone while simultaneously breastfeeding my baby. A bit tough, so excuse the cursory job. Now to change a diaper.