I'm a sucker for a contest, and I'm also a sucker for Amy Butler's fabrics. So when Ohdeedoh announced a new contest last week--with the prize being Amy Butler books and fabric and other goodies--the wheels started turning.
I've been meaning to do something along these lines for a while, so whether I even have a shot at the prizes or not, at least I can check something off my to-do list.
For this project, I used Amy's fabric to applique fun shapes onto some of the girls' old clothes. Here's a bit from my contest entry:
Among our friends, my husband and I are one of the last couples to have kids, so we often are the grateful beneficiaries of everyone's hand-me-down clothes. The clothes are super as they are, but I'm always thinking of ways I can tweak and personalize them to either bring them up to date or hide little stains (most of which my own children are responsible for creating).
What I did here was to applique fun shapes onto the secondhand clothes, covering up mass-produced floral embroidery or the leftovers from last week's spaghetti dinner. I traced images onto interfacing, ironed the interfacing to the fabric, then cut along the lines. Then I ironed the shape onto the old clothes and zigzag stitched around the edges.
I also added new cuffs to the purple "'S' is for Snake" dress and had planned to sew a ruffle underneath, but I didn't get that far.
The figure on the back of the pink hoodie is of the Space Needle--perfect for our trip to Seattle next weekend.
I should have taken better "before" photos, but these pictures will give you an idea of the original look of the clothes:
And here are some "after" shots:
And here are the girls either a) basking in the glee of Amy Butler applique fashion or b) plotting to drive their mother crazy:
Here are the images I traced for some of the shapes ...