Up-cycled men’s dress shirt turned into smock apron

I stopped by Goodwill the other day and picked up a couple of extra large men’s dress shirts for $2.50 a piece. I’m usually there on a hunt for vintage tablecloths and embroidered treasures, but when none turned up I hit the clearance rack. The shirts just begged to be up-cycled, so I tossed them in my cart and took them home. I love the smocky look and the way they almost feel like I’m wearing a dress or an old-fashioned pinafore. I swear I could have been born in an earlier era!

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(Jazzy, my black lab, is posing with me.) I used a contrasting shirt for the pocket and part of the back straps.

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I converted the sleeves from the shirt as the straps that button to the front of the apron. I finally get to dive into that button stash!

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In true Artfully Sew fashion, I added a cutesy flower and blanket stitched around the outside.

Now off to make another one!

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

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Doodling with thread – embroidery stitches

I love to doodle with thread! Although this project isn’t finished yet, I wanted to share my progress so far. Experimenting with various embroidery stitches on this appliqued heart was very fun. Now off to add the verse and more embroidery doodles.

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Doodling with embroidery thread by Angela Jean of Artfully Sew

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean

Quilt in Process…

I’ve been going through my ufos (un-finished objects). I found this quilt top I pieced a couple years ago. Poor thing has been sitting in a box on my top shelf. So I blew off the dust and unpacked it.  I’m determinded to finish it and bring it back to life.

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The colors are great, but to make it more appealing, I’ve decided to add a boarder using white fabric with embroidered flowers.  I love doing hand embroidery! Thankfully, I kept the extra fabric in the box, so I was able to use coordinating fabrics.  So far, so good…

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I can’t wait to show you the finished project, especially since the last photo is kinda fuzzy.  I’m hoping to have it ready to quilt by the end of the weekend.  Quilting is my favorite part, so yippee!

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What quilting goals do you have for the following week?  Do you have any nagging ufos on your shelf? Post your goals below and we can hold each other accountable.

Artfully sewing,

Angela Jean