No Length? No Problem!

Sharky upcycle

Here we go, on to week 2 of Project Run and Play! This week’s theme is “The hand-me-down makeover”. I have TONS of old crap from Jakes wardrobe and my own closet, but just the other week I had to go through Quinn’s drawer and take out all the clothes that he recently grew out of that were just taking up too much space. There were certainly a few sentimental outfits that were a shame to put away into the “giveaway bin”. So when I was thinking of ideas for this project, I couldn’t help but to think about Quinn’s shark shirt that was a favorite of EVERYONE’S. I don’t know what it was about this shirt that we all loved. it is just a simple polo shirt with little sharks all over it. Even Millie loved it, she went as far as to ask me a while back if I could find shark fabric to make HER a dress with. Sharks rule!

Sharky upcycle

I know I’m not reinventing the wheel over here with this project, it was very simple, but it does make me very happy! The reason this shirt went in the “out” bin is because it sadly had gotten way too short. The actual fit of the shirt is spot on though. It just needed a little length :) So I chopped the shirt in half, and, using some blue from a superman shirt that as also in the bin and lengthened it to where it could fit him better. I was pretty excited to find a shirt that had the same circumference so I wouldn’t have to pick any seams! :)

Sharky upcycle

I couldn’t just leave at at that, though. I wanted to throw a little fun piece of creativity into it so I did some free motion embroidery on the blue part and drew a little shark with red thread. Can I just say, drawing on fabric with thread and a sewing machine is SUPER FUN!!!! I did the same thing as this which works great on knits, the paper stabilizes it and I can just trace my drawing on the paper. Getting the paper OFF the fabric is a bit tricky, though.. I realize I should probably just invest in some tear away or wash away stabilizer but I’m both lazy and cheap so printer paper works just fine for me :)

Sharky upcycle

As for the pants, I did the same thing and again, was super happy to find pants that were the same circumference :) It is amazing how quickly pants become too short!!! After I sewed these up, I wasn’t THAT excited about them, but then I had Quinn wearing them and Millie was like “WOW!! Are those Quinn’s pants?? They are awesome! Did you do that?” So having my 5 year old’s glowing opinion just made my eyes see them in a much brighter light!

Sharky upcycle

I love how .0045 seconds after I took him outside he got into the dirt and started eating it (typical boy?) and you can totally see it around his mouth in most of these pics, lol! Germs are good! Antibodies, right???

Sharky upcycle

I know this challenge was for “hand me downs” and this is more like a “hand me laterally” but it all works out the same and this way we get to keep a favorite item of clothing  :)


Sharky upcycle

Gosh, just LOOK at this stud!!! Ladies, in 15 years you better watch out for your daughters!! lol

14 thoughts on “No Length? No Problem!

    1. Thanks! It certainly takes practice! But it is really fun once you get the hang of it, whenever I take the time to actually attach my foot I feel like I want to FME EVERYTHING. Way too much fun.

  1. That’s so great. How lucky also that you had another shirt right there to match and in the same size even! Now you all get to enjoy that shirt a while longer. I love that.

  2. This is such a great idea! My kids only grow up, I might have to use this idea to keep some clothes in their closets. And I’m with you on that shark shirt, it is adorable. We had a whale hoodie when my girls wore 2T that we just loved, it was just a simple carter’s print, but it was everyone’s favorite too. Must be the marine animals. :)

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