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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summertime, and the Living is Thrifty–Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home

Yes, there was a post yesterday afternoon, but it was so mind-blowingly magical that you could only see it if you’ve seen a unicorn. I challenge you to prove otherwise. The alternative version of that story would involve me posting a picture of myself looking all haggard and worn thin, but I already scared a small bunny into leaping into a trap so I could capture it with this face, so I will stick with the unicorn thing.

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Today I am excited to introduce to you Christie from A Lemon Squeezy Home. The name of her blog makes me think of a things like refreshing lemonade and big affectionate hugs, and you know what, that seems about right. Christie’s blog sounds like somewhere that you’d always want to visit, and I know I sure do. And I’m so glad that Christie is visiting over here today, not only guest posting but even with a tutorial! She’s not the first guest who was going to do a roundup and wound up doing a tutorial, either… I tell ya, this thrifty thing, it sucks you in. Speaking of sucking you in, I don’t know about you guys but I think I’m going to have to take August off just to do all the awesome tutorials that were shared this month, including this adorable one! Gumdrops and jellybeans, isn’t little B just the cutest with her giant bow headband.
After you’re done reading this post, you should run over to check out the Science Camp that Christie put on with Sabra of Sew A Straight Line and Sabra’s sister. Words cannot even express how cool. I want to go. Or send my kids. Or send my kids to grandma’s and go by myself.
 
 
A Lemon Squeezy HomeHello there!  I’m happy to be here on Laura’s fun blog today!  I have enjoyed getting to know Laura through our emails and her hilarious comments she’s always leaving.  She makes me laugh out loud quite frequently.  I love a person with good humor!
 
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At first when she asked me to participate I wasn’t planning on doing a tutorial, but after I found some long sleeved shirts at Wal-mart for $2.00 and bought them to shorten the sleeves, I realized that this would be the perfect thrifty, super easy item for her theme. DSC_0528
 
First, take your shirt and measure about 4” down and cut, making sure you have your cut at the same angle as the original sleeve is cut. DSC_0532
 
So I cut four inches down, then a cut 1” from that, then another cut 3/4” inch from there.  See picture below. CSC_0549
Now just layer the 3/4” strip on top of the 1” strip. DSC_0541-1
 
Pin to shirt sleeve, making sure to line up seams.DSC_0537-1
Sew closely to either edge of the 3/4” strip.  I realize that my stitching is crooked, but since it’s an unfinished edge now, I think it works.DSC_0539-1
You could do the same thing, even more simplified with just a 1” strip.
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B was excited it matched her purple headband.DSC_0542
 
She even let you see her cheesiest grin she could muster :).  DSC_0545
Yay for a couple more summer shirts for super cheap!DSC_0548-1

11 comments:

  1. Yay! Two of my favorites together - Laura and Christie! I love the unconventional way you did this Christie. Very clever. This would totally look great on boy tees too. Can't wait to give it a go.

    And happy b-day to Nicole. Love the mother-daughter manicure idea. Makes me want a girl badly!

    Cheri

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  2. Great idea! I just started sewing this year, so I find myself still assuming everything I do on my machine needs to be from scratch. This is a great reminder that bargains are out on the shelves.

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  3. I like how you stacked them. Makes it look really cute!

    And I have to say I am a huge sucker for big bows. So I love her huge purple bow. :)

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  4. You are too funny--your unicorn comment makes me laugh:).

    Thanks for having me, Laura!

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  5. i am going to go do this right now.

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  6. Ummm... wow... that's pretty much genius. Seriously!

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  7. This is incredibly brilliant, Christie. Great idea!

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  8. Like Cheri said, I'm totally doing this on my boys' shirts. You are such a genius! And Miss B, LOVE that girl.

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  9. Brilliant!! The layered strips are soo cute, too! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-easy-way-to-make-short-sleeved-tee-from-a-long-sleeved-tee/2011/07/29/
    (link will go live tonight)

    --Anne

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  10. Such a great idea!!! I copied some pics, just to remember the how to and final result, won't be posting them anywhere, no worries! Thanks a bunch!!

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  11. I'm new to your blog but i love it. i saw your note about your pictures... does pintrest count?? i love this idea and I pinned it (i'm kind of new to pintrest so my board is boring though : )

    http://pinterest.com/pin/425018467/

    i can remove it if you would like

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