Let's announce some winners before we get rolling today.
The $50 Petite Lemon gift card goes to Jennyroo who said: So great! Would love to win!
The 2 winners of the T.G.I. Friday's coupons are Leslie who said: You had some great ideas for when to use them. I think I could really use one right now, as I'm eating leftover over-cooked pasta, with no sauce. Blah. Thanks for the chance to win!
and Kathy - mom of many who said: The first occasion I thought of was BABYSITTER!
I was strolling through Gap Kids the other day and I saw this sweatshirt. It was really cute and very Rex. However, it was pricey and I felt quite confident that I could make it myself. So, I did. Here's the Gap one.
I happened to have this old sweatshirt of Rex's with some odd grease stains on it. I thought it would be perfect to makeover.
I cut out a piece of yellow canvas and drew a bat with a washable marker.
Then I put black thread in my sewing machine and stitched back and forth, again and again until I had mostly filled in the bat with stitches. I would sew a straight line and then turn the fabric 180 degrees and sew the other direction. Eventually it looked like this.
I cut it into a circle, centering the bat. Then I stitched it onto the sweatshirt, covering the little red thunderbolt that was originally on it. I used a small, tight zigzag.
After one washing the orange marker was gone and the canvas had frayed, giving it that patch look.
The rest was easy and fun. I whipped out a black fabric marker and mimicked the designs and words. I put then in a different location than the original sweatshirt, trying to disguise the strange stains on the shirt.
I also mimicked the design they had on the back.
So, it turned out to be a free sweatshirt. Win - win, baby! Rex actually liked it so much he insisted on wearing it even though it's been really hot here. He was in a full sweat wearing it a couple of days ago and I asked him if he wanted to take it off and cool down. He refused. I was kind of flattered :)
And now we're just waiting for the cooler weather. I'm so anxious to bust out a long sleeve tee! I love layers and I'm sick of looking at my glow-in-the-dark legs that never got tan this summer.
Anyhow, thanks for dropping in. See you tomorrow.