April 1, 2013

After having the baby I just wanted to burn all of my maternity clothing.  I was so sick of looking at the same 2 shirts that I had worn day after day for the last 2 months.  Luckily I thought twice about it and noticed that there was a lot of fabric there.  I decided to do a little upcycling instead.  I have noticed a lot of really fun and modern leggings out there and my t shirts contained just enough fabric to make some toddler sized ones for my daughter.  I used this simple tutorial from Make it and Love it to make the leggings up and then stamped some fun shapes with fabric paint on them before sewing them together.

Here are some photos of the process:

I searched all around the house and finally just used a magic eraser sponge for the stamps.  I cut it to the shapes I wanted (an x and a square) and then I glued it to the bottom of a paint tube which made it a lot easier to control.  Other than that I just stamped it in a grid pattern (which I eyeballed).  I wasn’t worried if the paint covered the entire shape.  I wanted that hand stamped feel.

In the end I think that they turned out pretty cool.  And at no extra cost to me and about an hour of time, I am pretty happy with the finished product.

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  • Reply lisa g. April 1, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    so cute, i love the modern look! i’ve been wanting to try something like this. your daughter is such an adorable little model. 🙂

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 1, 2013 at 5:03 PM

      thanks lisa. it helped that i let her jump on the bed during the photoshoot. she was much more accomodating.

    • Reply Lynsey August 19, 2014 at 5:14 PM

      Tht’as the best answer of all time! JMHO

  • Reply Kestrel April 1, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    These are so sweet! And I love that you recycled your maternity clothing too.

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 1, 2013 at 5:02 PM

      thanks kestrel. its nice that they went to good use and arn’t just taking up space anymore.

  • Reply Helen April 1, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Great idea, and she looks gorgeous in them!

  • Reply gingermakes April 1, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    Wow, great idea! These are so cool– I want a pair! 🙂 Your daughter is adorable.

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      you would totally rock these sonja.

  • Reply katherine h April 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    These are super cute! As is your model.

  • Reply Reana Louise April 1, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    They are so cool, and your model has some seriously cool poses!

    • Reply Kelli Ward April 1, 2013 at 9:40 PM

      she loves to pose. she was especially compiant today.

  • Reply Andrea B April 1, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    Haha she’s so cute and happy in her new leggings. Great idea for an upcycle!

  • Reply Kelly April 2, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    So cute! Your hand-stamping is really fantastic. Cute model too 🙂

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