When it comes time to clean out the closet and get rid of old clothes, most moms will donate their old unwanted items or use them as cleaning rags. This crafty mom has come up with a better solution to put these outfits to better use.
Stephanie Miller is an art teacher and mother-of-four from Utah. She has found a unique way to save money on her daughters' wardrobe by using items she already has around her home: her husband's old work shirts.
While her husband was sorting through the clothes he no longer wanted, she decided to re-purpose a brand new shirt that had shrunk in the wash.
She was then able to create rompers and dresses out of this menswear for her girls aged 3 and 4.
This is my very first sewing machine, Jon sold it on KSL for the same price he bought it for me 5 years ago🙌. I can't believe how much I have fallen in love with sewing since then and I felt really sentimental as the new owner walked away with it. "Sew" many wonderful memories these past 5 years and I'll always be grateful for that 2-stitch machine I learned to sew on. (Even more grateful for those two little girls!😍😍) #sewing #brother #learntosew #sewmanymemories #sew #mothermakes #sewingmachine #twostitch #brothermachine
Stephanie took up sewing after the birth of her first child when she was experiencing postpartum depression. This creative outlet allowed her to to feel happy again in the couple's one bedroom apartment.
“We were living in a one-bedroom apartment with little space for me to set up my paintings, the oil paints have unhealthy fumes, and it took me too long to set up my paints with a baby to care for,” she told HuffPost. “I was suffering with postpartum depression, and with the lifestyle shock of motherhood, I felt a loss of identity.”
Since they were living in tight quarters with a newborn baby, Stephanie wasn't able to paint, which was her former passion. That's when her husband Jon went and bought her a sewing machine, which she became 'hooked' on as her new hobby.
With the help of YouTube tutorials, Stephanie, who now has a 5 year old son, 4 year old daughter, 3 year old daughter and 5 month old son, was able to focus her creativity into something that would help save the family money at the clothing store.
I'm so excited be featured on babble.com (@babble) this morning. I started this Instagram two years ago to document what I was making for my children and feel humbled that so many would want to follow along with me. I hope to inspire others to create beautiful things in their own lives and feel the joy that come along with it. If you want to read the article check out the link in my bio.
In March, Stephanie shared her first refashioned creation for her youngest daughter.
Continue to the next page to see her creations.