About 90% of Axel's clothes are hand-me-downs. We are so lucky that I have two sisters with young sons. It has saved us a lot of money. They both have great taste too so most of his clothes are cute. I still have a hard time with the fact that I didn't pick them out though and have been working on making them our own.
The Pendleton Woolen Mill Store where I buy fabric for my bow ties often has bins of scraps from the mill for really cheap by-the-pound prices. I always check the bins when I'm there and often pick up scraps of beautiful fabrics. I'm excited to finally be coming up with projects to use them.
I came up with this DIY for a pair of overalls using Pendleton scraps. You can use any fabric you want though for a project like this.
I started by cutting out paper pattern pieces in the shapes of the areas I wanted to cover. I decided to do the pocket on the front and a triangular piece on the back. Then I pinned the pattern pieces to my fabric and cut it out. If you are using a thin enough fabric I would recommend cutting an additional 1/2" all the way around the piece and press that allowance back for a clean finished edge. My material was very thick and I was already planning to sew it on top of two layers of denim so I just kept raw edges.
The next step is pretty simple. Pin your material onto your garment and stitch it on. If you have a pressed back clean edge, it would be easy to machine top stitch it. If your edge is not clean, you could use a zigzag stitch on your machine to help keep it from fraying. Or you can hand sew. I opted for the last option since I knew my machine couldn't handle all of those layers of wool and denim. I used a blanket stitch to keep the material from fraying.
This is a very simple project that anyone can do, even if you don't have a sewing machine!