Twig and Tale Upcycle Tour

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I’m here for another tour today.  This time I’m sharing an upcycle project featuring the Traveller Cape from Twig and Tale.  This was a sentimental make that I can’t wait to share with you!

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Make sure to head over to the Twig and Tale Blog for links to all the other great bloggers sewing along, a giveaway and a fun link-up!

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Ready to get a little personal?  I’m extremely sentimental- I save weird stuff, I cry at sappy commercials, and love a good chic flick.  My home is filled with treasures from our travels and tons of knick knacks and furniture from my grandparents and other loved ones.  This here is my handsome paternal grandfather Allen.  He was just about as good as they come, a shining example to all his posterity.

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When he passed away, my husband inherited his car and this wool blanket was tucked away in the trunk.  It was tattered and worn but I couldn’t get rid of it and it sat waiting for this project for almost 9 years.

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This tour was just the push I needed and this cape pattern couldn’t be more perfect for it.  I love, love that this pattern is called the Traveller Cape for my dear grandparents instilled a huge desire in me to explore the world.  They traveled to exotic lands and I couldn’t wait to hear about their latest adventures.  I loved their pictures riding camels, petting tigers, or in front of an amazing landmark.  Growing up my family moved all over the country and my sweet grandparents would make the trip to visit us multiple times a year, no matter what coast or city we lived in at the time.

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I had to have my girly reading for this shoot because it was my grandma Lola that encouraged my love of reading.  She was such an avid reader and would save her favorite books and pass them on to me when she would come visit.  I loved her murder mysteries and historical fiction she would share.  I may have been the only teenager I knew who loved a good Mary Higgins Clark book!  I’m so excited that this girl of mine shares the same enthusiasm and can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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I’m a firm believer that those who pass on are still in our lives, watching over those they love.   I feel them all around me through the good times and through the times of trial.  Their family was their life and I hope we’ve done them proud.  I feel lucky to have such amazing examples to strive to be like.

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Thanks for indulging my sentimental heart.  We all have those special people that shape our lives and I’m so thankful for mine.  Who is that for you?  Was it a special grandparent? Aunt? Uncle? Maybe even an extraordinary teacher?

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Ready for a little project deets?  This was such a fun sew!  Like I mentioned, this blanket was a bit tattered and torn. It measured 50″x 50″ and I barely got this cape out of it.  I’m not too experienced with upcycling but I knew I just had to go for it and not worry too much about matching the plaid.  I was just happy that I could get all the pieces cut!

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I lined the cape in a soft slub sweater knit.  The blanket is thick and a bit itchy so this lining makes all the difference.  I used a deep mustard color hoping that my little guy might wear it one day too!

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I used a fun faux leather toggle as a closure- again hoping that it makes it a bit more unisex.  This is the 8-teen size in the classic length.  I love that she can wear this for years to come!

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We had the most fun on this photoshoot.  It was one of those super stormy days that cleared up just in time for golden hour.  We love this little equestrian trail just a few minutes from our house- it proved the perfect backdrop for this outfit.  I love these little one on one moments I get to steal with my kids.

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Thanks for joining me and make sure you head over to Twig and Tale for all the other good stuff!

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9 thoughts on “Twig and Tale Upcycle Tour

  1. The cape is just gorgeous and so is the story around it! The cape looks perfect, no print matching needed and the color is perfect, musterd is my favorite color, so that lining is the cherry on the pie for me!

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  2. I too am sentimental. I definitely cry at sappy commercials. Have you seen the Reebok Crossfit shoe add yet? Oh dear! I don’t even do cross fit my mommy emotions made me think I needed those shoes! I love reading the about the “real” side of people in their posts. So glad you shared your memories and now it’s documented too!

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  3. Well thanks for making me teary eyed this morning! I love the cape and the story behind it is so meaningful. My family doesn’t seem to hold on to anything, but my husbands family are avid antiquers and always giving us things with a story. I love it!

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  4. I so enjoyed reading your tale behind your beautiful Traveller Cape. Upcycling is definitely about memory keeping for me too, and that wonderful feeling you get when you see a familiar comforting item from your childhood wrapped around your child. Thanks for sharing your story with us x

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  5. I definitely have a penchant for up-cycling, and this is why! I love the sentimental aspect of making something new for my kids out of something that once belonged to a cherished loved one. I think most people would have thrown that tattered, old blanket away, but you were able to use your talent to make it something special that will be enjoyed for many more years to come. Well done ❤

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