Reducing waste through upcycling, repurposing, refashioning and reloving.

Showing posts with label Textiles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Textiles. Show all posts

Upcycle: Yarn-bomb a lamp shade!

A simple, retro-tastic makeover worthy of a bow. Elycia shares the instructions in a guest post at One Sheepish Girl.


Upcycle: Mod Podge Wedges...


Holy transformation bat-girl! Don't know about you... but I think Taryn took these from "gosh, no thanks" to "ummmm, where can I get a pair?!!"  I know some people who have treasure troves of upholstery samples .... what a great way to use them! Full tutorial at Design, Dining and Diapers.  

Thrifty Thursday: Shopping-bag apron DIY


I'm so excited to share this post today!  You know how sometimes, a plan just comes together? You know how sometimes, you realize you're so old you're inadvertently alluding to "The A-Team" - the TV show, not the movie?

Upcycle: Zip-cessorize ...


My friend Lisa (of PoldaPop designs) is a big fan of old zippers and makes amazing things with them.  This post is inspired by her zippy creativity (!) and by these beautiful tutorials I found.  (Note: this could have been a HUGE roundup but I made the very unusual decision to avoid the rabbit hole, stop looking and publish!  Zipper pile image above via Flickr)

Repurpose: Vintage linens ...


Dottie Angel
 has, literally, written the book on Granny Chic.  The blog is a visual feast ... it will convince you to alter your aesthetic accordingly and cover your world in vintage linens.  If nothing else, it sent me on a hunt for projects involving repurposed / upcycled vintage sheets, pillow cases, hankies etc.  I think I found some awesome last-minute Mother's Day gifts! 



The Dottie Angel "hangy-me-jigs" pictured above inspired the Ashley Anne mobile below ...  Read on for another 24 ideas...


Repurpose: Tanks, skirts & t-shirts ...



The heat is on in Chicago this year! And yes, I have summer clothes. But not enough of them (!) and... I kinda, sorta, hate most of what I have. So I've been thinking of ways to chop up old skirts, stained tank tops, too-big-for me shorts. This means I've been looking around and now I'm really inspired! The DIY empire-waste dress above is from TripOverJoy.  She added fresh fabric to an old tank.  Not sure I'm the right shape to pull of a little dress like this, but her finished product looks awesome on her! Read on for another 20 projects.

DIY: Hermes Clutch (with free printable)



The clever marketing folks at Hermes are offering another free printable... this time, a DIY JigĂ© clutch. Visit this page, let it load up, and click on the "I want it, I'll have it" thumbnail. Choose from six different patterns, download ... and what?  They want you to print, cut, glue, and enjoy!  Because this is a pretty promotional idea ...and a waste of paper.  And the link will go away.  


But, if you save the PDF to your desktop before you "print" you'll have it for future use.  And if you print this off onto fabric transfer paper, you could actually make a little fabric clutch. I love love the bird!  (Via OhTheLovelyThings)

Upcycle: Old pillow case = new tote bag


Simple no-sew makeover from CremeDeLaCraft.  


Upcycle: (re) Vamp your Shoes ...


Most shoe re-do's or "upcycles" I see involve very high heels, glitter, jewels and dipping in neon paint. It will probably not surprise you to hear that I don't wear a lot of glitter-dipped, bejeweled stilettos. I enjoy heels on very specific occasions.  But my current favorite shoes are blood red Dansko mary-janes that I got at a thrift store for $15. I "upcycled" them with a little shoe polish - wonderful substance!  Anyway, I am intrigued by the idea of shoe re-do's ... and shoe repurposing.  And once in a while, a project stands out. Here goes!

First, head over to A Little Tipsy and learn how to use an old t-shirt to turn flip flops into espadrilles (pictured above)!    

Upcycle: Fresh burlap... yes, burlap


I think that burlap is something you either love or loathe. Either way, it's a much more interesting fiber than you'd think. And it can contemporary... not just country! It's "green" because it's made from jute, a very low-impact plant to grow. So it's renewable. Even compostable! Also, it’s pretty easy to get second-hand/used burlap, if you know where to look. Local coffee shops, especially ones that roast their own beans, tend to be rich with big, empty burlap sacks.  For other ideas on how to find the stuff (and to read more about why burlap is awesome) visit Crafting a Green World.  Once you get your hands on some, make these pretty things (25+ projects for you):

DIY: Macrame Produce Bag ....


How many trends can you cram into one little project?  It's retro, it's (almost) neon, it's embellished with pom-poms ... and it's eco-friendly (would be a great way to use t-shirt yarn).  Loving everything about Scissors and Steam.  Go get the instructions.

Repurpose: Doily re-do's ...






Starch and doilies ... would your kids even know what those are? I know my grandmother loved both of them - starch for collars and doilies for decorating, everything.  They  adorned side tables, the backs of chairs, her dressing table, her nightstands. She said they were "feminine".  Ak.  I was never a fan.  But I do like the way they've returned.  And I've found 19 fresh (and yes, feminine!) decor ideas I love and want to share:

Repurpose: Messenger bag from Cargo pants!



Two awesome tutorials to step you through upcycling those ratty old cargo pants.  The version above is from Noodlehead.  The version below is from Bludor


Upcycle: Spring a t-shirt re-new!


Chicago is so warm and sunny right now ... it's summer in March!  I want to string a hammock under a tree and drift through the days.  It will probably snow in April, but for now I'm staring at all the dull, grey/black/teal things in my closet.  Blagh!  So ... the hunt for (re) fresh, floral ideas begins.

Recycle: Shredding and Weaving ...



I recently featured Mielie, a South African company creating amazing woven art, objects and acessories using old t-shirts and knit-fabric overruns.  The post got a huge response, so here are a few more fun ways to repurpose old t-shirts!  First, the hip chevron mat from The House that Lars Built.

DIY: Mielie Peeps ...t-shirt weaving tutorial


"Mielie" is, officially, the Afrikaans word for corn/maize.  But it's also the word all South Africans use for corn (and its by-products), no matter what language they happen to speak. Now, "Mielie" is a small business after my own heart. Employing over 50 artists the mission is "to design and produce innovative, export-quality hand-crafted products using reclaimed materials - with the aim of creating employment and restoring dignity and financial independence to South Africans".  The Mielie Peeps work out of their homes, sell across the planet, share a community garden and create the most amazing things using strips of t-shirt fabric!!







The items pictured here are the tip of the Mielie-berg.  I cannot begin to capture the variety and creativity of these folks.  Wanna learn to weave like a Mielie Peep?  Follow the links to the two free tutorials... after the jump.

DIY: Hold on to your hobby horse!





Apparently this little pony is also known as a stick horse ... but in my world, it's a hobby horse.  And, thanks to Hetty of Light Blue Grey, you can MAKE one yourself using a old sock.  How freakin' cool is that?





Upcycle: Repurposed neck ties & zippers






Blue Velvet Chair is my new blog crush!  Thanks to Mike (the host), I spent a long time gawking at the many, amazing repurposed ties (pictured above) being created by Alisa of Ties and Whimsy. Doesn't every girl want to wear a man's tie?  I think so.  Especially when they look like this!  I had a *very* hard time choosing a few to feature in this post ... amazing stuff.

Wanna try it yourself?   Rachel, of Maybe Matilda, has a ton of awesome tutorials on offer.  But this pleated neck-tie how-to will serve as a great springboard if you want to emulate Alisa.  Here's to creative refashioning, feminine repurposing and whimsy!


Lots of tutorials out there for making zipper flowers ... I really like this one from Maya Road Company:





Recycle: Old sweater ... new hat!



The picture says it all really .... awesome re-fashion (pattern included) from See Kate Sew

DIY: Cheap, cheap birdie fun ...



This beautiful quilted bird house and matching birdie rattles was a labor of love ... but worth it right?  It's a toy any infant will happily chew on and shake.  Later on, it'll be great for container play and peek-a-birdie! Full tutorial via Instructables


Talk about cheap, cheap, cheap and cheerful!  These would be great in a kid's room or craft room ... and SUCH a fun way to use up scrap fabric.  I would put the magnet *inside* the bird to child-proof it.  Then imagine the possibilities: counting, sorting, color-matching ... you could make them different sizes too!  Thanks to Two Girls Being Crafty

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