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: