the ReFab Diaries: upcycle fabric scraps
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Three exciting things to share with you!  First, my friend Lisa (of Poldapop Designs) has been featured over at Rhonda's Creative Life! Second, she's launched her very first Poldapop Pattern! And third, she's celebrating the launch with a free tutorial (care of Rhonda) for the awesome zippered wallet pictured above. So, you can follow the tutorial or buy the pattern!  If you would rather have the pattern, Lisa is sponsoring a sale on the pattern which will run until February 28th. You can find her pattern in her Etsy shopThe introductory price of the pattern is a mere $5.00. After February 28th, the pattern will be $7.50. So you can make the pattern using the dimensions that are included in her tutorial, or save a little time and order the pattern, or, if you would rather not be bothered, she also has finished wallets and bags available in her Esty shop. Lots of options!!  

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

When we have felt scraps, they tend to be really small pieces. I think these leafy accessories are a perfect way to use them up!

A simple, cheap, very leafy little headband.  Full tutorial via MeSewCrazy.

Or make a felted-flower belt for Ms Dress-up!  Care of Shwin and Shwin 

Grown up version?  Go to Lark Crafts

Or get seriously seasonal with Lia Griffiths

Nothing brightens a wool coat like a big, flowery brooch. If you have small felt scraps lying around, upcycled them into a flower pin with this great tutorial from Poldapop Designs.

I'm a big fan of repurposing ... anything and everything.  Now that Ms Ro is in my world, I see that the possibilities are endless. She grows out of things so quickly!  Some things will find their way to consignment sales and thrift stores. But cheap Target onesies (babygrows)?  Probably not.  

I love orange but the kiddie clothing industry is less enamored with the color than me. So I chopped up a summer onesie to add some color to a long-sleeved bodysuit. If you don't already know how to use "wonder-under" or some other wonder substance that turns any fabric into an iron-on transfer, then you're missing out. Below is my creation:

I also found the best tutorial recently on Crap I've Made (gotta love the name) and used it to create the onesies below for friends expecting a boy in December. I bought the bodysuits new at a Carters outlet. The "ties" are made from used t-shirts I got at a consignment sale. And a couple of old summer onesies.  Total cost for the three: $12. 


London Mummy is far too chic for her own good.  On the other hand, the idea of simply raising a child successfully in London makes my hair hurt. 


 These beautiful tutorials are available via her beautiful blog.  Find the house here.  You'll see several links to the blocks on the same page.


Here she is ... a pretty pigeon-like thingie with a carrying wing/pocket on her back.  She was inspired by the Helen Dardik bird below and I'm really pleased with the result.  Kate announced loudly that this creature is her favorite. I can't choose between her and the snail.  Perhaps the Owl market is a little too saturated now for us to be impressed by them ... ?   :)

Super-sweet way to upcycle scraps of fabric, these pincushions are care of the amazing Ana Maria Horner, I think these are gorgeous.. if there was no orange in this picture, I wonder if I'd feel the same?

All instructions for this project are posted here. You can also grab the free pattern .pdf here.