Posts Tagged ‘up-cycling’

How to Turn Jeans Into a Skirt

Turning jeans into skirts isn’t a new idea and was certainly never my idea.  When I was growing up everything was DIY and clothes weren’t as cheap as they are today so there was a lot of upcycling going on (did anyone else have fabric ruffles added to their too short jeans?) And although I […] Read more…

Easy and Quick Fabric Gift Bags

I have a love hate relationship with gift wrap. I love the designs, the colors, the way they make the simplest gifts look so good. I don’t like that it can only be used onced and then tossed away. (Yes, same with Kleenex, but Kleenex serves a very useful purpose before it is tossed). Gift bags are slightly better […] Read more…

How To Easily Fix Baggy Pants

There is a fine line between stylishly baggy pants and sloppy, frumpy, baggy pants. And I think the line has a lot to do with, not the pattern, but your body. The younger and fitter someone is the more they can look cute, perhaps even fashionable, in loose fitting clothing. Well, I’m no longer young […] Read more…

Making a Purse From a Leather Skirt

My friend, Sheila, always looks great and when complimented her on her clothing she’ll tell you which thrift or consignment store it came from. She has the best of luck at such places but she says it’s not luck; it’s just being there too often. Apparently this must be true because her sisters threw her […] Read more…

Mend It Better

Mend It Better  by Kristin M. Roach I picked up this book from my local library. The title caught my eye. Mending? That’s not very trendy or glamorous. Up-cycling is trendy. Fixing what you already own? Not so much. This book is full of practical tips and instructions. It also has projects, like a pouch […] Read more…

Upcycling a Thrift Store Dress

Recently a young friend of mine showed me a dress she bought second hand. This rayon floral dress featured two strong design elements. The first a corseted center front, purely decorative with a self fabric tie. The second feature was an exposed, silver toothed, zipper along the center back seam from top to hem. The […] Read more…

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