Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling Pants From a Dress

Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling Pants From a Dress

Remember this lovely pile of scrap material from my Shirt from a Dress post two weeks ago?  Well, it’s time to put that wonderful fabric to upcycling use.  I’m going to make a pair of flowing, easy lounging pants.  I love pants like what I envisioning. Gotta hem the top over. And again.  Sew into place … … and I run into my first problem 🙁  Needs a hole for the string that I cut off! Problem is, the hole is going to fray especially with all that friction of the string.  To solve this issue, I stuff some interfacing … Continue Reading →
Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling an Empire Waist Top from a Dress

Repurposing Fashion Clothing: Upcycling an Empire Waist Top from a Dress

One of the first things I uncovered from my mother’s wardrobe was this dress.  The concept of this dress is great except that it was for an old person.  Sorry, Mom!  However, this looks like it would make a great addition to a summertime swimming attire, so even though we are in the midst of winter spring, I decided to remake it for my daughter Liz.  Fortunately, stripes are totally in this spring, so this would be the perfect upcycle. First step, cut it up.  I measured where the bust line would be by putting one of her tops on … Continue Reading →
Remaking a Dress into a Skirt

Remaking a Dress into a Skirt

I found this dress at the Salvation Army the other day.  There doesn’t seem to be anything wrong with it, but it was a badly designed dress.  Time to upcycle it into something I can wear: a skirt!  Don’t you love it when you can take something that someone else couldn’t do anything with, and repurpose it? I loved it on the rack, but when I got it home, it left much to be desired.  Probably because the cut on the top part of the dress was all wrong, and I couldn’t actually get into it because there was no … Continue Reading →
Upcycling a Skirt for St. Patty’s Day by Shortening

Upcycling a Skirt for St. Patty’s Day by Shortening

I found this skirt at the Salvation Army and it’s been hanging around in my closet for a few months.  I love the dyeing, lace and ruffles, but I hate the length.  Here’s Lex trying it on.  I’m going to try my hand at upcycling it, so that it is a shorter (mini) skirt instead.  How awesome would that be? First thing is first.  Let’s undo the waist ribbon, and set it aside. Cut the length just above the first lacy part. Pin and iron, making sure to fold over twice so there isn’t a raw edge.  And you know … Continue Reading →
Repurposing Fashion Shirt: Upcycling a Dress, Part I

Repurposing Fashion Shirt: Upcycling a Dress, Part I

My friend gave me these three long summery dresses.  I love them, but I also hate dresses.  Actually, I hate skirts too, but dresses even more.  There was a time when all I did was wear dresses like these, so I was pretty stoked to get them.  Until they sat in the back of my closet, for like, years.  Time to remake them into something that I’ll wear! I decided to play around with the blue one.  I’m going to make myself a shirt. Lop that puppy right off! The strings had to be cut off too, since there wasn’t … Continue Reading →
Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Cupcake Picks

Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Cupcake Picks

Apologies because this post is coming a day early, but I wanted to get it out in time for Valentine’s Day.  Last week, I showed you how to make cute little heart pockets for the ones you love, but I can’t let those little bits and pieces of the USPS Postal Mailers go to waste, so I am making some cute cupcake picks to use them up.  Those mailers make for wonderful craft projects, so be sure to recycle them into something special.  (Just don’t go pick up the free ones from the post office – use them after they … Continue Reading →
Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Heart Pocket

Recycling Postal Mailers: How-To Make a Valentine’s Day Heart Pocket

USPS Postal Mailers make for wonderful craft projects, if you get one mailed to you.  So instead of throwing them into the recycle bin (yes, you can recycle those mailers), try upcycling them into a cute Valentine’s Day Heart for your kids.  You can also make all sorts of recycled, repurposed, or upcycled crafts from these guys.  Tough and strong, they are made to go through some abuse by mail carriers.  Please just remember to recycle them after you use them! Start by cutting them up so that you can use the white space.  I used 6 mailers for my project, … Continue Reading →
Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Repurposing a Knit Shirt

Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Repurposing a Knit Shirt

I love upcycled clothing because not only is it frugal, but it is also eco conscious.  Eco fashion!  What a great phrase.  At any rate … on my mother’s last visit to my house, she left behind this shirt.  I really like it, but I didn’t want to touch it because it holds some nostalgic value for me.  Also, it is about two sizes too big for me.  What to do? (Sorry for the photo.) Upcycling a Shirt How-To Since I had so much luck with dying, I decided the easiest way to upcycle this would be to dye & … Continue Reading →
Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Making Colored Jeans

Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Making Colored Jeans

My daughter Liz has an obsession with colored jeans. She must have had a dozen pairs before the craze even started.  One day, we decided that we were going to make our own pair of colored jeans using an old, ugly pair of dark denim that she had floating in the back of her closet. The first step is to bleach the jeans.  This was actually a difficult step, or at least time consuming and it made our bathroom smell like a pool.  We finally figured out that if you just left the jeans in the bleach water, it would … Continue Reading →
Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Adding a Little Fringe to Your Boots

Repurposing (Upcycled) Fashion Clothing: Adding a Little Fringe to Your Boots

We found this great fringe at JoAnn’s. Liz immediately fell in love with it and asked to attach it to her boots. Even though it isn’t really upcycling (more like decorating), I still dig the creativity. Here is the “before boot.” She added the fringe with the glue gun. I didn’t have to tell her to start the fringe at the back. The only problem with the fringe is that it frayed pretty easily, so she needed to secure it with the glue. I think she did a great job. Here she is showing off her new stash. Pretty cool, … Continue Reading →
CD Jewel Case Calendar to Make a Great Homemade Family Gift!

CD Jewel Case Calendar to Make a Great Homemade Family Gift!

I found a great Photoshop template to make a family calendar 2017 CD jewel case calendar template.  This makes a fun, frugal homemade Christmas/holiday gift idea using a jewel case.  For my 2013 calendar template, I featured all the members of the family in one calendar.  My husband was great and printed out all the pictures, and the kids and I cut them out and inserted them into CD jewel cases.  You can find CD or DVD jewel cases (if you don’t already have a hundred of them lying around) at any office supply store, right near the blank CD’s. I … Continue Reading →