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It’s been a busy week here, what with my sewing room update and learning a new art, but I can’t share either of those things yet. Trust me, once they are completely finished, you’ll be hearing ALL about both. In the meantime, since it’s the day we celebrate our big, blue marble, so I’d like to talk about a few of my favorite Crafty Staci projects that are all about reduce/reuse/recycle.
What makes them Earth-friendly? Using cloth instead of paper cuts down on waste!
What makes it Earth-friendly? It’s a great way to repurpose those rusty, old mason jar rings!
What makes them Earth-friendly? A handy use for those plastic shopping bags to keep them out of the garbage.
What makes this Earth-friendly? It doesn’t matter what condition an old cookie sheet is in, it will work for this project.
What makes these Earth-friendly? Besides the fact that I was able to refashion an outdated coat into several new items, that coffee cup sleeve has saved some cardboard ones from the trash!
What makes this Earth-friendly? Thread spools get a second life as craft floss storage.
What makes this Earth-friendly? Reusing a tissue box instead of throwing it away!
What makes these Earth-friendly? Saving lots and lots of zippered plastic bags from the garbage can.
What makes this Earth-friendly? This shirt may have found a new owner at a thrift shop, but instead I turned it into something I still have in my closet years later!
What makes these Earth-friendly? No more paper or plastic!
Tell me about your favorite Earth Day projects!
Here in Oregon, I’m pretty sure they throw you out if you don’t recycle. It’s a rule. However, despite what you may have seen on television, you do not have to wear socks with sandals or have chickens in your backyard. Since Earth Day is coming up next week, let’s take a minute to embrace all those creative recyclers out there. Consider yourself honorary Oregonians, even if you’re not wearing socks to feed your chickens.
Do you still have CDs floating around your house? I know I still have a few somewhere, and I think these Fabric Covered CD Coasters from Mojo and Co. are a perfect use for them.
Can you believe these little baskets from I Love Paper Beads are made from a soda can and some plastic bags?
This Plantable Paper Earth from Modern Parents Messy Kids isn’t so much a recycling craft, but it certainly could be if you can find blue and green paper to reuse.
You need #6 plastic containers to make these Shrinky Bracelets from Rust and Sunshine, but if you can find them – so worth the search!
To extend the recycled-ness of these Farmhouse Cotton Branches from Prodigal Pieces you could reuse old pillow stuffing for the cotton.
Not only is the bottle recycled in this Water Bottle Dog Toy from Andrea’s Notebook, but the author suggests using an old sweatshirt for the fabric. I know my dog would love something he could play with that smelled like his boy.
I’ve seen many crafts that reuse old jeans, but these slippers from Wikihow might be a first.
Amazingly, Draft Magazine says these Bottle Cap Candles will burn for 1 – 1 1/2 hours.
Sometimes it’s the simple things that are the prettiest. Imagine a bowl full of these Toilet Paper Roll Yarn Holders from Sewlicious Home Décor.
I cannot believe that this lovely fall wreath from Saved by Love Creations started out as aluminum cans.
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!
We have two October birthdays in our house, so if I’m going to decorate for Halloween I try to hold off until those have passed. My husband’s was yesterday (Happy birthday honey!), so I think it’s time. Since my kids are grown and we don’t get trick-or-treaters I don’t often do much, but I’m feeling it this year. I think it might be nostalgia, since my oldest is completely out of the nest. That’s okay, because there is no shortage of good ideas out there – I had a hard time narrowing it to ten this week!
I noticed after I was done collecting this week’s favorites that almost all of them involve repurposing. One of the most impressive transformations is this pink and purple Little Tikes playhouse that became a spooky haunted mansion, thanks to the talents of Saki.Girl on Halloween Forums.
Thanks to so many charities using “flocking” as a fundraiser, you can buy pink flamingos lots of places year round. Pick up a few and make these Painted Skeleton Flamingos with Craftbits.
I think these Rock Jack-O-Lanterns from No Time for Flashcards might be my kind of pumpkin carving.
I think these Halloween Spiders from Crafts ‘N Coffee are adorable, and not even a little scary.
These DIY Halloween Lanterns from The Australian Baby Blog would be a fun craft to make with the kids. All the glow, without all the fire hazard.
These Coffee Filter Spiderwebs from The Artful Parent remind me a little of snowflakes – until you add the spiders.
I might need to start saving up shopping bags to make this skeleton from Curious Tangles on Instructables.
I love a craft that can transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving, like these Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins from The Summery Umbrella.
These Toilet Paper Roll Bats from Practically Functional are easy, just the right amount of spooky, and use something everyone has around.
These Barbie Zombies from Crafts by Amanda are at the top of my want-to-make list. It probably helps that we’re big Walking Dead fans.
When I was asked by Earth 911 if I had any good recycled crafts they could share for Earth Day, I didn’t think I’d have any problem digging one up. I was surprised to find most of my projects that fit the bill were seasonal, and not appropriate for spring. I really wanted something that was mostly repurposed, didn’t take a lot of materials and was a little unusual. I think this bag fits.
To make this, you’ll need a clean yogurt tub (about 24 oz size), a piece of denim (a leg cut off to make shorts will work) and two shoe laces.
Ok, so I know that’s technically not just yogurt, but have you tried this stuff? Yum.
Measure around the top edge of your tub. Add 1/2” to determine the width to cut your denim. Measure the height of the tub, multiply by 1 1/2 and add 3” to determine the height. Mine came out to 14 1/8 by 9”.
You can leave a decorative seam if your sewing machine can handle sewing over it doubled.
Fold the denim with the short sides together. Subtracting the 1/4” seam you’ll sew in the next step, find and mark the center on both sides. Unfold. Measure 2 1/4” down from the top edge at the mark. Draw a 1/4” line from 2 1/4 to 2 1/2”. Stitch a 1/4” buttonhole at the line and carefully cut it open.
Fold the denim right sides touching and short ends together. Stitch a 1/4” seam down the side. Press the seam open.
Stitch over the edge at the top and bottom with a zigzag stitch or serger to reduce fraying. Fold the upper edge toward the wrong side 1 1/2” and press. Stitch 1/2” from the edge and 1/2” from the fold.
Using scissors or a razor knife, cut the lip off the tub. Slip the fabric tube over the tub, wrong side of the fabric toward the tub and the top edge of the fabric and tub even with each other.
Using a long stitch and a large needle, stitch 1/4” from the edge through the plastic and denim. Add a pleat to the denim if you need to make it fit. If you have any doubt at all about whether your sewing machine can survive this, punch holes in the plastic with an awl and sew by hand.
Pull the denim up over the tub, turning right side out. Feed a shoelace into one of the buttonholes, all the way around through the casing, and back out through the same hole. Repeat on the opposite side with the other shoelace. Tie the laces together near the buttonhole and again at the ends. Pull both sides to draw closed.
I thought I was done at this point, but when I turned around the lid was laying there. I cut a small flower from it, which I stitched on with a button on top.
I keep imagining taking this to the beach with my sunglasses, bottle of water and sunscreen in it.
If this wasn’t Oregon. In April. Maybe a snack instead?
I’m just going to say it. I have a Keurig coffee maker, and it’s one of my favorite kitchen appliances. My husband has an erratic schedule, and I was always drinking reheated, burnt coffee. He also doesn’t like coconut, so one of my favorite coffee flavors was out. But with my new single-serve buddy, I can have a fresh cup of whatever flavor of coffee I want, whenever I want it. Given my addiction to my morning cup of joe, that’s a big deal.
The only issue I have with it is the waste. Each of those single serve coffees leaves us with a little empty cup to throw away. I knew there had to be something that could be done with them, and thanks to some creative crafters, I have some new ideas to try out.
Make It Easy Crafts made a K-Cup Toothpick Holder with a creative popsicle stick support system around the outside.
Crafting a Green World made a variety of creatures using yogurt cups, but the shapes would suit K-cups as well.
Here’s one to hang onto for a few months: a Recycled K-Cup Snowman Ornament, also from Make It Easy Crafts.
Earth911 made several K-cups into tiny hanging planters.
Entirely Smitten came up with several ways to reuse K-cups, including a cute pincushion.
PopSugar shares several practical ideas for reusing empty K-cups.
Have you come across any good K-cup crafts?
I mentioned the kitchenware Reuse Design Challenge at Earth911 a a while back. Well, I won! My thanks to everyone who voted. This was the challenge:
Upcycle used/old/worn out cookware (pots, pans, utensils…etc) into something completely different, but useful. We are looking for creative AND practical reuse designs, not simply decorative.
Sounds pretty easy, right? Except all I could think of were projects that were decorative. My sketch sheet is almost hilarious. Draw something, realize it’s only purpose is to look pretty, cross it out.
Luckily, my need for a good project and an actual need collided. My husband and I have started exercising regularly and trying to eat healthier. I find we eat better food if I plan it out in advance, so I wanted a menu board for my kitchen. I saw lots of kitchen command centers out there, but I have lots of windows and very little wall and they were all too big. This little cookie sheet fits the spot perfectly.
To make one of these handy boards, you’ll need a cookie sheet, an empty mint container, a flat-sided pen cup (or a small box), clothespins, a shopping list pad, chalkboard paint, acrylic paint, a silver Sharpie, flat magnets or a magnetic sheet, ribbon or cord to hang it, and, of course, chalk to write on it with.
This is probably the cheapest cookie sheet known to man, but in this case that’s an advantage. I felt like I could safely hang it on the wall without having to worry about it. Rough your pan up with some sandpaper to help the paint stick. I did this on the back, because that’s the side I chose to use. Do the same with your mint tin and pencil cup, if it’s metal. Clean everything well.
My cookie sheet didn’t have any holes in the ends, so I used a screwdriver, a hammer and a piece of wood to add a couple. It wasn’t difficult on this thin metal.
Spray all three pieces with two or three coats of chalkboard paint.
After the paint has dried completely, use a pencil to draw a menu block. Trace the pencil lines with a silver Sharpie.
Add the days of the week, if you’d like them to be permanent.
I printed my own shopping list (which you can download here) and secured them together with a piece of cardboard on the back using padding compound. I cut a magnetic calendar down to fit the back (don’t tell my insurance agent!) but any flat, sheet-style magnetic will work. Glue that to the cardboard.
Paint the clothespins with the acrylic paint and glue magnets to the back.
I also added a few details to the mint tin and pencil cup using the Sharpie and paint. Glue magnets to the side of the pencil cup and the bottom of the mint tin.
String the ribbon through the holes in the cookie sheet and tie for hanging.
The day I finished this, I just made up a menu for the photos. My son walked in while it was hanging and excitedly asked “Are we having Pad Thai for dinner?" which is his favorite. Since I didn’t even have the ingredients into the house, that wasn’t happening, and he sadly left the kitchen. I probably owe someone some Pad Thai.
Now that I have this little thing, I don’t know what I did without it. I always know where my shopping list and pens are, and my son could stop coming home and asking me what’s for dinner every night. That’s if I can ever get him to trust it again.
I love the way the outdoors looks this time of year. Flowers are starting to bloom, the leaves on the trees are unfurling and it’s still raining so it all stays green and healthy. It’s always right about now when I get an urge to plant something in a container, but that little voice in my head says “Really? You want to add to the plant body count around here? You know as soon as it stops raining, that thing is a goner.” When they make a plant that will water itself and not rely on me, it might stand a chance.
Around here, we’re wearing rain boots about now, but if you have some that have been outgrown or are no longer a pair, try these cute planters from Rosy~Posy.
I love the mini tiered garden effect created by this Tackle Box Garden from More Design Please.
We’re planning to replace the gutters on our house in the next year or so. I might have my husband save the old ones so I can make this DIY Vertical Garden with Reclaimed Gutters from Green Upgrader.
All that clear, beveled glass makes these old ceiling fixtures perfect for planters. Design Sponge shows you how.
Just…wow. Click through to see this Mobile Garden Dress from Foodtree on an actual human model.
We’ve pulled a few sinks out of our house, and although ours were lovely 70’s shades of avocado and light blue, they might still make great planters. Cherry Hill Cottage set hers on top of a sewing machine stand.
These Baby’s Tears in Muffin Tins from Country Living would make great centerpieces for an outdoor event.
If it’s still a little too cold to think about planting outside where you are, try this Indoor Terrarium, made using a fishbowl, from SheKnows.
Using tea cups as planters is an idea that’s been around for a long time, but the addition of the Tea Bag Plant Markers from At Home on the Bay is genius.
Just so you know, I think my lack of gardening skills has skipped a generation. My daughter was given a bamboo plant for her birthday over a year and a half ago and it’s still alive. She forgot to take it back to school with her when she left after spring break, and is worried I’ll kill it in the 5 days until she’s here again. Nothing green is safe with me.
On the heels of my long-sleeved shirt save this week, I thought I’d introduce you to a few other refashioned clothing projects this week. I’m not sure where the word “refashioned” came from, or how it worked its way into our vocabulary, but I have a feeling someone just thought it sounded better than recycled. Whatever you want to call it, turning something unwearable into a new favorite is a pretty satisfying experience.
When it comes to refashioning, you have two options: make the item into a better version of what it is, or turn it into something entirely different. Pillows-A-La-Mode took it up an extra notch and made a whole bunch of items from a cute sundress.
The Renegade Seamstress must have a very full closet with her refashioning skills. One of my favorites is this skirt made from a Hawaiian shirt.
I have this problem all the time. Drama Queen Seams found that her favorite white T had tiny holes near the bottom edge. Rather than toss it, she covered the holes with flowers.
No before, but you can probably picture a plain, white T-shirt. After:
Tara from All Glorious turned a pair of pajama pants into a skirt and infinity scarf with a nautical feel.
Sometimes a refashion doesn’t need to be dramatic or complicated to make a difference. A waistband was all this shirt from Crab and Bee needed.
It’s hard to believe this knit, peplum, off-the-shoulder top from Private Runway started out as a skirt.
The Five F’s was able to keep the art from her original sweatshirt while turning it into a sassy little strapless top.
I love the fact that Diary of a MadMama kept the original collar on her coat refashion.
Wedding Dress Blue transformed an ordinary skirt into something cute and fashionable.
Refashionista is a refashioning guru, with a ton of transformations under her stylish belt, but I especially like this little black dress.
Have you transformed any clothing from drab to fab?
I had two long-sleeved t-shirts in my closet that I hated because they were both too short. I have a long torso, and like my shirts long besides, so it’s a constant problem for me. The thing is, I kept forgetting that I hated these shirts so I’d pull one of them out, put it on, remember the problem, and decide to just wear it anyway. I thought I’d grab them from the clean laundry and not stick them back in the closet. As you can imagine, I’d forget (again!) and hang them right back up.
I broke the cycle! I have hooks on the back of my sewing room door where the future project clothes hang, and I finally managed to move them there. Sometimes things live there for a long time, but I just kept looking at those two shirts thinking they might work if they were combined into one.
The first decision I had to make was which shirt to keep as the main color. I went with the green because it was in a little better condition than the blue.
I very lazily held the shirt up to myself and estimated how much longer I’d like it to be. I highly recommend actually trying it on for this step. Fortunately, I guessed too long which is much easier to fix than too short.
I cut off the amount of length I wanted to add to the green shirt from the blue shirt, plus one inch, which was 6 1/2” total. Since the sleeves weren’t too short, I just wanted to add a little of the blue, so I cut 2” from the bottom of each sleeve.
Since the fabric didn’t unravel when I cut it, I didn’t finish any of the edges. I marked 1” from the edge on the blue so I would know where to overlap the green to.
I overlapped and generously pinned all the way around the bottom and both sleeves.
I used a narrow zigzag stitch to sew them together so it would still stretch.
You might be thinking this looks a little weird. Well, it did. I tried it on and it was twice as long as it should be, so I folded the blue in half and stitched again.
I could have stopped there, but that blue t-shirt carcass was laying on my table just begging to not get thrown in the trash. Starting from the bottom of the shirt, I cut off four 1” strips. I then cut off the side seams, so I was left with eight strips.
I lined up a strip about 1/8” away from the top edge of the neckline and sewed a zigzag stitch down the middle, overlapping the strip back on top of itself about 1/2” as I went. When each strip ran out, I just started the next one where it left off.
I was a little concerned this was going to make the neck too heavy and it would hang too low, but I tried it on and it fit just like before.
You know I still have blue shirt pieces left, right? At this point, I cut everything up that I had left into equal width pieces…
…and sewed them together by overlapping them slightly and zigzagging.
I wrapped the remaining strip I had around one section, tied it and tucked the tail under the knot. Infinity scarf!
I have to admit, I was a little hesitant about mixing these two colors, but I’m happy with the result. Two shirts I couldn’t stand wearing turned into one I love with a bonus infinity scarf? Today was a win.
The Protect Your Tech Challenge is over, so now I can share my project with you. Every time I think I’m done using the leather I cut off to refashion this coat, I find something new to do with it. Believe it or not, I still have a little bit left, so I can’t guarantee you’ve seen the last of it.
When I was asked to create a holder for a cell phone or tablet using recycled materials, it was important to me that as many of the materials were reused from something else as possible. The only thing I ended up using that was brand new was the thread. Seriously, I draw the line at trying to reuse thread…just, no.
This is what I used:
leather – from refashioned coat
hook and loop – from a duffle bag
D ring – from a bag
clip-on wrist strap – from an old point and shoot camera bag
lining fabric – scraps left from my Pan Protector and Hot Pad project
webbing – from a belt
To create my pattern, I drew a rectangle that measured 3/4” larger than my phone on all sides. My phone is pretty thin (Samsung Galaxy SIII) so be sure to take the thickness of your phone into account when drawing your pattern. I used something with a rounded edge to round the two bottom corners. If I could remember what that was, I’d tell you, but it was probably a jar or something similar.
After you’ve drawn your pattern, cut two pieces from the leather (or whatever fabric you’re using) for the outside and two from the lining fabric. You’ll also need a 1 1/4 by 2” piece of leather for the side loop. Cut the 5/8 to 3/4” wide hook and loop 1 1/2” long. The webbing I used was 1 3/4” wide and had a finished end, so I cut it 3 3/4” long. If you’ll have to finish the end, cut it 1/2” longer, fold it under 1/4” twice and stitch.
Sew the loop piece of the hook and loop to the front leather piece, centered side to side and 2 1/4” from the top edge. Sew the hook piece to the webbing, 1/4” from the finished end.
Fold the 2” sides of the small piece of leather under 1/4” and stitch.
Slip into the D-ring and fold, wrong sides together.
Use binder clips to clip the two remaining pieces of leather right sides together. Slip the D-ring loop into one side with the ring inside, 1” from the top. Stitch 1/4” from the edge, leaving top open. Do the same with the lining, without the D-ring loop, and leave a 4” opening at the bottom.
Turn the lining right side out. Stuff it into the leather piece. Clip the top edges of both together. Slip the webbing between the layers , opposite the front hook and loop (the loop part) with the hook and loop on the webbing facing the lining. In the photo you’ll see my webbing sticking up above the edge, which is only because I started out with it too long. Yours should be even with the edge.
Stitch around, 1/4” from the edge.
Turn right side out through the opening in the bottom of the lining. Stitch the opening closed by hand or machine.
Push the lining to the inside. Roll the seam with your fingers until it is completely turned. Stitch around close to the upper edge.
For the flower embellishment, cut your favorite shape from the leather. I also cut a smaller starburst shape for the center to add a little more texture.
Stitch onto the webbing through the button.
Clip the wrist strap onto the D-ring and it’s finished. If you don’t have a wrist strap, some narrow webbing stitched together and a carabiner of some kind will do the trick.
My phone fits in the case perfectly without my phone cover, however I’d make it larger if you want your cover to stay on.
I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to vote for my project in the challenge. I appreciate the support!
I was asked by Earth911, a great website focused on creating less waste and finding ways to use things in new ways, to participate in their Protect Your Tech Design Challenge this month. The goal was to make a carrier or case for an electronic device using recycled or repurposed materials. You know how you’re full of great ideas until you’re asked to think about something specific, then totally draw a blank? That was me for a while. Eventually it came to me. My red coat! I still had some leather and a couple of small buttons left and I’d been wanting to make something to hold my smart phone anyway. I managed to scavenge all of the other pieces from my “I’m saving this because I might use it later” box, so the only part of it that’s new is the thread.
It turned out exactly the way I pictured, and holds my phone perfectly.
I think my favorite part of it is the flower I cut out from the leather.
In case you didn’t catch the "Challenge” part of this, it’s a competition between me and 8 amazing craft bloggers, determined by your vote. If you’d like to participate, visit the Earth911 website here and click the circle next to your favorite project on the 11th page of the slide show. Voting closes on January 30th.
Of course, I’ll be sharing the tutorial for this little bag with you, but I have to wait until the challenge is over. Thanks for taking the time to share your opinion!
I’m starting to feel that anxiety of a busy week coming up. I don’t mind the chaos. In fact, I sometimes like a little crazy. The part that makes me tense is the thought that I’ll forget something important. When there’s so much to do, something is bound to slip through the cracks (FYI – as I was typing this I wrote “crafts” instead of “cracks” – psychoanalyze that!). One of the things I want to make sure to remember is a hostess gift for Thanksgiving. My husband is still away and my sister invited me and my kids to spend the holiday with her family. Hosting Thanksgiving is no small task, so I want to thank her properly. Before you think I’m giving away the surprise here, this isn’t the gift I decided on, but I love it and wanted to share it with you anyway.
Everywhere we have lived has had either a fireplace or a woodstove. I love being able to have a fire in the winter. What I do not enjoy is wading up balls of newspaper to start it. I decided instead to make something I could just grab out of a basket and throw in under some kindling.
To make the fire starters, I used cardboard rolls. Mine are toilet paper rolls, but you could also cut down a paper towel roll or the center from the wrapping paper. Speaking of gift wrap, you’ll need some of that too. You’ll also need some cotton string and something flammable to stuff inside, like shredded paper. I’ve even seen these made with dryer lint.
I used shredded paper for mine. I also wadded up pieces of the instructions that come wrapped around interfacing and stuffed that in the ends of the tube so the shred wouldn’t fall out while I was working with it.
Cut the gift wrap into pieces about 6” by 10”. Starting from the larger side, roll it around the stuffed tube. Secure with a small piece of tape.
Squish the ends just above the tube and tie with a 6” piece of string at each end.
To use, simply stick a couple under some small pieces of dry wood…
…and light the ends.
I normally use a butane lighter to start a fire, but I thought something prettier would make this a better gift. The Burlap Bag had shared a match jar project that was exactly what I was looking for. The only changes I made were to not cut a hole in the top and use the lid insert under the sandpaper. I actually had a partial box of strike anywhere matches that I’m pretty sure has been around our house through most of our marriage.
After I made the first batch of these using Christmas wrap, I happened to find some wood grain print paper at Target. Now they’re perfect!
Throw in a few dried pinecones and you have a gift that’s both functional and pretty – if your hostess can bring herself to actually burn it. The wood grain starters will probably still be sitting on my hearth in April.
This is the time of year when I always find myself standing in front of my closet with a critical eye, ready to start tossing. Sometimes it’s things that have just seen their last outing, thanks to a hole here or a stain there. But often, it’s just that I’m tired of looking at a garment in it’s current form. In fact, I’m working on a major clothing refashion of my own I’ll be showing you soon. In the meantime, I’ve found lots of inspiration.
I actually tried this Pinched Hem from Feathers Flights a couple of months ago. My jeans are always too long, but I don’t like the look of my “homemade” hems. This trick worked beautifully.
This Draped T-Shirt from One Avian Daemon is made from a piece of knit fabric, but I think it could also be done with a t-shirt or two.
I love these Faux Chenille Capri Pants from RoCa and Company. I think if I made these with the chenille closer to the hem I could get away with it.
I used to have a sweatshirt with three-quarter length sleeves and I wore it a lot this time of the year. I’ve been thinking about altering a long-sleeved one I already have to replace it, and I’d like to also use the neckline from this Sweatshirt Makeover from Irish Attic.
My short-short days are over, but luckily I have a daughter with lovely legs. I think she’s going to need these DIY Vintage Lace Trimmed Shorts from Hippie Lace. Living vicariously through my daughter’s closet.
The ruffle and buttons are a great details on this Men’s Polo Shirt to Woman’s Cute Shirt with Yolk from LauPre. This would be equally fun with short sleeves for summer.
I’m not sure this Snowflake Cutout Tank from Honeybear Lane on Ucreate would be the same if she hadn’t used the black and white polka dot fabric. It really adds to the design.
These little Ruffle Cuff Pants from The Mother Huddle are adorable. How cute would this be for shorts?
I love how the braiding turns this big, boring shirt into something so stylish. Scroll all the way to the bottom of the tutorial on Crafting Dreams to see what she did with the bottom of the sleeves.
Single-shoulder tops are everywhere right now, so why not make your own? Find out how with this tutorial from Craft.
Also, in case you haven’t already heard, next Monday is the first day of Giveaway Day (which is really Giveaway Week) at Sew, Mama, Sew! If you haven’t heard of it, you’re really missing something. Hundreds of bloggers and crafters from all over participate by giving something away. Some offer a premade item, others craft supplies. Some give both. Everyone has their own method of entry, but it’s often as simple as leaving a comment.
I’ll be giving something away as well, so be sure to check back here on Monday to see what it is and enter to win!
I’m never quite sure what to say about Earth Day. It feels similar to what we all tell our children when they ask why there’s no Kids’ Day. Say it with me – every day is Kids’ Day. Isn’t every day Earth Day? Do you only recycle on April 22nd? Probably not, and I found a bunch of creative people who do it year-round too.
I just bought some shrinkable plastic sheets to play with. I wish I would have found these DIY Shrinky Dinks from Curbly first.
If someone comes up with some creative way this thing will water itself (I’m sure it’s out there) I’ll be all over this Vertical Vegetable Garden from Instructables user pippa5, because I’m pretty sure I have this shoe organizer somewhere.
I’m sure if you’ve even dipped your foot into Pinterest, you’ve experienced the frustration of trying to track down the original source of a pin. I saw this photo and loved it, but finding where it came from took a LONG time. Turns out, it’s an entry in a photo contest on Dave’s Garden. The photo, taken by Elfishone, is lovely and the idea is a brilliant way to reuse an old purse.
Who hasn’t found themselves with old, empty DVD cases and wondered how they could be repurposed? This DVD Coloring Case from Handmade by Stacy Vaughn is the perfect answer.
I’m not sure how difficult it would be to find the hardware for this Book Page Bracelet from Happy Hour Projects, but I think it’s definitely worth looking.
Start collecting those pop tops, because you’ll need a lot of them to make this Pop Top Lamp Shade from Make.
This Buckle Up Key Holder from Uncommon Goods is a ready-made item, but with a little ingenuity and access to an old seatbelt, I’m sure you crafters out there could make one.
Something about this Corner Door Shelf from Craftaholics Anonymous feels like Alice in Wonderland.
This braided belt from Instructables user hammer9876 uses ties from yoga pants, but the possibilities for reusing other string-shaped items are endless.
I’m going to start stashing away colorful magazine pages so I can make these gift bows from How About Orange. As if I need another excuse.
Yes, you read that right. Pharmacy bottles. Before you get concerned about my medicinal habits, let me explain.
My brother-in-law, Jerome, found himself in need of a career change a couple of years ago. He decided to go back to school to become a pharmacy technician. No small task, but he stuck with it and graduated at the top of his class. That part has nothing to do with these trees, but I’m just so proud of him!
His training involved some practice with the bottles used in a pharmacy. They were empty, and would have been disposed of after the class was finished with them. Like any good crafter, Jerome saw a better use for them and brought them home. Lots of them.
He dog-sat for us when we went to Seattle for a couple of days, and spent most of that time working on these. I think before this he thought I was a little crazy for all the crafting I do. He thinks I’m completely off my rocker now.
After a couple of tubes of glass and bead glue, and possibly some damaged brain cells, he had glued together 132 bottles and a variety of beads and decorations. Not to mention inserting Christmas lights into every single bottle.
The tree on the far right is actually made from mini-bar size vodka bottles. Luckily, he was given the bottles already empty. Otherwise we might have an entirely less attractive group of trees. Here’s the vodka tree lit up.
I didn’t get a photo of this one with the lights on, but it was a wedding gift for Jerome’s friend, who was one of the many married on 11/11/11. Seems appropriate somehow.
This blue tree is ours. It looks really pretty in the window in my kitchen.
Jerome is definitely the biggest Kiss fan I’ve ever met. He has been for all of the 22 years I’ve known him. This is his tree.
I’ve never seen someone so happy to be done with a craft project. In fact, it kind of seems like he’s running past my craft room when he comes in the house now. I’d feel bad for him, except I really love my new blue tree.
I think sometimes crafting is like having a baby. Eventually, you forget the pain you went through to get the amazing end product and you do it all over again.
I love candles. Let me rephrase that…I love candles that smell good. People who know me are aware of this, and are happy to encourage my collection whenever a good reason presents itself. I have a cupboard in my house dedicated solely to candles – that’s how bad it is…Read More
T-shirts are like the flour of fashion. They aren’t good for much all by themselves but they’re the foundation of a lot of things that couldn’t exist without them. Once in a while, I look into my closet, wonder how I ended up with so many t-shirts and go shopping for something new. But I always come back to them, and occasionally try to figure out how I can make them better with crayons, paint, bleach or scissors. And I’m not the only one out there.
These T-Shirt Pom Poms from Craftaholics Anonymous are not only cute, but they look like they would be really fun to make.
I’m so glad I found this this tutorial for Dear Lizzy’s Pretty Petals Tee before I bought another one of these flowery tops. I actually wish I had found it before I bought the first one.
I like crafts I can do while I watch television or movies with my family. These T-Shirt Yarn Braided Coasters from Homework would be perfect, and when I’m done, I can set whatever tasty beverage I’m drinking on them.
I love all of the texture and detail on this Anthropologie Pratia Tank Top from Made by Lex.
I’ve wanted to try these Bleach Pen T-Shirts, like these from Show Tell Share, for months now. I’m just waiting for the weather to be nice enough I can do it outside so I don’t knock myself out.
This Empire Cut Blouse from Guaya is cute, but the bit of ribbon and lace she added makes it adorable.
This Long Sleeved Shirt to Short Sleeves from Make It and Love It didn’t just get its sleeves cut off, but added details as well.
All I can say about this reverse applique t-shirt from Sew Simple is wow.
And finally, a pretty Lace Applique Tank Top refashion from Ali Foster Patterns that would be perfect for the lovely summer weather I’m sure is coming our way soon.
I had grand intentions this week. I have a pair of jeans with a broken zipper that I was going to use to create some sort of Easter basket/container, covering my Easter and Earth Day projects in one fell swoop. Didn’t happen. Honestly, there was just too much going on this week. But it’s Friday, so instead I’m going to let you in on some great recycling projects other people have done. Don’t worry – that denim thing will turn up here at some point.
I’ve been seeing these homemade play kitchens for a while and every one of them is more clever than the last. They are usually made from a piece of old furniture, like a night stand. The details on this version from My Little Gems really put it over the top.
I don’t think it would be especially difficult to get a kid to empty a candy bag for me so I could make this Sweet Tooth Pouch from Punkin Patterns.
And I think there’s someone else in the house willing to empty the dog food bag for the Upcycled Garden Tote from Garden of Eden Goods.
I really like this Braided T-Shirt Yarn Headwrap from Sew Homegrown, but I also think it would make a great belt.
I’ve worried that bags made from old t-shirts might stretch and sag, but I think She Wears Flowers has solved the problem by lining hers.
We have loads of Pez dispensers floating around this house. I seriously love this Toy Story Wall Art by Under the Table and Dreaming and might have to make one for myself.
This Ribbon Sling Bag by My Recycled Bags is an ingenious use of old store shopping bags.
This is one of the most unique recycling projects I’ve seen. UrbanWoodsWalker on Our Everyday Earth made this plastic coat by fusing plastic shopping bags together with an iron and using it as fabric. Pretty amazing!
Happy Earth Day…now go recycle something!