It seems that at this time of year; everyone is preparing for back to school; all the closets get cleaned out and a huge amount gets heaved. Whoa, before you ditch it consider a few ideas! Trust me; you will be amazed at these trash to treasure ideas.
What can I do with this?
- Can it be sewn into something else?
- Can it be Dyed another colour?
- Can it have paint embellishment?
- Can it take on another form?
- Can it be cut and adjusted?
- Can it be something completely new?
- Can it be a mold for concrete?
- Can it be refinished?
Oh so many jeans:
I admit that I see so much potential in denim! It takes a huge amount of energy to make denim so let’s rethink how we can reuse it; get a second life. Let me show you how to make this Bowler Bag with your old jeans.
These sweet birds need so little fabric and you probably already have everything else needed. It’s been a tough year and keeping those hands and minds busy is a good thing. I always felt good accomplishment after ‘making’ something and didn’t realize I was actually practicing ‘Art therapy’.
Make Unique Apparel:
Denim can be pieced a million ways and all are quite acceptable. Think outside the usual; what do you have to lose!? Rather than throwing all the jeans away it is now my Designer Jean Jacket! Wherever you collect; thrift stores or trash day, it will do a small part to save the environment.
Feel free to add embellishments to existing denim; it’s an open canvas. I have tested different paints and techniques to paint jean jackets as well. It’s a wild trend right now and anything goes!
Creativity can reinvent the fabric – dye or bleach it to be unique. I have many tutorials such as this Reverse Bleach dye method.
Shibori never gets old in my mind. Take an old Bamboo sheet to the next level with some Shibori Ice dyeing! It’s on of my favourite blouses to wear! Old sheets/duvet can get a new life with some Fibre reactive dye. I have been using this dye for years now and see no fading.
Sheets and Curtains have much yardage so they are a great way to make new home decor. Don’t forget that you can also make rugs from up-cycled fabric.
Sewing strips together has some strange soothing quality, just like sewing rope to make bowls. So much fabric ends up in landfill and could become something new and precious.
Don’t forget the concrete:
Strange as it may be, I love to design with casting concrete in odd vessels. Look past the obvious and imagine the potentials…
Soda cans make great molds to cast wrinkled concrete Vessels. These are quite charming & cheap to make. Once you ‘allow’ yourself to dream up ideas you will actually become more creative. Don’t dismiss your ideas before you really explored them.
Precious Old Wool:
I bet in the future it will be very difficult to find the old vintage virgin wool blankets. Take advantage of the precious vintage wool blankets now – those sheep worked hard.
Such amazing qualities and pretty simple process for cozy toes in these Up-cycled wool slippers.
‘And you do know how much I like to inject some nature into the ‘making’; Eco Printed Wool slippers. The older I get the more I make sure my feet are happy!
I will show you how to make great slippers from old Uggs. There’s a lot of sheepskin to repurpose.
One of the best luxuries; sheepskin for your toes and it is naturally antibacterial.
Anything White is at risk:
Maybe it has a stain, or too dull for your liking… ‘Paint it’! Dye-Na-Flow is one of the most versatile paint/dyes I’ve discovered and I keep pushing the limits.
Any design, simple or complex can be such a great way to keep that garment! What do you have to lose?! Squiggly easy roses on rayon – marvelous!
Flowers may not be your ‘thing’, but anything goes. I am really getting tired of all the predictable patterns after so many years of sewing.
This is another Dye-Na-Flow project that was so easy and felt like playing with paint.
A well washed sheet can give so much yardage when you Ice-Dye it with Fibre reactive Dye. Then it can become whatever you like.
Such variety of colour and tones magically appear; they are truly one-of-a-kind!
Take out the Colour:
I bet you know where I got this piece since I am always checking out what is at the side of the road;
What trash to treasure doesn’t look better with a bit of paint?! Easy home-printed fabric made this a special gift; Always my Baby Custom Chair.
There are many makeovers and up-cycles here on my site. I hope I inspire you to also catch that bug of transforming whatever you find or have…