Acorn Decor by Upcycling a Men’s Tweed Jacket

Acorn Decor by Upcycling a Men’s Tweed Jacket

While putting together a collection of Upcycled Fall Decor projects for a blog post, I ran across this oversized acorn decor project that I just fell in love with. It’s not my originally idea (important for me to point out), BUT I wanted to create my own version of these acorn decor. Of course, just just any fabric would do, though. I wanted to make them with a tweed coat or men’s tweed jacket.Read more ›

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

Embellishing Accessories with Repurposed Ribbon Belts

When I was a teenager, I had grand plans that involved collecting snippets of vintage jacquard ribbon (and non-vintage, if pretty enough) to decorate “all the things”, such as handbags, headbands, and t-shirts. But I quickly found out that the gorgeous ribbon I coveted so much was expensive…and my plans fizzled out. Fast forward a couple of decades, and I’m back at it with an alternative (and thrifty) plan: What if I repurposed ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish all the things?Read more ›

Scented Sachets from Repurposed Clothing as DIY Gifts for Dad

Scented Sachets from Repurposed Clothing as DIY Gifts for Dad

Even though I made repurposed drawer sachets once before, I had this spark of an idea and I simply had to share it with you. If you’ve been looking for ideas for DIY Gifts for Dad for Father’s Day, then these scented sachets or sachet bags made from repurposed clothing is JUST what you’ve been waiting for. I like to think of them as: Shirt Pocket Sachets!Read more ›

How to Upcycle a Counted Cross Stitch into a Shopping Bag

How to Upcycle a Counted Cross Stitch into a Shopping Bag

I constantly find old needlework pieces on my thrifting adventures- be it counted cross stitch, needlepoint, crewel work, or otherwise. And I have a hard time passing them up! But then I think, “What in the world will I do with all these?”.

And so was the case with this larger cross-stitch- it had a great retro / country vibe…which, while not my personal style, is kind of trendy again with the farmhouse / Fixer Upper obsession. As I hemmed & hawed, I couldn’t help but think that it would make a fabulous graphic on a reusable grocery bag.Read more ›

Cross Stitch My Heart & Hope to DIY

Cross Stitch My Heart & Hope to DIY

So, would y’all mind another Valentine’s Day project? It’s February…a new month…and time for my latest contribution to The Good Life Blog. Why not celebrate with some simple, thrifty, V-Day décor?Read more ›

How to Make Grain Sack Fabric for Homemade Crafts

How to Make Grain Sack Fabric for Homemade Crafts

Vintage French grain sacks are SO desirable…and therefore pricey if you’re lucky enough to even find one. But that quintessential look- either the offset stripes in red & blue, or faded print/text- can be replicated with some crafty ingenuity. So, I headed out to the thrift store to find something in the linens section that could pass grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric. I would then use it for a variety of homemade crafts, including sachet bags.Read more ›

Fireplace Decor with Upcycled Flannel Shirts on a Firewood Holder

Fireplace Decor with Upcycled Flannel Shirts on a Firewood Holder

Here we are- in JANUARY- with the holidays behind us and a new year before us. And in my constant quest for cozy home decor during the winter months, I decided that some fireplace decor was in order. Specifically…a firewood holder or fireplace log holder that had been given a cozy makeover using some flannel shirts from the thrift store.Read more ›

Draft Stopper from Flannel Shirts for Rustic Decor

Draft Stopper from Flannel Shirts for Rustic Decor

You know I couldn’t get through the year without at least one flannel project, right? I’ve got oodles of repurposed clothing scraps leftover from previous flannel shirt projects. And with the temperatures dropping and that instinctual desire to make everything look cozy, I grabbed a trio of secondhand shirts to create a draft stopper that would double as rustic decor.Read more ›

Sewing Box from an Upcycled Mens Valet Box

Sewing Box from an Upcycled Mens Valet Box

Now- I know what you’re thinking: Sadie already created a sewing caddy once before. And you’re right…I still use it all the time, and the pins are safely tucked away from my cat, Cottonball. BUT…when I found this mens valet box or mens jewelry box at the thrift store, I knew right away it would perfectly upcycled into a sewing box.Read more ›

From Thrift Store Clothes to Wired Ribbon for a Harvest Wreath

From Thrift Store Clothes to Wired Ribbon for a Harvest Wreath

When you can’t find the craft product you need (or are dreaming of), you sometimes have to make your own. And that’s what happened when I was working on an autumn wreath or harvest wreath and I couldn’t find plaid ribbon. So, I started to mull over the idea of making my own wired ribbon by upcycling some thrift store clothes / used clothing.Read more ›