How to Make a Fabric Pumpkin / Bandana Pumpkin

How to Make a Fabric Pumpkin / Bandana Pumpkin

After making these vintage bandana bowl covers, I couldn’t stop myself from snapping up vintage bandanas wherever I went. Over the years, I’ve collected them in all the colors of the rainbow, including plenty in orange and black. So I decided to teach myself how to make fabric pumpkins out of bandana fabric. I have a sneaking suspicion that bandana pumpkins are just going to be ADORABLE – what do you think?Read more ›

Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

Upcycling a Gold Table Runner into an Envelope Clutch

One of my favorite local thrift stores happens to have an amazing linens department, and I always check it out whenever I stop by. I recently found this gold table runner that looked like brocade fabric and I KNEW I needed to upcycle it somehow. It had some red wine stains int he center, but that was fine by me. Because my upcycling idea only involved the ends, by doing some bag making into an envelope clutch!Read more ›

Cat Cave and Cat Toys made from Old T Shirts

Cat Cave and Cat Toys made from Old T Shirts

Your old t shirts (or perhaps a favorite tee that has a stain or no longer fits) are absolutely IDEAL for upcycling into a cat cave / cat tent and cat toys, and they are both super easy to make. I love using repurposed clothing in projects, but for a variety of reasons, t shirt fabric is specifically used for these upcycling ideas.
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Potholder or Kitchen Hot Pad for a Baking Dish Made from Country Quilts

Potholder or Kitchen Hot Pad for a Baking Dish Made from Country Quilts

Well, here we are again with the same vintage quilt that I found at a thrift store…this time with Project #2! To refresh your memory, I found these country quilts at a Habitat ReStore in the North Georgia Mountains. I ended up just purchasing one of them…the pretty lady on the left!Read more ›

Using Feed Sack Fabric or Grain Sack Fabric to Make a Lapel Flower

Using Feed Sack Fabric or Grain Sack Fabric to Make a Lapel Flower

After taking a lengthy break from upcycled jewelry making projects, I decided it was time for me to delve back into it- hope you don’t mind! I’ve made plenty of bracelets and necklaces…but never a brooch pin or lapel flower, so let’s rectify that right now! And I’m going to use my scraps of grain sack fabric or feed sack fabric to do it!Read more ›

Rustic Christmas Wreath for a Cozy Christmas

Rustic Christmas Wreath for a Cozy Christmas

I wanted to make a a rustic Christmas wreath by upcycling some of the flannel shirts (and scraps) I had. Even though I live in the suburbs, I always imagine that our home is actually a Christmas cottage in the north woods. So, I decided to pair up some flannel fabric with some woodland Christmas decor into a wreath that was perfect for a cozy Christmas.
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Plaid Blanket or Tartan Throw with Wool Scarves

Plaid Blanket or Tartan Throw with Wool Scarves

In the fall and winter, I love, love, love having a throw blanket (or a few) laying around. They function for both cozy snuggles AND cozy decor – especially a plaid blanket or tartan throw. And I recently decided that the easiest way to make one was to upcycle some of the wool scarves that I occasionally see at the thrift store.

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Reusable Hand Warmers / DIY Hand Warmers from Flannel Shirts

Reusable Hand Warmers / DIY Hand Warmers from Flannel Shirts

I have a confession to make: Once I made my Fall Table Runner, I became completely obsessed with making more projects with flannel fabric. I’ll go ahead and apologize now because after a few weeks, you may be rolling your eyes at me. I decided that my next project should be a scrapbuster, as I had several cut-up flannel shirts that needed more upcycling. So, why not make some DIY hand warmers or reusable hand warmers for a fun and easy autumn craft?

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Fall Table Runner with Flannel Shirts and Lace Ribbon

Fall Table Runner with Flannel Shirts and Lace Ribbon

Back in early Spring when I created my Dyed Doily Table Runner, I was already envisioning an autumn version- with doilies dyed to look like chrysanthemums. AND, I even bought some vintage doilies that had orange and gold hues for the Fall table runner. I was *convinced* that that was the plan. But as time marched on, I started envisioning a cozier version – one that used flannel shirts and lace ribbon.Read more ›

Floral Shower Curtain for a Cottage Bathroom from Upcycled Vintage Sheets

Floral Shower Curtain for a Cottage Bathroom from Upcycled Vintage Sheets

Our guest bathroom is a cute little room- but without a window, is only illuminated by artificial light. As a result- and I’m not sure why I never noticed this before- our existing shower curtain was doing nothing to brighten the room. But instead of running out to the store for a new one, I decided to upcycle one of my vintage sheets into a floral shower curtain that would look cute in our cottage bathroom.Read more ›