Ribbon Belts as Unique Accessories with these Upcycling Ideas

Ribbon Belts as Unique Accessories with these Upcycling Ideas

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 used some ribbon belts from the thrift store to embellish different accessories?Read more ›

Upcycling a Counted Cross Stitch with a Reusable Shopping Bag

Upcycling a Counted Cross Stitch with a Reusable Shopping Bag

Counted cross stitch is something I find a LOT of at thrift stores. And while there are modern versions of cross stitch that have become very popular (with sassy sayings), the older ones get tossed and donated all the time. When I found this 1980s cross stitch with its country decor style, I immediately thought that the logo looked like a reusable shopping bag that I’d find at the grocery store.Read more ›

Recreating the Look of Grain Sack Fabric for Scented Sachets

Recreating the Look of Grain Sack Fabric for Scented Sachets

Grain sacks are a wonderful trend if you ask me. From their faded graphics to the texture of the fabric, I just can’t get enough of them. But cutting into grain sack fabric for upcycling crafts seems almost sacrilegious, doesn’t it? I wanted to create some scented sachets with feed sack fabric, but using a real grain sack was NOT an option. 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 ›

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 from Vintage Sheets for a Cottage Style Bathroom

Floral Shower Curtain from Vintage Sheets for a Cottage Style Bathroom

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.Read more ›

Making a Bookmarker from Embroidered Linens that are Damaged

Making a Bookmarker from Embroidered Linens that are Damaged

Any time I’m in a secondhand shop, I always peruse the linens section. Every now and then, I’ll happen across some embroidered linens such as vintage tablecloths or vintage napkins. I just have SUCH a weakness for those beautifully hand-embroidered pieces…Read more ›

How to Make a Half Apron from a Vintage Pillowcase

How to Make a Half Apron from a Vintage Pillowcase

Vintage aprons are so pretty and I know a lot of folks that collect them. However, I rarely cook while wearing something that is worthy of protecting. But I had an idea for a more utilitarian apron, like a half apron that servers at restaurants wear. And it would use a couple of typical things I’d find at a thrift store: a vintage pillowcase and a ribbon belt.

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Making a Needle Cushion or Pin Cushion in a Vintage Teapot

Making a Needle Cushion or Pin Cushion in a Vintage Teapot

With my burgeoning love of sewing comes a need for storage for sewing supplies. And one of the things I wanted to have was a cute, functional pin cushion that had one additional feature- secrecy. That may sound crazy, but with a cat as curious as Cottonball, a secret pincushion is not all that far-fetched. And I decided that a vintage teapot would be the perfect thing to upcycle for a needle cushion that was hidden.Read more ›

Cloth Produce Bags for Fruit and Vegetables from Kids T-Shirts

Cloth Produce Bags for Fruit and Vegetables from Kids T-Shirts

Like so many other eco/cost-conscious shoppers, I love to bring my own tote bag(s) to carry my groceries home. Any time I can avoid plastic or reduce plastic, I take it! So, I decided to make some cloth produce bags for fruit and vegetables by upcycling some kids t-shirts. They are plentiful at thrift stores and on a smaller scale that is perfect for fresh produce!Read more ›