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post #41 of 73

The flash card idea sounds like a good one.

post #42 of 73

My new husband and I are starting over with almost nothing. We're renting a tiny 9'x9' room at a friend's house with the two adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs. So we can't store much and so we don't own much but my pleasure has been in sewing things we can use when we get our own place. It's like starting a new hope chest. Because I'm waiting for my residency visa (Australia) I can't work yet, so I'm doing a lot of housework for the family here and getting to read and sew a lot.

 

I turned thick old cotton single bed sheets into a queen sized fitted sheet by cutting a plain white one sewn as the sides sides for a pretty blue striped sheet and a second matching blue stripe sheet became 4 pillowcases. $6

 

A vintage 40s floral print tablecloth, a 60s barkcloth curtain and a homespun twill-like check curtain all became 12 cloth napkins and 12 pieced placemats. All for about $12.

 

A $2 waffle weave curtain became 10 reusable cloth dish 'sponges'.

 

Two of DH's old thick cotton shirts became unpaper towels. Free

 

A remnant piece of netting became 3 crocheted dish scrubbers. $.75

 

A soft but shrunken sweater and a pair of old scratchy wool socks were turned into wool slipper socks. $2

 

A big rectangular picnic basket was lined with some of the barkcloth curtain and became a sewing basket and I made little drawstring bags for notions, buttons, etc, and scissors cases out of the green stripe and blue strips sheets. $10

 

My MIL gave me a pair of 90s stretch pants which I sewed into a retro 40s two piece bathing suit for myself as bikinis just don't look good with stretch marks. And old Hawaiian shirt became a coordinating sarong. Free

 

I also made a t-shirt 'corset top' as per the Alabama Stitch Book as an experiment and while I'm not so enamored of the reverse applique, DH did give me a big Bullwinkle T which is being made into a corset top for my grown daughter (without any applique). Free

 

I'm working on making boyshorts style panties from an old t-shirt now. I didn't like the way it came out on the sewing machine but I tend to handsew more anyway, so I'm trying again and it seems to be working better. Free

 

I also got rid of some jeans so I made some purses. I kept one but am saving the others for DD and stepdaughter's birthdays. The linings came from old clothes. The seams from the jeans were glued into rounds and became coasters. Free

 

The family here uses packaged stuff like crazy. A couple of dishwasher tablet plastic containers fitted all my thread perfectly so I can see my whole stash and the small containers stand up in the sewing basket. Milk jugs have become pinwheel pieces using a template I found on the web. Plastic bags in purples and blues were ironed into fabric and turned into one of those elasticized tubes that holds plastic bags. An artful irony! And a few orange mesh bags became 5 produce bags. I don't really use any bags for produce except for little things like cherries or plums or green beans. 

post #43 of 73

I would love to see some photos of your creations.  They sound beautiful and very practical!

post #44 of 73

I'll try to upload pics. I don't think I've tried pics before. 

 

I also spent yesterday cutting out embroidery floss cards from a couple of cereal boxes and winding my floss. I cut off the bottom of a box I found in the recycling and am using that until I have a see through container for them. The placemats are all the same but different if you get me. The slipper boots have a soft wool sweater layer inside. The top fake fur is from an old stole I found at the thrifts. The bottom is several layers of faux suede/leather remnant on sale which is also used in the scissor cases. I didn't put the napkins in the pictures but they are from the floral tablecloth used in the placemats.

 

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post #45 of 73

Those look awesome.  Thanks for the pictures!  Inspiration!  Off to make some curtains (albeit from new material).

post #46 of 73

If you have any top sheets they make good curtains.. I never use top sheets so I make curtains for the room from them.

post #47 of 73

I bought a used toaster over at a thrift store for $7.  It was super clean and didn't require a major scrubbing.  My 3 yo son pretends it is an oven and stove on top.  He pretends to cook his play food in it.  The other day, he took out his play fish  from the oven and said, "oopsy, it's a little burnt."  Needless to say, we keep it unplugged!  No need to buy ourselves a toy kitchen anymore!

post #48 of 73

That is a great idea.  Kids like the real stuff anyway.  Why buy plastic junk when you can use what you have already or have thrifted.

post #49 of 73

Out of sheets, I recently made a maxi dress for dd6yo and pajama pants for ds2yo. I also used a vintage sheet to make the skirt portion of a dress for dd, the top was made from a super cute shirt that's now too short. I cut off the bottom of the shirt and sewed the skirt on. The bottom portion of the shirt which was cut off is now the top of the maxi dress. lol

From old men's soft tees I made pajama bottoms for both dd and ds.

On deck at the moment, shorts for ds from old khaki's, training underwear for ds from old prefolds, doublers, and flats. I'm hoping to be able to reclaim enough pul from covers to make a couple pair for night time.

 

This is fun!

post #50 of 73

This is pretty humble by comparison with the rest of the thread, but I made a waterer for one of my chicks out of a yogurt tub and rubbermaid lid.  Not lovely, but I'm pretty proud that I figured it out--I had already spent enough money on these critters and I needed another waterer to isolate a chick that was being picked on (literally!)

post #51 of 73
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This is pretty humble by comparison with the rest of the thread, but I made a waterer for one of my chicks out of a yogurt tub and rubbermaid lid.  Not lovely, but I'm pretty proud that I figured it out--I had already spent enough money on these critters and I needed another waterer to isolate a chick that was being picked on (literally!)


Totally jealous! We cannot have chickens where we live. Cuss.gif

post #52 of 73

I made a tunic out of a used Sari - turned out super cute and the person I made it for is very excited about it -

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post #53 of 73

Nicely done, lilacvioletiris
 

post #54 of 73

I replaced the ratty, torn cuffs of my favorite hoodie with the tops of some old smartwool knee socks--great idea I got from the zero waste home:  http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/2012/06/repairing.html

 

I used the remaining parts of the socks to make a cute headband for myself :)

post #55 of 73

That is really cool about redoing the cuffs.  Great reuse.

post #56 of 73
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Originally Posted by honeybee80 View Post

I replaced the ratty, torn cuffs of my favorite hoodie with the tops of some old smartwool knee socks--great idea I got from the zero waste home:  http://zerowastehome.blogspot.com/2012/06/repairing.html

 

I used the remaining parts of the socks to make a cute headband for myself :)


NICELY DONE!

post #57 of 73

I repurpose just about everything I can.  It makes me feel so thrifty. ;)  I made my girls halloween costures last year from repurposed things. A princess dress from an old silk night gown, and a luna moth costume from an old dress and a flannel sheet. 

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These placemats and napkins were made from old curtains.

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post #58 of 73

My SO kept breaking his coffee pots so I went into the cabinets and found an old martini shaker lid. Now I flip it upside down in a cup put a filter in it and brew his coffee that way. It works so great I put the second lid we have with our camping supplies.

post #59 of 73

We save our TP tubes and use them for our indoor garden starts in early spring.  Then we can just stick the whole tube in the ground in May.  Sometimes we plant them earlier and protect them with mini greenhouses made of plastic water jugs with the bottoms cut off.  (You can take the top off during the day for air flow, then cap it at night to keep your seedling from freezing.)

 

My DS and I made a hummingbird feeder out of a plastic water bottle.  We try not to buy very much plastic anything, but when we do I like to try and re-purpose it first (it can always be recycled later).  He has also been making change jars for birthday gifts out of plastic bottles.

 

I cut an old cotton futon into two toddler sized beds and had a left over piece.  I finished the beds and am using the last long skinny piece as a body pillow, but I want to make some covers for it.  I was thinking about using some old wool sweaters and making a patchy sort of thing... We'll see!

 

Love all of the ideas!  Thanks for sharing everyone!

post #60 of 73

I took the stakes from a tent and turned them into tomato cages! Then the tomato plants got too big, but it was fun while it lasted! 

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