I just made another jean skirt out of a pair of jeans... Then I turned the tops of the jeans into aprons. Also made scripture totes from another pair of jeans and Im making my oldest a purse.
I took old receiving blankets and turned them into reversible baby smock bibs for my 1 year old. I am no expert sewer, so I was really happy with the result!
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A friend of mine gave me this halter top probably about 4 or 5 years ago and I played with it a little bit then, but couldn't make it fit me right. Well, I just pulled it out again today and decided to alter it to fit my DD. I took in the sides and added straps and voila! adorable top for her! She loves it! And it can be worn over a long sleeve shirt in the winter and then as a tank top in the summer.
Single mama to DD 10/18/03 and DS 9/15/05
Those are some adorable costumes and love the halter top refashion. Using things we already have to make great new things is so much fun. I need to get some more of my creations photographed.
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Made "baby legs" from a pair of socks that had holes in the toes. Very soft, dark brown in colour. I just cut the foot part off and did a quick hem around the ankles so they won't unravel.
Kristin, partner to Ron who came with DSS7 .
Our first arrived March 2013!!
I knitted a rug from old t-shirts (with the largest knitting needles) and a few baskets too. I made underwear from t-shirt as well. Curtains from flat sheet. I am not sure how to add photo from flickr -it seems like it wants image url, and flickr doesn't allow direct link to the picture, because they want it to be linked to their webpage. But you can see them on my photostream at flicker.com/feltingme .
I made a really cool nook cover for my mom out of an old linen shirt, and then used some of the rest of it to make my father in law an eyeglass case with an elastic strap to attach to whatever book he is reading.
I was having trouble finding the kind of baby wipes I want for my new baby: terry on one side, flannel on the other, in a variety of prints to make diaper changes fun! I have a sewing machine but no time to sew anytime soon. My friend offered to make them for me as a baby present! The terry is new, but for the flannel, she is using the good parts of my old PJ pants and my mother-out-law's two old nightgowns. I love that my baby will have "heirloom" fabric for her wipes.
Mother-out-law also gave me some rectangles cut from old dark-colored T-shirts that I can use for my own cloth wipes postpartum. I may just throw them away rather than bother washing them, especially the first week or so, but it will be great to have this super-soft cloth when I am tender.
Mama to a boy EnviroKid 9 years old and a new little girl EnviroBaby !
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Once upon another time, I built a retaining wall, waterfall, and edged a koi pond with bowling balls. Assorted colors. 265 (if I remember right), for a nickel each at a Goodwill outlet. It took several trips in my station wagon.
More recently, I made a "wall garden" for herb plants, by fastening old pieces of rain gutter to the fence. I covered my date book /scheduler with a felted sweater, unknit a favorite worn sweater and used the yarn to knit socks, crocheted a rug from t-shirt strips (it soon became a dog bed). That's all I can think of right now.
Rhu - mother,grandmother,daughter,sister,friend-foster,adoptive,and biological;not necessarily in that order. Some of it's magic, some of it's tragic, but I had a good life all the way (Jimmy Buffet)
Hmmm I guess I'm not very creative in that dept....the only way I ever repurpose anything is "hey kids! Wanna play with/take apart this thing before I toss it?" I did stick a cracked/bent stained glass lampshade in the garden as a suncatcher recently but that's about it.
I purged closets recently, and came upon my wedding dress (27 years old). I had a dress made to fit an American Girl doll, and the rest of the dress went to a woman who makes gowns for stillborn babies.
If the chips are down, the buffalo is empty.
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My repurposing is not beautiful at all. More like on-site recycling. I shredded my old financial papers and now using them as litter in my chicken nesting boxes. From there they will go to the compost.
Any cardboard food boxes (like cereal) are cut into Artist Trading Card size and used for ATCs, or I punch holes in the sides to make embroidery floss and yarn reference cards stored on a ring.
Old undies are turned into family cloth.
Spiral notebook wire is stretched out and turned into wire flowers or I recently made a handle for a teapot that didn't have a handle.
Plastic lids are cut to make embroidery floss bobbins.
Old sheets were just made into 2 flannel skirts for winter (our house isn't heated) and a tunic top.
Old clothes are made into new clothes. Just took several old tank tops and tunics and a dress and made several new nightgowns.
Am currently turning some bamboo knitting needles, a wooden mop handle, wood scraps, and old clothes into bobbins for lace making and a lace making pillow.
A skirt I was given recently, I'm getting ready to dye with hibiscus flowers because I don't care for its current color. I've never dyed anything like this with hibiscus before so we'll see how it turns out.
Flats make great kitchen towels.
Tear up old t-shirts for rags.
Sturdy oatmeal container became DS's bank.
A small but thick cardboard box holds our "nose wipes" which are old fleece diaper liners & wipes I didn't like using as wipes.
A friend is going to give me a couple of the large disposable diaper boxes that I can use for DS toy organization, & for shoes by the front door.
DS's changing table has been his toy shelf for a couple years (but that's impossible to keep may)
Loving mama to Aden (8/5/2010) and DSD (15).