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#61 of 88 Old 09-13-2012, 07:41 PM
 
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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.


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I took our old coffee table and painted the top with chalkboard paint and the rest of it with just flat paint. Now my daughter has a chalkboard but at 1/2 the cost of a easel. 

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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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Awesome idea!
 


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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.

 

 

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Cute! And your dd looks really happy to have it!
 


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Thanks!  She came home today saying that 2 of her friends want to know if I can make them shirts like that too--lol!


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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.


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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 .

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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.


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How do you make diapers/covers from a sheet?  I love that idea!

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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. :love

 

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.


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Talking School notebooks

Just put all the unused notebook paper from the kids school notebooks into a three ring binder I can use for notes for books I'm reading or class next semester!
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Once upon a time, I had a home business making onesies, rompers, dresses, booties, and baby hats from old t-shirts (thrift stores and yard sales).


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.

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I'm jealous. I have never scored on bowling balls in the thrift store. Strike!
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Got any pictures of the bowling balls, Mamarhu? That sounds awesome!

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.
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I moved several plants this year to other parts of the landscape in order to have a bigger vegetable garden, and I am using all the pots I had stashed away for vegetables as well. Cut up blank sections of junk mail for notepaper. Save all shipping materials to reuse for ebay sales.
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Oh, I forgot about the junk I drag home from work. Inflatable load locks-4 ft x 6 ft plastic "pillows" used to keep truck loads from shifting-make the best toys ever. After they wear out we use them for hauling brush or stuff with hay for targets. Even better, one company I deal with uses new 2x4s for the same purpose, and they never want them back! I'm 5 trucks away from enough to build dd2 a loft bed.
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We remodeled our kitchen last summer, and almost all the old cabinets found new homes. Some went into our laundry room (replacing a metal shelf that went to our church storage room); one went to our neighbors, in their mud room; a few went to the other neighbor's garage; the remainder were installed in our garage. The only cabinets we tossed were two crappy lazy susans, and the sink base (which we had to tear apart to remove). We saved any pieces that were real wood, not particle board.

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.


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Oh that is beautiful.

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.
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Being a young couple on a budget, I collapse & save a lot of diaper/wipe boxes. When I was saving milk to go on a vacation I used a wipe box in the freezer for keep all of the milk bags contained. I also have kept the plastic bags w/ snaps that the new SwaddlePods® and such come in, and I use that to hold spare clothes in the diaper bag. Could be used for anything travel!
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Love all these posts! I'm taking notes.

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.
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This might be one of my most favorite threads ever. We've gotten good at not wasting, but repurposing is newer. Some obvious ones we've done:
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)

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I just saw a neighbor put out an old shelf unit on the curb - I went over and got it, and am taking it apart to repaint the boards for wall shelves that I've needed desperately!

Clothing that is of nice fabric, but stained or damaged and not fit for donation, is picked apart and cut into fabric pieces for sewing and crafting.

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Baby food Jars for snow globes from my kids to their cousins. With a toy of their liking glued inside of them! Repurposed and decluttering

A for Mom, B for boy #2, C for Dad, D for boy #1, E for boy #3, F for boy #4 and G for girly #5 and there you have it ABCDEFG Family, skipping down the crunchy path in life...
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Do you have a pattern for slipper boots love them. I'm making recycled wool mittens...

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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.
 

A for Mom, B for boy #2, C for Dad, D for boy #1, E for boy #3, F for boy #4 and G for girly #5 and there you have it ABCDEFG Family, skipping down the crunchy path in life...
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ABCDE Family, I didin't use a pattern for the slipper boots. The outer slipper is an actual wool sock. The inner layer is the sleeve of a wool sweater that I put over my foot, like a sock with the cuff edge at my calf, and sewed around the toe curve. I put that inner "sock" into the wool sock. I traced my foot onto some paper and cut out that foot shape from the faux suede and sewed it to the bottom, but after awhile that tore up so I'd suggest a thin layer of actual leather or a thin rubber sole from a worn thrift store shoe or a cut-out from an old yoga mat. You could use a sewing awl to punch holes so it will sew easier. The back piece is a wedge I sewed as a heel because the socks were already a little big for me and my foot kept slipping back without it. But if the socks had been snug, that wouldn't have been necessary.

Easier would be if you just had two pair of wool socks in the first place! LOL But I didn't.
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