Today I repurposed an old, college dorm t-shirt into a PJ peasant top and one of my daughter's old receiving blankets into PJ pants. That got me thinking that maybe I could hit a thrift store for interesting t-shirts to use for jersey instead of buying new.
I'm curious what you've found at thrift stores and what it got turned into. I'd love to have lots of ideas floating around in my head so that inspiration can strike when I get there tomorrow!
If I can ever make up with my snap press after our recent fight, I'm going to go back to turning t-shirts into onesies again.
I've made the men's shirt into a dress for DD too. It was pretty easy and super cute.
Also, a tee to dress recon.
some projects i've done.
- bought a pair of women's capri for $3, its for a tall woman, i chop it off and turned it into a skirt for me and leftovers for a pair of capris for DD.
- bought cute cotton dresses, they dont necessarily fit me in the bust area and i dont like wearing spaghetti straps but i chop it up and use the bottom part for a skirt for me or DD.
- love love wool, i can repurpose this into vest for DS and also diaper covers.
- i buy men's stripey shirts and turn it into tshirt or polo shirt for ds.
sometimes thrift store shopping isnt the cheapest though. i recently score 2 pairs of brand new size 30 jeans at our store here for $1 each, i can make about 2 or 3 jeans for the kids from it.
Here's a large skirt to a dress (and back view)
This is a dress to a Japanese knot bag and scarf for my mum
Look for interesting patterns, unusual fabrics, wool for felting, and also lots of plain cottons which are great for linings. Once you start seeing clothing as fabric your creative world expands
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I regularly make diapers out of t shirts, and grocery bags (made my mom some for X-mas and she has put in a request for more!), and a cute jammie top for dd (actually I do more of those too!). I have also made dd and ds knit shorts for jammies out of mens XXL shirts that I find. I make diaper covers and longies from sweaters.
Though I don't get mine at thrift stores, I run a very large clothes swap and help to pack up the leftovers...when I do so, I keep my eyes open and toss the repurposeable stuff in a bag to bring home and use later. I love that kind of shopping!
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This is easy and super fast to do. I hope some of you try it, it does really look very good.
I'm curious what you've found at thrift stores and what it got turned into.
Some fave upcycled/repurposed projects I've done:
* A huge funky mirror into a cool mirror for my daughter's room.
* Sheets and/or curtains into a few rag rugs.
* A mirror into a chalkboard for my son's room.
* A blah frame into a cool funky frame for our dining room.
* Vintage plates into wall art for our kitchen.
Tons of sewing too - I'll have to upload the tshirts and sheets that I've turned into clothing, market bags and such as others have stated above.
Clothes - I have made the entire family pants from old sheets and pillowcase. They are great for hot weather, especially for the little boys to wear at the beach crawling around in the sand. I got the idea from SouleMama. I've also made diaper covers, vests, and booties from wool sweaters for my babies.
Household stuff - My bathroom curtain and some of our throw pillows were made from clothes. I found a crewel work pillow cover this weekend that I put in a frame for wall art. I thought about using it as a pillow but I was afraid my kids would destroy it. I got the frame from the thrift store too.
I need to get my pictures uploaded!
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Now I'm wondering WHY when I was out today WITHOUT the kids I didn't go into the Salvation Army as I passed it...seriously what was I thinking?
tank top and pants
The town I live in has a weekly market and there's a section with stalls selling used clothes and linens, sometimes for as little as 1 Euro a piece! There's such an incredible selection of colors, patterns and fabrics. I make clothes for my dd (mostly pants, shorts, and skirts) from what I buy, but this spring I made her a matching outfit from a pair of linen women's trousers (that cost 1 Euro.) I am so proud of it, it's the nicest thing I've ever made:
tank top and pants
That is gorgeous. Did you use a pattern??
I didn't use a pattern. The pants are just simple elastic waist ones that I made a little shorter than full length.
The form of the tank top came to me as I was looking at the trousers. The central part of the tank and the straps were the pockets, which had been top-stiched on the exterior of the pants. I ripped up the seems and then overlapped the pockets. I then resewed the original stitching, but in a darker color. The waistband of the trousers was almost the same width as the top of the pockets, so I used it for the straps on the back (criss-cross.) The to create a transition between the two different strap widths, I covered the seam with a couple of the belt loops!
The sides and back are simple, just with some facing along the top edge. It closes with a side zip, the one from the pants. I used up almost everything- the only things left from the pants are the button, the zipper placket, and a couple of pieces from the seat, which I'm planning to use to make a matching kerchief.
I think I just got lucky with a garment that was perfect for re-purposing.
I love repurposing, but I have a toddler demanding attention so this is all I have time to mention ATM.
Everything posted looks great!