I rescued this old, damaged fan from the threat of the trash bin. I repaired and upcycled it with some pretty ribbon that I glued on. I had to glue small sections of fabric to get the correct curve, but the brown polka-dot pattern goes nicely with the base color of the project piece. Now, this fan is back in service!
Don’t throw it out! Repair and upcycle your project, like this Fan, instead!
This broken item was destined for the rubbish heap. It still worked but was unattractive.
I upcycled some ribbon and glued it on over the exposed ends of the project. I had to cut the fabric into several small pieces to create the proper curve without creating wrinkles.
After the glue dried, I trimmed the edges neatly with a pair of scissors.
Rescue those old chairs sitting for curb alerts and give them a budget-friendly facelift. Use fun and cheery material found at swap meets or flea markets to save more money when you’ve upcycled chairs, too!
Take a chance on those curb alerts and create Upcycled Chairs or other furniture for your home!
I made Upcycled Fabric Christmas Packaging using old clothes, fabric scraps, yarn, and other leftovers from my craft room. Embroidery and embellishments added sparkle!
Upcycle old clothes and fabric into stunning Upcycled Fabric Christmas Packaging!
I composed a flat fabric on my sewing machine and covered it with organza for a more festive look. Next, I embroidered with my stitching machine. I added some hand-stitching and details that added holiday sparkle. This project was fun, and it doesn’t have to be perfect to be GORGEOUS! They’ll love receiving gifts in these personalized gift bags!
Although we don’t have directions for these terrific gift bags, we included a link to the Silver Threads Quilt Guild with a free tutorial for sewn gift bags.
Here’s a fun and cheery idea for any office worker with disappearing pen problems. Make these Simple Upcycled Tulle Flowers! It would be hard to “accidentally” put a gorgeous pen like this into one’s purse. :)
Here’s how to make your own Festive Upcycled Tulle Flowers
First, cut little circles from upcycled party favors, or any fun, sheer material. Used stores are a great source of materials to upcycle on a budget, but you can purchase tulle and similar sheer, net materials from hobby/fabric stores. Use a simple hand-stitch to gather the circles up – like creating a little bag. Next, wrap the bottom of the gathered circle in florist’s tape and attach it to a stick or wrap it in florist’s wire. You can add optional fake flower stamen. This is a really quick project (max. 10 minutes per flower) and is so fun to make different types of flowers. Unleash your imagination, and even have the kids create fantastical flower creations for you on a rainy day!
Today I’m showing you how to make these beeswax food wraps in just five minutes, with this really easy tutorial. As well as making a great eco-friendly alternative to cling film, the tutorial also uses up some of your old fabric scraps that might otherwise go to waste. The beeswax wraps are washable and reusable, and help keep your food fresher for longer. When the wraps lose their waxiness, simply re-wax the fabric for true zero waste food storage.
I was altering an old t-shirt and decided to see what I could do with the leftover scraps. I ended up with a flower brooch that can be attached to other clothing or pretty much anything. It was super easy to make. Check out my blog post for more details.
Retired Sari and Kimono fabrics are given new life by Stacy Ellis Design. Shipments of silk fabric from India and Japan are delivered to my home studio in San Diego California. I give the beautiful remnants new life as bags and totes. The silks that I have chosen are dazzling and delightful to the eye. My design aesthetic is to frame the silks with simple patterns that compliment the design and facilitate the functionality of the finished product. Silk is a tricky fabric to cut and sew. After inspecting the fabric for defects, I reinforce the silk with interfacing which makes the silk sturdier for fabrication. I create the bags for personal use well as sell them locally and via Etsy. Each bag is a unique work of art, and that’s why I affix my signature on the label.
Unpick slowly, slowly, the leather jacket. I took action, I added bits and sewed one pillowcase with a leather face and the other black corduroy. To decorate, I cut three strips of 2 or 3 cm wide, I folded and trimmed the ends. With 2 points of contact cement, I added flowers to the cushion.
Preparing the textile samples involved separating them from their folders which happily proved straightforward. Next, I researched the dimensions of the trending phones, pads & laptops, not the most interesting stage in the process but easily accessed. Most of the work were completed on my sewing machine with finishing second hand sewn. The whole project was completed within two working days with a satisfyingly large body of finished work, a relatively rare outcome for me.
This creation is SOLD. Meet “Zipper” He is a poseable art doll made from Recycled Clothing. He is completely poseable! Zipper is an original character creation of mine. He is handmade with wire, polymer clay, acrylic paint, faux fur and love. All of my animals are made from recycled materials and clothing! Thank you for your supporting and sharing my art!