Friday, December 26, 2014

Upcycling - Saturday Snapshots

As I'm sure you know, upcycling is the process of giving old items new purpose. I like to do that with clothing. Here are some upcycled outfits I've made for my granddaughter (and one project for my grand-dog). I think it's a fun challenge to see what I can transform into something useful.
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When Corrina decided to dress as a doctor for Halloween,
I made her lab coat costume out of an old dress shirt

of my husband's.
I've made several blouses using this pattern from Etsy. 
The top one was originally an old dress shirt. The cuffs
were frayed but the back and sleeves were perfect.
The one with rickrack was made from
surgical scrubs given to me by a friend.
A pair of my son's jeans became a dress.
Scraps can always be made into a quilt. This dog mat is
constructed from flannel left over from another project.
That's my dog Rufus trying it out.
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28 comments:

Brona Joy said...

I wish I had the time, know how and patience to recreate such useful items from no longer useful things! It's such a great thing to do - well done.

Louise said...

I wish I had the skill necessary to do such things too. How fantastically creative to imagine something new like that. And then to create your vision.

Sean @ His And Her Hobbies said...

I love what you have done and have given me a few ideas. I think our dog would love a little quilt like that since he likes to lay on our clothes. Maybe I will have to make him one some day.

Sean at His and Her Hobbies

Sheila (Bookjourney) said...

I wish I had this talent. Right now I have three big boxes of clothes to donate because I have no idea what to do with them. In many cases the material is wonderful.

grammajudyb said...

I love recycled clothing! Great projects! I don't do much, but have a lots of possible items. I want to make an apron from a worn denim shirts. If I get it done, I'll post it!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, how creative! And what a great way to reuse old things without having to "recycle" them.

My daughter used to do that with clothes she found in thrift shops. Thanks for sharing!

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Love how you reused things to make new, more useful things.

http://readerbuzz.blogspot.com/2014/12/old-letter.html

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you! It's a creative process for me, so I enjoy every step. Scraps of fabric rarely escape my house.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

My mom taught me to sew when I was very young, so I feel like it has always been a part of my life. I'm lucky, aren't I?

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your creations. I think my grand-dog enjoys that sleeping pad, and I enjoyed stitching it.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I'm looking forward to seeing your denim shirt apron. I've made a couple of blue jean quilts, but they're really heavy. They take forever to dry when you wash them. On the other hand, they are great to use for picnics and they last forever.

Leovi Leovi said...

I like the carpet and the puppy!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've heard that some charitable organizations sell used clothing to companies that break it down into new fabric. Sometimes I donate clothing too (but I'd rather cut it up into little pieces and make something new!)

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I love to visit thrift shops. We have several nearby that sell "gently used" items -- some of them have never been worn! You never know what you'll find.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you! It's a fun (and useful) hobby.

Melinda Ott said...

How adorable! I wish I was able to sew and make things like that!

Susan Lindquist said...

I love the idea of upcycling! It helps, I'm sure, that you have a good working knowledge of sewing clothing! Such cute transformations!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you for stopping by.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you. I really enjoy it.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thanks. Not all of my attempts turn out perfect, but I enjoy the process anyhow.

Ginx Craft said...

Your upcycle projects are all really great. I think my favourite is the dress from old jeans. A great way to have lovely soft denim.

Allison said...

Awesome make-overs! A friend of mine used to collect old jeans to turn into quilts. Another acquaintance turns old dishes into garden ornaments. And I recently attended a craft night where the hostess provided clippings from printed materials to make cards and paper ornaments. My talents lie with words and pictures, but I'm happy to donate my old stuff to those who can make creative use of it. ;-)

jacquie said...

SO clever Sandy! You are just a ball of natural talent!! Happy New Year!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I agree! I just couldn't let that soft fabric go into the trash.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

I've been collecting old jeans for a quilt too. I also have a friend who has made garden ornaments out of old dishes. It's so much fun to look at something and imagine the possibilities. The same thing happens with words, doesn't it? Start with a story idea and take off from there.

Sandra Nachlinger said...

LOL. Thanks, Jacquie. I enjoy making things.

bettyl-NZ said...

What a great way to keep old clothes going and you do such a wonderful job!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Thank you! It's a fun (and useful) hobby.