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How To: Make an Upcycled Dress

Our friend Sachiko from Tea Rose Home has put together a clear step-by-step tutorial for making this adorable dress. She upcycles 5 soft kitchen towels to create this comfortable summer dress for her daughter. Her tutorial can be used with the towels or you could use the same tutorial to upcycle other pieces of fabric like sheets or adult clothing. The tutorial includes step-by-step pictures and complete directions. Make one for summer and another with heavier fabric for cooler weather. Click here for the tutorial.

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Weekend Link Round-Up July 22, 2011

The Sustainable Living Roadshow is on tour! Their live events focus on educating, inspiring and empowering people with everyday solutions for a healthier planet and lifestyle. It looks like fun too! Learn more about it by clicking here. Look at this fun project from Wonderstrange. Make funky magnets from upcycled can lids. Christopher Raeburn’s upcycled clothing is an inspiration to us. He makes such fashionable pieces from upcycled fabrics.

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Weekend Link Round-Up July 15, 2011

Check out these cool upcycled wallets made by the eco-friendly and socially minded Holstee. Go read what Karen Lee has to say about Finding Green Craft Inspirations. Even the best Upcyclers might need a break every once in awhile. Wonder what textile is the greenest when selecting your clothing. See what “Dear Ruth” has to say over at The Ecologist.

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Etsy Feature: Upcycled Furniture

Meet artist and furniture maker Matt Johnson. We are very excited about Matt’s work. His upcycled furniture and accessories are different from many of the upcycled pieces we have seen. They are true pieces of art and style while still being created with things like carburetors, pistons and fire extinguishers. Matt grew up an upcycled life. His childhood home was an 1850′s textile mill that his parents turned into a self sustaining live/work house that ran on water power. It was complete with animals and vegetable gardens. Matt …

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Weekend Link Round-Up July 8, 2011

Turn your empty chip bags into a chip bowl with this step-by-step tutorial from our friends at Terracycle. Check out this book by Lisa Occhipinti: The Repurposed Library. It features 33 projects for reusing old books.Cool idea Lisa! Look at these upcycled Mason jars. The Etsy shop Treasure Again turns them into upcycled solar lights. So pretty!