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How To: Make a Girls Skirt From a Men’s Shirt

Men’s dress shirts are a great source of upcycled fabric. My husband usually wears out the elbows in his shirt and the rest of the material is in great shape. I made this twirly skirt from two of his shirts. It is basically just three loops of fabric sewed together with an elastic waist. Pretty easy for a novice seamstress such as myself. To salvage the fabric, use either scissors or a rotary cutter and cut along the seams at the back and sides of the shirts. I was …

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Cool Upcycled Magazine Bowl!

Need a unique gift idea for the eco-consious friend in your life? I bought this cool bowl for my Sister-in-Law. She loves it and uses it for storing her keys. It is handcrafted from discarded magazines and posters in Southern Vietnam. The producer of the bowls, Mai Vietnamese Handicraft, works to develop economic self-reliance and training to poor and neglected women in Southern Vietnam. Each bowl is colorful and unique and is made in compliance with Fair Trade practices. That might make it a triple win! For less …

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How To: Make a Crayon Roll

Your little artist will love having his own crayon roll. Each crayon has its own little pocket which makes for easy clean-up. The rolls are portable and can easily fit into a purse or diaper bag. They are hard to find in stores, especially ones as cute these, but you can make your own with just basic sewing skills. A few months ago I saved a stack of clothes from the trash. I was at my parent’s house and my mom was about to toss …

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How To: Make a Stick Horse

Look at this adorable Stick Horse! It is so cute and think of what a great toy it could be for either a girl or a boy. The really great thing about this horse is that it is made from an old pair of jeans. My new friend at ikat bag has a great tutorial to make one for your little cowgirl or boy here. She has a printable pattern and step by step instructions complete with pictures. If you do many crafts, you might already have most …

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Upcycled Ballet Flats by Colin Lin

I love the look of these ballet flats.These upcyled shoes are made from Chinese language newspaper that are woven together and then dipped in plastic for durability and weather protection. Each shoe is unique and very chic. This makes for a perfect combination of upcycling and fashion. The style of these shoes also remind me of the totally awesome and rad jelly shoes that I used to wear in the 80s. These are like my grown-up version of jellies. Happy Upcycling, Jill