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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Upcycled Bobby Pins

Here is a cute and easy tutorial for upcycling spare buttons, beads and baubles. You could use your Grandmother’s button collection or even some of those extra buttons you get when you buy new clothes.  I personally have every extra button I have ever received. I think some of the fabric covered floral buttons that I rocked in elementary school would look great on some bobby pins. Now you finally have a way to upcycle your tin of treasures. A Homemaker’s Journal has the complete tutorial. Happy Upcycling, …

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
How To: Upcycle a Pair of Jeans into a Skirt

Turning an old pair of pants or jeans into a skirt is an easy sewing project. With a sewing machine and very basic skills, you can complete this project. A few months ago, our oldest daughter decided that she was only going to wear skirts and dresses. No more pants for her. I don’t always let our kids follow every whim of form or fashion but she was already wearing mostly skirts or jumpers and was rather convicted. I think we can blame her favorite television show …

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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Etsy Feature: Decomp

Do you want to look like an artist? Then start shopping at the Etsy shop Decomp. This artistic shop is filled with creative and nature inspired clothing, jewelry, and accessories made mostly from recycled and upcycled materials. Meet Nicolette, the creative mind behind Decomp. Each of her organic pieces are planned in great detail. They are visually interesting with a perfect combination of texture and color. Her love of nature shines through in each of her designs. Her favorite material to work with is leather scrap that …

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Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Etsy Feature: Upcycled T-shirt Dresses

What does a former forensic scientist do when she stops dismantling meth labs to raise her four children and take care of her family? She starts dismantling T-shirts to create adorable dresses for little girls! As a child, Carrie Poniewaz’s mother gave her some good advice: “learn to type and learn to sew then you will always have a job and you will always have something to wear.” While her love of sewing and creating started at a young age growing up with a family of creative women, …

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Monday, February 21, 2011
Etsy Feature: Felted Wool Slippers

(We hope you enjoy this article. It is the first of many we have lined up to showcase creative Etsy artists. Etsy is an online marketplace for buying and selling handmade and vintage goods. A large number of Etsy artists use upcycled and recycled materials.) These sweet little slippers are made from upcycled sweaters and leather jackets and skirts. What does a manufacturing engineer do when she can’t find the perfect slippers for her baby daughter? Design and make her own of course! Josie Marsh spent 12 years …