Tag Archives: repurposing

Hat & Mitt Set for Baby

Hat & Mitt Set for Baby Pattern

This is probably my favorite ‘recycle’ project! While visiting with our youngest daughter, Katie, and our nine-monthold granddaughter, Reem Audrey, Katie lamented that she couldn’t find a pair of long mittens, which would stay up the sleeves of her jacket, and that Reem couldn’t pull off. At the time, she happened to be sorting out […]

Spring Posy Thrifted Candy Dish Topper

Spring Posy Thrifted Candy Dish Topper Pattern

Small flower bouquets called a ‘posy’ have existed since medieval times. This particular pattern is inspired by that history as well as the time-honored art of lace making. The piece utilizes freshwater pearls from a never used bracelet, a scrap piece of 28 count white Monaco, DMC floss and a $2.99 thrifted pedestal glass candy […]

Paper Tube Bracelet

Paper Tube Bracelet Pattern

Not long before ANPTmag suggested recycling as the theme for this issue, designer Jo Gatenby had been browsing the internet, collecting pictures and ideas for a guild project – including making jewelry from recycled items. Great minds think alike! Jo says, “I immediately pulled out my folder and began figuring out what I would do […]

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle Quilt

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle Quilt Pattern

Like all quilters, I’ve been told that I should only use good 100% quilting cotton fabrics. Do I always listen to what I’ve been told? Absolutely not. Neither should you. Although I typically use 100% cotton fabrics, I do from time to time use non-traditional fabrics for quilting such as shirts. On average I go […]

The Suede Tote Bag

The Suede Tote Bag Pattern

I wanted a bag with a firm bottom for carrying my current knitting project. I had some beautiful leftover upholstery fabric from a project that involved recovering a chair. When I spotted a brown suede jacket in a thrift store, I knew it would provide not only style to my bag but the firmness I […]

Prom Dress for Josephine

A Prom Dress for Josephine

My daughter and I watched the 2015 version of the Cinderella movie. In this version, Cinderella wore the most magical gown. When we saw the gown, we simultaneously said, “We should make a dress for prom!” We considered making the dress from scratch, then decided that recycling a dress might be a better plan. Not […]

Crazy Cashmere

Crazy Cashmere
[columns] [span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][span4] [/span4][/columns] I confess that I hate throwing out clothes made of good or interesting fabrics, even when the item is no longer wearable. I always think there must be another use for them. Over the years I made several things out of fulled old sweaters – hats, mitts, bags, slippers, and […]