Crafty Retrospective: Don’t Waste, Thrift-cycle

A good deal of my crafting is recycling, reconstructing and repurposing.  Thrift stores are gold mines of raw materials and I rarely walk away empty handed once I set my mind to treasure hunting!

Here are a few crafty make-overs from over the years.

tire swing close up

Recycled Tire Swing made from a thrift store tire and a few dollars of hardware.  A back yard necessity!

Potions Bottles

Recycled thrift store bottles with simple paper labels turn them into potion bottles.   Given as part of a Harry Potter Secret Santa Swap.

Crafty Cabinet Full of herbs and spices?  I don't think so!

Repurposed thrift store find – a spice rack that now holds my beads and other wee crafty paraphernalia.

Yarn Ball Cozy from a CD Canister Recycled 2-Liter Bottle into Yarn bag

Recycled CD canister and 2-liter bottle into Yarn Ball Cozies

kurt cobain wallhanging

Thrifted Kurt Cobain tee, recycled into a quilted wall hanging.  Made as a gift.

Gareth's "Punked Out" Shirt Elena's Gauntlets - handsewn by her!

Recycled tees made with and by my kids, inspired by Generation T by Megan Nicolay

Binder Recon - Back to School Recycling

Binder Rescue - Back to School Recycling

Back-To-School binder rescue, a complete revamp (top) and minor fabric additions (bottom)

"handmade by" labels

Recycled cereal box labels

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Recycled Pot Holder

earring hanger

Picture Frame Earring Hanger

quilt hanger before

quilt rack makeover with friendship quilt

Upcycled thrift store quilt hanger, before (top) and after (bottom)

Recycled Calendar Tutorial

Recycled Calendar Envelopes

Mumu for recyling

Monk's Bag made from a thrifted mumu

Monk’s Bag made from a thrift store mumu (pattern from Purl Bee)

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle a Thrift Store Sweater!Recycled Sweater Bag Tutorial

Recycled Thrift Store Sweater bags

Recontructed leather shirt bag

Recycled, thrifted leather shirt.  I carried this purse for ages!

sweatshirt update

Easy Pockety Hoody hides an unwanted logo and adds a touch of thrift store chic.

Do you have a favorite crafty recycle project?  Post a link in the comments!

As always, if you make any pattern or craft from sewhooked,  I’d love to see a photo. Email me or add it to the Friends of sewhooked flickr group.

Happy crafting

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4 thoughts on “Crafty Retrospective: Don’t Waste, Thrift-cycle

  1. Meghan

    Great ideas! Wow! I especially loved looking at the purses! I have a business,, where I make purses from recycled clothing. My method is to cut up the pieces and then put them together like patchwork, but I loved the purses that you had made! Inspiring.

  2. Michelle

    I have an old quilt rack that I jsut can’t see giving up, but it’s rather ‘country.’ I may have to give a paint and some bling. That is cute!

    1. ofenjen Post author

      Oh you should! This one matches my living room, which of course means it’s ended up living in my bedroom. Oh well, I still love it!



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