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.
Recycled Tire Swing made from a thrift store tire and a few dollars of hardware. A back yard necessity!
Recycled thrift store bottles with simple paper labels turn them into potion bottles. Given as part of a Harry Potter Secret Santa Swap.
Repurposed thrift store find – a spice rack that now holds my beads and other wee crafty paraphernalia.
Recycled CD canister and 2-liter bottle into Yarn Ball Cozies
Thrifted Kurt Cobain tee, recycled into a quilted wall hanging. Made as a gift.
Recycled tees made with and by my kids, inspired by Generation T by Megan Nicolay
Back-To-School binder rescue, a complete revamp (top) and minor fabric additions (bottom)
Upcycled thrift store quilt hanger, before (top) and after (bottom)
Monk’s Bag made from a thrift store mumu (pattern from Purl Bee)
Recycled Thrift Store Sweater bags
Recycled, thrifted leather shirt. I carried this purse for ages!
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.
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Great ideas! Wow! I especially loved looking at the purses! I have a business, http://www.megexpressions.com, 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.
Your bags are adorable! I love that they all have cute names. Thanks for sharing.
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!
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!