Monday, September 30, 2013

A Round Tuit 173

Bonjour!
I do hope you've all had a lovely weekend and are refreshed and ready for a fabulous new week.
We had our annual Murder Mystery Party at the weekend, set in war-time France this time.
It was great fun as always with lots of yummy food, great company and a fun game!

What did you get up to over the weekend?

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Let's party!


Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
 
 
 
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
 
First of all, this brilliant 
skirt made from 2 tank tops by The Crafty Blog Stalker:
Katie always has heaps of cool ideas on her blog - do go and take a look for yourself at:
The Crafty Blog Stalker


Next,  this neat idea of Upcycling old glasses cases by Fitzbirch:
I've got a few old glasses cases that I'd never thought to upcycle! I know what I'm going to do with them now.....
Deb and Louise have a beautiful blog full of fabulous crafts - so go and see for yourself at:
Fitzbirch Crafts


Finally, this cute little patchwork pincushion complete with a wonderfully clear tutorial - by HGK
Audrey has such a pretty blog with some great tutorials - head on over there now to take a look!
HGK


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Saturday, September 28, 2013

Upcycling Men's Neckties



This week's clothing item is one that I've seen lots of different ways of upcycling, and done a few myself!

So here are lots of fabulous ideas for those old ties!













And a tie bag by...me!

There are even more ideas on my 


I have a board for each clothing item, plus each item has it's own dedicated post. You can find all of those here.

And for over 600 amazing ideas for upcycling clothes - take a look at the ongoing linky here. You'll find so much inspiration and there's always room for more so please do link up your own clothes upcycling projects too!


Happy Upcycling!


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Upcycled plastic bottle crochet hanging pots



It's been a while since my daughter and I did any crochet. We're still very much beginners - but like to practise and experiment.

I had this idea I wanted to try out with plastic bottles!

First I cut the bottom part off two empty washed out bottles:


Then I punched holes around the top edge of each one:

Finally - I took one, my daughter took the other, and we crocheted around the top, going through the holes as we went round, then added handles:

Very cute don't you think?

I've filled mine with pens and hung it by my desk:

My elder daughter saw them and thought they would make cute Halloween trick or treat baskets - or perhaps Easter baskets!

They'd also be cute as perhaps treat bags for parties - or Christmas!

We even thought they might make cute little hanging herb planters.

I think I might upcycle all our plastic bottles like this for a while!

What do you think?
What else could you use them for?

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Upcycling nighties to origami bags



I have several nighties in my clothes upcycling stash and had an idea as to how they could best be upcycled.

The soft, silky fabric makes for beautiful little bags made using my Fabric Origami Bag tutorial:

Here's the pile of nighties I've got..

I think I'll make a few of these bags with this stash.
They'd be great gift bags for jewellery, perfume or toiletries perhaps - maybe nice little stocking fillers for Christmas?

From two nighties I made two bags. The straps are long enough for the drawstrings for the bags, and there's then a little of the fabric from each nightie left over, that could may be saved to make gift wrapping flowers or decorations?





Do you think this is a good use for those nighties?
What would you used nice soft silky bags like this for?



Monday, September 23, 2013

A Round Tuit 172

It's holiday time!
My girls are on school holidays for the next two weeks, so my apologies if I don't get to blogging as much as usual!
I am hoping to get some crafting done with the girls though - and if I do I shall of course be sharing the things we create!

Let's get to this party then! Come and inspire me with what you've been up to!

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Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
 
 
 
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
 
First of all, this lovely
 Bag, purse and keychain set from Scent of Style :
Here's the purse and cute mouse keychain:
Milena has a pretty blog with some lovely projects - do go and say hello at:



Next, these Super Cute Crochet Elephants and a video fabric flower tutorial from Passion et Couture:
Marisa has a fabulous blog with heaps of great ideas and projects, so do go and say hello at:
Passion et Couture


Finally, this gorgeous Crochet Cake by Sarah Lynn's Sweets:
Sarah has a very tasty blog! So go and see how much your mouth waters at:
Sarah Lynn's Sweets



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Now it's your turn:
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
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And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
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I will feature my favourites on facebook during the week, and also on this post next week.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Shoes Upcycling




What do you do with your old footwear?
Some, especially kids shoes (or certainly my kids' shoes) get so worn that they have to be binned, with holes all the way through the soles, bits falling off and laces snapped.  

But there's always those they grow out of before they destroy - or shoes that you bought when you liked them, and fashions and tastes have changed.
So how can they be upcycled?

Well for old boots - you could always use them as a funky planter..


The only shoes upcycling I've done so far was a few years ago, turning an old pair of my daughter's flip flops that had faded, into frilly pink princess shoes!


I've seen lots of flip flops jazzed up with fabric and other decorations - like these cute ones from A Creative Princess:



This great tutorial from The Crafty Blog Stalker shoes you how to simply replace the plastic 'strap' of the flip flop with funky fabric for a simple refashion:


Or there's these watermelon shoes made from plain white tennis shoes by Three Dawg Lady Designs:

Or if you're starting to think about Christmas - how about this Christmas Centrepiece made from old kids gumboots by Mellywood's Mansion:


Then there is the ingenious idea of using paper mache to transform shoes like Cindy from Upcycled Design Lab Blog did - note also the can pull tab 'buckle' on the new version!! I love it!

How have you revamped or upcycled your old shoes?

For some more ideas for upcycling or refashioning your shoes - check out my Pinterest Board.


Ideas for upcycling other clothing items can be found on this page.
I'm exploring ways to upcycle a different item each week! So do come back each week to see some great idea and get some inspiration for your own projects!

Happy Upcycling!