‘Tis definitely the season for creative upcycling and as I wanted to do something a wee bit more special than store-bought for the kiddo’s advent calendar this year, I sorted through my hoarded cardboard stash, raided the recycling bin and created this fantastically re-usable bit of awesomeness:
Here’s how to whip up your own countdown to Christmas before December 1st:
Refashioning is not only a completely ethical and sustainable way to create your own unique style it’s also a magnificent method for adding those items you’ve been coveting to your wardrobe for a fraction of the cost (or absolutely free)!
I’d been on the lookout for a funky faux fur vest for ages but unfortunately my thrifting karma just wasn’t cooperating, fortunately a peek through my sweater stash revealed the perfect refashioning victim to transform into a DIY reversible faux fur vest!
I covet just about every single outfit my latest eco-fashion crush shares on her Sustainable Daisy blog. Environmental Scientist Karen Housel has a knack for discovering stunning gems at the thrift shop and creating her own unique style!
“I LOVE the challenge of finding something affordable, secondhand, and cute for my closet. Sustainable fashion becomes a true hobby if you take the secondhand route because it requires you to rise out of your comfort zone, humble yourself, and to get in touch with your creative side.”
Get to know this sustainable stylista and find out her top tips for creating your own eco-fashion wardrobe:
A short while ago I asked if anyone had any DIY obstacles or thrifty refashioning dilemmas they wanted me to tackle and boy oh boy did you guys answer! After wading through and (hopefully) helpfully answering a load of emails I opened this creative query:
“I got a bag of old sweaters from my Grandma and there are a couple of cardigans that I love but they don’t have pockets and I can’t knit so my refashioning question is: what is the easiest way to put pockets on a sweater without knitting them on?”
A fabulous refashioning question that is best answered with a step-by-step tutorial:
Wowee Zowee! This is the 500th tutorial I’ve shared on my Confessions of a Refashionista!
Snag my crazy simple no-knit method for how to add pockets to a sweater below:
I’ve been crushing on Melissa DiRenzo for quite some time. The phenomenally talented designer and DIY diva behind The Sweet Escape creates absolutely stunning decor DIYs from thrifty bits and items she already has on hand. The gorgeously photographed projects she shares on her blog provide a wealth of inspiration for every room of the house + loads of creative entertaining ideas!
Get to know marvelous Melissa and discover her top tips for thrifting and upcycling:
I’m often asked how I store (and keep track of) my ever-growing refashionista stash of vintage and thrifted goodness making it a perfect theme for Thrifty Thursday!
Take a peek at my thrifted, upcycled and repurposed stash storage solutions below:
A few weeks ago I received a most excellent surprise package full of thrifted & handmade goodies from a fabulous reader in the UK:
The heartfelt card and thoughtful contents even brought a wee tear to this refashionista’s eye…
Among the groovy goodies to be refashioned was this rather puzzling lace dress:
Why in the hell would someone design an otherwise awesome lace dress and then completely ruin it by stitching a ridiculous faux leather statement to the front?
S o M u c h B e t t e r !
Here’s how I transformed that silly thrifted statement dress:
Shopping second hand, reusing and thrifting are the easiest ways to begin creating an ethically sustainable wardrobe and there are loads of tips online for those wanting to find out how to score a stylish charity shop outfit at a bargain price but what about thrifting specifically to refashion and upcycle?
As I only use pre-loved items in my projects I’ve become quite savvy at discovering potential in the secondhand gear that others (thankfully) disregard while thrifting. Take a peek at my Refashioning 101: Refashionista Thrifting Tips and let your imagination run wild during your next trip to the charity shop.
“I cannot work for someone else” is the first line of Zen’s bio on her DIY lifestyle blog Hapiness Wherever, which definitely makes her an upcycling diva after my own heart!
“Some people said I was crazy to leave such a good job (in one of the world’s leading – rolls eyes at that overused word – marketing agencies) but you know what? I’ve never regretted it, not even when things didn’t work out to plan…”
Discover how Zen transitioned from the stressful world of corporate marketing to inspirational DIY lifestyle blogging + get her top thrifty upcycling tips:
I’ve shared nearly 500 tutorials on my Confessions of a Refashionista (496 as of today!) and as I frequently receive messages asking for help with specific refashioning and upcycling projects, I’m wondering if you have any DIY obstacles you’d like me to tackle or perhaps a thrifty refashion you’d like me to figure out and create a tutorial for before giving it a go yourself…?
Leave your DIY dilemmas in the comments below, send me an e-mail, instagram a pic to me or post a photo on my CoaR facebook page and I’ll kick my refashionista inspiration into high gear for you!