Whilst on location at the thrift shop shooting some bits for this video I spied a marvelous sight out of the corner of my eye:
That gorgeously patterned vintage blouse, with the original labels and tags still attached!
Get my fab floral outfit info + the tutes for my groovy shades & DIY rings below:
Create a few funky fringe-y pins with my crazy easy no sew scrapbusting tutorial!
The wonderful world of refashioning is not only ethical, sustainable and great for the environment but it also gives you loads more bang for your buck!
Transforming an unloved item into a unique piece of awesomeness that no one else has is a magnificent feeling that can be doubled (or even tripled!) with a wee bit of creativity.
Raid your closet, sift through your stash, hit the thrift shop & head to Dream a Little Bigger for my Refashioning 101: The 2 for 1 Upcycle!
This groovy 1970’s suede belt was one of the fabulous bits I inherited in Tante Uschi’s treasure chest:
unfortunately it had been worn to death:
I had loads of refashioning ideas for this sad retro belt but they all involved repurposing it into something else and I really wanted that butter soft suede as a belt so I tucked it away until inspiration struck (over 2 years later!)
Here’s how I salvaged that cracked & peeling bit of waist decoration:
Everyone has a perfectly functional but less than stellar handbag (or three) lurking at the back of the closet and a sweater or two that just don’t make it into rotation anymore so why not combine them into a stylin’ new accessory?
Raid your wardrobe and follow my quick and easy tute to create your own upcycled sweater bag!
Coordinate it with your DIY refashioned dress and crochet embellished boots!
Remember my fabulous thrifted two-steppin’ cowboy boots from a Wild West Thrifty Thursday?
Unfortunately the faux leather started to peel away from those second hand beauties so they were put out to pasture until I could come up with a fix to get them back in rotation.
Fortunately my refashionista brain came up with a quick & painless way to transform those worn out kickers into stylin’ buttoned booties!
Here’s what I did:
During a recent bit of behind the scenes work on my Confessions of a Refashionista channel I was reminded of Creative Q&A – my maker interview series from 2013 that I had high hopes for but unfortunately just wasn’t meant to be.
Take a trip down memory lane and make a no-sew fringed shawl with Anna, learn the basics of crochet with Bekka and enjoy a character filled interview with yours truly + create some scrappy pompoms:
The wonderful world of refashioning isn’t limited to just textiles and clothing. A wealth of upcycling potential can be found in your junk drawer, scrap stash and amongst those broken bits at the bottom of your jewellery box!
Seeing the possibilties hidden within those bedraggled scraps & damaged trinkets is just one of the creative talents that all refashionistas possess so raid your hoard of broken treasures, head to Dream a Little Bigger and let’s get making!
The fabulous question of how to rid thrifted footwear of odours was recently posted to my Gone Thrifting group and I thought I’d share some of the handy how to’s that were served up!
Grab those stinky shoes, raid your cupboards and start neutralizing those unwanted aromas!
When Marie (the crochet & knit diva extraordinaire behind Underground Crafter) asked me to be her guest for National Crochet Month I was both flattered and befuddled as it’s no secret that I’m utterly smitten with all things crocheted but have yet to progress my skills past the basic chain stitch. Fortunately a chain stitch is all that is required for the groovy refashioning tutorial I came up with to share!
I discovered that fabulous clutch in the bag bin of my fave charity shop and even though it was missing the strap I knew that with a bit of refashionista magic it would make the perfect addition to my groovy thrifted jumpsuit and crocheted beanie ensemble!
Head on over to Underground Crafter and get the crocheted scoop behind my fancy refashioned bag + learn a few of my thrifted crochet gear styling ideas to get you started on your own unique looks!