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!
Believe it or not I rarely know exactly how a project will turn out until it’s totally completed.
Everything I create begins with a little prodding at the back of my brain that soon transforms itself into a ginormous series of shoves until I’m able to grab the necessary gear and get makin’!
And so it was with that ruffled bit of upcycled awesomeness above.
Any idea what my shove-y brain insisted I use to create that fab little tote?
I’d been searching for the perfect carry-on to join me on my upcoming adventures but was having a hard time finding a bag that met all of my strict criteria:
– large enough to hold the vast & varied in-flight/travel necessities for the munchkin & myself yet small enough to pass the airline’s carry-on size restrictions
– colourfully awesome, totally unique looking and second hand
As my charity shop karma was just not happening I busted out my online thrifting tips and scored this beauty in no time flat:
A fabulously colourful patchwork duffel bag described “as-new”scored for €5 including shipping!
Unfortunately when it arrived the condition was a far cry from “as-new” & it was missing the shoulder strap – fortunately my refashionista brain came up with a few groovy ideas to transform that worn out duffel into the perfect carry on bag!
Here’s what I did:
As hard as I try I simply can’t resist the lure of the €1 bag bin at my fave charity shop. Rummaging through those tangled straps always reveals a hidden vintage treasure.
Although not always in perfect condition my retro beauties can easily be spruced up with a bit of refashionista creativity:
Discover my 3 simple methods for adding a fabulous chain strap to those vintage clutches, bags & coin purses: