Tote bags, handbags, shopping bags, shoulder bags, duffel bags, evening bags, gift bags…the list of unnecessarily necessary bags we hoard to carry our stuff about is pretty darn endless.
Raid your refashioning stash, create an upcycled bag or two for November’s Refashion challenge and share your groovy results with my Gone Thrifting group!
Snag some inspiration from my fave upcycled bag tutes below!
When creative lifestyle blogger Zen from Hapiness Wherever got in touch with me and suggested a quirky upcycling-themed collab I knew exactly who we could use for inspiration:
J’adore Kiki Kumi!
The brain-child of concious-designer Ariane Brunet-Juteau and based in Montreal this sustainable ethical accessory brand’s mission is to innovate and rethink the way fashion is made. By reusing the denim of preloved jeans, Ariane not only extends its life cycle but also diverts waste away from landfills. Transforming jeans into affordable ecoluxe goods is her fabulous way of paying tribute to this most cherished and useful material.
Kiki Kumi’s stunning upcycled denim and leather designs provided the perfect sustainable style inspiration for my collab with Zen:
J’adore my new painted (faux) leather and denim fringed shoes!
Here’s what I did:
Refashioning clothing and creating groovy upcycled accessories are a marvelous start to a wardrobe full of unique sustainable style but what about your terrific tootsies? Your feet deserve to strut their stuff in thrifty ethical fashion too and nothing completes an outfit better than a pair of one of a kind shoes!
Refashioning and repairing your shoes (& boots) is a snap with a bit of imagination and my Refashioning 101: Fab Footwear Fixes! Raid your closet or hit the thrift shop and let’s get fixing!
Continue your passion for upcycling and refashion with my all new Confessions of a Refashionista ebook series for less than a pumpkin spice latte!
– disclaimer: I’ve never had or even seen a pumpkin spice latte in real life –
A deep breath of crisp October air signals that winter is on the way bringing with it the need to get started creating those groovy handmade gifts…akk!
Put on your DIY diva caps and get making some fabulous upcycled accessories for October’s Refashion Challenge!
Create and share your inspiring upcycled accessory projects with my Gone Thrifting group and I’ll feature them at the end of each month on my facebook page!
Grab some inspiration with my funky upcycled accessory projects below:
Adding funky embellishments is one of the quickest and easiest refashioning methods you can use to update your wardrobe!
Sift through your stash and snag those groovy little doilies, zippers and buttons and discover how to take those clothes lurking at the back of your closet from drab to oh-so-uniquely fab with my Refashioning 101: DIY Embellishments over on Dream a Little Bigger!
When putting together outfits to share for Thrifty Thursday I usually need look no further than the fab collection of second hand, DIY’d eco-fashion that fills my wardrobe however this Silk or Satin Loveliness theme had me stumped as the only silk item in my wardrobe is this too-hot-for-August refashioned dress.
But then I remembered a tacky satin top that had been lurking in my stash for far too long so I grabbed my seam ripper & sewing gear and got to work transforming it into something I’d actually wear:
Get the scoop behind the thrifty outfit + the tutorial for my fab upcycled necklace below:
Whoohoo! My first vintage-hankie-stash busting project is complete!
Thrift some pretty handkerchiefs and recreate my upcycled vintage hankie tote for yourself:
Most of us have a tacky brooch (or three) lurking at the bottom of our jewelry boxes so why not transform them into quirky one of a kind arm adornments?
Raid your stash or hit the thrift shop and create the upcycled brooch bracelet for yourself with my easy tutorial over on Dream a little Bigger! (also makes a groovy DIY gift!)
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: