The Upcycled DIY 90’s Choker

The 20 year trend cycle has struck again bringing with it that most fancy neck adornment from the 90’s – chokers! These groovy accessories are making a huge comeback but there’s absolutely no need to hit the mall when you can whip up a bunch in minutes using leftover bits and bobs from your stash!

the upcycled DIY 90's choker

Sort through your lace, ribbons, fabric strips, bias binding and trim, head to Dream a Little Bigger and create the upcycled DIY 90’s choker in minutes + a quick lace necklace tute too!

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My crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip

Seriously, the 90’s are back again and I’m seeing all of the silliness I used to wear being touted as the “newest” trend. Remember those wacky collar clips? Apparently they’re making a huge comeback too but they’re so easy to make you can be rockin’ this new/old style in minutes!

my crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip

Raid your stash and sift through your jewellery box and let’s get makin’ my crazy easy upcycled DIY collar clip:

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An Easy Thrifted Boot Refashion

I’d been searching for a pair of chunky heeled Chelsea boots for ages but as my thrift shop karma just wasn’t working for me I decided to have a peek online and managed to score these beauties:

 An Easy Thrifted Boot Refashion

I’m not at all a fan of the faux zippers and buckles but as they’re comfortable and fit great I figured I’d be able to refashion them into something exactly my taste and style:

An Easy Thrifted Boot Refashion

Success! Here’s what I did:

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My personalized #bemakeful embellished tote

I recently received a groovy little surprise tote bag in the post from Canadian lifestyle specialty channel Makeful with the challenge to transform it into a personalized piece of awesomeness.

I think I succeeded:

My personalized #bemakeful embellished tote

Here’s what I did:

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The DIY Take my Breath Away Valentine’s gift + free template

I’ve never been a fan of the ridiculous consumerism behind Valentine’s day and “traditional” romantic gifts like flowers, chocolates and store-bought cards are such an impersonal waste of money that when I do take part in the silly holiday of love I prefer to create something handmade from my quirky little heart.

The DIY Take my Breath Away Valentine's gift + free template

Take a page from this Refashionista’s book of romance and whip up a wacky little gift from the heart with The DIY Take my Breath Away Valentine’s gift + free template!

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A Best Boots #ThriftyThursday

Who doesn’t love an awesome pair of comfy boots?

Even better when you’ve scored them while thrifting and better still if you’re able to refashion them into something truly unique and exactly your style!

My Fave Boot Refashions

Take a gander at my fave thrifty boot refashions and let me know your faves for a best boots #ThriftyThursday!

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My DIY Vintage Hankie Circle Scarf

’tis time for yet another fancy schmancy vintage hankie stashbusting project!

DIY vintage hankie patchwork circle scarf tutorial

Isn’t that scarf just delightful? This crazy simple make can be personalized to anyone’s taste and style + it whips up in minutes!

Check out my DIY vintage hankie circle scarf video tute below: 

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How to make an easy foldable tote bag

I’m slowly but surely upcycling my stash of pretty vintage handkerchiefs and have so far created a fab floaty maxiskirt, some delightful decor and a fancy schmancy tote bag:

upcycled diy hankie totebag tutorial

The tote is awesome but is a bit bulky to simply stuff into my purse as is so I figured I’d use a couple of the less than stellar hankies in my stash to transform it into a convenient foldable bag:

easy diy foldable totebag

Awesome eh?

Here’s how to make an easy foldable tote bag for yourself:

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November Refashion Challenge: DIY Bags

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!

November refashion challenge Bags

Snag some inspiration from my fave upcycled bag tutes below!

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my Kiki Kumi inspired denim fringed shoe refashion

J’adore Kiki Kumi!

kikikumi bags selection

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:

kikikumi refashioned shoes front 2

J’adore my new painted (faux) leather and denim fringed shoes!

Here’s what I did:

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