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Thread: Upcycling clothing into crafts

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    Junior Member peggymunday's Avatar
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    I've been getting some great bargains on thrift store clothing lately to use as material for quilting and crafts. My latest project was from a tan wool jacket with a satin lining. I washed it in hot water and dried in the dryer to help "full" the fabric. Some call this "felting". To coordinate with this I chose a pair of small wale corduroy pants in a paisley print. I cut the pattern so that I could make use of the front pockets of the pants, shortening them so that items wouldn't get lost in the bottom. The pockets from the jacket were centered on the back and repositioned on the front of the purse. The pattern I used was Butterick #B5109. I also lined it with the satin from the jacket, following pattern and making a double pocket on one side of the purse. I guess I needed some instant gratification from all the pretty fabrics, and a quilt just wasn't going to offer that right now. This was done in just a few hours and will not be the last! Perhaps a few purses along with some quilting things at a future craft show nearby. If I can get enough stock made up... lol I can't seem to hold onto things long enough to have a table full.
    Thought you might like to see this with all the talk about fabrics going up...

    Pocket looks crooked but it's just the way it's laying
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    Wow, how creative can you be? That is very pretty. I would never think to do something like this. I need to be looking around for something like this. But of course, mine wouldn't turn out that well.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    wow.... I'm impressed with your creativity to re-purpose. Great job!

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    This is awesome. Great ideas. I have some upholstery samples that I could work with, but haven't thought about combining them with felted wool/cords. Here in florida, the wool isn't really a good idea (gets eaten by bugs quickly), but the cords and patterned prints is great. hum.... my thoughts are just a flying on this one! Thanks!

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    Awesome! I am a thrift shop junky and am always looking for pretty fabrics to turn into treasures. Can't wait to see your 'table full'!

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    That's beautiful!!! I am so inspired by your creativity and re-purposing!
    Love that paisley! :D

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    That is wonderful!!!

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    Wow. That is a beautiful purse.

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    LOVE IT! If you need someone to do a uhm... test market trial with it, let me know!

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    Great job!!

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    What a good looking bag and all made from recycled materials.
    It's a win-win, for fashion and the environment.
    We should all follow your lead. :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Yeah, great job of recycling, tnis is very creative, I will have to give this kind of sewing a try :D

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    How creative! Do you suppose anyone sees your purse and thinks, "I had clothing in a material like that!"? So if anyone asks where you found your pretty purse you can tell them "The thrift store," and they'll respond "I never find anything like that there!" Use it proudly!

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    wow nice job, love that paisley!

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    Great recycling I love them :D :thumbup:

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    I love that you recycled fabric from the thrift store! I will have new inspiration now when I shop! Great project!

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    Beautiful...nothing better than upcycling....You end up with something no-one else has, without the designer price tag.

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    I just love that purse!! Of course I am a purse junkie! I love purses, my girls think I'm crazy. Whenever I go home to Kentucky it's a tradition now that I buy a new purse. It would be wonderful if I could make one instead. Great work!!

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    That is just awesome & good for the environment too!

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    The purse is awesome and so are you.

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    WOW - makes me want to RUN to the resale shops now in my pajamas!

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    I love it. How creative.

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    Beautiful. I have a bag of jackets that I felted that I need to do something with. You have inspired me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilted Horse
    Awesome! I am a thrift shop junky and am always looking for pretty fabrics to turn into treasures. Can't wait to see your 'table full'!
    What are some of the things you make with thrift shop finds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueisallaboutquilts
    That's beautiful!!! I am so inspired by your creativity and re-purposing!
    Love that paisley! :D
    Ditto :thumbup: :thumbup:

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