Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Upcycling! And loving it!

Definition for upcycling:
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Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher...

I love materials,textiles and remnants and I love thinking outside the nine dots. Now we all know that the summer has been non existent. The sun has not been shining  here in Devon. In fact I have been fairly much wearing jeans and jumpers. Well of course the upside of that is that the shops are dying to get rid of their sunshiney stock. Added to this the demise of the Peacocks chain has been in the news. So when out wandering,as you do, this dress caught my eye and the price certainly hit the high notes --- £5. Now the clever move when faced with this situation is to buy the biggest size available. You are not going to wear it and every centimetre of material is a bonus. So a size 22 was just perfect!
And look what I Upcycled with this little bargain!

First some pretty shoes bags. In a large size for popping special shoes in when travelling.

And a smaller size for make-up,medicines or just those bit and pieces.

Such pretty material with little sequins for added sparkle.

Of course the challenge with this upcycling challenge is to use every scrap and I love little bits of material and set to with my favourite shape. Hearts.

Lots and lots. Finished with some lavender flowers from the garden. a pretty piece of ribbon and a heart shaped button. Just perfect.

I have popped some on some nice wooden coathangers and the wardrobe is smelling lovely.

I really enjoyed this little bit of upcycling. And "The Sporty One" saw an even better challenge yesterday. I will bog about upcycling Take 2 soon.


  1. what an awsome array of uppies from a pretty big find. ive just been sorting through my collection of op shop shirts to make picnic rugs for xmas pressies. we always do second hand or homemade. also have a collection of mens old ties and lots of ideas. good one linda. blessings, trills. :-)

    1. Thank you so much --- your Christmas sounds perfect to me xx

  2. What a great idea for an old dress!

    1. Thank you so much Kim -- next project to follow x

  3. hiya, thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment, love your teddy bears picnic, why have i only just come across you ?
    what is with the comment from rental mobile ?? rather strange i think, ??

    1. Please pop back often and I agree VERY strange but all comers are welcome x

  4. Hi Linda,

    I came to say thank you for the comment you left on my blog and then notice that you live in Newton Abbot. I was there over the weekend visiting friends! While I was there I went into Spin-A-Yarn in Bovey Tracey and treated myself to some goodies. I'm sure you'll know the place.

    When my little treasures are back at school and I have more time I will definitely be checking out more of your tutorials, your makes are beautiful, I especially like the alternative granny square.


  5. Great work Linda, never thought about doing it this way.
    As for sunshine, the last seven days have been over 20C, one even 29C and its still winter here. Hope it keeps going into our summer :-0

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