20 DIY Upcycled Wreaths for All Occasions!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

The holidays are around the corner and they have me thinking all about the decor. Decor is probably my favorite part of it all. I always thought it be super cute to have a bunch of seasonal wreaths to put out every month, like I see others do. I never get around to doing so though. If you're thinking to yourself "hey, me too" well then this list I've come up with, is sure to inspire you as well.

P.S. As I was searching for wreaths, I came across this befitting quote from Buddha...

"As from a large heap of flowers many garlands and wreaths are made, so by a mortal in this life there is much good work to be done."

1. Aluminum Can Leaves Wreath for le Fall time.

2. Garden Hose Wreath for le Spring time.

3. Cotton Reel Wreath


4. Tshirt Wreath

5. Necktie Wreath


6. Toilet Paper Roll Wreath

7. Hubcap Patriotic Star Wreath


8. Newspaper Wreath

9. Denim Rag Wreath by OrangeDogCrafts

10. Multi Colored- Christmas light Wreath

11. Paintbrush Wreath


12. Bundt Pan Wreath

13. Sweater Wreath


14. Music Sheet Roses Wreath

15. Fabric Samples Wreath


16. Wine Cork Wreath

17. Tennis Racket Wreath


18. Acorn Wreath

19. Terracotta Pots Wreath

20. Cardboard Wreath


Refashion | Men’s Button Up Shirt into an Off Shoulder Top

Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Thee inspiration: An off shoulder striped cotton top with 3/4 sleeves, buttons down the front and a drawstring tie waist.


I found this shirt off Ebay. I tried looking in store at the local thrift but didn't have any luck finding a big mens white cotton striped button down shirt. Since I was being pretty specific with what I wanted Ebay made it much easier to find it with all their filters. I actually really like this material, the detail is cute and it was in EUC. A great match.


First I grabbed a shirt I already had, not off shoulder but I like it's sleeve length so I used it for that. I also referenced the sleeve width for the elastic hem.


Then for the neckline, I pinned it while wearing it to the desired depth. Cut it straight across after.


I serged all the raw edges i.e. the sleeve hems, the shirt's top and bottom. Then sewed the edges back a half inch or so to create casings for the elastic and drawstring.


I'm pretty sure there's tools for this but I attach a safety pin to lead my elastic through the casing.

Then pull it all the way around and back out. You sew the elastic in place. I didn't sew the shirt closed down the button placket but you can if you want. I only sewed it down together at the top and bottom for the casings.


From the leftover material I was able to make a thin cord to use as a drawstring for the waist. The elastic across the shoulders doesn't start until about 3" away from the button placket on both sides so the top lays flat for most of the front.


Really all your basically doing is creating casings on a shirt that is bigger than your usual size. Casings for the elastics, across the shoulders and sleeve cuffs, around the waist for the drawstring. You could actually use elastic in that casing as well if you don't have enough leftover material for a drawstring or don't want that in particular. All of these casings allow for the top to adjust to your size while keeping a boxy loose fit.


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New in Thee Shop: Upcycled Denim and Faux Leather Patchwork Tote Bags

Tuesday, August 22, 2017


These two lovelies are spacious tote bags made with all upcycled materials, of course. Both have magnetic snaps to keep them shut and pockets inside and out. One bag, the one with the tan belt straps has a slightly longer strap drop than the other.


I have been trying to save patterns of the patchworks I make so that I am able to at least reference the size next time. So for this one I did do that. I'm glad I did because I do very much like the result and I was able to easily make another.


I used denim from four different jeans, two blue and two gray. The faux leather is two different kinds as well, one from a jacket and the other a skirt.


Here it is lying flat and finished. I did end up switching some around and I didn't cut out enough to make it the entire width across so I just filled this one in with other pieces of denim. The back is whole different story with bigger pieces patch-worked together and two pockets set on top.


Check this one out in thee shop right, here ←


Check this one out in thee shop right, here ←

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Refashion | Vintage Denim Vest + Floral Fabric

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


1 Thrifted and Vintage Denim Vest + 2 yards Floral Fabric = 1 Upcycled Maxi Dress!


I found this vest at the thrift store while looking for jean jackets to upcycle and embellish. I didn't find any jackets that day and rather than be defeated I swooped this up thinking I could at least use the material. The buttons and darts are so cute though. I had to come up with something. Then I got this floral rayon and the blue of the flowers matched the blue of the denim almost exactly so I thought I would put them together.


The vest despite it's cute detail looks and is quite dated looking. I thought by combing the two and somehow changing up the vest, it could look a less 90s but honestly it might even look more so now haha.


It seems the vest had adjustable ties on the back that had been cut off. I knew removing the leftover pieces would leave unwashed denim i.e. dark unexposed denim. I thought I would cut it off but that meant cutting the faux pockets off and leaving the top a bit too short. 


I decided to flip the whole vest. The front with buttons would now be the back and this the front. The darts were helpful for form on either side. All I needed to do was lift these darts up so I took it in across the former back. 


Now that I think about it I should've cut it right above the pockets and got rid of them to make the new back look less like a front. I thought for sure it would be too short but now I think it would've been fine. Anyway I cut it like so, same all around.




The neckline definitely had to be lowered. I ripped the hem to make for a cleaner transition into a new hem. I used a palette to get a nice circular shape.


I really didn't want it to end up chunky so I just serged the edge and sewed it back. I also cut off the excess of where I took it up. Serged it as well and topstitched both with double seams trying to make them blend in with the double top stitching of the rest of the top.



To cover up the dark spots that I mentioned earlier, I added two pieces of hemmed material from the cut off parts. Essentially giving the top little belt loops.




I did have to take it in on the sides. The way I do that is, I pin it with safety pins while wearing the garment then on the inside mark where the safety pins are then sew along those marking while fading the seam out. Taking it in also helped close up the arm holes a bit.



To the back I added a short zipper to allow me to get the dress on and ensure a closer fit.


Finally, a simple hem to finish off the dress. I used the floral fabric's width for the length since I wanted a longer length for the skirt. However, I think after I get tired of it like this I can easily make it shorter and wear it that way too.




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