Why go shopping when you have some perfectly fantastic items in your house just waiting to be discovered and given a new (and improved!) use?!
First a few easy ones:
-Old cotton shirts make excellent rags
-Orphan socks make excellent dust and/or polishing rags (particularly for items that have lots of small crevices)
The following crafts require some sewing skills– I’m no seamstress– not EVEN close– I can (barely) sew a straight line, but I’m bound and determined to learn and improve. My grandmother was a professional dressmaker, whereas I won’t be giving her a run for her money any time soon, these are crafts that even *I* can do. And since you can now get sewing machines for less than $100– even less, if you find one at a garage sale or Craigslist (just make sure it works!) You might even find someone who is happy to get rid of theirs.
A few repurposing ideas:
-A man’s dress shirt can become a little girl’s dress, see HERE for instructions
-An old pillowcase can also become a little girl’s dress, see HERE for instructions
-Old jeans can become a purse, see HERE for instructions
-Use some of that denim to make cute slippers see HERE
-An old leather skirt can become a fabulous purse, see HERE for photos (be sure to use a needle appropriate for leather AND use upholstery thread. (Thanks, Erika!)
-Old wool sweaters can be felted and made into a TON of things including, but not limited to:
- A flower pin, see HERE for instructions
- A tote bag, see HERE for instructions
- A puppet, see HERE for instructions
- A potholder, see HERE for photos
- A hat, see HERE for instructions
Have any great repurposing crafts? Please share! Post a link in the comments section or email me and I’ll update this post!