I’ve shared so many tutorials on this blog about remaking items you may already have in your closet, I just wanted to share them again!  (Re-use of an idea – haha!  Totally green!😉 )  So here are some of my favorite past projects from the last year or so, that give new life to old items!

Upcycled Men’s Shirts

I Love NY Tote

(from a t-shirt)

Convertible Skirt

(from 3 button-downs)

Corseted Tee

(from a t-shirt)

Happy Ice Cream Shirt

(from a t-shirt)

Summer Tank Dress

(from a tanktop + t-shirt)

Ruffled Top

(from a button-down)

Jumpsuit Romper

(from a button-down)

Bow Tunic Dress

(from a long-sleeved top)

Repurposed Jewelry

Acrylic Bib Necklace

(from a purse handle)

Boho Bangles

(from curtain rings)

Spiked Crystal Ring

(from a rhinestone ring)

Woven Shape Pin

(from a ribbon)

Recycled Accessories

Alexander Wang Stirrup Socks

(from old socks)

Givenchy Spiked Headband

(from an old headband)

Wired Rabbit Ears Headband

(from a handkerchief)

Bra Strap Applique Headband

(from a bra strap)

Chic-ified Clothing

Woven Ribbon Sweater

(add ribbon)

Elastic-Band Skirt

(from a pillowcase)

Petal-Front Top

(add silk flower petals)

Hybrid Sweater

(from 2 sweaters)

And also, some of my recent projects:

I made this pyramid-studded zip clutch following the same directions for my DIY Laptop Sleeve from a Leather Jacket tutorial from last year – except this time I added a gigantic pyramid stud (1″ wide!) to the front, and a zipper as the closure.

You could of course make this zippered pouch out of any material you want – including fabric, a pillowcase, an old towel, vinyl, or even from a Dollar Store faux leather placemat!!

I also found a pair of leather pants at the Goodwill, and hacked off the legs, glued and sewed the hems, and hemmed the lining to create the perfect pair of leather shorts (for a mere $14.99 – which was the cost of the pants!  And now I have all that extra leather I cut off to make other projects…)

(I know, it seems sort of hypocritical to highlight projects for Earth Day that use leather – considering most conventionally-made leather is tanned and finished with environmentally-unfriendly chemicals…to say nothing of the environmental impact that a single cow raised on a factory farm makes…but at least it’s an option for what to do with leather items that are sitting at thrift stores or languishing in your closet or just being thrown away…)

What will you do this Earth Day? Make something, recycle something, plant something, use less electricity or water, cook a vegetarian meal?

Do tell!  And have a Happy Earth Day!



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