Category Archives: repurpose

Silk Slip into J.Crew Tank

I love looking at the clothes in the J.Crew catalog and while I was looking I came across this silk tank top and I remembered this vintage silk slip that I had found a while back, dug it out and decided I would turn it into this.

Who knew silk was so hard to sew.

The silk tank from J Crew.

This is the vintage silk slip before.

I cut the slip in half and cut the bottom half into 2 inches strips.

For the straps I sewed strips of the silk, folding them over as I went to mimic those of the J Crew tank.

I started sewing the strips on at the lowest point first while ruffling different points.

The silk tank I created.

And the bonus is that I have some silk left over to use as roses for a head band or I could add a rose to this tank.

Happy 70th Birthday Mom!

What do you get a mom who really doesn’t need anything but is turning the BIG 7 0 and you want to make it a special day with a special gift? I feel we have exhausted the usual perfume and candies and needed something extra-ordinary! I went out looking with absolutly no luck.  But when I got home I got an idea and I think she will love what I came up with. Although a smile might not initially come, at least I know it will mean something to her. I made her this special, one-of-a-kind candle holder.

My Dad - Passed away a year ago.

My very young handsome dad - 1958

He is the light of her life!

Tutorial coming soon!

Easy Recycled Wine Cork Board

A friend of mine has one of these in her house and I always thought it was a great idea and one that looked very easy. And much to my surprise it was super easy. Thanks to B-Breit Style for the idea!


The finished cork board!

PS – Sorry for the spliced video, I had some interrupting dog problems and then had to leave for the dentist, I think I started and stopped this video 5 times. Maybe I should make a bloopers portion so you can see what I went through. It was pretty funny!

DIY Christmas Gifts Day 7 – Stationary Set

I love maps, seriously, if there is something you must know about me, its this; I love maps, I love reading maps, I love studying maps! And I must say, I am pretty good at it. Probably the easiest A I got in high school was in geography. But why am I bragging about this?

Anyhow…I was at my sisters a few weeks ago looking for some streamers and found this old atlas that had been tossed in the garbage, so I grabbed it and asked if she wanted it. She said ‘You want to make something with it huh?’ My family knows me well.

There is so much you can do with maps, add them to scrapbooks, picture frames, I just have so many ideas but today I want to show you how to make stationary, well really they are just envelopes but you can always add some card stock squares in multiple colors for the cards. And the final piece you will need when giving these as gifts would be to add some round stickers, for sealing the back. Or you can add a glue stick to the package with instructions. The nice thing about using maps is that you can cut several at the same time because they are fairly thin.


Supplies: Glue, Scissors, Labels, Atlas(old maps), Envelopes


1. Open up the envelope and trace around it onto the map and then cut it out.


2. Fold the map into the shape of the envelope.


3. Take a q-tip with glue on it and swab it on the two sides that need to be glued down.


4. Put the label on the front.



Happy Together’s Shirt Refashion & Headband Tutorial

Looking through Happy Together‘s website I found this shirt she refashioned after a shirt from Anthropologie. I want to try this tutorial. And the headband is so fun, almost like the necklaces I made in the summer. Check out Jessica’s site for more tutorials and fun things to make.


Jessica showing off her refashioned shirt and headband


The Anthropoligie shirt that she refashioned her shirt after.

For the complete tutorial click here.

Thank you Jessica for letting me share this with Recycled Lovelies readers! I look forward to trying this myself.

Re-Bound: Creating Handmade Books from Recycled and Repurposed Materials

A friend mentioned this book, Re-Bound by Jeannine Stein, to me and from what I can see online this book seems to have some interesting projects in it. I am excited to actually get my hands on a copy of this book. It is definitely going on my wish list for Christmas, although I am hoping to be able to find it used. Did you know Christmas is only 84 days away? I have a lot to do before than…ok now I am distressed, am I going to get all my Christmas projects done?

Anyhow on to this book – Re-Bound shows readers how to take every day materials from around the house, flea markets and thrift stores, and hardware and office supply stores, and turn them into fabulous books. Instead of saying, “What can I make a book out of,” readers will be thinking, “What can’t I make a book out of?” In Re-Bound, a vintage souvenir wallet becomes a photo album. Last year’s trendy sweater becomes a take-along journal. Even potato chip bags get a second life as a handy pocket notebook. This fun pursuit is economical as well as ecological. A variety of attractive, uncomplicated bindings, how-to instructions, and step-outs bring each project to life.


Whats better than recycling and re-purposing items around your house? Thanks Joanna for sharing this book with me.