15 uses: Dresses

This week I am flipping 15 uses on its head and finding different bits of rubbish that could all be used to make one thing. I’m starting off with upcycled fashion and to begin with I’ve chosen dresses. So instead of thinking what do I do with all this (insert rubbish you have copious amounts of) be thinking I want (insert hearts desire) so what can I make it from. I’ve found a brilliant collection of dresses made from other fabrics, papers and some more unusual finds.

dresses fabric


The most suitable way of making an attractive but comfortable dress is to delve into old and tired fabrics  to create new life

1. I love the skirt on this made entirely from old ties. There are plenty of these languishing in charity shops and your dads wardrobe, make use of them.

2. There are plenty of army surplus or fake camouflage to get you hands on, just depends if you want to sport the army look or not. *note probably not good for running in.

3. A classic item that is always getting chucked out is denim, so keep its life cycle going with a cute summer dress

4. Patch work is the original of upcycled fabric crafts, using spare bits of fabric or cuttings off old items to create a whole new one. Normally reserved for bed spreads I think I dress would look equally cool

5. Men shirts are another charity shop staple and should be used more often to create new things

dresses paper


Plenty of it so use it though I see these all for statement pieces rather then general ware, though depends on your fashion

1. Books are a joy but there are endless amounts piling up in our homes, create your own masterpiece with a show stopping dress.

2. Maps are beautiful and would make a brilliant design for a dress

3. Fashion magazines display the best of designers skills but they themselves could be transformed into brilliant dress designs

4. The easiest paper to get hold of and the most flexible but watch out for tears

5. Strips of cardboard packaging, in this case cereal boxes, could make a fun dress and it appears to have more structure to the other paper ideas making it probably the most viable design. I like the belt to make it look more natural dresses unusual materials

Unusual Items

Bizarre ideas but ones that could definitely work as a statement piece. I would advice a fabric lining for all of these to maintain modest and comfort

1. Plastic rather then paper this time. Fused grocery bags in different colours could make a simple dress. Once the plastic bags are fused together they can be worked just like fabric

2. A collection of bottle caps, metal wire and tin plating creates this strange piece though can’t imagine it being a very comfortable experience. How would you sit down?!

3. I like this one made from lids and tops. Its like a colourful flapper dress but once again I can’t imagine its comfy to sit down in and a light slip would be needed underneath unless your super racey.

4. This police line dress looks amazing but where would you get such materials, I’m sure the bobby’s wouldn’t be too pleased if you started snaffaling their tape

5. Using packaging of any kind looks fun and quirky but make sure they are all washed out thoroughly or you’ll start to smell like a rubbish tip


So would you dare to go for the outrageous dresses or stick to the plain and simple fabric ones?


X xxx


Making clothes

One of my challenges i set for 2013 was to make more clothes for myself and after a long break from creative crafting, making something for yourself that you can enjoy, can really inspire you. I’ve already made a top, another top and a skirt which can be warn together as a dress or as seperate pieces and fixed all the holes and hems that have been screaming at me for months to be mended.polka dot dress

I am no expert at dress making and i have to admit it normally goes a little wrong in some place but thats part of the learning process and practice make perfect so thats what i intend to do some that by the end of the year i will be very comfortable in making clothes for myself. I have also noticed that the more i practice the quicker i become and so making a top in a couple of hours or a dress in a day seems like a less choresome task as i am getting instant wearable results.sewing top

My favourite things about making my own clothes are that they can’t be find anywear else and i am not spending my money at big box stores who don’t particular do society any favours. It makes me feel more independent and able to wear exactly what i want.


X xxx

Everyday Etsy: Mustard Love

I love the colour mustard and since i am moving soon i would love to include it in my redecoration for the living room, so i thought i would find some great pieces that i would love to give a home to and quite likely you will too

Mustard Love

The vintage clock from ARoadThroughTime was the first thing i spotted and i love its simple bold look, unfortunately it got sold the day i put it on the treasury! :( Guess some one saw it on my board and just had to snag it. Darn! Luckily i found some other delight to get my mustard fix. Love the backpack from ickadybag, really beautiful design and lots of pockets. Would make a great over night bag. Lastly i am charmed with the bohemiana teardrop earrings MerelaniDesigns, they are just my kind of style and a lovely colour of course ;P Click on the picture to find the rest of these beautiful pieces


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15 Uses: Lids and tops

This week we have something interesting to upcycle which is often forgotten about and there is normally no standard facility to recycle them and thats lids. You can recycle glass bottles, plastic containers and but what do you do with the lids and tops? Most of the time they are not supposed to be chucked in with the rest of the recycling, though i’m sure many people do, so what are the alternatives? Upcycling of course! So here are 5 ideas for your home, 5 for the kids and 5 for games all using different types of lids and tops

5 home decorations
1. Cover the whole side of your house with colourful plastic tops making a mosaic out of throw away items. A glue gun and patience is all you need
2. A little bit easier then number one, glue together plastic tops to make a easy door mat to scrap your muddy boots on, luckily its wipeable and waterproof

3. Make a great light shade with old lids, this one uses ones from coffee cups and once you’ve used them all make sure you use a refillable cup next time you go to your local coffee shop for a cappuccino

4.  Use old paint lids and bottle tops to make colourful wall flowers for a boring garden fence, simple but really brightens up the place

5. This looks brilliant. Use beer bottle tops to make a tile splash back with a colourful pop. Not sure what you would use to set them in to the wall would have to be a waterproof material maybe some sort of grouting. Any ideas ppl?

5 for fun and games

1. Make a matching game by printing off or cutting out of magazine a set of images, You will need two sets of the same imagine. Glue each image into the inside of a deep top. Turn over and let people find the matching ones, great memory game.

2. Make a simple tic tac toe using coloured caps in two colours for crosses and noughts and use a big lid for the arena, drawing on four crossed lines to create the grid.

3. Make a beer bottle  top wind chime. Hang out of the way of little hands and let them listen to the sounds it makes in the wind.

4. Make a simple rattle instrument joining pieces of rolled up newspaper with tap and attaching a piece of cord or string with several bottle caps strung on. Great fun for kids and adults.

5. Use lids and tops for checkers or decorate them with images to make a chess set, you could pick your own characters and make a chess set featuring the whole family.

5 lids for the kids

1.  This food mural in a school canteen is a great idea to promote healthy eating and bring recycling and upcycling in to school. You could make a simpler one in your home, just need a base board, glue gun and lots of tops.

2. Make a simple counting game to help youngster with their maths, you could use lids and tops for lots of different scenarios to help improve children s mental arithmetic

3. Make a upturned top into a mini boat, gluing a tooth pick and a sail on to it. Simple but fun, why not make a whole fleet.

4. Get the kids to make little characters with colourful tops and some googly eyes. Limits are only your imagination.

5. Make simple stamps out of cut out foam attached to the top of the tops. Simple painting for a wet day in.

I love that i have found so many ideas for these often hard to recycle pieces, check out the pinterest board for more ideas as i found lots and lots


X xxx