Monday, March 23, 2009

When you just can't let go...UPCYCLE.

Spring is here...oh no...oh wait...yep. Well, at least the calender made it official. Time to open up the windows & let in some fresh air. Clean out the closets, get rid of the clothes that haven't seen the outside world in forever.

The other day, I was doing just that. I had my pile of clothes to give to charity. I have an old sweatshirt that always makes it to the pile, but I can't seem to part w/ it. Just before it's time to send it out...I tell myself...I bought this when I was 1st dating my husband. Now it has become this silly sentimental shirt that I never, ever wear. Here comes the Upcycle part.

11 year old sweatshirt that serves no purpose.

Before Picture


In the works...

*I cut the arms off of the sweatshirt & cut into 2 rectangle shapes.

*Used some fabric leaves from a rag quilt I made. Stitched them onto the front piece for a little added flair.

After...the new look.

A cute little toss pillow.
*just think about how cool it would be to try this out with an old high school sport jerseys, scout uniforms, baby blankets or whatever. I'd love to hear about your re-invention.

17 comments:

ShoozieShoes said...

How clever!! I love spring cleaning, tossing out and - best of all - recycling!

Grammatically Delicious Designs said...

I would have never thought of that! Great job of upcycling. Someone had a post about upcycling lately. It was fun trying to figure out the difference between upcycling and recycling. Which do you think you did?

Danielle

AnniKae said...

I guess I'm not certain...but I'm going to say Upcycle simply because...
*It now serves a purpose. I made the shirt into something better...at least better for me.

sheena said...

you are so creative. Now you can hold onto that shirt forever and not feel guilty about having it or needing to let it go!

Dustin & Ashley said...

Oh my dear, I love you. Only you could take an old sweater and make it into a masterpiece. Love it.

chocolatecupcake said...

Great idea! I too have clothes I can't part with, like my jeans I wore 13 years ago before my son was born. I keep telling myself I'll slim in to them but I think i'll give up on that and upcycle them instead....much easier!!

Erin said...

I've done that before, too! I had a tshirt from my sorority that was just huge and nasty... but it made a wonderful little pillow! Love it :)

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Samantha said...

Great idea!!! I upcycle as well but I never thought of that one.

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Audrey said...

That's really cool! Would never have thought of that!

tamdoll said...

That pillow looks so comfy & soft, just like a favorite shirt! Great idea and those leaves are a perfect idea.

i love plum said...

Super cute and a great idea!!! xo

hdawnparratt said...

great idea!! love it !!

Sweet Romance said...

I love it and I'll bet Calvin Kline would too! Now you got me thinking here about going through my closets! Found you by way of my sweet friend Kathi of Care To Bead!

patchfirstshop said...

So cute!! How can you think about that?? You're so talent...

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Who am I? said...

I am so impressed! Nice work!

Lorajean said...

Wow this turned out so cute! I need to go and de-junk my house.