Totally Simple to Make Tiered Dresses and Skirts

Totally Simple to Make Tiered Dresses and Skirts

If you have a supply of extra fabric or unworn skirts or dresses, think about transforming them into custom tiered fashions. Using mainly old clothes, fabric remnants or inexpensive thrift store finds, you can make your own tiered dresses and skirts, and the same technique can be used to make designs to fit both child and grown up sizes. Additional supplies needed are scissors, thread or fabric glue and a sewing machine or endurance abundant sewing hands. Portions of clothing or other recycled fabrics are ideal for this project, as are things that are never worn, like old miniskirts or… read more

Make Superhero Costumes Using Recycled Materials

Costume Designs for Superhero Kids

Know a kid that wants to be a superhero for most of the week? Help them dress the part with fabrics and crafts that reflect their inner crusader. Many children’s costumes can be made with things from around the house and often no sewing is even involved. The following designs are ways to recycle fabrics, felt and materials into cool costumes. Living with punks has super bat masks and a downloadable template. If your little hero doesn’t want a bat mask, alter the pattern a bit then decorate it with fabric glue and their choice of trimmings. For example, animal masks… read more

Recyling Your Rags

Recyced Rags

We all have clothes we don’t wear. Either they are too big, too small or were an act of impulsivity that no longer lies within the confines of fashion. Whatever the reason these end up in the back of the closet or sitting in a box to be shipped to the Salvation Army. If they are still in decent condition, donating used clothes is the best option. However, if in a state of disrepair, clothes can be reused to create something new. Shirts are especially versatile. You can take old t-shirts, and by sewing of the bottom closed and some… read more

Looking Good for Less

Look Good For Less

It’s that time of the year again; the time when yours or your child’s clothes are just too small.  The time to make a good first impression. Or, maybe you are just the type of person that stands staring into your closet and can’t find a thing to wear. Do you want to look great without breaking the bank?  Allow me to tell you how you can do so. Start shopping at more flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, resale stores, or on Ebay. In a rough economy we all start to count pennies, but by shopping smart you can… read more

Never Tire Of Your Treads

Bolivian Abarcas

Some people wear their shoes to the max. Having teenagers I witness this atrocity about every six months. Now imagine all those tires that sit in landfill and how they could be used for shoes. Tires are built to last for some 50,000 miles and wouldn’t that be great for the soles of your shoes. One would have to wonder how long it would take a teenage boy to wear out a pair of sandals fitted with tire soles and straps. The Abarcas are made by entrepreneurial indigenous Aymara women in El Alto, which is the twin city of La… read more

Alternatives to Traditional Tattoo Inks

Alternatives to Traditional Tattoo Inks

Tattoos can be visually absorbing, but many may not think of the ingredients in the inks and their possible effects. There are many risks associated with getting tattoos, and possible poisons in the ink are only one of them. Inks vary, but can contain toxic heavy metals including lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic, among many others. Red inks have some of the highest levels of contaminants which can include mercury. These are all environmental and human health hazards. The American Environmental Safety Institute has given the example of an index card, which is 3 inches/7.6 centimeters by 5 inches/12.7 centimeters… read more

Handmade Belt Ideas

Handmade Belt Ideas

Making your own belts is a useful way to recycle fabrics and materials. Versatile and tailor made to any size and wardrobe, they also make great handmade gifts. There are fabulous, free lessons and photo tutorials that enable belt making to be a doable project at home. Below are some styles of different do it yourself belts that can be made for a sheer fraction of the retail cost. D-Ring Belts There are numerous types of D-Ring belts that can be handmade. Basic belts can be simply constructed by reusing fabrics and placing them around a study material. Batting, twill,… read more

Eco Friendly Jewelry Designs

Eco Friendly Jewelry Designs

Jewelry is a complementary accessory, but buying new items can be expensive. Plus, some pieces can have a dark past. Making recycled jewelry can be an economical alternative and allows you to have control over the design. Taking old pieces that are never worn and recycling by having them melted down into new ones is a good option. Silver, gold and other pure metals that you already have may be preferable to buying since it is cost effective and doesn’t require manufacturing new ones. Gold jewelry, for one example, takes up as much as 80% of gold that has to… read more

Do It Yourself Upcycled Skirts

Do It Yourself Upcycled Skirts

If you love comfortable, tailor made skirts but don’t enjoy their non-adjustable price tag, try designing your own. Look in the closet or at secondhand stores for fabric bargains and chances are inspiration will strike. With tons of free online resources and a little imagination you don’t need supreme sewing capabilities to upcylce skirts for the whole family. Skirts of any size can be made from an endless list of materials. Take a look at what you have lying around that can be resalvaged. It is likely that you already have most of what is needed to use for a… read more

Reduce, Reuse and Share

Reduce, Reuse and Share

The concept of sharing is instilled in young minds through interaction and reinforcement. While learning to share seems like a childhood endeavor, it has resurfaced in the adult world in a far-reaching way. The sharing economy has been evolving, and it is now more possible than ever to share nearly anything. As people decide that it is beneficial to them and the environment, more individuals and start-ups are springing forward to foster the new sharing model. As reported by Forbes, a growth of more than 25% is expected this year across the sharing boards. Though this notion of anti-retail consumerism… read more