Crafting with Recycled Objects

Crafting is one of those hobbies that quickly spreads out into other areas of your life. You find inspiration for new projects everywhere you go. Unfortunately, crafting can also get quite expensive, especially if you happen to like crafting with a little bit of everything. Instead of spending a fortune on craft supplies, make use of items that you can recycle. Not only will it give the items new life and keep them from the landfill, but it will save you some money as well.

Pillowcase Dresses

If you have a little girl in your life or want to create children’s clothing to sell at a local craft show or online, pillow cases make a great dress option. While you can use any pillowcase you have, it is probably best to find a pattern and style that is appealing to young girls and their mothers. Florals, pinks, purples, and children’s prints are always popular. If you do not have extra pillowcases around, you can always search at flea markets, garage sales, or in thrift stores. Just be sure to always wash the pillowcases in hot, soapy water before beginning. Creating the dress is easy, as all that you will need is your trusty sewing machine, some thread, and a ribbon.

There are different patterns for the dress that can be found online, but basically, all that you need to do is cut the top off of the pillowcase along the fold, hem the top, sew two ribbons for the shoulder straps, and then a length of ribbon around the center of the dress so that it can be wrapped around and tied in the back. Some people prefer to use the cut off top edge of the pillowcase fabric instead of using ribbon. No matter which pattern you choose, the dress is sure to be a hit with even the youngest fashionistas.

T-Shirt Bags

Have you ever cleaned out your closet and realized that you have more t-shirts than you will ever need? Instead of throwing them away, turn them into t-shirt bags. They are the perfect size for carrying groceries or toting books back and forth to the library. Simply turn the t-shirt inside out, sew the bottom shut, cut the sleeves off and part of the top of the shirt down into a square or rectangle. This will leave you with handles for carrying the bag and a nice, roomy interior for all of your things. For extra-heavy bags, create a double layer of t-shirts and sew them together for a bag that can carry more weight.

Soda Cap Necklaces

Soda caps make excellent necklaces and can be painted or decoupaged for a unique look. Drill a small hole in the top or adhere a jewelry hook to it and run a length of ribbon or cording to create an easy necklace. This is an especially fun project for tweens and teens.

Crafting with recycled materials is a fun way to turn the unwanted into a treasure. Think outside the box and do not be afraid to experiment with new or unusual materials. Some of the best projects come from finding inspiration in new places.

Alyssa Davis is a staff writer and decorating specialist with and she offers stylish suggestions for decorating with fish wall hanging and coastal metal wall art.

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