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Upcycling Clothes With 6 Fab DIYs

upcycling clothes

repurposing old clothes

There are some really talented people out there on the internet – here’s a round-up of some of the great posts I’ve found lately from bloggers who have been upcycling clothes and given them a fantastic new lease of life.  Click on the links to be taken to the full post from each blogger and instructions from them on how you can do the same:

Six Upcycling Clothes DIYs

potato printed trousers

Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn did some amazing geometric potato printing on a pair of little boy’s jeans she found in a charity shop.  Her toddler is going to look amazing in them!

handprinted t-shirt

And isn’t this potato printed fox top she also made for her son the cutest (in the same post)?

upcycled shirt ideas

Vicky from The Owl and the Accordion is also a crafting wizard!  Not only did  she whip up an embroidered skirt repurposed from a men’s denim shirt, but she also breathed new life into an old leather jacket with this diy stud detailing, creating an up to the minute studded leather jacket.  How is that for upcycling clothes?!

upcycled clothing ideas

This scarf that has been incorporated into a gorgeous shirt from Gypsie Sister has been sitting on my to do list for an age.  It’s just perfect for summer.  And what a clever upcycling idea – I am officially in love!

shirt diys

And finally, in the last of my upcycling clothes ideas, and keeping on the denim shirt theme, this beautiful DIY lace shirt from A Beautiful Mess makes me want to whip out my sewing machine right away!  I’m no sewing wizard but it looks fairly straightforward, so I could be tempted to give this a go!

Have you found any other good upcycling clothes posts or ideas or have one of your own that you’d like to share?  Let me know in the comments below!

Main image sourced from here.

Arts & Crafts, Health & Beauty, Life & Style

Reusable Cotton Wool Pads Free Crochet Pattern

reusable cotton wool pads

cotton wool pads

I’m really excited to share with you a fantastic reusable cotton wool pads tutorial created for Moral Fibres readers by Lyndsey Haskell.   Here Lyndsey shares how to green your daily beauty routine with these simple and eco-friendly washable cotton wool pads:

I’m constantly on the lookout for ways of reducing my carbon footprint, one of the main aims being to reduce the number of things I buy and throw away.

One daily annoyance is throwing away the cotton pads that I use to remove my makeup. Not only do they come in a non-recyclable plastic packet but many have been factory-made then air freighted half way around the world as well.

I decided to make some reusable cotton pads that I could just put in the wash when they’ve been used.  Read on to find out how I did it!

Reusable Cotton Wool Pads DIY

reusable cotton wool pad

To make your reusable cotton wool pads You will need a UK size 4 crochet hook (if you’re outside of the UK then please note UK crochet hook sizes are different to international sizes – UK size 4 corresponds with a 6.00mm hook or a 10/J hook) and some cotton yarn of your choice.

My favourites are Sirdar Simply Recycled and Rowan Purelife which both come in some lovely colours. You need about 8m of yarn.

Instructions

crochet cotton pad

Ch4, then join with a sl st to the first stitch.

Row 1: Ch 1, *puff st (yo, insert hook into stitch, pull the strand through, do the same 4 more times then pull your yarn through all 11 loops on the hook, close the puff with a chain), ch 1*, repeat * 7 more times then join with a sl st to the top of the first puff stitch and move with a sl st into the gap between the first & second puff. 8 puff st.

reusable make up remover pad diy

Row 2: Ch 1, 2 puff st into the first gap, then 2 puff st into each gap all the way around. Note that you don’t chain between the stitches as you did on the first row. Once you have 16 puff st, join with a sl st to the first puff stitch. 16 puff st.

eco friendly cotton wool pad

Sew in the ends and there you have your finished cotton pad. Make a bundle of them and store them in your bathroom ready to use at bedtime!

Enjoy.

eco friendly makeup remover pad

Thanks so much Lynsey!  If you are looking for other ways to green your beauty routine do check out my health and beauty category for more inspiration!