In my last post I talked about repurposing and I’ve done a couple more upcycle projects since then. I had a couple of skirts that I’d been holding on to for repurposing and so I just lined them and made them into simple tote bags. I love how the pockets on one of the skirts are functional for the outside of the bag as well.
I enjoy repurposing…I can’t stand to let a good piece of clothing or fabric go when I could surely see myself using it for “something” even though I may not quite know what! It ends up resulting in a lot of space being taken up by future “projects” lol. I decided I’d to get one done not too long ago with a pair of pinstriped capri’s. I get a lot of hand me downs, and I frequent area yard and garage sales. But these were really cute and sadly, did not fit me. I had high hopes to fit into them one day, but those hopes did not seem to be materializing any time soon (sigh)…so I had been wanting to make a vendor apron for a while. In my recent gift of fabric from my dear Aunt, there was a cute contrasting yellow fabric I thought would match well…so off I went.
It’s a pretty basic vendor apron. I have one large pocket, one smaller side pocket. The larger pocket has an inner zipper pocket for cash or secret stash. And then I added the contrasting pen pocket on the outside. I think it came out okay. It was my first one, and I was pretty much winging it with no pattern, just sewing and cutting and cutting and sewing. But overall, I’m happy with it. Repurposed with a purpose. I love giving new life into something that otherwise may have been wasted. =)
So I had another custom request, from the friend who I made the custom couch cover for. She wanted to cover an ottoman that her dog, Goliath, used as his seat in the house. His seat was covered in a blanket that could easily be removed and washed because on occassion, Goliath had little accidents. Here is his seat before:
So my friend went and picked up a shower curtain in hopes of protecting the ottoman a bit, and she gave it to me and asked for a cover. No problem! I had a little time to measure and sketch and then off i went.
The shower curtain “fabric” wasn’t hard to work with, but not like regular fabric either. Anyway, I just went with a simple square cover design with piping, to match the rest of the living room decor that I helped with.
Because I wasn’t able to fit it on the cushion before finishing and I didn’t want to risk my elastic not fitting well…i opted for a drawstring (ribbon) instead. That way, she could slip the cover on, and tie the ribbon so that it would fit snug onto the cushion.
I was very happy with this piece, AND the best part ~ another happy customer!! Love the pet project since I can’t have a dog =(…my hubby is allergic, boo.
Goliath on his throne…