Thursday, January 28, 2016

Reclaimed Fabric

I have a supply shop on Etsy called Deb Upcycles Supplies where I sell fabric, lace, needlework kits and more. In the past I only listed "new" fabric yardage I found in thrift shops, In other words, fabric that hadn't been used for anything else, but I've recently started a section in my shop for reclaimed fabric.  I've collected so many curtains, sheets, tablecloths etc. to make things out of that I need to cut down my supplies.

Since I'm all about upcycling and reusing why not sell it in my supply shop? The fat quarters above started out as a sheet. I was going to tear it up for rag rugs but it was in excellent condition and such a pretty print!

I also have tons of fabric samples like the one on the left. They were bought to make pillows and some of them will make pillows but I just have so many.

The large piece of fabric on the right was a tablecloth, The edges were a bit tattered but the fabric itself was in very good condition. Again, I had bought it to make rag rugs but it was much too pretty to cut up. Anyway, what do you think? I like the idea of reclaiming good fabric from finished items, how about you?

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Found an Awesome Etsy Shop!

Spring Turquoise Pink TeaLite Holder Upcyled TeaLite Holder OOAK Flower Candle Holder Repurposed Candle Holder for Home Decor or Patio Decor
Tea Light Candle Holder
Recently I was cruising round Etsy's forums trying to be helpful and learn stuff (OK, I was wasting time)  when I came across this new shop called Pava Creations devoted to upcycling. As soon as I looked at it, I knew I needed to tell all of you about it.

Essential Oil Diffuser Funky Oil Diffuser Up Cycled Diffuser Sante Fe Style OOAK Essential Oil Diffuser for Unique Gift Home Fragrance
Essential Oil Diffuser 

The tea light candle above was what first caught my eye, I love it and had to explore her shop more. I found this really cute essential oil diffuser, too. Isn't it great?
Amber Candle Elegant Tea Lite Holder Bling TeaLite Holder OOAK Jewelry Decorated TeaLite Holder Bling TeaLite Home Decor or Unique Gift
Elegant Tea Lite Holder

I sent Victoria, the shop owner, an email asking for permission to use her pics and to tell us a little bit about herself and her shop. This is what she said 
"Up Cycled One of a Kind Creations for your home!
Fabulous Finds from Local Thrift Stores are my main inspiration, I love to work with jewelry pieces,and gently used housewares; it is challenging to take these wonderful finds and create something beautiful and useful.
That must have item that makes our eyes light up at first glance, it's all about the bling!"

So if you have a few minutes check out Victoria and Pava Creations on Etsy for some wonderful upcycled items.

Monday, January 18, 2016

About My --------- Upcycled Potholders!
 I thought I'd write a series of posts here about the things I sell in my shop DebUpcycles. Answering questions like... Why they're upcycled, how they're upcycled, what materials I use, and where I get the fabric. I don't have any big trade secrets so here it goes.

I'm going to start with my denim potholders. People, mostly men but some women (including me) wear their jeans until they're falling apart.
 Most thrift shops don't put these out, although I wish they would, so I go to the Goodwill Outlet here where they sell all the items not good enough for the stores by the pound. I also find some at yard sales where they'll either be very cheap or (awesome!) in the "free" box.

I also find scraps of cotton batting, leftovers from some ones quilt project, at various places. In the first potholders pictured I used scraps of denim in another shade to make the hearts and outlined them with machine stitching in red so they would stand out. In the picture above, you can see the outline of the stitching on the back of the potholder. For the ones on the left, the apples were cut from scraps I had leftover from making a pillow out of a mans shirt which was also found at the Goodwill Outlet, the leaves were just scraps I had picked up somewhere.
Everything except the thread is upcycled or used up from scraps, if I run out of something like the cotton batting I don't go running to a regular retail store for more. I just make something else until I find it again.

I love the challenge of finding ways to use the things I buy to their fullest extent. Even the scraps that are too small for anything else end up in pincushions or my compost pile as long as they're natural fibers.

Remember, we only have one Earth, it's time to start taking care of it.