Recycled Children’s Book Dress

Check out this dress by Beth Shea that I found.  It’s a ball gown made out of old children’s books, particularly fairytales.  Look at more pictures of this dress:http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ecouterre.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/ryan-novelline-golden-books-dress-1-537×402.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ecouterre.com/dress-made-from-recycled-childrens-books-is-fit-for-a-fairytale-princess/&usg=__lN0B1npbIzRou486rAT4DltETZY=&h=402&w=537&sz=48&hl=en&start=16&zoom=1&tbnid=KT2l4C54QFbj8M:&tbnh=99&tbnw=132&ei=yJ8iT83hMMfA0AHvrcm1CA&prev=/search%3Fq%3Drecycled%2Bfashion%2Bdresses%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Dactive%26gbv%3D2%26tbm%3Disch&itbs=1

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Variations on the “T-shirt Scarf”

         Earlier on, we posted a tutorial on how to easily transform an old t-shirt into the conventional “t-shirt scarf.” This is just a really fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY craft that ivolves few materials and usually ones you already have in your house. For those of you that are interested in this form of upcycling and have mastered the basics of the craft, here are some more complex ideas that you can try! If this whole concept is new to you, here’s our tutorial we made earlier that you can learn from and build off of. https://trashfashiondiscoveringnewways.wordpress.com/2011/12/02/coming-soon/

We love hearing new ideas and feedback from you guys so let us know if you come across or create any really cool scarves 🙂

This variation uses the combination of several patterns and braiding.

 

 

 

 

    Here’s a link to the cite that explains in detail how this ringlet scarf is made: http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/crafts-projects/make-this-quick-n-easy-ringlet-t-shirt-scarf.html

No Sew Tshirt Scarf Tutorial

 

 

  

A different approach to the t-shirt scarf. It just goes to show the amount of creative freedom this project allows- there are so many possibilities! Here is a link to  a tutorial:

http://www.collegefashion.net/fashion-tips/diy-tutorial-tubular-tee-shirt-scarves/     

                                                                                                                                                                            One last example of what you could do, basically a knot and the edges sewn together. Fairly simple for the amount of money saved by doing it yourself!

We hope this has inspired and added to your endeavors into the art of “trash fashion.” Have fun making scarves and sharing your newfound creativity with the world around you!

just a little inspiration for all of you

Here are a few really cute Target bag dresses that I found online to give all of you a little inspiration

Pull Tab Belt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This belt looks super cute and is is really easy to make.  Instead of leather as pictured here, you could use strips of an old t-shirt to keep the recycled feel.  So, collect your pull tabs, strip your old t-shirt, and follow the following directions if you want your own fashionable pull tab belt.

Now all you have to do is continue this pattern until the belt is long enough for you.  This will change depending on the person.  Add some beads or brightly coloured shirt strips and make it more unique and your own.

Shoes!

These are just a few of the awesome recycled shoes I found online, but this gives me hope that the world is moving towards being greener.  If you have any other ideas about how to make recycled shoes, please let us know and we would love to attempt to make them or add a picture of yours to our blog.

bracelets

I’m sure you all have seen the pull tab bracelet before

But there are so many things you can do with it.  Try using different kinds of ribbon or cord. The possibilities are endless.

But here’s a new idea for you.  Weave the string in and out of spare buttons rather than pull tabs. Or do both!

Plastic Bag Purse

Making a bag such as this is not anywhere near as difficult as it may look if you know how to crochet.  First, you strip the plastic bags down so they are in about 1 inch strips.  They can be wider or thinner, depending on the size of your crochet hook.  Then, chain 26 and work back and forth, starting a new row when you get to the end of an old one until the strip is the size you would like your purse.  Sew up the sides and add a button, and you have yourself a recycled purse.  *we have a few of these made now, but we have also started on a larger project involving crocheted plastic bags.  Soon to come, a plastic bag jacket*