Crochet Rug Tutorial

*Tutorial by ChiWei @ One Dog Woof for her win of the Thrift Store challenge of Season 12*
I’ve seen a lot of crocheted and woven and braided rugs out on the internet; it was even one of the first things I pinned to Pinterest, but I never got around to trying one of my own until now.  I always thought it was going to be difficult, but actually, it’s really quite easy, and no fancy instructions needed!
Step 1.  Acquire fabric.  In this case, I used XXL men’s t-shirts from Goodwill.  Choose t-shirts that are mostly or 100% cotton, and have no or very little print on them, preferably, only above the arm line.  You’ll also want the fabric weight to be fairly consistent, so don’t try to pair up a Hanes t-shirt with a paper thin cotton shirt from BR.
Step 2. Create your yarn.  There are oodles of t-shirt yarn tutorials out on the internet.  Feel free to choose any one of them, or try this one on for size.  The basic idea is that the shirt is already in the round, so you’re cutting a continuous strip from the bottom hem up to the armpit.  Actually, remove the hem before cutting – it doesn’t curl well (or, at all). Once you have the big strip, stretch the strip and allow the knit in the t-shirt to curl in on itself, thus creating the yarn.
Step 3. Ball up your yarn.  This is actually pretty important, but once I started to crochet, I realized I twisted the yarn as I balled it, so there was a lot of tension.  I ended up unraveling the whole darn thing before crocheting, which kind of defeats the purpose of balling it up in the first place.  C’est la vie.
Step 4. Crochet.  I used a single crochet here for a [Read more…]

Thrift Store Crafts {week 7}

Hey ladies!  I hope you all had a good weekend.  I spent mine in NYC with my sister and 5,000 other bloggers at the BlogHer conference.  It was such a great experience.  I love to be an environment with so many people that have the same passions and hobbies that I do.  And the shopping wasn’t too bad either :).  We even got to hear from President Obabma through a live video address to kick the conference off.  It was pretty cool.

This week’s theme is another fan favorite…Thrift Store. I’m pretty excited about it.  I love to see what things people can make out of “junk” they find.

Remember that voting closes a day early this season, so make sure you have your vote in by Thursday night.

And if you want to craft along, remember there’s the I’m Crafty! Linky Party every Thursday as well. [Read more…]

Padded Bench Tutorial

*Tutorial by Kim @ Bugaboo, Mini, Mr & Me for her win for the Thrift Store challenge of season 11*
I’m extremely excited to share a tutorial with you again!  My thrift store project is fairly easy and straightforward – which is one of the things I like about it.  Pretty much anyone could do this!  The biggest challenge, I believe, is finding that perfect shelf.

So let’s talk about the shelf itself for a minute.  The ideal shelf will be a slightly smaller height then the width of the area where you’re installing it.  It should be skinny, not wide.  You will want it to be made sturdily – so it can support a bit of weight when lain on its side.  The best type of material to look for is real wood – since this is the easiest to refinish. You may have to search for a bit before finding that perfect thrift store shelf, but scouring and waiting for the right one will be worth it.  Once you find your shelf, the restoration will largely depend on the type of condition the shelf itself is in.  A slightly broken down but mostly stably made shelf that is not rickety but also not pretty would be just fine.  Look at the bones of the shelf when selecting it – not the cosmetics.  Those can be changed.  You can even add a shelf or two inside if they are broken.

So, let’s move on to refinishing your shelf!  I’ll assume for the sake of this tutorial that you’ve found your ideal shelf – it’s made of wood and sturdy, it’s the right size for your particular space – and that you’ve fixed anything major (like a shelf or something).

The first thing you’ll need to do is sand that baby down.  It’s probably not [Read more…]

Thrift Store Crafts {week 2}

*If you missed the results post, you can see it here.*

Here we are you guys…week two!  It has been one of my favorite weeks in the past.  It still is for the most part, but since moving here to Boston I haven’t really found any great thrift shops to hit up.  Do you locals know of any good places in the Three Rivers to South Shore area?

Anyway, back to the task at hand.  It’s Thrift Store week!  I’m amazed at what these ladies can come up with using  thrift store stuff!  The poll is in the sidebar and will be open until Friday night.  Good luck ladies!!

Craft #1 – Book Lamp – Angela @ The Wray Sisters

This was such a fun week as I got to step out of my glue gun and scissors comfort zone. This week I got to use power tools, and learn how to rewire a lamp which, by the way, is surprisingly easy! For thrift store week I created my own book lamp.


I went to the thrift store and picked up a few books, a lamp, and a lamp shade. With the help of the of my drill, I drilled holes through all of the books and slid them down over my lamp. Creating the lamp shade was the tricky part. I took the shade off of the lamp and stripped the shade down to its wire base. I wanted the lamp shade to have the look of a wire [Read more…]

Thrift Store Crafts {week 2}

First off I have to apologize for being an idiot last week.  I had my domain set up to auto re-register for me, but apparently it wasn’t so auto.  Now I feel like an idiot for letting the blog expire for the day.  Thank you all for putting up with me and being patient :)

Now, moving past my embarrassment… Bessie made a spectacular first showing for the season and won herself the first round!

Wasn’t her little Flour Sack Outfit so adorable?  Congrats Bessie!

We had a SYTYC first last week.  There was a tie for the last place.  Since that had never happened before I wasn’t sure how to handle it. Who should go home and who should stay?  After getting some input, from the crafters, facebook & twitter my plan was solidified.  Both Allie (with her  Triple Braid Necklace) and Terra (with her Twine Vase) get to stay this week!

However, keeping them both this week creates a problem for the rest of the season so…2 people will be sent home this week :(  That means your votes this week for the Thrift Store Craft challenge are doubly important!

Polls will be open until 9 pm CST so make sure you vote and send your friends over too!

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Craft #1 – Rattan Redo by Heather @ Dragonfly Designs

I found this little table at a Thrift Store for $5.
The rattan was falling apart, it was chipped and scuffed and needed some serious TLC.
After sanding, priming, painting, distressing, glazing and sealing ~ my table was transformed!
But what to do about the rattan?
Why cut it out and replace it with a custom cushion of course.
And the cushion was super fun to create!
My sad thrifted table became a lovely little bench.
It was loads of work but the end result….

Craft #2 – Typographical Art Globe by Jessica @ Mad In Crafts

globe pedestal collage

I was STOKED when I found this plastic globe at a local thrift store for $2!  I have seen globes in so many home décor catalogs, but they are always way out of my price range.  After admiring the work of ImagineNations, I was inspired to turn this average globe into an art piece.  Any work of art should sit in a place of honor, so I also used a few parts from an old brass lamp to create a lovely pedestal for the globe.

diy typographical globe with pedestal

I am a nut for typography, so I decided to create the  continents out of letters in three different fonts.  I feel like the typography gives the piece, which could look really stuffy, a very contemporary look.

thrifted globe revamp

This is completely a DIY that any crafter could do too!  With supplies you might already have in your house, you can transform an old globe and a nasty lamp into a hip conversation piece for your home!

Craft #3 – Floor Poufs by Celeste @ Celestial’s Creations

We picked up this dirty, under-filled bean bag at a garage sale for $1.  We caught the seller at the tail end of his sale, and I think he was desperate to get rid of it.

I cut the cover into circles and used the bean bag filling to make five floor poufs.

The color of the poufs didn’t really match anything in my house, so I used fabric circles and yarn to make some fun covers.

These poufs are great for foot rests, back rests, story time, building “towers,” and making hardwood floors fit for seating during a movie.  I also think they’d make a great little time out spot (you know, for the kids who like to knock over your poufs when you’re trying to take pictures…).


Craft #4 – New Fall Shirts by Robin @ The T-Shirt Diaries

I started out with a pile of T-shirts I bought on dollar day at Goodwill.

My little guy was in desperate need of a few new shirts for fall so I decided to cut these shirts up to make something that would fit him.

So I laid out one of his favorite old hoodies, cut up four different shirts, and started sewing.

Here he is “not” modeling his new shirt.

It has a pocket in front to hide treasures, a hood to keep him warm, and apparently it is perfect for a day on the town eating frozen yogurt.

Craft #5 –  Fear Less, Hope More by Bessie @ Besserina

Thrift! One of my favorite words, {and things to do!}
 I created this large piece of wall art from an old wooden frame that I thrifted, a linen tablecloth from an estate sale, and some vintage foral cotton sheets, also thrifted!
The frame is a whopping 3 1/2′ x 2 1/2′ and I love it! It’s perfectly worn. The backing is old linen, and the letters were each hand cut and sewn. 
Fear less, hope more
Eat less, chew more
Whine less, breathe more
Talk less, say more
Hate less, love more
and all good things
will be yours.
-Swedish Proverb
Inspiring, unique and adds so much interest and curiosity and to our living space!

Craft #6 – Tiered Eyelet Skirt and Flower Top by Allie @ Miss Lovie Creations

Like many crafters/hoarders, I have a growing pile of thrift store finds waiting to be re-vamped, but for this challenge I didn’t feel like any of those options were fun enough. I went shopping last minute and got so super lucky! I found an awesome peach eyelet queen-sized bedskirt (top left) and a 4 piece something (bottom right) that may or may have not matched the bedskirt with these really great orange pleats surrounded by a vintage-y lace. SO cute. I didn’t know what I’d use them for when I bought them (which is usually what happens to me in thrift stores), but I knew I needed them.
Finally I knew that precious peach eyelet needed to be a little girl’s skirt.
 And so was born the two-tiered, lined skirt for my friend’s little girl with a matching flower shirt.
 The only way we could get any pictures of her was to play peek-a-boo. How sweet is she?! I made the orange pleating part into a casing and slid wide elastic in to create the waist. I just love how the little skirt turned out. My friend’s daughter loved it too. She was super sad when I had to take the outfit home with me to take more pictures.
The little top is one I found on clearance at Wal-Mart and the American flag on it is completely covered by the flower. It also has the vintage-y lace from the fabric I got at the thrift store sewn to the sleeves and collar.
Then since my friend is expecting another little girl, I just had to make a little matching onesie dress.  Even though I made this one second, it might be my favorite. So precious. The two little girls are planning on having pictures taken in their new matching outfits after sister #2 makes her appearance!
Hope you love them as much as I do!

Craft #7 – Chic Framed Necklace Holder by Margo @ Art Surrounds Us

When searching through the thrift store I found this beautiful frame that needed some sprucing up. Then I came across the cork board and I knew what I wanted to do with them. All I needed to to was add a couple more supplies and I was ready to go.

We are updating my daughter’s room and what I had made before for all her necklaces wasn’t working anymore so I took the idea and ran with it and made her this new more “mature” one to use.














Craft #8 – Dress Up Suitcases by Carlee @ Lady Bird Lane

Let’s Play Dress Up!
My kids love to play dress up!  But somehow dress up clothes end up in every room in our house!  I thought it was high time I upgrade the cardboard dress up box in the closet.  So I headed to the thrift store and found these beautiful…. well okay kind of stinky, kind of old, hard plastic suitcases. At $2 a piece I couldn’t be more excited!
 I decorated two suitcases one for the boys and one for the girls… I have to admit I had a lot of fun *blinging* out these suitcases!  I just love the circle pattern, and the ribbon edging! I couldn’t stop at the outside, I had to make sure the inside was bright and fun too!
 I made my little boy a cowboy themed suitcase, complete with rope trim, a denim luggage tag, and hanky lining ~ Yee-Ha!
My kids love it..I could not get through the photo shoot without them wanting to dig in and play!
What else could you store in an old suitcase?

Craft #9 – Car Clock by Emily @ Nap Time Creations

I was so excited for this challenge because I tackled a long overdue project. I had been wanting to get a car-themed clock for my kids bedroom for a while now. I had looked everywhere, in stores and online, and couldn’t seem to find what I was looking for. So, of course, I just made what I wanted. I found this great “rainbow” clock at the thrift store for $5 and transformed it to exactly what I had been looking for. There’s not much scrapbook paper and a little mod-podge can’t do!
I think my favorite part is the dump truck in the middle that rotates (like a seconds hand). On the original the rainbow went around and I wasn’t sure if I could remake this part, but I did.
It really goes great with the room and was just what I wanted. LOVE IT!

Craft #10 – Octagon End Table by Terra @ Mama Says Sew

I found this end table at a thrift store a couple of months ago and loved the octagon shape. That, and the fact that it was only $4.99. So I grabbed it, not knowing what I was going to do with it. So it sat. And sat. Then I got around to sanding it. And it sat some more. Enter So You Think You’re Crafty. Suddenly, motivation to get it done!
I stained the top and painted the bottom, then used a glaze to make it look antique instead of just old.
Once it was finished, I took it out to the side of a country road at sunset after a rainy day to get some pictures.  {And probably made every passing car think I was nuts.}
I love the detail on the front doors.  That was one of the reasons I knew this end table had potential when I saw it.  Aren’t thrift stores great? And I remember being so embarrassed going to them when I was little. Times change.


Thrift Store {week 7}

Last week was such a close week too!  But that’s not really a surprise since all the crafts are always so awesome.

Laura @ Emmielu Designs was a winner last week with her Photo Board. How cute is that?

However, we have to say good-bye to Ashley from Not Just Grannies.  Her cash register didn’t quite make the cut.

Her blog is so fun though!  Everybody run over there and check it out.  Be sure to spread the bloggy love with her too!

And since I’m sure you’re all wondering, here is the rest of the line up from last week.:
#1 – Fabric Tea Set – Ashley T
#2 – Photo Board – Laura
#3 – Kid-Friendly Cash Register – Ashley L
#4 – Explorer Sash – Randi

Now, without further ado, here is Thrift Store week!  Voting, like always, will be open until Friday night.

Craft #1 – Flapper Dress photo prop – Ashley @ Cherished Bliss

This week I made a thrift store photo prop package!
I found the gray knit fabric along time ago at a thrift store on a bolt : ) I was super excited! I hadn’t ever used it because I never really sewed with knits before so I broke it out and figured out a way to use it. I made the leg warmers and headband out of the knit fabric (after much research).
This is what it looks like all put together
Close up of the headband. I used the garage sale scrap fabric to wrap around her tummy and for the rosette on the headband.

And here are my legwarmers that I love so much!

Craft #2 – Cabinet Door Jewelry Holder – Randi @ Dukes & Duchesses

I love altering a good thrifty treasure so this week’s challenge was a lot of fun.  I took a $1 cabinet door from ReStore and turned it into a jewelry holder.
I knocked the panels out, then painted the door blue (using leftover paint found in the garage), distressed it, and gave it a light glaze to shabby it up a bit.
I replaced the panels with window screen to hold earrings and, after giving it a spray of glossy white, kept the door handle for hanging necklaces and bracelets.  I also left the hinges intact and used them to attach the cabinet door to the wall.
I was so happy with the way this jewelry holder turned out and the recipient loves it!

Craft #3 – Pom Pom Light Fixture – Laura @ EmmieLu Designs

I love shopping at thrift stores for craft inspiration & other goodies … I am not ashamed to say that some of my favorite clothes once graced the racks of Goodwill :)  On a recent trek, I scored some funky shaped lampshades and decided they would make the perfect base for my project this week. I also found a cute fitted sheet & a few t-shirts that I shredded up to make some funky flowers. What I created was a funky, fun light fixture for my spare bedroom that I can also use to display pictures! 
I added in the ribbon to add a pop of color && used bobby-pins to attach pictures to the lampshade frame. 
This light fixture was SUPER easy to make & only cost me 



Thrift Store Finds {week 2} – with results

Craft #1 – Spring Time…Poppies for Mommy & Me – Becky @ Beckymae’s Journey

Found a satin white pillowcase at the thrift store and a small woman’s satin skirt in dark deep red….and my love for poppies I created a beautiful dress for a sweet little girl. After completing the dress…I fell in love with it. So I try it on and the way I made the arm holes and neckline…it fit me too! So now you have a shirt for you or dress for her…all for the cost of……$3.24.
Shirt for Mommy!
Details of the flowers!
Dress for Her!

Craft #2 – Old School House Chalkboard – Tori @ Apostrophy Designs

Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher and would’ve loved more than anything to have a chalkboard.
So I used a window pane that was found at a thrift store and [Read more…]