It’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted a What Can You Make With A . . .? project, but I have one today! The inspiration was this blue dress. It was soft, swingy, and SO comfortable, with pockets in the side skirt seams, perfect with a black cardigan for chilly days . . . and what’s not to love about polka dots? But my mirror (and an “honest” family member) told me that this was not my best look and added more than a few pounds to my curves. So, out came the scissors.
- The skirt is PERFECT as . . . a skirt! And I still get to enjoy the lovely color, fabric, and pockets. I simply cut it off a little above the empire waist, nipped and tucked here and there, and used the top of the cut-off piece to make a waistband. I love wearing it with my black pullover sweater, tights, and boots.
- You’ve already seen the laptop case I made with the sleeves and neck elastic. I LOVE it and use it every day. It’s especially fun when someone asks where I got it!
- That left just some bits and pieces, so I cut them into strips, twisted and stitched them into a flower, and used it for a-la-mode on a fun spring pillow I stitched up with some bird fabric from my stash. (Spring WILL come, right???)
Ahhhhh . . . much better! ♥
Fab upcycling! 🙂
Thank you, Kay! 🙂
I’m impressed–talk about using every last bit! No waste at all!
Thank you, Kerry! 🙂
comfortable but unflattering !!! so very true 🙂 I have so many clothes which I love to wear because they are so comfortable but I don’t look great in them 😦 Only I cannot let them meet Mr.Scissors yet !!
I love that twisted rose 🙂 ultimate recycling !
I think we all have a few items in this category in our closets . . . and often donating them is the way to go . . . but I just couldn’t part with this one! And now, thanks you to, I keep calling my scissors “Mr. Scissors!” 🙂
What a cute outfit! Looks like it would be very flattering! I love pillows and flowers and you’ve combined them. Super job all around!
Thank you for the sweet compliments, Anny! You’re always such a day brightener! 🙂
That’s so funny…I’m working on turning a dress into a skirt too!
Ooohhh . . . I can’t wait to see it, Stefanie!
Great idea! 🙂
Thank you! I’m lovin’ my new skirt! 🙂
The little birdie pillow is so way cool with the flower!!! Awesome!!!! That would fit in my place……funky cute!!!!!! Hugs………………
Thank you! I just fell in love with that fabric. My mom collected birds . . . so that’s probably why I was so drawn to it. I have more, too . . . just waiting for inspiration! 🙂
I do enjoy your “what can you make with” series. Very inspiring. I also love the origami lotus bags you made in other projects. I have just the right jacket I am keeping to make one eventually. 🙂
The skirt looks great, the bird pillow is perfect and I too make cases for my electronic equipment.
I recycled some bubble wrap for the inside of my blackboard case.:-)
That’s so clever to add bubble wrap! I know our electronics appreciate all the padding they can get. And thank you for reminding me of those origami lotus bags! I haven’t made one in ages, and I just love them. I might have to make one out of my bird fabric! 🙂 Hugs, Katherine
who wouldn’t love that bird pillow!…great recycling!
Thank you, Marilyn! On the first day of March, snow or no snow, I’m decorating for spring so this will definitely be sitting on my sofa! 🙂
A lovely creation!
Thank you so much, Victoria! 🙂
You’re welcome! Thank you for all of the great, creative shares! You are so talented!
Great upcycle! And I love love love the pillow! 🙂
Thank you, Jen! I love that pillow, too . . . can’t wait to put it out when I decorate for spring! 🙂
Lovely recycling ~ congratulations!
Thank you! These projects are always fun. 🙂
wow – much better – love the rose on the colourful cushion
Thank you! I’ve been making lots of these roses from strips of remnants. They’re a great TV project (since I CAN’T just sit and watch a show without doing something else at the same time)! 🙂
I’ve not had chance to catch up on blogs I follow for quite a while, it seems I’ve been missing loads! I love how you up-cycle every last bit and make some lovely new items, I particularly love the cushion with the flower. I have so many clothes that I love to wear but are so unflattering, why is that? But I’m not a sewer so when I finally see sense they end up at the charity shop, probably for others to wear or up-cycle, Lol! Linda x
Donating is a good thing, Linda! I do that, too. And it’s great to have you visit again! 🙂
Awesome skirt and I love the pillow a lot!! Have a fantastic day! Hugz Lisa and Bear
Thank you, Lisa! 🙂
You are just simply amazing in my books!!! Thanks for sharing. Hugs, Tamara
Awww . . . you’re too sweet! But thank you, Tamara! 🙂
This is great! You done good. Susie
Thank you, Susie! 🙂
so very clever, as always!
You’re so kind! Thank you! 🙂
you did a lovely job especially love the pillow and the little birdy tells me spring is around the corner (doing the happy dance)
Thank you, Danielle! And I’ll happy dance with you! 🙂
wow!! You did it again… it is lovely it matches perfectly 🙂
Thank you! I do love that fabric! 🙂
Fun and fabulous. I love these posts!
Thank you, Alys! 🙂
Wow, what a transformation. Love the skirt and looks beautiful with the black sweater. Loved the laptop case too. Another fantastic group of re-makes Katherine!
Always love seeing how you manage to re-use once loved outfits!
Thank you, Jennie! It was fun . . . and all three projects turned out to be “just right” for me, my laptop, and my house. 🙂
I love these things you’ve made! How many times have I cut up something to be used as rags? I don’t think I will anymore! 🙂 Thank you for the inspiration, Kathryn. Blessings!
Well, we all need cleaning rags too, don’t we! 🙂 But it’s fun to see what I can make, and these three items are definitely keepers! 🙂 Thank you, Kim!
Thank you, Margaret! 🙂
Katherine! I have to say this may just be my favorite so far!!!!! I Love it! 🙂
Thank you! You’re so sweet to say that! 🙂
Very clever !!
Thank you! I’m enjoying the skirt, laptop case, and pillow! 🙂
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