Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials ~ Giveaway + Contest

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Are you ready to reinvent?! We’ve enjoyed Maya Donenfeld’s beautiful work for years at maya*made, and even recall the very first burlap pieces she shared on her site. It’s such a thrill then to page through Maya’s lovely new book, Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials.

Maya shares 28 projects to help you “reinvent” materials like linen, burlap, wool and more; projects range from her signature Burlap Bins to big floor “Poufs,” a Hammock Hideaway, Little Explorer Skirts and many more pretty, useful additions for your home and daily life.

Giveaway
We have two ways for you to WIN today! WileyCraft.com is providing readers with a chance to win a copy of Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials with your comment on this post (US addresses only this time, please). Tell us about your favorite fabric reinvention. Did you give old jeans a new life? Did you learn all about the ins and outs of burlap? Have you made old linen into something pretty and new?

Summer Reinvention Challenge
We also have a CONTEST for you to enter! Use one or more of the seven materials in the book for your own sewing project (linen, burlap, jersey, wool, denim, mailers + “vintage”). Share a photo and link to your post about the project through our link-up below from now through May 31 for your chance to win a copy of the book, a Tyvek pouch made by Maya, and a kit for a burlap bin! A winner will be selected by Maya and the Sew,Mama,Sew! staff. You can pull our button below to include in your post and/or to help us spread the word about the challenge!

Maya tells us, “I wrote Reinvention with the high hopes of inspiring others to seek out materials that needed rescuing. Each fabric has unique qualities. Discovering what their strengths and challenges are often stimulates creative new ways to transform them. For instance, denim’s sturdy structure can be put to use for projects that demand rugged strength and durability. Linen’s breath-ability makes it the perfect base for lightweight accessories or clothing during the upcoming warm season. May this challenge jump start your summer crafting with the motivation to use what you already have on hand. The added benefit to reinvented stitching is that it’s gentle to the planet and your wallet. Happy reinventing!


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137 Responses to Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials ~ Giveaway + Contest

  1. Roxanne says:

    My favorite reinvention is a jewelry board that I made using bits and pieces of my Grandma’s shirt.

  2. My favorite reinvention was something I made many years ago. I made a vest from a plaid skirt that my mom made for me when I was a grammar school kid.

  3. Jo Robertson says:

    I made a lovely bag with a pink linen dress I bought for a few pounds at the charity shop.

  4. Elli says:

    “Reinventing” has become one of my hobbies. I think my favorite thing to do is find interesting fabrics in the 25-cent bin at our local thrift store that I can turn into pretty clothes for my daughter. She’s getting quite a collection of dresses and skirts from fun fabrics.

  5. Steph says:

    The link tool is closed? I thought we had through the end of today. :(

  6. Carmen says:

    I have lots of jean squares I saved when my husband worked in construction and went through several pairs each year. Someday I hope to make a jean quilt. I’m currently “recycling” a $1.50 flannel sheet I picked up at Goodwill into curtains for my daughter’s room.

  7. Judy Hudgins says:

    turning old socks into stuffed animals….

  8. celia says:

    I have used old dust ruffles and drapes (projects that I made years ago but have since redecorated) to make purses and tote bags

  9. Marilyn Snow says:

    I love to use parts of denim pieces to make bags and home dec accents. I have plans to make a couple of rugs for my kitchen from the bottom legs of worn out twill pants.

  10. Pamela Coughlin says:

    It is a wonderful idea to reinvent fabrics into other items. I took old jeans and made a full size quilt, from light to dark! What fun it was. I have also made a vest in the same fabrics and added new to it. Thank you for the giveaway! Have a wonderful week!

  11. Heather says:

    This book looks beautiful and is full of so many great ideas!
    I love using old t-shirts, or thrifted t-shirts to make my 3 little girls anything from skirts, to nightgowns, to hair accessories. I’ve also made skirts for my girls from pants headed to the thrift shop. Repurposing, finding new life for old textiles is fun!

  12. Sara says:

    I’ve used jeans (and the hub’s ACU pants) to make bags. :)

  13. Jolee says:

    Love repurposing denim (jeans), from patchwork quilts, to aprons, to snazzying up a pair with pretty fabric patches. Thanks!@ This sounds fun.

  14. Chris P says:

    I love getting ideas about what to do with ‘stuff’ too good to toss yet outgrown or just not needed. Old jeans have become hot pads and mug mats but my favorite was turning a souvenir T-shirt into a light weight shopping bag that folds to practically nothing.

  15. Nicole says:

    my favorite fabric reinvention thus far has been a long skirt out of a an old pair of jeans…i used beautiful paisley for the panels. I wear it often.

  16. Andi says:

    I love repurposing. I used fabric from a duvet cover to make my son a tent for Christmas last year. If I had went out and bought the material it would have been expensive and wasteful. Recycling at its best… and you end up with something MUCH more unique in the end!

  17. DebbieKL says:

    I always have a hard time “spotting” a good reuse for items. I did create super hero capes from old red curtains. Pretty simple!

  18. Kate says:

    Looks like a great book. I have a stack of coffee sacks that may just have to become those bins. I enjoy making things from vintage linens… bags, knitting needle holders, embellishments for jean jackets… or clothing.

  19. Jen S says:

    My current favorite projects reusing fabric are jersey t-shirt animals for my young niece and a t-shirt “rag rug” for my kitchen. The possibilities seem endless on what to do with old t-shirts and tops!

  20. Christine B says:

    I used an old, old pair of jeans to make a toy for my dog. After he chewed up two corners and pulled almost all the stuffing out, I took it into the sewing area and remade it again. After we did this about 4 times, I gave up and threw the toy out. I’m trying to figure out what to make that he couldn’t chew it up in 10 minutes.

  21. shannon says:

    I absolutely love repurposing fabric (actually, just repurposing in general). My favorites are using old t-shirts and “vintage” sheets. I love t-shirts because knits are so comfy. “Vintage” are fun, economical, and take me back to my youth. The possibilities are endless. There is so much waste, and I love that I can take what already exists and reinvent it. I love making clothes, bags, blankets, etc. I can’t say which was really my favorite, but one of the things I love is using patterns from lil blue boo and turning old t-shirts into stylish shorts, tunics, dresses, tops, etc. I also like making garments with vintage sheets, and am getting ready to make a quilt with some of my stash.

    I have a pile of denim that I’m also looking at turning into a quilt.

  22. Kathleen P says:

    I just finished a wool quilt for my brother entirely out of thrift store sweaters!

  23. Deb says:

    I love, love vintage linens and use them every chance I get. I’m in love with drawstring bags and zip bags, so I guess those I’ve made with vintage linens have been my favorite. My next project is a newsboy cap made of an old favorite pair of pants.

  24. Shannon says:

    I made a halter tank out of two pillow cases that used to be on my moms bed. (i didnt have the heart to toss them when she passed) they are littered with hyroglyfics and the hem has isis along them. Very 70′s very cool.

  25. alison says:

    I love that my 4 year old has started to use fabric to reinvent. He made a pouch for his treasures from a pair of his pants that didn’t fit!

  26. great book, my fave fabric reinvention is using pants/skirts with funky pockets or cargo pockets to make bags.

  27. Georgia says:

    I turned a bed sheet into curtains! Super simple, but they turned out fantastic!

  28. Susanne says:

    This book looks fantastic. One of my favorite dresses right now is one I made from a bedsheet I got at Goodwill.

  29. Brigette says:

    I have some linen pants that don’t fit that I’m going to use the fabric to make pot holders!

  30. Em says:

    I once had these huge purple corduroy maternity overalls. I took one look & said that’s a whole lotta material. Therefore, I made a giant sack for river trips, shopping, overnight.. etc

  31. emilia says:

    my continuing fave is turning leather jackets into bebe shoes. i also once made my son a hat and mittens out of an OUTRAGEOUS sweater, and my husband wanted a matching one. so i scrambled and got him one together, which he dubs his “ugly hat” Like i said, the sweater was outrageous.

  32. Deanna says:

    My favorite reinvention was when I was angry with my husband and “accidentally” washed his wool sweaters and turned them into messenger bag purses. I carry a lovely charcoal one every winter!

  33. sangeetha says:

    every spring / summer I go through my sons pants from the previous season and trim them up as shorts for him to wear

  34. Cindy S says:

    This book looks like such fun! I find that I cannot look at anything these days without thinking what else it might become. And I love to use found fabrics in unconventional ways. Thanks, Maya!

  35. Christine B says:

    I got three pretty wool sweaters from Salvation Army a few years ago. I put them into a hot wash and felted them. Used to make 3 pretty pillows. I just adore them. And, I’ve used an old pair of jeans that I cut up to make dog toys, and he managed to chew a hole in all of them.

  36. Diann Cornell says:

    I have made old clothing into doll’s clothing and accessories. A worn out shirt of my father’s became the covering for a doll mattress.

  37. Debbie G. says:

    This book looks amazing! I am loving the burlap tote!

  38. aSprinkling says:

    I used a bunch of old jeans to make a great rag quilt for my son.

  39. nopinkhere says:

    Cool! I made some laptop sleeves from felted wool sweaters. And I made a water bottle holder from the leg of some cargo pants that had lost their knees. (The main part of the pants were turned into shorts.)

  40. Amy says:

    This book looks great! My favorite repurposing project was a lap quilt made for 2 friends in the chilly NW out of thrifted wool sweaters. I regularly re-use t-shirts in all kinds of ways though, they’re one of my favorite items to repurpose!

  41. Lizzie says:

    Maya’s blog is as beautiful and unique as her projects – I’m so excited for this book! Crossing my fingers for good luck! Also, is there any way to enter a project even if you don’t have a blog?

  42. Heidi Anderson says:

    Thanks for the chance to win this fabulous book! My favorite re-purposed project so far has been with t shirts. I have made scarves and a rag rug out of our old shirts.

  43. jessicac says:

    I just recently used an old hallway runner, and turned it into a kitty condo! And I still have curtains that I am very slowly turning into pillowcases. I love to repurpose!

  44. tina l. says:

    Most recently, I used leather jackets + skirts to make bicycle seats. I also save mesh fruit bags and make scrubbies. This week, with my teens at the library, we made book bags out of pillow cases. So many ideas, so little time! Thanks for the chance to win Maya’s new book.

  45. Fran Can Stitch says:

    I collect old tea cups and napkin rings to make whimsical pincushions.

  46. Amanda Perl says:

    Almost all of my work is “reinvention-” love the term, by the way, it really conveys the concept. I’m lucky to have various reuse stores around Portland to supply my materials, but the hunt for materials is more than half the fun! So I’ve made a number of quilts, clothes, a vinyl messenger bag, gifts, household goods, bedding; anything I need mostly I make and usually from used materials. These days even my thread is mostly second-hand. I haven’t tried all of these materials though; I’d love to see more ideas and I am so happy that these ideas are becoming more common.

  47. ~Heather says:

    Using legs or sleeves of otherwise busted up/broken down clothing for kindle covers or sleeping bags for my kids’ stuffed animals.

  48. michele says:

    I’ve been sewing up some old T-shirts in to dolls for my daughter!

  49. amy says:

    I have been using an old flannel sheet for interfacing for a long time now. I’d also love some ideas for using old, decorative socks. Thanks for the chance to win!

  50. Shelly says:

    I have used old jeans to make blankets for each of my 4 children. They really make some very nice blankets.

  51. Melissa R says:

    What fun! Two contests :) I’d love to own this book.

  52. Beth K says:

    I repurposed a fabric shower curtain into a grocery tote & a linen table runner into a tote bag. Thanks for the giveaway!

  53. cat says:

    This book looks full of cute ideas !!
    I love reinventing, and recently made a bag out of coffee packets. I love it !
    Thanks !!

  54. Maggie says:

    My favorite reinvention is giving my kiddos tshirts new life with appliques and freezer paper stencils. Old clothing makes great scraps for new projects in our home!

  55. Wilai Charpentier says:

    love the idea. used the wool skirt made a tote bag for gift. I want to try used jeans do bean bag for kid.

  56. Karrie Smith says:

    Once I made curtains out of old sheets. I made them ruffly until I could afford to buy a new set. THey were pretty cute. THanks for the chance to win.

  57. Cari says:

    The book looks awesome! I’ve repurposed old jeans into pencil and paper cases for some kid birthday gifts.

  58. MissMary says:

    I love working with sheets found at the thrift store. Some are vintage, some not, but they find their way into quilts, linings, dresses…

  59. Jessica Morgan says:

    I purchased old pillows at a garage sale. $1 for 3. Ripped the covers off and took an old outdoor table cloth to recover them. Now they serve as the pillows to my recently recovered backyard swing. I couldn’t get rid of that old gem, so a little thinking about a pattern and viola a whole new swing; slip cover, pillows and all!

  60. mori says:

    i make unique messenger bags out of burlap (recycled coffee bags).

    http://tundragypsy.blogspot.com/search/label/burlap

  61. Mandy says:

    I use old clothes a lot for my embroidery pieces – turning fashion into wall art!

  62. Dana TM says:

    I’ve made Maya’s burlap buckets a couple years ago, and they continue to be used around our house. Love them!

  63. Sarah B says:

    I really love reusing/re-purposing fabric in projects! I am currently working on giving new life to an old concert t-shirt by re-cutting it into a new, more flattering shirt. Thanks for the giveaway and cool contest!

  64. Erin says:

    I started sewing with re-purposed material. I love the patio cushions I made for our wrought iron chairs out of cast off upholstery and industrial scrap fabric.

  65. Julianne Ross says:

    Oh! I want this book! I love to repurpose old items.

  66. Amy B. says:

    Made matching capri and top outfits for my two girls out of vintage pillowcases I got at the thrift store!! (We loved them and then I handed them down to my two nieces who are still wearing them…)

  67. Kimberly says:

    The book on reinventing looks really fun and useful! I’ve used burlap a few times and would like to learn more! Thank you

  68. Rachel says:

    I regularly use old wool sweaters that I find at thrift stores in a fun and utilitarian way. I felt them down and then cut them out and sew them into little pillowcases for bars of soap. So useful but they feel so decadent.

  69. Amy G. says:

    I made a blanket out of old cashmere sweaters – so soft!

  70. lynn says:

    i like to repurpose clothes of my husband and mine into clothes for my son. thanks for the giveaway!

  71. Katie says:

    I just pulled together the idea for a handmade birthday present for my husband and it would be a perfect fit here. If I can get it done a week before his birthday and in time for the deadline, I would love to submit it.

  72. jen says:

    I love to take old shirts and make new clothes for my girl!

  73. Tina C. says:

    I made a zippered pouch out of an empty ground coffee bag (one of those that’s a little brick of ground coffee). also, the zipper was reused from a vinyl container that had new linens in it. Also made some sandwich wraps from an old shower curtain and dishtowels.

  74. Steph W says:

    I turned a sewing flop (long skirt, did not work for me) into my most-favorite market bag!

  75. Suzanne says:

    I’ve had a collection of old jeans stored away for years…First I made a quilt – with frayed edges, using pockets for occasional patches, but more fun were the laundry bags I made out of HUGE jeans I found at GoodWill…opened them up, sewing them into a large bag, used a clothesline rope for the drawstring at the top and gave them to my boys for their dorm rooms…tough and haven’t worn out yet.

  76. Sherryl says:

    I talked my teenage nephew through sewing a backpack from some old jeans for a school project (a learning experience for both of us!). I also have an old pillowcase that my daughter and I pass back and forth as a birthday gift grab bag which we now use instead of wrapping individual gifts. This started as an “oops” moment (no wrapping paper!) and turned into a beloved family tradition. I love the concept of repurposing and am crossing my fingers for a chance to win this book!

  77. Tanya waters says:

    All I have done thus far is use felted old wool sweaters into sweaters for my daughter.

  78. Christina G. says:

    I’ve made mittens from old sweaters and sweatshirts – perfect fit, such pretty patterns and they are so nice and warm!

  79. Cary says:

    My favorite was to make an apron with ruffles out of old denim overalls.

  80. Linda says:

    My current favorite reinvention has been turning old sheets, towels, and shirts into bibs. I enjoy your blog!
    Linda in northeast Iowa

  81. Teresa says:

    I simply love this idea! I am always on the lookout for ways to make something out of things that are destined to be thrown out. Just made an apron from an old vintage pillowcase. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  82. I used some old jeans of my husband’s (and some other worn-out garments) to make an elephant softie: http://vegetablog.wordpress.com/2010/02/28/elephant-softies/

  83. Julie says:

    I just made a purse out of an old shirt!

  84. Ellen M. says:

    I’ve used old wool sweaters that I felted and made a purse (with another partway completed) and an afghan. I would love to win this book – thanks for the chance!

  85. kate C. says:

    I love saving worn out jeans and making them into all sorts of things – like corn bags (heat packs), quilts, or book bags.

  86. Brie says:

    We use my husbands old, white work shirts for lots of things. One of my favorites is outside garden flags. I sew a pockets to slip on a little flag pole and then give the kids fabric markers and let them draw away! We have had some amazing Easter, christmas, and garden flags!

  87. Amelia says:

    Mine is lame, but I turned a bandana into a kid’s skirt! It was pretty good for me, I’m not as crafty as I’d like to be. I’ve been saving jeans and sweaters and men’s shirts for awhile but haven’t sat down to make anything yet. It’s just gathering dust in my craft area…some day….

  88. Kristin says:

    I’m a huge proponent of reusing/repurposing anything and everything. My very first sewing project involved cutting off/turning out the hem of my dad’s worn out turtleneck to make the arms and legs of a little stuffed doll. Now I want to make one of those aprons out of a men’s dress shirt.

  89. Anna says:

    I made some really cozy flannel pants for my nephew using an old shirt!

  90. meghann says:

    Oh, I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of this book!

    I’ve done a lot of rescue projects – mostly clothing I find at thrift stores that is outdated but with good fabric that I can put to use. People keep giving me stuff, knowing that I’ll find some way to use it. I have a stack of burlap bags upstairs that I’m going to make into storage bins once we get into the new house… xo

  91. Sarah L. says:

    I used to get my flour in cloth sacks and I use the make quilts, and bags. This book looks like fun!

  92. ste says:

    I haven’t done any reinventing yet, but I have a few pairs of pajamas that I’d like to turn into doll pjs for my daughter and maybe even a pair of pants for her.

  93. I love to repurpose items at my home. This winter I used old tshirts and cashmere sweaters to make winter hats for my little ones. They were warm and practical too!

  94. Lee says:

    Old wool sweater and blankets – making felted purses and handwarmers – that is how I reinvented some old fabrics! thanks!

  95. Kristin says:

    I love taking old T-shirts and giving them new life! especially when it is a favorite tee. I have recently turned one of my husband’s old tee’s into sleep shorts for my son. I also turned an old favorite tee of mine into a pillow, plus I’ve turned one of my son’s favorite Pokemon Tee’s into a mini backpack for him!

  96. Anna says:

    Last Christmas I gave my teenage son a Kindle, to help him with his reading (he’s dyslexic, and the text-to-voice feature “reads” to him while he reads the text. He loves it). I had an old school backpack hanging around that I was scavenging zippers out of, and I ended up using the body of the pack (including a little zippered pocket) to make a padded pouch for the Kindle. I’m really proud of it!

  97. jessie hansen says:

    I already won a copy of this from Resurrection Fern, but I also know several other people who I think would love this book. My book came in yesterday: it is even more beautiful than the internet shows.

  98. April says:

    My favorite reinvention project is really anything with old wool sweaters. I made some hand warmers one year that we’re a big hit at Christmas.

  99. Melissa says:

    I love to use vintage linens to make baby shoes, and am always upcycling my husband’s beyond-repair sweatshirts, shirts and pants into “new” clothes and shoes for my toddler son. Next on my list are nightgowns and sunbonnets for my 3 girls from vintage sheets. Would love some new inspiration from this book!

  100. Candi says:

    I use my husbands button-down shirts for everything; bias tape, baby booties, bibs, and I have also made my daughter dresses from them! Just cut of those ink stains and skip around the holes and you have great fabric.

  101. Alyssa says:

    I took a pair of my favorite lucky jeans that didn’t fit anymore and turned them into maternity pants with the belly band.

  102. Amy says:

    I love Maya’s blog and her book looks fantastic! I recently repurposed my grandmother’s wool trousers to make a throw pillow for the Feather Your Nest sewing contest. I also used felted wool sweater scraps for the applique on the pillow. I repurpose materials often, wool sweaters in particular, but it made me especially happy to reuse something that once belonged to someone I love, rather than just a thrift store find.

  103. Karen A says:

    I have used lots of old jeans to make other items. I’ve done quilts,purses and throw rugs. Denim is such a sturdy fabric.

  104. Taysha Riggs says:

    What a great book! I’m totally into a re-purposing lately. I love taking old shirts and making cosmetic bags for friends. An quick and easy project.

  105. Sunny says:

    I have a bunch of old clothes I want to reuse and refashion, including making t-yarn and rag rugs.

  106. Laura says:

    I made a super cute quilt for my daughter and pieced a vintage hand stitched tea towel into the backing :)

  107. Morgan says:

    I am a compulsive saver of old and thrifted t-shirts and I used one of them in a fun print to make into a soft baby rattle with a little jingle bell inside and an embroidered face. My son loves it! :) Maya’s book looks amazing.

  108. carriem says:

    I turned some leftover quilt blocks into a baby changing pad!

  109. lynaeve says:

    I do this all the time. I made a quilt out of my sons clothes. I made some clothes out of mens shirts for my daughter. I also used flannel sheets to make diapers.

  110. Stacy says:

    My favorite fabric reinvention is just going to the thrift store to find clothing that I can remake into something my daughter and I can wear. Thanks for the chance to win the book. It looks awesome!

  111. Marinda says:

    Soooo many reinventions! I turn my old jeans into skirts for my daughters, use my hubby’s dress pants to make shorts for my son (pants too), and turn old dress shirts into baby doll dresses for my girls, just to name a few. I am always on the hunt for more reinvention projects. Yay!

  112. Maggie says:

    I am currently working on a quilt with a vintage bed sheets. I made Maya’s burlap buckets (14 of them!) for my son’s birthday as gift bags for his friends.

  113. Heather says:

    I can’t get enough vintage sheets, linens and handkerchiefs. That mushroom dollhouse is so outrageously adorable! I can’t wait to make it!

  114. Liz says:

    Humble, I know, but I took a giant flannel shirt from a church rummage sale and made a door snake to keep drafts out of my kitchen! :-)

  115. Steph says:

    I love reusing thrifted materials for projects–mens dress shirts and vintage sheets are my favorites. I’m on the waiting list for this book at my library but I’m sure I’ll be waiting for awhile! If I don’t win a copy I think I’ll have to buy it!

  116. Jan says:

    My favorite is taking a man’s shirt and using the front, with the buttons and pocket, for the back of a pillow cover.

  117. Olivia says:

    I used some of my grandmother’s old clothes (after she passed away) to make a tote bag for sewing materials. She was a great seamstress so I thought it was a great way to honor her.

  118. Westin's Mom says:

    I took a whole bunch of ties and made them into a skirt. It was so 1990′s “Blossom”!

  119. Dayna says:

    This is so inspiring! I have several things that could stand to be reinvented. In fact, I recently repurposed several decor items into new ones. Thanks for the inspiration!

  120. Michelle says:

    I know it isn’t original but I am happy to reuse white flannel sheets and make an easy to put up or take down a design wall! Very inexpensive!

    I’d love to win this book so I can learn many ways to reuse and repurpose things.

    Thank you,
    Michelle

  121. Truly Myrtle says:

    The book sounds right up my street! I’d love to win it :)

  122. Larissa says:

    Reinvention is my way of life with 5 children, but my favorite recent project was the felted wool sweater quilt I gave to my son on his 10th birthday. :o)

  123. joy says:

    Jeans are always finding new lives in my house. Most recently, two pairs combined to make a fun skirt.

  124. The book looks wonderful!
    I think old t-shirts are fun to work with. I made a pair of capris from an extra large t-shirt…so comfy!

    Mia

  125. carole says:

    I made my son a cloth doll from Olive & Ann, but I made a boy and i use all his outgrown clothes to make clothing for his doll. I have cut up pants to make shorts and old t-shirts make great t-shirts for the doll. I keep the bottom hem of the original intact and just serge the side seams for a cute, quick, upcycled shirt.

    carole

  126. marthaeliza says:

    I made clothes for my baby/toddler out of pillowcases and my husband’s old flannel boxer shorts. They were really soft! I also made her pants (with snaps up both legs) from my pre-preg jeans that would never again see the light of day. Her old baby blankets became lavender sachets for drawers — I smile every time I see these little mementos of her childhood.

  127. Mary P says:

    Lovely! I got a stack of upholstery samples from a friend who worked at a furniture store. With the samples I made a few bags as well as a diaper bag for my husband.

  128. kathyh says:

    I constantly scour garage sales and thrift stores for really cool fabrics. The purse I entered is recycled from Pendleton wool, purse hardware, zipper from another project, etc.
    Love this giveaway.

  129. brooke says:

    Great book idea. I have repurposed clothing when creating my maternity wardrobes. I also love making adult clothes like sweaters and pants into kids clothing. And turning vintage bedsheets into sundresses, skirts, curtains, kids’ teepee/fort. So many great uses for giving new life to great fabrics.

  130. christine says:

    I love reusing and reinventing. My favorite, a denim skirt made from jeans that I embroidered sea turtles around the hem. Love it!

  131. Heidi says:

    I’ve been saving my family’s jeans since I was in middle school – they been a part of quilts, baby bags, bibs, and aprons, but I don’t think I could pick out which project was my favorite! I do have a special pair at the moment that I can’t wait to turn into a skirt!

  132. MelodyJ says:

    I haven’t made anything yet. I would like to use the scraps of jeans I have to make a purse.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

  133. Tera says:

    Love the challenge!!!! : )

    I have patched up my old jeans with scraps of cotton and old t shirts and when they rip again I rematch : ) Love the look and the comfort. I also love working with old t shirts to make new ones for my little guy.

  134. leslie r. says:

    My favorite reinvention was using my grandfather’s old, worn overalls into a tote bag. It’s so soft – but still so sturdy – and I think him of him multiple times a day as I grab it to go somewhere.

  135. This book sounds fabulous! Love the burlap bins!

  136. Debbie says:

    I love this idea. I have used old jeans for many sewing projects.I am currently making a sewing area with recycled furniture items.

  137. Mary H says:

    This book looks great! My favorite fabric reinvention has been felting old wool sweaters and then making handpuppet/bath mitts from them for Christmas gifts for the younger kids in my extended family.

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