November 14 ~ Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts

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Today’s ideas help you use what you already have (or can easily find) to make and give beautiful, useful gifts. Create budget-friendly, planet-friendly gifts your friends and family will love.


Today’s Guest Curator: Meryl from My Bit of Earth

Meryl writes about chickens, babies, knitting, gardening, food, photography and whatever else comes up on any given day at My Bit of Earth. From the time she was small, she’s always enjoyed making things outs of bits and bobs that other people might be apt to throw away. Recycling old sweaters, making patchwork from ratty t-shirts and using up even the tiniest bits of fabric appeals to both her frugality and her desire to live a bit more lightly on the earth. With that in mind, here are some fun, giftable projects that embrace those ideals and– even better– can probably be made from stuff you have in your house right this very second!

Make It


Sew Your Own Mittens
Use old sweaters to Sew Your Own Mittens with Elsie at A Beautiful Mess, in collaboration with Missy Creed of Momentum Fashion.


Turban Headband
Alisa Burke shows you how to make these easy Turban Headbands out of t-shirts (and don’t miss her other fantastic, artistic tutorials). Do you remember Alisa’s Doodle Pillow tutorial?!


Fabric Wrapped Bracelets
Natalie’s Fabric Wrapped Bracelets at créme de la craft take five minutes to make and turn bits of fabric into something special.


Upcycled Boy Hats
We love Cheri’s Upcycled Boy Hats made from old t-shirts at I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.


Monogram Pants
Use your favorite fabric scraps to personalize clothing like Meryl does with her Monogram Pants at My Bit of Earth.


Make a Fabric Basket
Learn how to make rag rope out of old tablecloths, sheets and more, then Make a Fabric Basket with this tutorial at The Red Thread.


Fabric Covered Boxes
Diane at In My Own Style shows you how to make Fabric Covered Boxes, a technique that could make any box special!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Eco-Friendly Gifts, Gifts for the Eco-Conscious

Mix It


Pie Scrap Cookies
These Pretty Tasty Pie Scrap Cookies were a “total revelation” for Emma. She loves using every last bit of her baking to create something delicious.


Festive Holiday Granola + Labels
This one is a recipe and a printable! Make, print, package and give the Festive Holiday Granola + Labels from Malia at Yesterday on Tuesday.

Print It


Christmas M&M Gift Jar
Download the printable for this Christmas M&M Gift Jar via Kristyn of Lil’ Luna for Infarrantly Creative.

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US Winners Only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies and artisans that donate Handmade Holidays prizes.

Win a $50 gift certificate to Martingale where you can choose from the latest quilting, sewing, knitting and crochet titles!

Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts: 24 Little Quilts to Piece, Stitch, and Love
(International Shipping)

Author: Cathy Gaubert
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Welcome to Pretty in Patchwork, a fresh new series that explores the sweet spot where sewing and quilting come together. Doll quilts are the perfect little package to start the fun: they’re pretty, miniature, and a wonderful canvas for experimentation and skill building. Twenty top online designers, led by Cathy Gaubert, contribute an adorable array of patterns that use appliqué, piecing, embroidery, and more. A brief basics section, photos of vintage doll quilts, and instructions for adorable extras (like matching doll’s clothes), round out this appealing volume.

Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays: 30+ Seasonal Patchwork Projects to Piece, Stitch, and Love
(International Shipping)

Author: John Q. Adams
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Happy patchwork holiday! Celebrate the season with the second in our Pretty in Patchwork series. It’s a very merry collection of absolutely adorable projects from the popular “Quilt Dad” blogger and friends, including pieced polar bear and penguin pillows, a too-cute pillowcase and matching hedgehog stuffy, stockings, ornaments, tree skirts and more. Of course, there are assorted quilts of all sizes, too. With a robust basics section, color step-by-step illustrations, and color variations throughout, Pretty in Patchwork: Holidays will help you deck your halls in style!

Date Keeper—Quilted Masterpieces
(US Winners Only)

Record all the milestones of your life in this beautiful calendar and keep them at your fingertips forever. The Date Keeper perpetual weekly calendar from C&T Publishing helps you remember important birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and special occasions. There’s even room for your family tree. Featuring 60 gorgeous heirloom quilts, this heirloom-quality, spiral-bound album will last a lifetime.

• Makes a lovely keepsake gift.
• Enter dates only once—no need to transfer to a new calendar every year.
• Includes guide to anniversary gifts, plus each month’s birthday gemstones and flowers.

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids: 20 Designs That are Fun and Unique- Just Like Your Kid!
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Ruriko Yamada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Today’s DIY generation loves to outfit their kids in stylish homemade clothes, and kids love clothes that feel good. Designer Ruriko Yamada draws from her own experiences as a mom to create designs and sewing patterns that are fun to wear, easy to make and infused with covetable Japanese style. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids features easy-to-follow diagrams, Japanese sewing patterns in English and simple instructions on how to make twenty super-comfy pieces for both boys and girls. Yamada provides four sizes of westernized patterns, each of which can easily be adjusted to fit children from three to nine years old. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame. Sewing for children has never been easier. With Happy Homemade, you’ll whip up a fantastic, money-saving wardrobe in practically no time at all!

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 13: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 12: Gifts for Girlfriends
November 11: Gifts for Boys
November 10: Eco-Friendly Gifts
November 9: Advent Calendars
November 8: Gifts for Make-Believe
November 7: Gifts for Travelers
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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297 Responses to November 14 ~ Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts

  1. Sarah in MA says:

    I can’t wait to put all my pie crust scraps to good use.

  2. lucia says:

    Can’t wait to make the baskets and the boxes! But I might not be able to give them away! Oh well….Merry Christmas to me! ho! ho! ho!

  3. haley says:

    Love the fabric baskets. Haley in Canada.

  4. Wonderful prizes. I love the selection. Thank you so much. Patchwork has been fun for me.

  5. Sylvia in IN says:

    Love the recycled mittens, so Cute!

  6. DebV says:

    Great ideas. Love the boxes and baskets.

  7. Fran in ID says:

    Great projects…I especially like the
    fabric covered boxes & the recycling ideas !

  8. Kim McM in PA says:

    Wow! I got totally sidetracked reading the tutorial for the fabric baskets. I may have to learn how to crochet! It looks like once you learn how, it would be soothing and repetitive. I really like the idea of making yarn from fabric. It’s not like I have any extra of THAT sitting around. The prizes for today are awesome as well! Going to go back and read further.

  9. Tess in MO says:

    I’ve got so many ideas my head is spinning!! Thank you.

  10. Anna W says:

    Oh yay! I’ve been looking for a good tute on fabric baskets! Thanks! Anna in WA

  11. ruby t--nm says:

    I have now hit the mother-lode of gifts right here….headband, little hats…thank you!

  12. cal says:

    Those pie dough cookies look awesome, great idea. And i really want to try the mittens next Winter.

  13. Carrie P. says:

    Love these ideas. I am going to check out those rag baskets and the granola for sure.

  14. kris says:

    Great ideas. I just happen to be looking for some recycle/upcycle ideas.
    Kris from Nebraska

  15. Crystal says:

    What great ideas! Love those mitts!

    Crystal in Canada

  16. Windy says:

    Hmmm…. I’m going to have to give those mittens a try!

    (Michigan)

  17. Janelle Thietje-Dunn says:

    I love the idea of upcycling using old Ts – especially when you find them for .25 or .50 at the thrift shop – BUT I only ever find weird ones that I can’t imagine would get better by cutting them up. :/

  18. Martha says:

    Can I gift myself the granola?

  19. Raelene says:

    AUSTRALIA
    Pretty in Patchwork books look great. Would love to make some of these.
    Hugs

  20. Raelene says:

    AUSTRALIA
    I would love to make some of the goodies in either of these Pretty in Patchwork books
    Hugs

  21. Hilary in MN says:

    fun projects

  22. Stephanie in IN says:

    So many wonderful ideas-I better get cracking’!

  23. Mandi in CO says:

    great projects!

  24. Emilee in GA says:

    Winning either one of the pretty in patchwork books would make me very happy! Thanks for the great tutorial for the fabric baskets!

  25. Stacia in TN says:

    I love that mittens tutorial from A Beautiful Mess!

  26. Mary in MN says:

    What a fabulous date keeper!

  27. Robin E. in AZ says:

    I am in love with so many of this day’s projects! Thank you.

  28. I love everything on this page!

  29. Melissa Allen says:

    I’ve been looking for an attractive date keeper. One with photos of beautiful quilts can’t get much better!

  30. Abbi says:

    I love repurposing projects!
    Abbi in MN

  31. Melwyk says:

    I love reusing & repurposing — and the turban headband looks very easy and chic. Lots of fun projects in this post!

  32. Amy in IL says:

    Love the baskets made from fabric.

  33. DebbieKL says:

    Great tutorials! The bracelet looks quick and simple.

  34. Joelle in Nebraska says:

    the turban headband is too cute!

  35. Vero Et in FL says:

    love the headband :)

  36. You really have my gears turning with all of these great round ups! I especially love the scrappy initial pockets! Thanks

  37. lisa mc says:

    Oh, I love that idea of converting a sweater into mittens, perfect for the one the dog got at…

  38. Katie in NM says:

    I know a couple of friends who will be getting the holiday granola this year!

  39. Darcy in MA says:

    Those book covers are so inspiring. Thanks for the chance to win!

  40. Cathie D says:

    Cute idea for a t shirt turban
    Thanks for the great ideas

  41. Julie says:

    I love repurposing! I hope to get around to making the granola…

  42. CJ in Canada says:

    Living in central Manitoba, Canada… I need to make several of the mitts and hat!

  43. Erin M says:

    Love the fabric turban. I am going to have to make myself a few of those since my shaved head is starting to look really funny. Just an awkward stage I guess.

    The fabric boxes look awesome too.

  44. I want to try the headband/turban!

  45. Great ideas!

  46. Amy in UK says:

    Those bracelets look funky! My kind of recycling!! Yay for international shipping!!!!

  47. Mosaic Magpie says:

    Repurposing is one of my most favorite things to do!

  48. Bethany in WA says:

    I like the mitten idea. Thank you.

  49. Wendy in VA says:

    Love the fabric boxes!

  50. Terri says:

    I love repurposing!!! Thank you these are great!!!

  51. Nicole in IN says:

    The fabric baskets look like a fun project!

  52. Patty says:

    I think I’ll make some fabric baskets. how fun!

  53. Jodie in OR says:

    Definitely checking out those fabric baskets!

  54. This is my favorite post so far! I have been obsessed with projects based on using fabric scraps. I can’t wait to do several of these.

  55. Laura in Washington says:

    Wow what another wonderful list to get me inspired!

  56. kim t. in wa says:

    love the baskets!

  57. usairdoll in ca says:

    Love the fabric covered boxes and fabric baskets, totally need to het organized, hehe.

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

  58. missmoozie in ca says:

    Love the turban and fabric baskets, cool! Thanks for a chance to win.

  59. Shannon (in MD) says:

    Exited to try the mittens from sweaters idea–especially since I can’t knit.

  60. Deanna says:

    Pie crust cookies are the BEST!

  61. Jayne - Tennessee says:

    Love, love the t-shirt hat!

  62. Sarah says:

    I love recycled/repurposed gifts! Sarah in WA

  63. Tasha in MO says:

    The fabric baskets are a great idea!

  64. Beth in SC says:

    Love the boxes!

  65. Liz K in OR says:

    I love making mittens from sweaters

  66. Sewn mittens – I love it! I am a terrible knitter : P And the pie scrap cookies are brilliant. I, too, hate wasting the edges.

    (in Maine)

  67. Kristin in VA says:

    Cute headband!

  68. Kirsten says:

    Fabric basket! Sign me up!

  69. Sandy K in MN says:

    Yeah! I knew there was a reason I save sweaters that no longer fit. Thanks.

  70. Vicki H in KS says:

    I love the bracelets for my granddaughter.

  71. Barb B in BC says:

    I think I will giving granola to our neighbours. Thanks for the great recipe

  72. Gina in MO says:

    I have pinned those mittens b/c I am looking for upcycled sweater ideas! I have an entire container of sweaters that I’m tired of! Thanks!

  73. Laura in NY says:

    I love up-cycling materials – those t-shirt hats look fabulous!

  74. Shannon in wa says:

    Turban headband is great

  75. Beth in VA says:

    Love the boy’s hat!

  76. Cat B in MD says:

    That hat is so cute!

  77. jessicac says:

    I want to make some fabric baskets.. and pie scrap cookies!

  78. Valerie says:

    I would love to try those fabric boxes!

  79. Jessica says:

    Love the hats!

  80. Cayce says:

    Love them all!

  81. Cindy in ND says:

    So many good ideas for repurposing items. Can’t wait to try some.

  82. Rachel B says:

    upcycling tshirts is really big in my town right now.

  83. Steph W says:

    Those fabric-wrapped bracelets are really FUN!

  84. Zero-waste everything, esp. baking, is fantastic! Love the pie crust cookie idea.

  85. Amanda in RI says:

    I love the mittens. I think I need to make a few pairs!

  86. wendy in OH says:

    I can’t wait to try all of these!

  87. Judy in OR says:

    Great ideas for upcycling! I love the fabric covered boxes and the mittens.

  88. Betsy M says:

    Love the idea of upcycling fabric. Great tutorials.

  89. Lizzie says:

    So many great ideas today! My daughter is looking on and she several that she wants to make for her friends for Christmas! Lizzie in Sweden (Happy to share shipping or go PDF if I am a lucky winner :)

  90. Heather Braun says:

    Love those fabric baskets!

  91. Nancy W in CA says:

    Great projects. I love the mittens! Thanks for sharing.

  92. Sarah M in Vermont says:

    Love these upcycling gift ideas!

  93. Christy Dixon says:

    I can’t decide which to try first!

  94. Sonja says:

    Oh those bowls! ~ Sonja in Al

  95. Molly B in Or says:

    So nice to see so many repurpose ideas.

  96. Ashley in Canada says:

    My favourite ideas so far! I love upcycling things instead of buying new.

  97. Charlotte in GA says:

    Love the mittens! Something to make with all the sweater scraps Ive been saving! The Granola looks yummy too! Thanks SMS!

  98. Diane in AZ says:

    Love the baskets and boxes…..

  99. Veronica says:

    I absolutely love this idea of sewn mittens – I just have to find a nice old sweater now!

  100. Theresa says:

    I need to make some mittens.

  101. Lydia in WA says:

    So many fun things on this recycled day. Hmmm…which to choose and make. Love the fabric boxes and baskets and great organizational items. Have made pie scrap cookies since my childhood but made them into pinwheels with a dollop of jelly in the middle before baking. Super yum.

  102. Nancy in GA says:

    My daughter would love the Turban. Gotta go show her now!

  103. Anita says:

    The up cycled hats are sooo cute

  104. janet in nj says:

    love the fabric baskets .

  105. Mhairi (Aust) says:

    I love the pie crust idea and the wrapped bracelets. Thanks so much for compiling this list, I really love all the ideas so far. Looking forward to seeing all the rest you have found.

  106. Prachi says:

    Love the fabric baskets.
    And the holiday granola looks yum too.

  107. karen in ga says:

    Love the fabric boxes.

  108. Cute upcycled hat!

  109. Rosemary says:

    Some lovely ideas today – like the fabric baskets.

  110. Heather in Alaska says:

    Love the head wrap!

  111. Rebecca says:

    my favorite ideas so far.

  112. Kara in OR says:

    We call the Pie Scraps “Pie Bones”. Still delicious by any name.

  113. monica in tx says:

    Love the initial pocket!

  114. Lisamarie in CT says:

    The pie scrap cookies are a blast from my past! They are one of my favorite things about pie making for thanksgiving.

  115. Kerri says:

    Love the upcycling ideas!

    — Kerri in WA

  116. julie from FL says:

    I love these ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  117. julie says:

    I love the patchwork holiday book.

  118. Lesley says:

    I love those upcycle ideas!

  119. Michelle says:

    What fun ideas~ and lovely prizes:)
    ~Michelle from WA

  120. Kari in WA says:

    I love the baskets and fabric covered boxes!

  121. Jessica says:

    I always use my pie scraps, too! Thanks for the gieaways. UT

  122. Diane in NM says:

    Cute ideas! Thanks.

  123. Margie says:

    Such cozy mitts!

  124. kathyh in OR says:

    I wish my boy was small again so I could sew him a hat.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  125. Molly in OR says:

    I think the fabric baskets would be a hit with our cats!

  126. Samantha in VA says:

    Wonderful ideas!

  127. Charlotte says:

    That Turban Headband is really cute! I just may have to make that :)

  128. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    Love the recycle/reuse ideas. I wish I had time and space to reuse all the fabric/T-shirts/jeans we’ve been holding on to. I suppose I ought to start small and do just one thing. Thanks for the great ideas.

  129. Jane S. says:

    I love the t-shirt turban! Maybe I’ll have to grow my hair out again. :)

  130. Lea in MA says:

    Thanks for reminding me about the sweater mittens. I’ve been meaning to make them every fall for a few years. Maybe this year?

  131. VickiT in IL says:

    Great tutorials. I really love the Fabric Basket. What a fantastic tutorial with awesome pictures.

  132. Jennifer in NY says:

    Upcycling is another favorite of mine! Thanks again for great projects!!

  133. KarenH in OK says:

    Love the tshirt turban!

  134. Kylie C in OR says:

    That is an adorable hat!

  135. SS in NH says:

    I’m intrigued by the pie scrap cookies, and I’m totally going to check out those mittens!

  136. DeborahGun says:

    Another great day of ideas :-) I love the fabric bangles.

  137. Mary H in CO says:

    Whoa! I want to make it all on today’s post – awesome ideas!

  138. Jansie in Texas says:

    Super cute ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  139. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    Oooh I am totally making myself a headband. What a fun idea!

  140. Kathryn in VA says:

    great ideas!

  141. Pie scrap cookies! I love pie crust more than the filling. This should’ve been a no-brainer for me. :-) I’m going to make me some after I make me a pair of mittens!

  142. Sheila in WA says:

    Off to crochet some fabric baskets. I can think of so many uses for them.

  143. Allison in MA says:

    I like the granola idea.

  144. heidi in WA says:

    Wow, these are all wonderful ideas! Thanks for adding a little green to the season. I am also looking forward to trying the granola.

  145. Sam E-B says:

    I love the look of the fabric covered bangles-they look so easy and quick to whip up! :-)

  146. Becky in FL says:

    Upcycled is perfect for this green family. I love the hats out of tshirts and I am a sucker for pretty covered boxes. Thanks for more great ideas to make the holidays colorful without spending a lot of money and buying more STUFF.

  147. Jim in NC says:

    The basket and box projects look very practical and doable.

  148. Heather in KS says:

    I really like the festive granola idea! Thanks for the wonderful gift ideas.

  149. Beth in Michigan says:

    Love all of these recycling and reusing ideas!

  150. Ramona M. from MI says:

    I can’t wait to try those adorable boy’s hats and the turban headbands are pretty cute too!

  151. Colette says:

    Great projects, and recipes. Going to have to try it.

  152. I love recycling and upcycling. It’s very difficult for me to throw things away I think have even an ounce of life left in them.

  153. Sandy in Ohio says:

    The pie scrap cookies remind me of baking pies with my mom and turning the dough scraps into cinnamon sugar crisps!

  154. Ang says:

    Love the M&M jar – I’m going to use that for the “small gift” we give to each of our extended family members – from An in IL.

  155. Karen A says:

    I like those fabric baskets. I have a whole box of strips all ready to go!

  156. jackie in IN says:

    another group of fun gift ideas, thanks

  157. angelina says:

    these ideas are great guys

  158. Ellen from OH says:

    I love the rag baskets! Eco-friendly and very useful. Thanks for the ideas!

  159. Angela in KS says:

    I’m always looking for ways to recycle! Theses are great ideas!

  160. Heather in VA says:

    Those wrapped bracelets are adorable and perfect for crafting with kids.

  161. Beth in MI says:

    Love the fabric baskets!

  162. Carrie P. says:

    Love those printables. Off to take a look.

  163. Allison in WA says:

    I’ve made that boy hat by Cheri before and it’s a good one!

  164. Carol P. says:

    Love the mittens and baskets.

  165. MaryEllen in ND says:

    Love that turban!

  166. Sarah in OH says:

    I love all these ideas! Thank you!

  167. Sherry in MA says:

    Love the granola idea!

  168. Maggie in KY says:

    I’ve made the mittens before, so great!

  169. Emi in IN says:

    LOVE the sew your own mittens idea!!!!

  170. Kari E WI says:

    Great stuff!

  171. Greeblygreebly in WA state says:

    My mom always used to do that with pie crust scraps when I was little. It was my favorite part about baking pies. :)

  172. Tania says:

    Such great ideas. Love the monogram pants the most. I live in Canada and I’d love to win a book.

  173. Sarah says:

    Very cool!! Sarah from maine

  174. Michelle in B.C. Canada says:

    those mittens look cozy!

  175. Jenn in GA says:

    I’m a big lover of granola!

  176. Anke from Germany says:

    Aawww, the mittens <3

  177. Mary Ann in SC says:

    I would love to make some of those mittens. Too cute

  178. Gina S. Ia says:

    Yummy pie scrap cookies! I always thought that was the best part of my mom making a pie :)

  179. Persia in IL says:

    Oh love those baskets I really need to make some up.

  180. Cindi in GA says:

    All Great ideas! Can’t wait to try the Granola.

  181. Carmen says:

    I was just thinking how I need more storage organization in my craft room. I’m going to use the Make a Fabric Basket and Fabric Boxes tutorials!

  182. Erika says:

    I LOVED the mittens and the fabric covered boxes. Even if not in time for Christmas I definitely want to try these projects!

  183. Lee in MI says:

    I have been wanting to use some pretty sweaters I have to make some mittens! Happy for this tutorial! thank you!

  184. Margaret in MA says:

    I can’t wait to make some mittens out of my moth-eaten cashmere sweaters.

  185. Deb H. in PA says:

    My mother used to make the pie scrap cookies but she rolled hers into pinwheels with cinnamon sugar filling….YUM!

  186. Tamie says:

    Lovely ideas.

  187. Stephanie in Canada says:

    Thanks for the tutorials and introductions to more great websites.

  188. Jenny says:

    Here’s another way to “upcycle” cookie scraps: http://www.sweethopecookies.com/cookie-butter-frenzy/

    Love Cheri’s hats — I made one a few years ago — so cute and easy!

  189. Kristin inVA says:

    Kind of in love with the fabric wrapped bracelet!

  190. Alida in VA says:

    Thanks for the opportunity. Great ideas!! very inspiring

  191. Audrey in PA says:

    I love the sweater mittens, they look toasty :)

  192. Amber in ny says:

    I love the fabric baskets. What a a good idea for scraps and selvage.

  193. Kendra says:

    So many new ideas, but there is plenty of time till Christmas… Right?!

  194. Serena in CA says:

    That turban headband is so cute. Wish I could pull that off!

  195. Anne D says:

    Great ideas. I am enjoying the series as always.
    Thanks for the chance to win some great books.
    I am in Australia

  196. Christine M says:

    I love the idea of refilling nice jars with Christmas goodies! I’m from Australia.

  197. Margaret in MA says:

    I can’t wait to make some mittens out of my sad moth-eaten cashmere sweaters.

  198. Linda50 says:

    Great ideas!

  199. Sam in VA says:

    Love this idea. Perfect for gifts.

  200. Kristina says:

    Would love to make a pair of those mittens, so clever!

  201. Sam in VA says:

    Love the idea of repurposing gifts. Perfect!

  202. Amorette in OR says:

    As a person with storage issues and little kids, the fabric basket idea seems very useful!

  203. Loree in ME says:

    Good ideas! Recycling no longer used items is a great way to get great fabric with character and a story.

  204. Mama Lusco says:

    Pie crust cookies are our favorite!

  205. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  206. Audrey in WA says:

    Some great ideas here! Will have to get my teenage daughter to come look at this post too.:)

  207. Jolien says:

    Those upcycled (boy)hats are so fun and are again on my to-do list..!

  208. SamanthaRI says:

    Everything is cuter with a monogram!

  209. kristin says:

    i would love to win a copy of sew chic kids! thanks for the giveaway, and great round up!

  210. Eleanor in NC says:

    Cute bracelets!

  211. Kristin says:

    great ideas! My DD would love the fabric bands.

  212. MandiC says:

    I love the fabric baskets and pie dough cookies. Fabulous!

  213. erica in OR says:

    The fabric baskets at theredthreadblog.com look like a crochet project this knitter could manage. And practical to boot.

  214. Rachel in CO says:

    Keep the great ideas coming! I am getting inspired every day with all these great links!

  215. Jacklynn in WI says:

    My mom always made pie crust cookies from the left over scraps of crust and dusted them with cinnamon and sugar. The pie may be going to a party or a bake sale, but the cookies were ours! Thanks for the give away!

  216. Miranda in California says:

    I love upcycling and refashioning! Must rty!

  217. consuelo says:

    Great ideas! I like the mittens best! Thanks

  218. Kay Eyles says:

    I love the list for today. I can see me making mittens and especially the t shirt turbans, they are an amazing idea.

  219. Taryn in WI says:

    Thank you for there recycling tutorials. I love a project where I don’t need to go get supplies!

  220. Lorrie says:

    Love the t-shirt refashioned into a turban headband.

  221. --anu says:

    I keep thinking I should make some sewn mittens. Much faster than knitting :)

  222. Rebecca in VA says:

    Turning a sweater into mittens or a hat seems like it couldn’t be easier…

  223. Kristie says:

    The fabric baskets would be fun with upcycled t-shirt fabric. It’s definitely going on my list.

  224. Anya says:

    the mittens are my favorite!

  225. Tammy in MI says:

    I love the idea of pie scrap cookies! How fun!

  226. Elizabeth says:

    I love the turban headband!

  227. Jessie from NM says:

    Oh the things you can do with leftover fabric. Ah, fabric. Sweet, sweet, fabric…

  228. Katie Strong in IL says:

    I’m going to make fabric covered bracelets for all my nieces!

  229. Stacy in WI says:

    The monogram pants are so cute!

  230. danielle in Oregon says:

    the mittens are a great idea! makes me wish I had cuter sweaters…

  231. Marge says:

    Growing up my mom always made pie scrap cookies. Good memories!

  232. I love pie scrap cookies (never had a name for them before lol) I eat ‘em with whipped cream :)

  233. Wendy TC fr CA says:

    Such fantastic giveaways, and great gift ideas!

  234. Jordan C says:

    Some great ideas to pin!

  235. Kristy Nordeen says:

    Good ideas!

  236. Barbara says:

    My favorite project of the day is the fabric covered box. So many possibilities!

  237. jennifer in NC says:

    Some cute ideas in this post… I have mittens on my mind!

  238. Sallie in TX says:

    Love the recycled mittens! Thanks for the giveaways!

  239. Amber in CA says:

    These are great posts. I’m going to go and make some fabric covered boxes today!

  240. Melanie in AZ says:

    I’m always looking for ways to repurpose fabric – thanks for the inspiration!

  241. Margo in WA says:

    I’ve made mittens out of recycled sweaters before and they really are wonderful. The gifts of granola and m&m’s are also very cute!

  242. Mary in MI says:

    I NEED the book: Pretty in Patchwork, Holidays. Yup, I need it!

  243. Amy in FL says:

    Love the idea for recylced baskets.

  244. Serena in TX says:

    The upcycled boy’s hats are super cute! The fabric covered boxes are really neat too, but I’m pretty sure there’s no way I could make them look that perfect.

  245. Terje says:

    What awesome ideas! I just love your blog. It’s always so full of inspiration.

  246. fenna says:

    sew chic kids looks like a fun book! I love upcycling stuff–just don’t do it as often as I should! It’s a nice cheap way to get a very original look!

  247. Some fun ideas there, I like the headband especially!

    Much love to Lark for agreeing to send a few giveaway prizes outside the US. (And Tuttle, for getting at least as far as Canada!)

  248. Ruthann says:

    Fabulous post….thank you

  249. Mandy in Alberta Canada says:

    I think I shall make a dozen or so fabric bracelets for my three girls. Thanks for the inspiration!

  250. anna in az says:

    I loove those boy hats. I hope i can make some for my boys very soon! Thanks :)

  251. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at mittens (no pun intended, ha!), so I’ll check this one out; and I always keep jars leftover from jams and such, which that granola looks adorable in!

  252. Doreen B says:

    Doreen in Canada. I’d love to win. Thanks for the chance!

  253. Megan in GA says:

    I like the festive granola idea!

  254. Sarah in ME says:

    I am making the granola today!

  255. Connie J says:

    The up-cycled hat is my favorite. I made one for my little guy and he LOVES it!

  256. Jamie B says:

    The fabric baskets look fun to make!

  257. Love the mittens tutorial. Now I know what to do with all the old sweaters lying around.

  258. Jamie B says:

    The fabric baskets look like they would be fun to make.

  259. Nicole Martinez from NY says:

    Goodness these giveaways are amazing! such good information for handmade gifts keep the ideas coming!!

  260. Gill says:

    Great ideas – I love the fabric wrapped bracelets!

  261. Heidi says:

    Oh! Those mittens!!

  262. beth says:

    Such fun ideas!

  263. jenny in IN says:

    I want to make a fabric basket!!!

  264. Catherine says:

    Love, love, love the turban headband.

  265. Lynn H says:

    One of my favorite ways to sew and craft is with recycled materials. Nice batch of ideas. Thanks! I will be looking up more of the sites listed here for eco friendly crafts.

  266. Amber K. In UT says:

    The fabric baskets look like fun.

  267. Natasha from CA says:

    I am making those bracelets for sure! Great ideas, thank you!

  268. Laila Strain says:

    There are such good ideas here….I could put to good use some of the table linens that I no longer use but cannot part with, i.e. 44-year old wedding presents! Thanks for making this offer available.

  269. I love baking the extra dough bits!

  270. Bobby says:

    I’d already decided I was going to do the M&M ‘s for teachers gifts this year.

  271. Such beautiful prizes! I hope I win something!

  272. Julia in WA says:

    Fun, fun! I love upcyled projects! (and granola! yum.)

  273. Bess in UT says:

    Those braided fabric baskets are gorgeous. I definitely want to try one.

  274. christina in vt says:

    We are all about the dolls and fabric scraps here…

  275. Natalie in TX says:

    I love the Eco friendly ideas. So fun!

  276. Grace in Canada says:

    Oh, I am a sucker for a fabric-covered box. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  277. Danielle in NY says:

    Great ideas!!

  278. Amy in MN says:

    Another great post! Love the monogram pants.

  279. sorahart in UT says:

    This would be a great theme for multiple days!!! Never a bad thing to lighten your impact on the earth by upcycling things.

  280. Heather in CA says:

    Love the fabric covered boxes!

  281. Kristin H says:

    The monogram pants are super cute and the granola looks tasty!

  282. Deb in MN says:

    Fun ideas! The mittens from sweaters is one I’d like to try.

  283. Laurie in MA says:

    Cute ideas- I love the headband.

  284. Lisa Hansen says:

    The idea for sewing your own mittens pot holders is brilliant! Love it, thanks for the share…. now I just need more TIME

  285. Sara in NY says:

    Hmm. Those fabric bracelets would make great stocking stuffers for my three daughters!

  286. Julie in WI says:

    thanks for the ideas!

  287. Cherri in WI says:

    Love repurposing ideas.

  288. Nupur in GA says:

    The fabric bracelets are too cute! And I love pie crust so those scrappy cookies look delicious to me.

  289. Mickey Louth says:

    As always, keep the ideas coming! Handmade is not a dirty word any more thank goodness! And green is a great trend!

  290. Annette says:

    Those up cycled boys hats are great! I’ve made several and not just for boys:)

  291. Claire in AL says:

    These ideas are wonderful for turning “trash into treasure”.

  292. jenn in MA says:

    Love that turban!

  293. Amanda in MD says:

    Love the ideas. Really looking forward to trying the granola!

  294. Crystal in Canada says:

    Love the repurposed gift ideas – I may be whipping up some mittens!

  295. Laurie says:

    I have a sweater in my closet that’s just been waiting to be made into mittens!

  296. Tiffany says:

    I love the fabric bracelets. And the book – with all the holiday ideas. Holidays are always fun to make things for! :)

  297. annette says:

    I love incorporating shapes into patches on jeans — like the monogram idea! Mend and add interest.

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