Friday, April 19, 2013

Up-Cycled Clothes

With Earth Day fast approaching (hint: it's Monday), we will be featuring books about reusing, recycling, and all that planet-friendly stuff. In today's spotlight: Up-cycled Clothing!

Got a closet full of old, out-of-style jeans? Rather than throwing them out or sending them to the Salvation Army, why not jazz up those tired old blues and create a one-of-a-kind item that's OMG (instead of eew). Check out Jeaneology: Crafty Ways to Reinvent Your Old Blues, a fun crafty book that'll show you how to easily do just that. Projects are rated from quick and easy (headbands, bracelets, blinging out shorts) to time consuming and difficult (slippers, purses) to everything in between (boho skirts, converting skinnies to flares, iPod cases). All projects are fun and are sure to cure your blues' blues.

There's almost nothing more frustrating than when the dryer eats one sock but leaves the other one unharmed (and fluffy soft). Don't throw out that odd, unmatched. Create Stupid Sock Creatures instead.Follow one of the patterns in this book, combine your favorite features of several, or invent something completely your own. Keep for yourself or give as a unique gift. And if that odd sock DOES return from that alternate universe where all missing socks go, as they occasionally do, you can always make a second sock creature to keep the first company. After all, socks DO come in pairs.

Buying that expensive angora sweater set seemed like such a great idea at the time, but now it's so 2011. Ew, right? But don't throw it out or try to pawn it off on your fashionablly challenged little sister. And don't just let it gather dust at the back of your closet until it comes back into style in 10 years (if it ever does). Re-invent it into something cool with Sweater Surgery, a fun and funky book that shows you how to transform old sweaters into everything from purses, to mittens, to hats, to slippers, to scarves, and to pretty much anything. No one will ever know that IT dress used to be an outdated sweater set. 

Want more like this? Check out our collection of fun crafty books. --AJB 

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