Projects Old, Projects New

Currently on my craft table.

Buttons, oh how I love thee.

T-shirts awaiting their fate...being turned into "yarn".

T-shirt yarn being made into necklaces.

T-shirt necklace

Crocheting jewelry with thread and a rather small hook...so satisfying.

The start of a bag...still needs a lining (the striped fabric) and straps.

One of the greatest things about crafting is being able to work on many different projects at the same time and being able to turn something old and used up into something new and pretty (or at least functional.)  I love planning and designing as much as making and finishing, and exploring new ways of creating items with yarn or fabric or thread is so thrilling to me.  Like, weaving.  Remember those little rinky-dinky plastic looms we had as kids, where we could make potholders and trivets out of stretchy loops of fabric?  Loved them!!  I  recently came across an old metal one and snatched it up right away…the 8 year old crafty girl in me couldn’t resist it. I envisioned many new gifts of potholders made from repurposed fabric like tights or t-shirts.  I found a great tutuorial (Polka Dot Pineapple) on how to turn old t-shirts into “yarn”.  Just the thing for the giant bag of old t-shirts I was about to donate to Goodwill! So, I’ve been cutting away, making strips of t-shirt yarn to crochet with or use on the loom.  I’ve made some necklaces and cuffs thus far and I have to say it’s quite satisfying to get revenge on that cute “pre-baby” t-shirt that no longer fits by wearing it as jewelry! Take that size XS!

My other latest obsession is buttons!! Last week, I scored a HUGE bag of buttons of all different shapes, sizes and colors from the thrift store.  Levi helped me sort them into color piles and put them into jars. Sitting on the shelf, they remind me of candy from a five and dime store.  So now everything I am making somehow has a button (or several) incorporated into it. And of course my mind starts to reel when I think of all the cute jewelry you can make from buttons.

Speaking of jewelry…turns out I like making things into jewelry, I guess…I’ve also been crocheting with cotton thread and a really small hook.  I love the daintiness of the work and the way it holds its shape. It takes a while to get used to working on such a small scale, but the end results are quite beautiful.

I imagine knitting will somehow make its way into my repetoire…but not now. I’ll need something new to look forward to when I’m an old lady!

  One thought on “Projects Old, Projects New

  1. Tami
    February 10, 2012 at 7:50 am

    Loved that tshirt yarn tutorial. I looks like so much fun to be a maker of things.

  2. February 10, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    I totally loved those pot-holder looms too! I actually saved mine in a box of childhood stuff (I’m a bit of a sentimentalist) and recently found it when going through old stuff. Think I might have to go make some pot-holders now…

  3. February 10, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Love your buttons

  4. February 10, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    Oh, and hope you don’t mind. I linked to this post. Just to share all the goodness:)

    • darafelz
      February 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm

      Not at all…I’m trying to figure out how to link other blogs to mine as well. Have not yet been successful.

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