We should all do what we can to reduce our carbon footprint and reduce our impact on our world. To help out we have started experimenting with upcycling.

This purse is a rescued and upcycled toddler skort we saved and re-purposed it. The strap is also made from a toddler dress that was stripped down into tarn. You may recognize the buttons from our upcycled capelet. For fun, we added a couple glass lamp-work beads from when we were exploring that craft. The purse is super soft, has beautiful colors and totally will show off your personal style (or at least ours)!

This is a belt bag we upcycled. The bag has belt loops on the back from a pair of black jeans we were using for a different project. The binding tape that makes up the stripes came from the scrap exchange so while they are technically new they are recycled. The great big button came from... well actually I'm not sure, but I'm sure we saved it because it was from our stash not from the store. The most interesting part (in my humble opinion) is the purse itself... its a sleeve. Yes  you read that right, its a short sleeve from a polo shirt, two actually they are tucked inside of each other so the outside is.. well outside, on both sides. This means no ugly seams on the inside, beautiful and upcycled at the same time.

Here is another fun and funky upcycled shorts purse. We used a pair of pink girls shorts Kristina's daughter had outgrown (they are washed and clean!).  We looped a bit of recycled ribbon to make a pass thru retro style handle and there you have a unique handbag.

These purses are currently being featured in the Scrap Exchange's artist's market spot. Stop by and see them!

If you have some fun upcycling projects and want to share pictures, we would be delighted to see them! Also we are looking for more great ideas of how to reuse t-shirt sleeves and some collars from some tarned golf shirts. Please send us your ideas and suggestions!!
Thanks, Millie



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