Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sweater Surgery flowers as rings on gloves Inspired by a project from the eco-friendly book Refashioned Bags

Do you like to have a "hand" in your accessories?

I am sure you know by now I love to:

A. Repurpose everything
B. Customize and personalize everything

So that is what I did!

I took this great project from the book Refashioned Bags and personalized it Sweater Surgery style and instead of just adding a button I kicked it up a notch and in addition to the button I added some die cut flowers made from recycled wool felted sweaters.

Will you be at The Craft Super Show or the trade show that follows, CHA in Anaheim, CA
Jan 21-27th?

Than you can have some fun with me!

I will be teaching the classes:

-Customize your Greeting Card Album from 3-5 on Sat 23rd

This is part of the new retail show and that means anyone can come!

-Make a Recycled Sweater Bird necklace from 12-2 Monday the 25th

Room # 212B

This is the trade show so you have to be a member of the trade to attend.

-Doing a book signing of my book, Sweater Surgery in the Barnes & Noble 10-11 on Tuesday 26th

A Make & Take of these super cute button and sweater flowers with a book signing of Sweater Surgery in my Publisher's booth #2144
from 3-5PM also on Tuesday 26th

I look forward to seeing any and all of you there at any of these great classes and activities!


Hey and if you need more info about the super cool book:

Refashioned Bags: Upcycle Anything into High-Style Handbags

Faith Blakeney and Justina Blakeney

From the Publisher, Potter Craft:

"Reduce, Reuse, Refashion! Handbags are the ultimate accessory. Fortunately, you don't need a cookie-cutter designer bag to make a fashion statement. In today's greener, more fiscally responsible world, it makes a lot more sense–and is a lot more fun—to make your own. Whether your closet is already an amalgam of hand-made clothing and remastered mash-ups or you're diving into DIY for the very first time, bags are one of the easiest accessories to make over and require little more than a needle, thread, and everyday items you can find in the closet, garage, attic, or flea market. That's why the authors of 99 Ways to Cut, Sew, Trim & Tie Your T-Shirt into Something Special show you how to make boutique-ready bags on the cheap. The Blakeney sisters twist and weave, turn inside-out, and reappropriate just about anything and everything to fashion radical accessories with mad style and a message.

Refashioned Bags, you'll learn how to create carryalls, clutches, laptop bags, totes, and more. And all of them will get a unique look, whether from the use of an old wool sweater, an ex-boyfriend's neckties, extra shower curtains, dad's hand-me-down suit jacket, a quilt, an umbrella, or even a bath mat. Some of the inventive and one-of-a-kind bags you'll learn to make include:

• Boho Hobo Bag
• Sweater Computer Cozy
• Dapper Diaper Bag
• Dolce Doily Purse
• Le Zip Sac
• Tux Redux Bag And more!

Helpful diagrams accompany the step-by-step instructions, along with bonus crafting ideas, fun facts, and tips and tricks from top bag designers in the DIY field who work with, at times, unusual materials. By following just a few easy steps that require little more than cutting, folding, gluing, and basic stitching, you'll be able to add refashioned bag designer to your repertoire.


Sherri Osborn said...

I love making bags and this book looks like it will be right up my ally, I am going to have to checkm it out! Hope I see ya at the Craft Supershow. :-)

Drew Emborsky said...

Love the bird sweater necklace!

baby crib said...

I love making stuff out of the recycled things and those clothes that are dumped in the closet for years!

Jean Bowler said...

Love the "hand"bags and the necklace. Sure wish I could be at CHA to take your classes.

Have fun!

crossstitcher said...

What a cool looking bag! Love it!

Linda Augsburg said...

LOVE the glove purses! Hope to catch up with you at either show next week!

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