Old Clothes into Quilted Art

Old Clothes into Quilted Art

Turn old and vintage clothing into a work of art

I don’t know about you, but there are some favorite clothes I hate to part with even when they’ve gone out of style or showing wear in places. The perfect way to preserve them is by using them to make a quilt.

This is a great way to save special t-shirts. I have some that my favorite uncle sent me from his different travels around the world. I also have some that marked special milestones in my own life. These make a lovely soft quilt to display on the back of a chair or even hang on a wall.

I even have a few quilts and quilted pillows that have pieces of family history in their design. Pieces of my great-great grandmother’s dresses, a piece of my great grandfather’s shirt, scraps from my grandmother’s wedding dress all combine together for a fun remembrance that everyone can enjoy.

This is also a lovely gift to share with other family members. And if you don’t have enough for multiple quilts, you can frame it as a focal point on a wall with family photos. Or even put it in a frame with a collage of family photos.

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Last Second Scarf Saves

Last Second Scarf Saves

The Problem

You need to dress up an outfit fast, and you don’t have a lot of time to do so.
You’re still dressed for work or are just relaxing in something simple and comfy. When GASP, you remember you need to be somewhere in just minutes and don’t have time to change. What’s a girl to do? 

The Fix

Your evening or appointment is saved with a quick fix – a scarf. And no, I’m not talking about an infinity scarf. You want a scarf that is free-flowing and able to drape. A pin is the only other thing you’ll need. A decorative broach or a large safety pin will do.

First fix, if you are wearing jeans, weave the scarf into the belt loops and make sure that the two ends meet just in front of one of your hips. Tie the ends together loosely and allow the ends to drape down your leg.

For the second fix, you are wearing a simple dress. Drape the scarf behind one shoulder while wrapping the scarf all the way around you. You can pin it in place with a decorative pin for a little added sparkle or use a safety pin underneath so that very little of the pin is visible. This tip also works if you want a more modest neckline.

Also, using an oversized scarf as a shawl is always a classic look and can work with almost any outfit.

Need to do something quick with your hair? A scarf can be your quick emergency go-to. Tie it around a ponytail. Wrap it around a bun. Tie it around your hair like a headband.

And there you go – quick, stylish wardrobe pick-me-ups that take just moments to add.

Always keep a neutral-colored scarf in a resealable bag in your purse, and you’ll be ready no matter what last-minute surprises get thrown your way. And you should always have a safety pin or two on hand for emergencies (like a ripped seam).

 

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Simple Hair Bling Elegance

Simple Hair Bling Elegance

The Problem

You need a quick touch of bling or elegance to an everyday hairstyle.

You know what it’s like; you’ve fixed your hair for the day, and it looks fine. But it’s evening, and you need to update your look to something more appropriate for your plans.

Whether you have an updo, a messy bun, a ponytail, or loose-styled hair, any of these tips can be used to achieve quick results that will be unique to you.

The Fix

Look around your home, specifically your personal space. What can you see? Brooches, Flowers, Decorative Accessories, Christmas Ornaments, and more can all be temporarily turned into fun and unique looks.

You only need a hair barrette or two and a hairpin (or bobby pin). I know it sounds too simple. But I’ve been using these tricks for years and get compliments on these nonhair accessories. 

One of my favorites is Christmas ornaments that have an alligator clip. The butterfly is an ornament that I can clip into my hair whenever and no other items are needed. If you have a couple of smaller butterflies, you can clip them on either side of your head, pulling your hair back like a barrette.

I also use Christmas ornaments that have their hanging string attached to them. These can be placed in the hair with a barrette or hairpins (for an updo).

Artificial flowers that you have in vases are a quick addition to updos. Slip the wire stem into your hair for a colorful splash. And if you are wearing floral perfume, a quick squirt to the flower is a nice touch.

If you don’t have any artificial flowers, you can also make tissue paper flowers; I’m partial to roses because they are easy to make. Save any tissue wrappings that have been used for gift-giving for an on-hand supply for making paper roses. The roses are held in the hair with the yarn used to bind the roses together. Perfect for almost any hairstyle.

Leis can be wrapped around a bun or ponytail for a simple-to-apply but elegant look. 

My final tip can provide the most bling – brooches can add extra sparkle to your hair. Slip the pin portion over the top portion of the barrette and apply it to your like any other barrette and bring attention to your hair.

Just look around your home and reimagine what you have as something else. You’ll be surprised what treasures you have at hand. And soon, you’ll have the hair everyone is talking about and admiring.

 

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