Freedom to Reuse

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Blog | No Comments

DIY Studio will be closed for the 4th of July to spend time with our families, however our love of reuse and independence simply won’t quit. So try out a few of these creative reuse projects that will get you ready for Independence Day…

1. What to Wear Sure you can go out to the big box store to purchase a shirt to wear only once (if marked with the year) or you can use scraps and bits of fabric to make your own unique shirts. Check out these tutorials:

Rick Rack american flag shirt
From Sew4Generations shows how to make these no sew rick rack flag shirts.

Reuse 4th of July shirts

These non sew shirts are made by Make It & Love It. Check them out at http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2010/06/4th-of-july-shirts.html

Scrapy 4th of July shirts

These patchwork shirts are super fun and colorful. The creator TaterTots & Jello says they only take 10 minutes to make.  http://tatertotsandjello.com/2011/06/10-minute-4th-of-july-shirts-tutorial.html

2. DIY Decor Show off your red, white and blue with these simple reuse projects:

Reuse Stars Garland

Garland is a simple way to show off your spirit. At Madigan Made, http://www.madiganmade.com/2011/06/simple-fourth-of-july-garland-and-new.html you can see how easy it is to use a few paper scraps cut into stars and then sewn together to create a garland. At the studio we made ours from red, white and blue National Geographic pages. The best part about garland is that it can be wrapped around some cardboard to be saved and reused for years to come.

bandanna table cloth
This fabulous bandanna tablecloth was created by Me and My Insanity http://meandmyinsanity.com/2010/06/patriotic-bandana-tablecloth.html. I could see this also used as a coverlet for a bed or if sewn in rows, used as a garland or bunting.

Bottle cap wreath
Our Family Attic (http://ourfamilyattic.blogspot.com/2010/06/red-white-blue-4th-of-july-bottle-cap.html) came up with this patriotic wreath made from bottle caps. Why not right? When cold beverages are all the rage in the summer, put those bottle caps to work as a fun filled wreath.

We wish you a fun-filled Independence Day full of laughter and joy! And if you have some 4th of July reuse projects you’ve made, be sure to share them with us on our (facebook page) We love to see what you’ve been up to!

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