Tote Bag Makeover

Here’s a super cute makeover from Amy Jo, who blogs at The Little Moments.  Amy Jo had one of those bags that gets handed out for free at business conferences.  You know the kind–they are practically indestructible, but unfortunately ugly.

LIttle Moments tote before

Obviously, that tote bag wasn’t going to make it out the front door on Amy Jo’s shoulder any time soon.  That is, until the day her husband discarded a green shirt, and Amy Jo realized that shirt could be upcycled into rows and rows of ruffles….to cover up an ugly tote bag!  Now she has a completely darling tote that she can carry anywhere with pride.

Little Moments tote after

You can learn more about this project at The Little Moments.

Scrappy Christmas Tree Onesie

Chelsea blogs at Making Home Base.  She has an adorable baby girl and lots of fabric scraps leftover from other projects.  So, Chelsea used those scraps to make something festive for baby to wear this Christmas!

Ruffled scraps of green make a delightful little Christmas tree when they are sewn onto a onesie.  I like the way Chelsea mixed and matched the gingham prints, and used slightly less traditional shades of lime for this project.  The overall effect is adorable….especially when it’s modeled by Chelsea’s darling baby girl!

Chelsea provides an easy-to-follow tutorial for this Christmas Tree Onesie at Making Home Base.

DIY Upcycled Tree Skirt

Over at Todd & Lindsey‘s house, the newlyweds are preparing for their first Christmas as a married couple.  The decorating budget is pretty tight, but Lindsey was creative enough to figure out how to turn a stained tree skirt and an old sheet into a brand new tree skirt!

The cool thing about this ruffly tree skirt is that Lindsey made it without having to do any sewing.  Smart girl!  This is the perfect tree skirt–it’s neutral enough to be a nice backdrop to pretty presents, but the ruffly texture keeps it fun and interesting until the presents arrive.

Lindsey provides a tutorial with lots of pictures at Todd & Lindsey so that you’ll be able to make a ruffly tree skirt of your own.

Shirt Chair Slipcover

Jami from Freckled Laundry loves to make a beeline for the white clothing racks at thrift stores. She says, “I always find the prettiest fabrics (cotton, linen, voile) with awesome details (ruffles, lace, ruching) that can be repurposed for so many textile projects.”


I love how Jami turned this dollar blouse into a slipcover for a chair in her hallway. The DIY chair slip requires very minimal sewing, and you even get the pretty ruffle without the work!

shirt to chair slipcover

Check out Jami’s full tutorial at Freckled Laundry.

Ruffled Cardigan

This sewing project from Tonia at The Gunny Sack shows that we shouldn’t be too quick to write off a piece of rarely worn clothing. Take this button-down cardigan that Tonia’s daughter never wore.

ruffled cardigan before and after

Tonia knew the cardigan needed a little something something to bring it back to life… a little something something like RUFFLES! Tonia simply removed the buttons and sewed on a few rows of ruffles from some cream fabric she already had on hand. So next time you are about to toss a piece of clothing to the Goodwill pile consider how you could easily revamp it. A simple ruffle, pleat, or button could make all the difference!

ruffled cardigan before and after

Check it out at The Gunny Sack.