April 22, 2016

Upcycled Denim Quilt

Jeans are my favorite clothes to upcycle. The fabric is durable and can be used for practical things like hand bags or pillows but also for decoration items like the denim fish I made last year. The material can be treated with all kind of techniques and it’s easy to sew. I started to collect old jeans over 15 years ago. Back then I cut them up and only kept the leg parts without pockets, seams etc. Nowadays, I never throw away all those wonderful pieces. Seams and belt loops are my new best friends among garment parts. :)

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces
   
For this small art quilt I used a lot of those pieces along with some rusty finds. The inspiration came from the mixed media collage “d-pending” I created last summer for a color challenge. I  liked the combination of blue with rusty orange and wanted to make something with this color scheme again.

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces

Don’t the belt loops make a great fringe? As you can see one of them was a little rebellious and wanted to show its back. :)

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces

I wove some inside seams in a piece of rusty mesh. The metal grid was then sewn onto the quilt by machine.

Upcycled Denim Art Quilt 'No More Leftovers' by Vintage with Laces

The striped fabric is from an inside jeans pocket. I dyed it to match the color of the thread that was used for the seams and belt loops.

Have you ever upcycled an old pair of jeans? What did you make out of it?

I will send the quilt over to the following great parties:

Sweet Inspiration Link Party at The Boondocks Blog
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Saturday Sparks at Pieced Pastimes
Talk of The Town at Knick of Time
The Creative Circle at Up to Date Interiors
A New Life at Rostrose

March 14, 2016

The Accidental Bunny

I had no intention to create a bunny. I was working on another project and had cut two teaspoons to use the upper parts. The leftover handles were laying on my worktable side by side and they just looked like a pair of bunny ears. I tried to continue my work on the other creature but those ears just screamed at me. All I could think was B-U-N-N-Y. Well, yes, I get distracted easily. With Easter being just around the corner, I had at least a good excuse to bring that bunny to life right away. :)

His name is GrEgg Hopper.

Found Object Bunny Sculpture - Steampunk-Bunny by Vintage with Laces

I found a pocket watch case in my stash that had the perfect size to become the head. Once he had a head, GrEgg started to have a mind of his own. He wanted a nose piercing. Can you believe it? Personally, I’m not a big fan of poking holes in other body parts than ears but I wasn’t able to talk him out of it. Here you go, bunny.

Found Object Bunny Sculpture - Steampunk-Bunny by Vintage with Laces
 A paint brush was certainly mandatory. GrEgg went to work instantly and painted some eggs to live up to his name. I’m so glad he helps me decorating for Easter. :)

Found Object Bunny Sculpture - Steampunk Bunny by Vintage with Laces

 GrEgg will hop over to these great parties:

Show and Share at Coastal Charm
A New Life at Rostrose
Talk of The Town at My Salvaged Treasures
Vintage Charm at Thrifty Rebel Vintage
Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Dishing It & Digging It at Life and Linda

February 18, 2016

The Twice Repurposed Washboard

It’s almost 5 years ago that I turned a vintage metal washboard into a magnetic inspiration board for my studio. I painted it white and added an ornamental graphic to the upper part and a piece of lace as a border. After a few years my style had changed. I wanted a look that was less girly and I gave the washboard a makeover by removing the lace and painting over the graphic with chalkboard paint. While I really liked the look, in the long run, it took up wall space that I would have rather used to hang artwork. Therefore, it never went onto the wall again after we moved 16 months ago. I wanted to use it somewhere, but as it was, it didn’t make much sense in any other room. At some point, when I tried to find a place to keep the keys, I got the idea to repurpose the washboard again and turn it into a key holder.

Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder

 


   First I cut a piece of scrap wood to add as a little shelf. I painted the board gray except for the chalkboard part. I wanted to use what I had on hand and what I didn’t have were hooks. When I checked my stash for any possible substitutes, I came across a little dish filled with old keys. They were ideal for that purpose. A larger key broke when I tried to bend it but the smaller ones worked well.


Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder


Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder

Vintage Washboard Upcycled into Key Holder

I spray-painted some magnetic stars black. They can hold shopping lists, pick-up tickets of any kind etc. When I looked for the best place to hang the key holder in the hall, I discovered that it has the perfect size to cover the fuse box which bothered us ever since we had moved in. It was just meant to hang in that place.

I will send the key holder to the following parties: 


Party Junk at Funky Junk Interiors
Table It! at The Stonybrook House
 Work It Wednesday at The Blissfull Bee
Talk of the Town at Knick of Time
A New Life at Rostrose