This Week on CraftStylish

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Heres a terrific way to use up all of those buttons in your stash: cover them with crochet and whip up some coasters. This quick-to-make project by Linda Permann lets you add some simple dash to your tabletop.
For your pulp pleasure, Jeffery Rudell demonstrates this superb alternative to a store-bought receptical: a handcrafted waste-bin made out of old magazines. This Monday on CraftStylish.
Cal Patch strikes again! This Tuesday,  the CraftStylish muse of T-shirt restyle will show us how to make this totally cute ruffly cardigan out of a humble tee.
On Friday, Mary Ray takes restyle to the max with this adorable cardigan project. Restyle one of your old favorite knits by using another sweater from your closet for contrast and embellishment. Ah, the possibilities are endless... 
Heres a terrific way to use up all of those buttons in your stash: cover them with crochet and whip up some coasters. This quick-to-make project by Linda Permann lets you add some simple dash to your tabletop.

Here's a terrific way to use up all of those buttons in your stash: cover them with crochet and whip up some coasters. This quick-to-make project by Linda Permann lets you add some simple dash to your tabletop.

Photo: Linda Permann

Crafters possess the powers of superheroes: the amazing ability to tranform just about anything into something spectacular. How many times have you wondered "How did they do that?" or "What a cool idea?" This week's CraftStylish project lineup is sure to make you marvel and look around your home with new eyes. Wait until you see what that stack of old magazines can do, or the secret potential to be found in a jar of buttons, pile of T-shirts, or worn-out sheets. Yes, all of these things still have powerful uses and as crafters we can free them from their pasts and make them new again.

Here's are just some of the great feats of craft coming your way this week on CraftStylish:

  • Jennifer Worick gives us a project this week to renew and rejuvenate your crafty self: a yummy homemade sugar scrub. Give your skin a good sloughing and then sit back and relax with your current craft project.
  • Improve your outlook or give yourself a better place to look out from with this cool curtain redo technique by Shannon Dennis. Using cording and your sewing machine, you can literally give your window treatments a lift and a whole new look.
  • Erika Kern unleashes the fabric wonder and new use of an old sheet by making a very "green" shopper tote. This project will have you looking at your linen closet for its hidden fabric stash potential.
  • Recycle yarn from an unused sweater and create something that will keep a soldier warm while serving in cold climes. If you haven't heard about Project Helmetliner, on Thursday Tina Hilton will tell us all about this great idea to support our troops—warmly.
  • This Thursday, Kayte Terry creates another "page" in magazine reuse with her fancy take on paper jewelry. Make yourself some cool new bling from old issues of your favorite mags: the perfect adoration-decoration for yourself.
  • Pick up two pretty sheets and a thin blanket at your local thrift store, and turn them into a dead-simple quilt to keep you warm all winter. Diane Gilleland guarantees, if you think you could never attempt a quilt, you can make this one.
  • Anthropologie fan alertt: Jennifer Stern is having her monthly "Anthropologie moment" and we are the happy beneficiaries. This Saturday Jen offers part two of her amazing knit-fabric origami project. Treat yourself and whip up some of these cool embellishments to revive your wardrobe and keep up with fashion trends (and you already have what you'll need).
  • Perk up that great vintage find with some 2009 jewelry restyle. This Sunday Susan Beal shows us how to make a pretty (and easy) coil brooch to add some dash to the past.
  • Lee Meredith is back and craftier than ever. This Sunday check out what happened when she checked out her linen closet: old bedsheets became curtains! These bold printed beauties are so simple to make you can give any room a January make-over in less than a hour.

Stay tuned for more CHA updates as we pack up and head to Anaheim for the great 2009 craft show and exhibition. Be sure to post your restyle, reuse, and recycle projects to the gallery so we can show off our CraftStylish talent to the masses!

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Comments (2)

LindaPermann writes: thanks! I always feel guilty about those less-than-desirable buttons. But I have so, so many of them! I figure I can add to the coaster slowly and eventually make a table mat....
Posted: 2:57 pm on January 19th
SEWButterfly writes: This is a great idea! I have LOADS of buttons in a tackle box.
Posted: 12:15 pm on January 18th
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