leethalLee Meredith, Portland, OR, US
craft interests: crochet, embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, jewelry making, knitting, memory making, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing
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Member Since: 08/01/2008
Make this personalized wool blanket from pieces of felted sweaters, covered with embroidery, and appliqué.
Show your feline adoration with a kitty hat, made from recycled sweater fabric, buttons, and other embellishing bits and pieces.
Make a heatable catnip-filled blanket and pillow from a recycled pillowcase, or whatever fabric you have left over, for your kitty to go crazy with!
You won't need a pattern or any major sewing experience to cut two recycled T-shirts into panels and sew them into a super-simple and comfortable skirt!
Create a wearable swatch of lace to use up some leftover yarn, or try out knitting lace on a small scale.
Knit a simple but unique chevron cuff for your wrist, using buttons as the closure and to add interest and personalize your creation!
Make a personalized new clock from an old recycled one, or even use the clock parts to make one on a separate object for a crazy, cool gift!
Print your guy's favorite icon, toy, or gear onto his gift with this crazy three-shade freezer-paper stencil technique!
Create a meaningful gift that is quick to make and won't break your bank account.
Reconstruct that sweater that you're bored with to turn it into a cute new vest with custom embellishments of your choice!
Stitch up a custom disc booklet for a wedding or other celebration to hold thousands of photos, instead of the mere hundreds that a traditional photo album can store!
Turn an old sheet with a pretty pattern into wedding napkins with some ripping and simple lino-printing.
Make use of paper grocery bags and cardboard boxes to create personal cards this season for Mother's Day, graduations, and weddings, and even make recycled envelopes to go with them.
Use a recycled T-shirt and some basic sewing to make a comfortable and cute headband that ties in the back and holds your hair in place.
Take a couple scraps of leftover fabric and use your basic sewing skills to make a custom cuff, adding whatever embellishments you like to personalize it.
Use natural fibers, recycled from unwanted sweaters, and spin them together on a wheel or drop spindle with some thread, buttons, and beads to make your own unique art yarn!
Break out your childhood crafting mindset and bend some pipe cleaners into super-fun button display sculptures!
Take a plain fringed scarf and turn it into a stylish new buttoning neck accessory without any cutting or sewing (except for the buttons, of course!).
Embroidery hoops make perfect frames for vintage fabric embellished with buttons. Depending on your choice of fabric, you can get all kinds of looks with the same concept.
Use a ton of assorted buttons, lots of hot glue, and many hours of time to create a buttony masterpiece!
Use a towel to make a cute and colorful mini-rug to keep litter trails off the floor and make for easier kitty cleanup!
Build a multiroom kitty castle and a big scratching post for your cat with all recycled materials!
If you got a new point-and-shoot camera for a holiday gift and are now in need of a crafty case idea, here are a few versions of the supereasy no-sew sock camera sleeve concept.
Here's a quick, no-sew project for the new year—make curtains from recycled vintage sheets! The best part is you can easily change the sheet with the seasons or whenever you feel like it!
Holiday gift countdown: 4 days. Put together some fun lights for your own last-minute holiday decorations or as gifts for your holiday host's home decor.
Holiday gift countdown: 5 days. If you have a stash of jewelry-making supplies, or time for a quick run to the craft store, you can easily make up some pairs of these cute earrings!
Holiday gift countdown: 10 days. Use the sleeve of a recycled wool sweater to dye some experimental yarn with Kool-Aid or food coloring. A perfect gift for your knitting loved one!
Holiday gift countdown: 1-1/2 weeks. Download a free pattern for simple Mary Jane-style knit booties, then make personalized buttons from bottle caps for your beer- or soda-loving recipient!
Holiday gift countdown: three weeks. Take a boring shirt and spice it up with printing, topstitching, and some new buttons for a great custom gift!
Holiday gift countdown: six weeks. If you have a game-loving friend or family member in need of some crafty furnishing, this collaged coffee table will be the perfect gift!
Holiday gift countdown: seven weeks. You may need the extra time to find just the right books to remake into a super-green sketchbook made with recycled book pages.
Holiday gift countdown: eight weeks. Even if you're new to knitting, you should be able to knit up one of these hats for a cozy holiday gift.
Holiday gift countdown: nine weeks. Turn an old, forgotten board game into a new, exciting, customized, playable gift for the game-lover in your life!
Use recycled T-shirt fabric to make an embellished cover for a photo album gift, and use this extra time to fill it with special photos, captions, and more!
Holiday gift countdown: 12 weeks. That should give you plenty of time to unravel an old sweater and use the new yarn to knit a holiday gift sweater!