Category Archives: Recycled Crafts

DIY Patch

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Have a cool piece of embroidery that you’re not sure what to do with? This tutorial will show you how to turn it into a DIY patch.

Craft
Sewing

Difficulty
Beginner

Materials

Tutorial

Choose an appealing piece of embroidery. Recently I bought a hot water bottle that came with this adorable cover. My partner loves squirrels so I decided to turn it into a patch for him.

If needed, use a seam ripper to separate your piece of embroidery from its place of origin.

Draw a border around the embroidery. I used a protractor to create a smooth curve.

Cut along your marked line.

Pin the embroidery to interfacing and cut out a matching shape.

Iron the fusible interfacing to the back of the embroidery.

I used my serger to create a border around my patch. If you don’t have a serger you can use the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.

Now you have a custom patch. Next up is attaching it to your chosen textile object. Patches look great on clothing or bags.

This patch seemed perfect for the back of my partner’s fleece jacket. Pin your patch into place. Sew with a straight stitch and then use a zig zag stitch to attach it more firmly.

After your patch is attached, trim loose threads and then admire your work. Craft on!

Recycled Shrinky Dink Heart Charm – Anatomically Correct

By EcoCraft Contributor Amy from the blog The EcoCrafter

Heart shaped keychain

Recycled shrinky dinks are one of the best and easiest recycled crafts out there. They are made from #6 plastic and permanent markers, both items that can be found in most households.

With this shrinky dink project, you will learn how to make an anatomically correct heart charm. Although it may seem somewhat morbid to some, to me the image of a real heart conveys science and love at the same time. Teach kids about reducing waste and anatomy at the same time.

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Upcycled T-shirt Bunting Banner

By EcoCraft Contributor Amy from the blog The EcoCrafter

Bunting banners are a cute way to decorate for a party. These upcycled bunting banners are easy to make using unwanted t-shirts and tools you probably already have. Add some color to your upcoming party in minutes with this fun DIY.

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Earth Day Recycled Planters – Tin Can Upcycle

By EcoCraft Contributor Amy from the blog The EcoCrafter

Celebrate Earth day with a recycled earth planter. This craft uses a world map to help the crafter paint a realistic world map effortlessly.

Fun for both the old and young and leaves you with a pretty and functional planter for your houseplants. Make it with the whole family so that you have a bunch of little earths to grow in.

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Recycled Teeny Tiny Books

By EcoCraft Contributor Amy from the blog The EcoCrafter

Bookbinding is a fun and functional art form that has so many variations to explore. Making a small simple book is a great way to dip your feet into the world of bookbinding in a super-easy way that even kids can enjoy.

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Pinecone Mobile Wall Hanging

By EcoCraft Contributor Amy from the blog The EcoCrafter

Simple and cute this little wall hanging can be made in about 15 minutes, is fun for kids, and cost almost nothing. If you are a knitter or crocheter this is a great way to use up any leftover yarn from other projects. 

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