Ah, the winter holidays. Even before your Thanksgiving turkey (or Tofurkey) has fully digested, retail stores have already sprung into full-on holiday mode. Garland arches over every aisle. Sleigh bells play overhead. Coffee shops break out the peppermint/eggnog/gingerbread lattes. In such a sweet environment, who wouldn’t be lulled into spending a fortune on presents and stocking stuffers?
Before you lift your credit card though, think about heading to a different shopping destination: Your closet. Do you have an old coat you no longer wear? If so, here are five ways to recycle it into cute stocking stuffers.
1. Button ring
We got this idea from Lorelei’s Blog: Inside the Studio. Check out their excellent button ring tutorial.
2. Button bobby pin
These hair accessories couldn’t be easier to make. Do make sure though that you use the right tools: Plain old pins won’t cut it, so read Lenny da Vinci’s step by step instructions for one-of-a-kind button bobby pins.
3. Fabric frame
By this point you’ve successfully de-buttoned your old coat; now it’s time to upcycle the fabric body. We like How Stuff Works’ directions for turning that fabric into a picture frame.
4. Wrist cuffs
Now put the rest of your coat’s fabric to work by making a slew of wrist cuffs. Cut Out + Keep offers a 4-step process for transforming scrap fabric into chunky bracelets.
5. Tea clutch
If you’re feeling really inspired, use your coat’s remaining fabric body and inner lining to make this sharp tea clutch. The Object Project recommends materials like tweed and satin (perhaps what your old coat was made out of to begin with), but feel free to substitute two different fabrics. Whip out your scissors, and read their tea clutch how-to.
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