September Thrift Challenge Reveal: Denim & Stripes

Earlier in the month I got rid of a ton of clothes during a mass closet clean out. My goal is to rebuild my closet with staple pieces that fit my very relaxed style. I've worn the same white v-neck boyfriend tee for the past 5 days so I'm really in need of some new options. Thankfully Dina challenged me with this super relaxed, perfect-for-Fall, denim and stripe ensemble.

The Thrifty Details:

Striped Shirt, Style & Co | $2.78 | Goodwill Northfield
Jeans, Express | $3.99 | Unique Thrift Store
Purse, Braciano| $3.75 | Unique Thrift Store
Sandals, Merona | $1.20 | Goodwill Northfield
TOTAL: $11.72

Striped tops are fairly easy to come by at the thrift store but I wasn't sure if I'd be able to find one that was loose fitting yet still somewhat flattering. I really love this Style & Co top that I found at Goodwill Northfield. It's made of a sweatshirt material (right up my alley!) and it has some nice detail along the waist, neck and sleeves. Plus it's loose in the waist area which is a requirement for my clothes nowadays.

The jeans were not rippsed and torn when I purchased them so I did a little DIY action on these to rough 'em up. Full tutorial coming later in the week!

I can't hold a stylish bag on one arm and an 80 pound baby carrier on the other arm, so rather than finding a bag similar to the one in the original picture, I went more practical with a cross-body bag. 

And per usual a child or two wanted to get in on the photo action.

Baby B was NOT happy about the photoshoot... he put an end to it: 

But let's not end on spit up. Here's the outfit one more time side by side with the inspiration outfit. Shirt, jeans, purse and shoes for just $11.72!

Now let's head over to Dina's Days to see how Dina recreated this preppy chic outfit that I challenged her with. And while you're there, be sure to wish her a happy birthday! She just celebrated her 30th!!! 

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No-Sew Pillow Cover | Goodwill Project #23

I wanted to decorate for Fall without really decorating for Fall. Ya know, no pumpkins, no acorns, no leaves. Something Fall inspired, but not quite so in-your-face Fall.

I came across this no-sew envelope pillow cover tutorial by LiveLoveDIY and it had me at no-sew!

The colors in our family room are neutral with pops of bright colors like yellow and turquoise so I went to Goodwill of Twinsburg on the hunt to find colorful fabric that had a Fall feel.

Well hello vintage Chicos aztec skirt and matching Mossimo sweater.!!

I actually thought about keeping both pieces for my wardrobe, but 1) I never wear skirts 2) even though I tried to convince myself of places I could wear a skirt, it didn’t fit, and 3) the sweater was too tight across my mid-section which recently housed an 8 pound baby. 

So here’s how ya do it:

1: Trim off the waistband of the skirt then cut along the seam in the back to create one big piece of fabric.

2. Drape the fabric over the pillow and measure how much you’ll need. I probably would have cut an 18” x 18” piece but vertically I only had 15.5” of fabric so I did 15.5” x 15.5” and hoped that the stretchiness of the fabric would allow me to shove the pillow in. #wingit

3. The coral back side would be the “envelope” side of the pillow cover so I needed two pieces. Since these pieces will overlap in the back they need to be a rectangle rather than a square so I cut them at 15.5” wide x 12” tall. I kept the waistband on both pieces so that the envelope closure would have a finished look. #smart #thinking

4. The “no-sew” part of this project is the use of fusible webbing, also known as Stitch Witchery. My dad worked in the apparel industry for years so he gave me a bulk size roll of this stuff a few years ago. This is the first time it’s seen the light of day. Here’s your chance Fusible Webbing, impress us.

5. Think of the fusible webbing as glue, but in fabric form. Place your fabric so the fronts are facing each other. Place the fusible webbing along the edge between the pieces of fabric. Lay a damp rag on top of all three layers (Fabric, webbing, fabric), then set your iron on top of the rag and let it sit for 10-20 seconds. I had my iron set to steam on a level of 4. The steam and heat basically melt the webbing and fuse the two pieces of fabric together.

6. Here’s a potentially confusing diagram on how to layer the fabric and webbing. The gray square represents my Aztec fabric, the white lines represent the webbing, and the pink and yellow rectangles represent my coral fabric.

7. You can see in diagram image 4 (above) that the back two pieces overlap, but are NOT fused together with webbing in the middle. This is where you will be able to flip your fabric out so that all the seams are hidden inside and the right side of your fabric is facing out. Here’s what the back looks like:

8. Squeeze your pillow into the cover and squish, shake and pull it so everything settles into the cover nicely. Then, one nice swift karate chop on top and you’ve got a fluffed, no-sew, envelope-style pillow cover! 

**This post was sponsored by Goodwill Industries of Akron. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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DIY Fabric Hoops | Goodwill Project #22

I've shared these DIY Fabric Hoops before but never with a tutorial. It may look like there's a meeellion steps, but these are quick and super easy! 

Supplies Needed:
1 – Embroidery Hoops
2 – Fabric from Goodwill (Could be anything… shirt, skirt, bed sheet, etc.)
4 – Scissors
5 – Hot Glue

Step 1: Purchase hoops and some fabric from your local Goodwill. If you can't find hoops at Goodwill, they can be purchased for a few bucks at the local craft store.

Step 2: Determine the area of fabric you’d like to use in your hoop.

Step 3: Cut out the fabric for the hoop leaving an inch or two extra around the edges.

Step 4: Cut out long strips of a different fabric about 3/4” wide.

Step 5: Separate the inner hoop from the outer hoop. Wrap the strips of fabric around the outer hoop securing with hot glue along the way.

Step 6: Center your piece of fabric on top of the inner hoop.

Step 7: Loosen the screw on the outer hoop.

Step 8: Place the outer hoop on top of the fabric and press down.

Step 9: Tighten screw then trim off the excess fabric.

Step 10: Repeat steps 1-9 using different patterned fabrics (and pom poms!!), then create yourself a colorful gallery wall of hoops. 

September Thrift Challenge: Denim & Stripes

This past week I did a mass closet clean out! After being in maternity clothes for 9 months, I came back to a closet full of  meh. Before I had a chance to talk myself out of it, I started yanking clothes off the hangers and shoving them in bags! 3 bag fulls later I am feeling the need to replenish! Luckily Dina challenged me to recreate this simple, comfortable outfit that's been a favorite on my "Get in my closet, please" pinterest board.

Head over to Dinas Days to see what outfit I challenged her with for September.

And just a head's up, October is going to be a READER CHALLENGE!!! And likely it will involve Halloween. And costumes. Get ready!!

August Thrift Challenge Reveal: Dresser Makeover

This month Dina and I asked you to choose our August Thrift Challenge projects. Since I had Baby B at the end of July and wouldn't have too much time to be out thrifting, we chose project choices for me that used items I had already thrifted but hadn't done anything with yet. 

1 - Upcycle an old dresser
2 - Sassify an old lampshade
3 - Turn a vintage bicycle into garden art

The votes were close between choices 1 and 3, but in the end, upcycling an old dresser was the final winner.

I was given this dresser for free by a neighbor who was getting rid of some furniture. It's a big piece so I was hesitant to take it because I am known for bringing stuff home and never doing anything with it. And sadly, that's exactly what happened with this. It's been sitting in our garage for a year!! 

I'm not exactly sure where this piece will end up (family room? bedroom? basement? for sale at the  flea?) so I kept it simple by painting it white. I used Annie Sloan's Pure White chalk paint and wax. I've used DIY chalk paint on other, smaller projects, but for big pieces (like this hutch I painted last year) I go with the good stuff!

I've heard that with Annie Sloan you sometimes only need one coat of paint. With the Pure White I've always done two. Here's what it looks like with just one coat:

And if you can tell the difference with the drawers missing, here's what it looks like with two coats. 

What I LOVE about Annie Sloan chalk paint is how well it sands and distresses. By using just a fine grit sanding sponge you can easily (and quickly!) get the paint smooth and silky. When I've used the DIY chalk paint recipes I've noticed that the sanding step is nowhere near as easy.


The sanding creates a TON of dust, so the best way to get the entire piece clean before applying the wax is to dust it off using a clean, dry paint brush. It works especially well in all the nooks and crannies.  

Once its free of dust, I apply a thin coat of the Annie Sloan Clear Wax using an old t-shirt. Look at how smooth and glossy it is! 

For the hardware I simply spray painted it using a satin black spray paint.

I love how it turned out!! It feels great to be back at it after taking a little step aways this last month. Thanks for choosing this project, readers!

Dina's readers chose this  sweet yet edgy outfit for her to recreate. (I voted for that one too!). Let's go see Dina's thrifty version


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