Thrifting for Repurposing Tips


Whitney Sews has some good tips on using thrifted items as craft and sewing supplies.

I haven’t been shopping at a craft or fabric store for years, except to restock on paints for art journaling. When I’m at a garage sale or thrift shop, I’m also scoping out the inventory for things that can be made into something else.  Sheets, especially flannel ones, have been a favorite thing to pick up for lately. I’ve been using them as a backing for afghans and quilts. Like this:

 

I’m still stockpiling t-shirts,too for a big project… an area rug for my daughter’s room. I’ve experimented with smaller rugs trying to decide if I want to knit,braid or sew.

 

 

 

How to Prepare an Old Book for Altering or Art Journaling – Art Journalist | Art Journalist


How to Prepare an Old Book for Altering or Art Journaling – Art Journalist | Art Journalist

This is a great tutorial on readying an old book to use for an art journal. I find that children’s books are the best for art journals.  They’re usually really easy to find at yard sales and book sales. I tend to grab the ones that make me think the original printing of the book was a waste of paper and it really needs a better life. You know what I mean. There is some amazingly awful books in the kiddie lit genre!

My library also has a constant free box in their lobby. It’s a good place to snag art journaling books and supplies.