Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sustainable Present Wrapping

Here are 3 tips for easy present wrapping for the holiday season!


Fabric: bandana or scarf

If you check out the thrift store you can get bandanas and scarves on the cheap! The two I use in the episodes were thrifted finds. Oh and hey, is the gift getter sew crafty? Then get the fabric out of your stash to wrap the present.

Bags: fabric or paper

This one is easy, fabric bags are great. If you have time on your hands and need a destash, you can whip them up yourself. However if you are pressed for time and monies, grab some paper bags from the store. Use them until you need to recycle them.

Boxes and tubes: from cereal or frozen foods, tubes from toilet paper

Nothing says you're on the naughty list like getting a TP tube. But really, if you are looking for a sustainable, easily recycled wrapping they win. Doll it up with some fabric, newspaper or a craft paper that has a high recycled content.

Cereal and other food boxes are great because they come free with every purchase.

Let me know if you use any of these ideas on the Break + Remake Facebook group. If you liked this video please share with your friends. Do you have an upcycled or recycled craft idea you want me to try? Let me know in the comments, or on the Break + Remake Facebook page or @BreaknRemake on Instagram.

Use what's around!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Fitting Thrifted Shirts for Men

If you are an avid thrifter, don't be sad when you find a shirt fits but is not tailored! Take it in using this simple tutorial.

Thrifted shirt
Safety pins
Thread to match project
Sewing machine
A buddy!

You need to use the buddy system for this project unless you magically have a dress form of yourself. So make a day of it and partner up! Take the time and line up your side seams if you are taking darts out of the side. This may take a few tries, but once you get the hang of this it's easy.

Big THANK YOU to Cesar for being such a good sport and letting me use him as a dress form. I'm super mean too, and I made him sew his shirt too!