Rush Hour Blog Hop

I am very excited to be taking part in this blog hop – the theme to create anything in the colours red, black and grey around the topic Rush Hour.

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If you have not visited me before one very big Welcome:) I enjoy the challenge of upcycling a former item into something new. Regularly creating bags out of former clothes – this challenge is perfect for me:)

Rush Hour Bag design

I started off with this wonderful tweed skirt, you can imagine my delight when I discovered it in my stash fitting the theme perfectly:)

Tweed woollen skirt

The skirt is a 100% wool, with sewn in pleats. I have set myself the challenge to create as many Rush Hour themed items as I can from the one skirt.

tweed shoulder bag

First off this gorgeous bag, which highlights the original pleats from the skirt. I have lined it with red cotton, and included an internal zip pocket. Hardware for the bag is rescued from an old bag. There is a tutorial here if you fancy making one yourself:)

tablet case

With the left over fabric I unpicked the pleats and washed on the highest setting on the machine to felt the woollen fabric. I created the tablet sleeve with complimentary red fabric (a former curtain).

Tweed upcycled tablet sleeve

If you fancy making your tablet case I have a simple tutorial here.

Next up a smaller ladies shoulder bag, again lined with complimentary red:) It’s such a fab colour combination.

tweed handmade bag

Having sketched this bag out I am chuffed it fits a mini IPAD.

I am delighted with all of them, in fact I am feeling inspired for these to designs to be the basis of a new autumn range.

upcycledWhich is your favourite make? What would you make with an former tweed skirt?

Red, White, and Black will be stopping traffic!

Visit this wide range of bloggers to see how they have interpreted the theme:)

Tuesday, September 23

Just Let Me Quilt

I piece 2-Mary

Marjorie’s Busy Corner

Quilt in a not-Shell

The Slow Quilter

The Blended Blog

Quilting Bias

Wednesday, September 24

Stitchin’ By The Lake

Buzzing and Bumbling

Lixie Makes It

Everyone Deserves a Quilt

Living With Purpose

Madly Mid Mod

Coral Canyon Quilting

Thursday, September 25

Sew Incredibly Crazy

Kwilty Pleasures

Selina Quilts

A Stitch in Time

It Seams To Be Sew

Pig Tales and Quilts

Lakeshore Stiches

Tea Time Creations

Friday, September 26

The Quilting Queen Online

Quilting Quietly

Vicky Myers Creations

Grammie Q’s

From This to That

Quilted Delights

Coeur d’Alene

Sew at Home Mummy

Monday, September 29

Grandmama’s Stories

Kris Loves Fabric

Jane’s Quilting

Life, Quilts, and Cats, too

Thimblemouse and Spouse

Creatin’ in the sticks

Bquiltin Studio

Tuesday, September 30

Lily Patch

MooseStash Quilting

Words & Stitches

Karma Willow Designs

Kwilt Krazy

How arT you?

Sew We Quilt

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69 thoughts on “Rush Hour Blog Hop”

  1. Wonderful way to recycle! Your projects are wonderful. I have used wool clothing for appliqué, but can see some handbags in my future. Thank you for sharing.

  2. I love the way you recycled that skirt. You did loads with it. I think I used to have one exactly like it when I was a kid….but that was a VERY long time ago! The bags look gorgeous and the tablet cover is adorable. Thank you for sharing!

  3. I may have that skirt lol….I actually have a long wrap wool skirt with a red stripe…to think I could make these fabulous projects too….your sense of style is spot on…your bag is gorgeous…and your cover very unique with the wide red band…glad you hopped with us

  4. Hi Vickie! It just goes to show you, pleats look good on everything! I just loved those bags. I am going to give your tutorials a shot. I like the idea of the felting, although I may not have much luck in the wool skirt department in Florida 🙂 Anyway, thanks for a super post!

  5. Love your projects. Living in Texas where it is quite warm most of the year I have never worked with wool. Felting wol has always intrigued me, may have to try it some day. Love your projects. Especially how you kept the pleats from the skirt, very creative. Great job.

  6. All of that from one skirt…wow! I’m so impressed with your bags and how beautiful they look with that fabric. Do you throw the fabric in the dryer after you’ve run it through hot water? I have a few old wool shirts waiting for me to do something with them.

  7. I love the way you upcycled that skirt. The fabric is perfect for your bags and great for fall. You really did a great job with these projects. Very clean lines and pretty.

  8. I love your bags, and the recycled wool is beautiful. I have a lovely red plaid wool skirt in my closet, but it won’t be recycled as I still enjoy wearing it! My mother wore it in college, I believe, so it is very special. (The pleats need to be reset.) But if I ever want to upcycle it, your bag pattern would be one I would love to make!

  9. Now that is just too ingenious! I love them all, but the top bag with the pleats in it is just fabulous! What a great way to reuse and have something truly unique!

  10. I love every bit of this…every bit! I often buy wool skirts or slacks at the thrift shop here to repurpose and you’ve given me some great ideas to use up more of my stash. blessings, marlene

  11. Your projects are awesome! I had a skirt very similar to that and now I’m wondering if it’s hidden in the back of my closet. I sure hope so, as you’ve given me the inspiration to up-cycle it into something really cool. Thanks for sharing your creativity and talents with us today.

  12. I realy like your play on the word upcycled, because you have really done a great job in turning a skirt into great usable items. i love all of them espeicaly the iPad holder and thank your for the tuts that you shared. I might have to look and some of my old skirts and think of upcyleing them too.

  13. I love to see things repurposed, recycled, upcycled, etc… I am in awe of all the things that one skirt made!! The first purse with the pleats is my favorite. I can tell you are from across the Pond from the way you spell favorite (favourite) and chuffed? That’s a new word for me. I take it to mean frustrated, aggravated, etc…Correct?
    Gmama Jane

    • Hi Gmama, Chuffed means pleased/proud – always interesting which words are different between USA & England:) Thanks for visiting, Vicky

  14. Oh, I just love these projects! Last year I picked up a few yards of wool fabric because I just could not leave it behind at the price I found it for…you have inspired me for some new projects! Thank you!

  15. Vicky these Bags are stunning!! My Fav being the first with the Pleats but I really do love them all. Such a Great idea to use a wool skirt. Next time I am at the Thrift shop, I am sure it will be wool I am after!! Thanks for hopping with us, I hope you will join us again soon!!

    Huggs, Nancy

  16. Oh…these are FABULOUS! Those don’t even look homemade much less upcycled! You did a marvelous job! I could so use any one of those!!!! Thank you for posting this! Very inspiring!!!

  17. With the left over fabric I unpicked the pleats and washed on the highest setting on the machine to felt the woolen fabric ~ what a great idea! Do you air-dry then so not to shrink tighter? I like the idea of felt; smoothing. I would use it in a “winter” quilt design. Interesting with cotton fabric added. Thank you for your post! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    • Hi, I did air dry, more because I always try to air dry everything – had not thought about a tumble drying potentially shrinking further:) Vicky

  18. How wonderful that you could get so many fabulous projects all made from one upcycled skirt. They all turned out so well though my favorite is the first bag. That is some striking fabric and then to have it 100% wool – what a find!

  19. I like the large bag, simply because I often have to carry a lot of stuff. I like the smaller bag too. If I had a former tweed skirt, depending on its size, I would try and make this bag. I have never tried felting, so I might also try that as well.

  20. Wow, Vicky, you are a real pro with the recycling/upcycling found fabrics. I would never get as lucky as you and find such a nice wool skirt. It worked out perfectly for your bags! And the red curtain as accents and lining. Double wow!

  21. You are realy talented to make new use of a skirt! I loved them all! I also looked at your tutorials and have bookmarked your site, I love to make bags and maybe I will get back and make some one day. 🙂

  22. I like how you upcycled. I don’t have a lot of clothes of my own to upcycle, but I’ve started to look at thrift stores for bargains that have good material (like wool skirts!).

  23. What great upcycling! I like to find wool and cashmere sweaters at thrift stores and then felt them in the washer. They make great mittens and scarfs (and the cashmere is nice for baby items). Thanks for sharing! Notwendy gmail

  24. wow, what gorgeous bags and such a great way to upcylcle. I love the idea of going for it all at once to get the most out of one skirt rather than what I would probably do which is to make one bag then put the rest back into my fabric stash and forget about it again!
    I think I would have to say that the last bag is my favourite 🙂


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