Rush Hour Blog Hop

September 26, 2014

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 comments so far.

69 responses to “Rush Hour Blog Hop”

  1. Judy B. says:

    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. Sharon says:

    What lovely bags made from upcyling – wonderful skirt that made for many new uses.

  3. Anita says:

    The bag is fabulous! It is fantastic that you managed to make so many items from one tweed skirt, that’s really upcycling!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. 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!

  5. Very Nice!! I love tha plaid and it makes such a great bag. The red trim looks beautiful. I like the ipad holder too. Love the red strip and the big button.

  6. mdm samm says:

    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

  7. Mary Pat Callihan says:

    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!

  8. kukafera says:

    Wow!! I like the smaller bag so much!!!

  9. Betsy says:

    Vicky that is so creative. I love up cycling

  10. Elizabeth says:

    I love all your upcycled projects! I think my favorite is the IPad case, but it’s pretty hard to choose just one!

  11. Marjorie says:

    each piece is unique…love the ideas!!!

  12. Jeanie says:

    I love…love….love your repurposed bags! The fabric is perfect and your projects look really professional. Thanks for sharing today!

  13. Now that is some major upcycling! Love the bag!

  14. Leah says:

    Love what you have done with this skirt. Very clever way to use it all up. Love the bags and your workmanship is lovely.

  15. Wendy says:

    Oh! I love the bag…I would really like to get into upcycling. I see such creative ideas all the time. Yours are for sure. The ipad cover is cute too.

  16. Mary Ann says:

    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.

  17. Dorian says:

    What great creations! You did a fabulous job.

  18. cass says:

    I think I like the smaller shoulder bag the best. But I love all your projects and especially that you make them for old clothing.

  19. Carol says:

    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.

  20. Carla says:

    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.

  21. Julie in WA says:

    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!

  22. Joan says:

    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!

  23. Marlene says:

    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

  24. Wowzers. Neat projects from ONE skirt. Very cool. And yes, if I had the forethought I would recycle with the right project.

  25. Joanne H. says:

    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.

  26. 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.

  27. Gmama Jane says:

    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?
    Blessings
    Gmama Jane

    • Amylouise5 says:

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

  28. Shari says:

    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!

  29. Mary says:

    Great use of that wonderful recycled fabric. I love the red piping and the use of the pleats. You did a nice job on both pieces.

  30. apple blossom says:

    love the skirt hate to see you lose it but you made some wonderful items from it. Love the pleated bag the best.

  31. Nancy says:

    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

  32. Lana says:

    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!!!

  33. Patty says:

    What a great upcycle. I really like the small purse.I like the colors.

  34. Carolyn says:

    I am so impressed with your ideas! Wow! These pieces look fantastic, I really like the first bag with all those lovely pleats.

  35. Judy says:

    That is a wonderful idea to make bags with tweed, they look so cozy, great!

  36. 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

    • Amylouise5 says:

      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

  37. LJ says:

    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!

  38. Your upcycled projects are wonderful. I adore that purse with the pleats already built in. Thank you sew very much for sharing and hopping. Creative Rush Hour Bliss…

  39. Quilting Tangent says:

    Cute bags, I might make a throw.

  40. Lynne Tilley says:

    I love that you used that skirt. Such wonderful fabric! Great projects.

  41. rosa says:

    Fabulous way to recycle.I love them all.Thank you for sharing!

  42. JuliaP says:

    So impressive!! Love your projects and really creative use of up cycling. Thanks for sharing.

  43. BarbCarol says:

    There is no way I could pick a favorite….they are all my favorite. I love working with wool. Thanks much for the tutorials.

  44. I’m hard pressed to choose a favorite, but I would say the smaller bag. I LOVE that red piping. All of your upcycled projects are beautiful!!!

  45. Susan says:

    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.

  46. Linda J says:

    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!

  47. WOW. These projects are truly amazing – I’m thinking I’ll be off to the thrift store to try and find a skirt just like this, I want to make all of these!!! so, so, so beautiful!!!

  48. Kathy h says:

    Wonderful projects, I love them all. My favorite is the smaller bag, it just looks so cute to me.

  49. Wow, I am blown away by your creativity!! I would never have even thought to use a skirt! Love your bags and I appreciate you telling us how to felt the wool.

  50. Vicky,
    You amaze me with what you do with a skirt!! Your bags are just gorgeous. Love the pleated details of the bag. Cute! Cute!

  51. Patty D says:

    what a great set of ideas = nice projects.

  52. Lorena says:

    wow That fabric is gorgeous, and your creations are amazing !!!

  53. 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. 🙂

  54. Mary W says:

    What a great idea. I love all the projects you were able to get out of that one skirt. You did a wonderful job.

  55. Jan says:

    Amazing that you created all those projects from one skirt. They turned out great!

  56. selina says:

    Love all of what you did with that 1 old forgotten skirt. Beautiful new life.

  57. evelyn says:

    Vickie, these are awesome projects. I love that you created them from something else. Great job. I will be visiting your site again.

  58. Jess says:

    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!).

  59. KimS says:

    I LOVE your upcycled projects. The bags are beautiful.

  60. MoeWest says:

    The material you started with is a very pretty plaid. The bags you made with it look wonderful!

  61. Josie says:

    One of the best examples of upcycling I’ve ever seen!

  62. Sandy K says:

    I love this idea of recycling the skirt. The projects are the best….great job, and of course I love the colors!

  63. Theresa says:

    You got a lot of projects from one skirt. They all are so wonderful.

  64. Hi!!!! You got a lot of projects out of the skirt!!!! They are all so pretty!!!! Thanks for the tutes!!!!!

  65. Kelly Wilson says:

    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

  66. 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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