As one of the leading fabric shops online, the team at Thread and Loop are huge fans of upcycling, especially if you’re able to reupholster a piece of furniture rather than simply throwing it away! Upcycling is this century’s “make do and mend” movement, though much of it is driven by an effort to combat the environmental effects of waste rather than a necessary austerity measure – it’s always nice to have a choice, isn’t it? So for those of you looking to reduce their waste output or wanting to get a bit crafty, here are just a few ideas of ways that you can get started with upcycling!
Use That Fabric
Fabric scraps and old clothes can be used for a whole host of upcycling projects, including quilting, wallets, cushion covers, and much more! If you have any old, spare t-shirts to hand, you can use them to create shopping bags, cushions, and plaited headbands; see our other blogs for more ideas on upcycling fabric scraps in fun new ways!
Think Outside the Box
Do you have a tonne of cardboard boxes lying around from all those online sales you’ve not been able to resist? Well, never fear: old boxes can be decorated and turned into attractive storage simply by covering in fabric, and even adding a handle if you want to go that extra mile.
Tin cans and glass jars can become candle holders, vases, or plant pots, and you can use chalkboard paint on old picture frames for a handy new noticeboard that can be easily hung in your kitchen, bedroom, or wherever else you might want it!
Refresh Your Furniture
You can very easily paint or spray old furniture; pastels are very popular right now, including chalk paint, but make sure whatever you pick works for you and your decor. You can also reupholster tired old chairs, or, if you’re feeling really adventurous, even turn a chest of draws into a bench, a ladder into a shelf stack, or a cupboard door into a key holder!