Have you ever wondered what to do with those old bedsheets and fabrics at the back of grandma’s cupboard? Thanks to creative peeps with ingenious ideas, these quality sheets and fabric are ideal for repurposing and upcycling into some absolutely fresh and funky fashion and homewares pieces.
The patterns and design of the fabric often provides the inspiration for each piece. I’ve found and collated an amazing number of Australian creatives who make unique one of a kind fashion pieces and homewares using vintage sheets, linen and fabric. All of these creatives’ wares are available for sale through Etsy Australia.
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Michele from Second Love Design is based in Brisbane QLD and upcycles vintage fabrics, bedsheets and pillowcases into boho style reusable tote bags. Michele is constantly updating her products to keep up with the demand of the loveliness and practicality of her bags. Click here for more information on Michele’s bags from Second Love Design.
Sharyn from Two Bettys Handmade is based in Adelaide SA and loves making one off or limited creations using vintage linens and fabrics. Sharyn uses her love of sewing to focus on the sustainability of reusing and repurposing gorgeous vintage fabrics into unique creations for your home or little one.
Two Bettys Handmade specialises in creating young girls pinafores using a range of vintage patterns and colours. Click here for more products and pricing from Two Bettys Handmade.
Toni from Tassie Dazzle is based in Launceston TAS and has been designing and creating unique, colourful and fun jewellery that makes you smile. Tassie Dazzle uses sustainably sourced Tasmanian timbers and other mediums including free-trade felt, upcycled vintage crochet, lace, embroidery and fabric.
Tassie Dazzle has a huge range of funky wooden and vintage fabric earrings, necklaces and stunning colourful hoop art to decorate your home in vintage style. Click here for pricing and a range of upcycled and fair trade products from Tassie Dazzle.
Felicity is the creative behind Made by Flick, based in Ulverstone TAS. After reading articles about how the fashion industry is the most polluting industry, Felicity wondered what she could do to lessen her impact. Felicity turned to re-purposing vintage table cloths, tea towels and sheets to create sustainable fashion and modern accessories.
Based in Melbourne VIC, Domum Vindemia is a home and lifestyle label born of owner Deobrah’s love for upcycling vintage pretties. Domum Vindemia means “vintage home” in Latin. Deborah adores vintage anything, especially crockery, furniture fabrics (including doilies) and notions. Which is why Deborah prefers to rescue them from landfill to create something new.
Domum Vindemia creates a range of products with doiles – decorative bunting garlands, Christmas stockings decorated with doilies and aprons with vintage doily pockets. Click here to view these creative handmade products and pricing from Domum Vindemia.
Finding ways to creatively repurpose with vintage sheets, fabrics and linen is an excellent way of using items that are already in circulation and has the bonus of usually being one of a kind items. I love how there are many folk out there who have the knack for thinking outside the square!
These creatively upcycled and repurposed items add your personal decorating style to your home. The ideas are also ideal birthday or Christmas gifts. I hope this is an inspiration for you to support Australian handmade small business by browsing their shops on Etsy Australia.
Click here to read more about creative ways to upcycle and repurpose with vintage, old-fashioned woollen blankets and tea towels.
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