xmlns:fb='http://ogp.me/ns/fb#' OriginalStitch: 3 Top Second-hand Scavenges

Friday, March 25, 2011

3 Top Second-hand Scavenges

Now I know we here at OriginalStitch make lovely things out of pre-loved fabrics, so let's say that's a given.  Rummage for those scraps! Grab those remnants! Dig out yer sewing machine! Download our lovely PDF patterns! Make something using them!  Excuse that blatant plug! What a lot of exclamation marks!

Erm, yes, well, anyhoo - in this lovely sunshine we're all getting I bet you've been out and about, browsing and scavenging in second-hand shops, so how about a quick reminder of 3 Fab Finds you can make into lovely pressies for your nearest and dearest, with links to some tutes and how-to's to get the job done.  In my experience, these are the most plentiful things in charity shops - you just can't walk out without them, so they're a sure-fire way to rustle up a pressie without too much of a search. Just click on the Top Tip title to go to the tutorial.  Smashing.
Then just pop your makes into the post, addressed to Herself, OriginalStitch, Up In The Chilterns, Engyland. Thank you. I promise I will pass them on to your friends on your behalf.
[evil smile]
I promise. No really. I will.
[Eyes glint evilly].

Anyway, shall we?

Top Tip 1: Teapot Salad Pots:
This is one of my favourites - and right now is the time to do it! A pretty teapot, some inexpensive salad crop seeds (either salad leaves or a happy indoor herb like basil or coriander), soil and hey presto, a lovely present.  Give either before they've germinated, with a lolly-stick nicely labelled, so they can watch 'em sprout; or fully grown.
And the best bit? Water 'em through the spouts!


Top Tip 2: Fab Photo Frames
There are besquillions of these in every charity shop - all shapes and sizes, and if you're lucky you'll find some pretty cool ones.  And some fabulously cheesy 80s ones that make you go eeuuuw. Look at those, but politely whisper to them that not on their nellies will you be liberating them. Step away from the eeeuuuw. 
I never, ever buy frames new. You just don't need to. Get arty!

Vintage cottons, vintage postcards, pre-loved frames. Bargain!


Top Tip 3: Scarves for a Fortune-Teller Bag
Again, you will love the array of um, shall we say eclectic, tastes that are catered for at the scarves rail. But squint a bit, absorb the colours and grab willy-nilly and you'll end up with something absolutely unique - this is a truly fab gift for a lovely laydeeee.  For the ridiculously easy Fortune-Teller Bag, I guest-blogged at the magnificent Mrs Thrifty's (if you don't follow her, go, do, you must, simply must) so hop over there and check out the tutorial for that.

So easy to make, it's bonkers. And right fancy, too.
 There. Honestly - write a list of all your friends, hotfoot it to the charity shops and get a load of these things in.  And there you have it - this year's presents for all!

(Apart from the OriginalStitch products you'll be making or buying of course, my good lady, Sir, Madam, gentlefolk...do step this way....!)

31 comments:

Emma said...

I love the teapot idea! Will be keeping an eye out for some pretty pots next time I'm bargain shopping.

potterjotter said...

Yeah - I was just gonna say what Emma just said. What a great idea - am going to do the Charity Shops next week to get some cheapo Tea Pots!

Bev R said...

I'm guessing there might be a shortage of teapots on the horizon!! I'm also a fan of lovely little flowers in a dainty teacup. Similar sort of thing - and looks even better with a matching saucer!!

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