Sutter VNA Hospice Thrift Store in Santa Rosa always has a color of tag that is half off. At the end of the month it drops to 75% off and that's when I shop for clothing that I can use for crafting. I look for striped wool sweaters to felt, vintage clothing and any items that are are a bit unique. Over the last year my pile of craft clothing has grown. Finally on Labor Day I had an excuse to use them at an Altered Clothing Craft Party.
The dining table quickly became full of sewing machines, fabric, magazines full of inspiration, boxes and bottles of buttons and of course a few bags of cotton candy. The party consisted of my friend Amy, Holly of Sono-Ma, Holly's son and my two children.
Holly brought over supplies so that the children could make some simple hats from the magazine Living Crafts. Cerys made a sweet gnome hat for her doll and Keiran made one for himself. He wore it to school yesterday so proud. Amy worked on so many projects that I lost count but some of them included cloth napkins, a gorgeous fox stuffie, an altered top and a baby gnome hat. Holly made the most incredible hat out of some delicious felted blue and black wool.
If you remember this post, I had mentioned that I didn't fancy the 3/4 length sleeves. I found an Eileen Fisher sweater vest in my altered clothing collection that was perfect for this project. This wool is incredibly soft and will keep my arms warm on cold mornings. I took advantage of the hem from the sweater vest and used that for the hem of the sleeves. I added some buttons to give it an alternative look.
Holly has written a fabulous article on her site: Out of the Closet - Crafty Tricks for Bringing New Life into Discarded Items. You will find more photos of our party as well as some great ideas of what to do with unwanted items from your closet.
Have you altered any items in your closet? What did you create?