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From the crafty thrifter’s bookshelf

September 22, 2010

Goodwill can be your stop for more than just affordable fashion and chic vintage. You can also look at the thrift store as a giant supply warehouse for all your crafty creations. As a maker of redesigned vintage clothing, I have learned to always look beyond what something is, to imagine what it could become. I’ve recently added a new book to my how-to library that can help anyone do the same thing.

Kayte Terry’s newest book, Applique Your Way, will give you plenty of ideas for how to turn the most ordinary thrift store find into something extraordinary. The book is filled with projects to jazz up everything from a plain cardigan to a boring white wall, and a lot of the materials can be found at Goodwill.

Kayte Terry's newest book, Applique Your Way, offers thrifty crafters many ways to enhance, update, and embellish their finds!

Have you ever found a hideously shaped blouse from the 80s but you really loved the print? Why not buy it to cut up and make embellishments for your market bag or a solid-colored trench? Kayte gives you a plethora of possibilities that will allow you to embellish everything from napkins and coasters to skirts and scarves.

I spent a bit of time making flowers from the “Rose Petal Tee” project listed in the book.

My materials for the flowers: an old tee shirt. That’s it! This is the perfect project for all the cheap printed tees you find at Goodwill that are great colors but have an unwanted logo or slogan.

By cutting the tee into strips, you can fold and roll them up to create cute little flowers that can be attached to a shirt or whatever you’d like. The book gave easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams that made the project quick and simple.

I give this crafty how-to two thimbled thumbs up, and you can be sure you’ll start seeing some of Kayte’s ideas applique their way into my clothing line! To bring some fresh looks to your thrifted finds, I suggest checking this one out at the library or adding it to your own collection.

-Amanda Aileen Fisher

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