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Published on November 24th, 2010 | by Becky Striepe

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Upcycled Inspiration: Five Ideas for Crafty Reuse

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Plust doll made from repurposed sweaters.
We all have slumps sometimes, where those new ideas just aren’t coming. When ideas seem scarce, the best fix is often a little bit of crafty inspiration. These upcycled craft and art pieces are sure to give you ideas on how you can creatively reuse materials in your life and in your craft!

1. Repurposed Plush

PlazaBella Dolls made the sweet little plushie above from repurposed sweaters! Bonus points if you use eco-friendly stuffing. You can use leftover thread and teensy scraps to amend your stuffing materials, so it won’t take as much new material. You probably wouldn’t want to use all scraps to stuff, though, because the finished piece would come out a bit lumpy.

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • RecyclingZychal

    Loved this article! I make functional things from broken umbrellas such as dog coats, babushkas, beverage cozies, aprons, etc. feel free to check out my etsy site: http://www.recyclingzychal.etsy.com
    or if you are interested in donating a broken umbrella to us, you can check out our “Strip and Ship” video located here: http://www.recyclingzychal.com/donate.html

    thanks and keep up the great work on this blog
    Taryn Zychal
    Product Designer
    Recycling Zychal

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    This article was very enlightening. I am an upcycler too. View my creations at TheUpcyclePlace.com where I have a free store.

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