Shorts and Skirt upcycled to Pencil Case and Zipped Triangle Keychain pouch

Here is this week's clothes upcycle for my 2015 challenge to upcycle a pile of clothes into things to sell for the school carnival.

I had a pair of shorts and a skirt to work with today.

First step was to deconstruct the jean shorts and cut the pieces for the pencil case. I added my own long zip for this, and the fusible webbing to make the applique lettering and pawprint.

Then I made the pencil case using my own tutorial for

I then used the small zip from the jeans shorts, and most of the remaining fabric scraps for the triangle pouch, and added a keyring from my stash. I followed my own tutorial for this one too. 

I'm really pleased with how these turned out.

And as usual I have a few pieces left over - buttons, elastic, pockets, a waistband and seams. I have a growing collection of pieces like this so will have to start finding more projects to use them up soon!

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  1. Hi, Jill - these are so cute! Love the paw print and 'wild' in leopard fabric. And only you would elegantly line a tiny triangle pouch - you always make sure the details are perfect. Another great one!

    1. Thanks Mich - I always appreciate your lovely comments! :)

  2. These are great, love all your ideas :)


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