Bright and colourful turtles and tissue holders - more clothes upcycling

I'm continuing upcycling the last of the clothing for my girls school carnival, which is in just 4 weeks time!

After the softie turtles I made last week were all a little grey,
I decided we needed some with a little colour!
I forgot to take pictures of the clothes before I cut them up - but they are made from a selection of shorts and t-shirts.

My girls have been helping me out today too - giving each turtle a name and a character, for example, this is Sparkle,

this is Lily,

and this is Missile.

So here are all the turtles together - a much more colourful bunch now don't you think?

My girls also did some sewing too yesterday!
They made a whole heap of tissue holders from jeans and other trouser legs for the stall.

So nice that they can make things for the stall and be so involved with it. The idea is to get is set up this year as a concept, then try to help the kids at the school do a lot of the upcycling themselves next year!

To see what else I've upcycled from clothes so far for the school carnival go here.


  1. Hi Jill,
    I love your turtles you made and the tissue holders your girls made!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

  2. Wow, they made a ton - you girls rock! So, is it crazy that I now want you to make turtle-shaped tissue holders? I bet they would be a hit.

    1. Thanks Mich!

      I showed my girls your comment and they immediately started to tell me how the turtle tissue holder could be made! So maybe I'll give them a go! You never know!! Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. I just found your blog and I love all the things you make! I have a question for you as I'm still something of a novice. My 3 year old loves to 'write' stories about Charlie the Fire Ant. I haven't found any tutorials on making a stuffed one, so I was wondering if you could help me with this! Amazon has something I like, but it's $33 and I don't have the finds for that. Thanks in advance!

    1. Thanks for your lovely comment Beccy. I haven't ever made a stuffed and, but I'll certainly have a think about it - sounds like a good challenge!

  4. so super cute! i love turtles and how fun are these!

  5. These are just great! How neat!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  6. These turtles are so cute! Sparkle is my favorite! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!!

  7. Cute! Looks so good! Pinned and tweeted. We truly appreciate you taking the time to be a part of our party. Please stop by and party with us again. The party starts Monday at 7 pm and ends on Friday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

  8. Those turtles are so cute, they look even more impressive as a group than individually, you will be needing to buy your girls more shorts and t-shirts soon to stay in production! Well done on the tissue cases too, your girls can sew better than I can, such a lovely idea. Thank you for sharing both on #Trash2Treasure and I hope the school event makes lots of money.

    1. Thanks Fiona! I don't think I'll need to buy more clothes though - I'll probably get another load at the end of the school carnival this year - all those unsold from the second hand clothes stall!!


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