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Repurpose an Old Furry Coat Vol. 1 Furry Leg Warmers

Furry Leg Warmers

Whew Halloween is over…. Wait that means its only 55 days till Christmas!

Before we start really thinking about that…

My daughter has this furry black hat with red devil horns on it.  This year she decided she wanted to be a devil girl for Halloween.  We love making our own costumes… they are much nicer than most store bought.  I remember a few of my old costumes from when I was a kid… There was the witch… it was by far my favorite!  The only thing I had store bought for that was the hat and the broom.  We had found a long black skirt turtle neck and this awesome black cape! it was satin with  silver stars on the trim all the way around the cape.  My mom had these really cool vintage owl necklaces which added that last touch I needed to make it perfect!  When I got older I had put together a punk rock costume out of 80’s clothes I found at a thrift shop.  Now I love making costumes. My fave is a couple years ago my husband and I were alice and the hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.

Alice in the Um Dress and the Mad Hatter. I created my costume from scratch. I had to order the white material and I painstakingly added the black stripes and hearts to it. My husbands costume was a mix between homemade repurposed and altered thrift store finds. The top hat was made from scratch along with the hat pins. I even made the arsenal of thread from scratch.

Last year I was an Umbrella Corp. Chief Scientist in the Bio Organic Weapons Dept.

I found the skirt and shoes at a thrift store. My husband was working in a hospital and salvaged the coat and I made the name badge and used iron on transfer paper and printed out the umbrella symbol.

So anyway, My daughter needed some leg warmers to complete her costume.  I had this old vintage furry coat in the closet not being used and I thought I could use this for those leg warmers :).  Now you may be wondering what the Vol. 1 is all about.  Well I will be making more stuff with the remains of the coat. For now here’s how to make the warmers.

What you will need:

Furry Coat

Seam Ripper


Thick thread in the same color as the fur


Measuring Tape

Jump rings



Step 1  turn the coat inside out and remove the lining from around the sleeve.  Next detach the sleeves using the seam ripper.

Next you want to remove the rest of the lining from the sleeve by cutting it off around the bottom of the sleeve leaving enough to tuck under and slip stitch in place.

Lay the sleeve flat with the bottom seam up and cut even across, as seen in photo below.

cut across where the scissors in the photo are.

Measure your leg or the leg you are making this for from the bottom of the knee down to the ankle. In my case it was 15 inches.  fold down the top of the sleeve to so it measures all the way around the measurement you came up with.

Next take the elastic and put it under the fold leaving the ends hang out.

Over stitch around the fold taking care not to go through too much of the sleeve.

when you get almost all the way around tie the elastic making it so it tightens a little. you dont want it to cut off circulation. Then finish stitching.

Next take your jump rings out and decide how many to use.  I chose to use 5, placing them 2″ apart.

Find the seam and lay the sleeve flat with the seam up.

Line the jump rings on either side of the seam. This will help you decide how many to use.

Sew the jump rings in place.  I looped around them twice and tied them really tight.

Last step..

Thread the ribbon through the rings.

and enjoy!

the kitty loves them too! 🙂

Until next time Keep it Crafty! 🙂

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Ugly Chair Facelift

photo ©Stacey Austin

While shopping for antiques and collectables I came across this ugly chair.  It was good price and I instantly visualized how beautiful it could be 🙂

I purchased a few things for the facelift.  But still keeping my cost low.  I am going to walk you through step by step on how to give an old ugly chair a facelift!

Materials Needed:

The chair of course

flat head and Phillips screwdrivers

drill (may not be necessary)

drill bit (may not be necessary)

stapler & staples

rubber mallet

Krylon Fusion no sanding needed spray paint in your choice of color

1½-2 yards of fabric

cushion and batting (may not be necessary)


fabric paint for tufting buttons in matching color with material

hard bristle paint brush

tufting string and needle

chair sliders

Let’s get started.  The first thing you want to do is check the stability of the chair if there are any loose arms or legs you will want to tighten the screw in them.  My chair had a loose arm so this is where the drill came in because the screw was under a plug that was flat to the surface of the arm rest.  I drilled out the plug carefully and used the screw driver to tighten the screw.

Next you will want to pop off any plugs on the back of the chair that hide the screws holding the back cushion on.  Do this with the Flathead screwdriver.  If any of them break or will not come out you may need to drill them out.  Save any or all of the plugs that were not ruined, you will need them later.  Now remove all the screws holding on the back and bottom cushions.  Set these aside.  I am very clumsy at times so I put all my parts in a Ziploc baggie for safe keeping 🙂

Be sure your chair is clean and free of any debris.

This is a good time to pull off any pads from the bottom of the chair legs.

photo ©Stacey Austin

Now comes the fun part! 🙂  I normally do not think spray painting is fun BUT with this amazing new product, Krylon Fusion, it makes painting virtually any surface so much easier by eliminating the need to sand!!  I mean look at the chair, I would need a Dremmel as well as a sander to do this, making it cost more $$ and that is not what I like! 🙂  I like green and frugal projects!

So using this wonder product spray the chair.  Keep in mind you will get a better finish if you do multiple thin coats as apposed to one to two heavy coats.  Also spray those plugs you removed.

photo ©Stacey Austin

While your chair is drying lets get to the next step!

Using the Flathead screwdriver remove the staples from the back cushion and carefully pull the fabric away from the batting.  If your chair cushion has tufting buttons cut the strings before pulling back the material. Do the same with the bottom cushion but take care not to damage the cover (if one is on it) unless it is in bad shape then you will need replace it. This material is cheap but you may also use the material you purchased to cover the cushions.  Or none at all, no one is going to be looking under your chair. 😉

photo ©Stacey Austin

Once you have finished the daunting task of removing the staples inspect the batting and cushion.  If they are stained or smell or are falling apart you will want to replace it.  It is a good idea to bring the wood in with you so the employee at the fabric store can cut the foam to fit.  Unless you choose to cut the foam yourself. OK so lets move on.

lay the bottom cushion on the wrong side of your fabric taking care to keep the nap in the correct direction.  We wouldn’t want horizontal lines on the bottom and angled lines on the back cushion :S  Cut around the cushion leaving enough material to fold over the cushion.  Do the same for the back cushion then flip the material over the back of the back cushion and carefully cut out around the cushion this layer will be stapled to the back of the back cushion because it can be seen… we can’t leave this part exposed.

In this next step I chose to re use the tufting buttons that I took off of the chair.  I did not see a point in making another purchase if I could make due with what I had.  So, I used black fabric paint and a stiff brush and painted the buttons black.  Worked out pretty well!

photo ©Stacey Austin

photo ©Stacey Austin

Using your stapler starting with the bottom cushion fold up a corner and secure with a staple, follow the lines left from the staples you removed to ensure you don’t staple too far from or too close to the edge.  Next pull and fold over the opposite corner and staple.  Make sure the fabric is taut.  Repeat on the last two corners.

photo ©Stacey Austin

fold over the material close to the corners and secure with a staple making the corner look nice. I like to flip the cushion over to see how the pattern looks.. it may be necessary to pull tighter in some spots than others to make sure the pattern is nice and even.  I put in a few staples and check the pattern, pulling tighter where needed.  Once the material is secure trim the excess material away.  Lay the cover on and staple in place.

Follow the same process to cover the back cushion.  Before you put the cover on the back use your tufting string and needle to put the buttons on.

photo ©Stacey Austin

Start in one of the upper holes on the back of the cushion and secure your first button.  Do this by pushing the needle through the hole then through the back of the button then back into the cushion and out of the back.  Remove the needle  and pull the string tight and secure with a staple, pull to the side slightly and secure again two more times or so.  Do not staple the string straight, you want to zig zag the string and staple this will keep it from pulling out.

Photo ©Stacey Austin

Photo ©Stacey Austin


Now cut excess material cover with the piece you cut out and staple in place then trim excess.

Photo ©Stacey Austin

If you have not taken a break, now is a good time.  Do some stretches or have a cup of coffee! 🙂  Laundry.. YUK! lol anyway you should step away if you find you are having difficulty throughout the project.  I find that if I do this when I come back to it, my head is refreshed and I am ready to get it finished!

Little side story… I did not have my proper stapler at first so I thought maybe using my hubby’s hammer tacker (stapler) would work out just fine… WRONG!  Yeah.. this girl… hammer tackered her thumb!! OUCH!! poor thing is all bruised and swollen and unable to hit the space bar as we speak… and it is awkward not using it for the space bar. lol  So please do not attempt to supplement the proper stapler for this project.  SAVE A THUMB! 😀

Alright we are ready to get the cushions back on! wohoo! So if you listened to me your screws will be all secure in a baggy. grab them out and re screw them into the cushions.. Don’t over tighten them.  You want them tight then a quarter turn.

If you saved the plugs using a rubber mallet pound them back in.

Last step before enjoying your new old chair.  Flip the chair over onto a table if it has not been at least 4 hours since you sprayed the chair put it on top of a towel or two to ensure you do not chip the paint on the arms.  Using your rubber mallet pound in the super sliders onto the bottom of the legs.

Photo ©Stacey Austin


photo ©Stacey Austin


If this was your first recovering of a chair pat yourself on the back! My first time sucked 😉  and it looked horrid!  This was my… well… heck I don’t remember how many recovers I did on chairs and stools etc. 🙂

Till next time, Keep it green, keep it frugal and keep it CRAFTY!


Heart Shaped Box Re-purpose part 2

For those of you that followed my first post on re-purposing heart shaped boxes here is the second part.

Tonight my daughter helped me with this one cause it is for her.

I found a really cute how to on the kodak website for a candy box photo frame. You can find it here.

Here is how we made ours.

I had my daughter pick out a cute picture of her and her boyfriend then used the box to trace the heart.

We carefully cut the heart out.

We used silver acrylic paint on the back side of the box and inside around the picture.

We cut out a stand on the back then hot glued the hearts together and glued the picture inside.

Sooo adorable!

I still have a couple more boxes I am going to re-purpose so be on the look out for it!

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Heart Shaped Box Re-purpose ♻

Valentine’s Day is over and you are left with a few reminders like the cards and flowers.  You also have that heart shaped box that your yummy chocolates came in.  Last year I received this very pretty box from my husband. It was a velvety material with a white and gold rope around the edges.  The sides of the box where also velvet.  It was so pretty I didn’t want to just toss it in the garbage but I also didn’t want to have it sit around in my closet with other clutter I really need to start weeding through.  So I thought… What a cute pillow this would make!!

I started to carefully pull the material away from the cardboard. Once I had it all pulled apart I noticed the material and rope was all just glued together. So my second step was to carefully sew around the entire seam making sure I caught the rope too.

Although the heart was pretty as it was, I still wanted to add a little something to it so I looped it up and put it on my machine and embroidered an “A” in the middle with white thread.

Next I used the foam that was placed between the fabric and cardboard as a guide to cut out a heart from some scrap satin I had.

I sewed it together stuffed it and this was the ending result…


This year my box of chocolates did not have fabric on them.  I did see some really cute ones in the store tho!

I will be posting other Reusable ideas for heart shaped boxes!

Until next time.. Stay crafty and be green!!


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