February 01, 2017

Goodwill is Fab for Fabric

One of the great things thrifting is that it opens your mind and expands your creativity.

If I’m not finding unique clothing items at Goodwill, I’m making them. I love having pieces in my wardrobe that no one else does. Sometimes I don’t find the exact fabric I want at craft stores or the fabric may cost more than I’m willing to spend. I’ve had to expand my search (and mind).

I have a knack for taking household items and accessories and turning them into clothing. A friend of mine who sells vintage items had a gorgeous tablecloth she was using in her booth. I told her I wanted to buy it from her to make some pants.

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That same friend had a vintage plaid blanket.

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One moment, my sons and husband were using it for warmth and comfort. The next time they saw it, I was wearing it.

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As soon as I saw this blanket, I knew it would be my new coat.

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The blanket before it became acquainted with my scissors.

The pattern on the blanket reminded me of Pendleton’s Rio Rancho pattern.

This fabric costs $84 per yard!

This fabric costs $84 per yard!

While the blanket was great as-is, it is quite fabulous as a coat (or maybe that’s just my ego talking).

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I’m always checking the household section when I’m at Goodwill and I suggest you do the same! You can get so much fabric for your next project and at a fraction of what it would cost at the craft store.

Have you made any garments from items meant for the household?

18 Comments

  1. You are brillant! Great refashions especial the Rio Rancho blanket into a coat! I typically buy vintage linens, sheets, men’s shirts to upcycle into quilts but I bought a vintage floral sheet recently that is going to be pretty skirt for me very soon. I will be ready for spring. 🙂

    • Oooh, good idea. I bet the sheet is soft and doesn’t have the stuffy feel new fabric sometimes have.

  2. UH-DOR-ABLE !!!! such great ideas and amazing results. kudos to you

    • Thank you!

  3. You did a beautiful job. Both jackets are awesome!

    • Thank you! They’re both a fave!

  4. Wow! Those are some skills you’ve got there!

    • Thank you!

  5. Love your refashion. Good eye for usable textiles! Thanks for sharing

    • Thanks! I’m always keeping an eye out for blankets.

  6. You are so talented! My jaw was literally on the ground. That southwestern blanket to coat is just superb 👌 I’ll be dreaming about that hood!

    • Thank you! The hood is my favorite part!

  7. Very Creative and Talented YOU are!!! The detail on matching the pattern print on the coats! You inspire me to make a coat! Awesome work!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thank you! Pattern matching can definitely make or break a garment.

  8. WOW! Such talent! I loved seeing your awesome creations, thanks for sharing.

  9. I love the coats! I need the pattern!

    I want to make some decorative pillows using velvet, and like you, thought that a piece of clothing at Goodwill would be cheaper than buying the velvet outright at a fabric store.

  10. I’ve also done that – grabbed some fabric/curtains/tablecloth/sheets/blankets from our local thrift store(s) and used them to make other things: authentic period costumes (hand sewn btw), different curtains, a handmade mattress pad, covering pictures or picture frames, clothing, etc. It’s an awesome way to reduce, reuse and save money!

  11. We’re twinning! I also sew up tablecloths and blankets into clothing. 🙂 Got started using vintage linens and went wild from there. Love, love your stuff and now I’m on the hunt for a graphic woven blanket to make a jacket inspired by yours…