I love the word “repurposing.”
I have been doing it all my life, but I didn’t have a fancy word for it until now. As a teen, I took an old pair of jeans and repurposed it into a purse. I took a leather jacket and made headbands (think Maria on “The Sound of Music,” making clothes out of drapes for the children, much to the horror of Capt. Von Trapp). I would go to thrift stores and visualize how I could turn items into something that I wanted. I cut off the top of a pair of overalls and sewed a pretty floral rayon fabric to make a dress and I promise it was stylish in the ‘90!
Not all of my projects have been successes. I once got an ugly old desk from a garage sale for free, imaging how I could turn it into a beautiful one. But I chose the wrong type of paint and it turned out to be too much work and I didn’t have the money for the rope moulding that was the finishing touch.
Still, I’ve kept at it, giving new life to lots of things over the years.
Today, I repurposed eight pairs of flair and straight-leg pants into fashionable skinny jeans for the kids. I figure I saved $100 in school clothes, at least. Who else gets clothes with a tailored fit?