Iâ€™m excited about a new regular feature here called â€œDollar Store DIYâ€ where I go to the dollar store and find something to make-over into something even greater. I love the Dollar Store, in fact my husband jokes with me that I should own shares in it! I am frugal by nature, and love a bargain. The Dollar Store has come a long way in the last few years, and I buy tons of craft and party supplies there. I love going in with the feeling that I can have anything I want in the whole store. I know some people lament that Dollarama has increased from strictly one dollar items, to now include $1.25, $1.50, and $2.00 items, but I think itâ€™s really increased their selection. You know you have a Dollar Store addiction when you go to the US for a little cross border shopping and youâ€™re most excited about visiting their Dollar Stores, and Targetâ€™s one dollar section!
Let the fun begin. The first item I bought for some DIY was a re-usable bag. I have been carrying my books and supplies to my momâ€™s group lately in a re-useable grocery bag â€“okay but nothing special. When I saw this cute burlap one, for $2 at Dollarama, I saw the opportunity for a cute and easy project. It already looked pretty great, but with the flower pin attached, itâ€™s even greater!
I was inspired by Jen at Tatertots and Jello, one of my favourite blogs, and her flower creations. I really liked the idea of making them into a pin, so you could remove it and wear it with something else, or make several in different colours and change the look of the bag.
I made my flowers out of old wool felted sweaters. I love working with them, and since we are heading into winter, I think they seem a little more seasonal than the cotton flowers.
I decided to work with turquoise. I had a striped one, which meant I could work with two colours from the same sweater. The first flower I made was from the edge of the sleeve. I simply rolled it to form a flower and put a few stitches in it to hold it.
The larger flowers are made my starting out with a circle, and cutting it into a spiral.
Then you simply roll it into a flower shape, and secure it with a few stitches from the back.
I made two flowers this way, one light blue, and one striped, and then put it with the smaller flower. I also added three loops of some cotton ribbon. I glue gunned all of these to a smaller piece of the felted wool to create a back, and stitched on a pin to create the flower brooch.
This is the finished pin.
And here is the completed bag, all dressed up and ready to go!
The bag cost $2, I already had the pins, and the sweater, which were from the thrift store, so it was a great Dollar Store DIY for $2.
This post is linked to Under the Table and Dreaming, Funky Junk Interiors and Tatertots and Jello. I also entered the Iron Crafter at Fireflies and Jellybeans, check out all their neat recycled sweater crafts.