Legendary fashion editor Diana Vreeland famously advised women to turn wornout overcoats into robes in the 1930s. When people ask if I incorporate used or vintage items into my projects, I tell them it’s not too often. My creative eye doesn’t see the the robe in the overcoat. Over at BurdaStyle there’s a handy blog post about using some of the free and downloadable patterns to make recycled creations.
I have some striped Tod Oldham for Target sheets that would do nicely for the Charlie bag pattern. Using a broken umbrella for lining fabric is an interesting trick and the ruffly sweatshirt-oven mitts are adorable.
More recycle crafting: a how-to video featuring Amy Sedaris & Todd Oldham decoupaging tiny tables with old giftwrap. My friend Polly uses vintage porn to cover stuff (tables, chairs, clocks) but you can decoupage anything. Use ModPodge!