Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Upcycling Jeans

Winter is here to stay, so why not Make Something Today? Most everyone has a pair of jeans or two that are not being worn anymore. Why not try a new project and upcycle them? With the bitter cold weather right now we could just curl up in a blanket and watch TV until bedtime, or we could create something - something to keep or give away.
South Haven Store

Of course Goodwill is stocked with jeans if you need more for all of these projects we rounded up....
Toy Storage 
Who doesn't appreciate toy storage - especially after Christmas!
Follow along with wonderfully detail tutorial.
Farm Girl Apron - Super cute! This would be a great mother/daughter project.
Go to for a 9 step tutorial with lots of pictures.
Denim Storage Bins
What a stylish way to store your crafting supplies.
          has all of the directions, and make sure you set aside some time to look through the rest of this amazing website.
Wall Pockets
This idea is so fun. Great for a tween bedroom or a family command center.
Find the pattern at
Sweet Pillow
This pillow was handmade by one of our Goodwill Team Members
She cut the front and back pieces for the pillow from a denim shirt. Then cut the letters and heart from a piece of felt and sewed them onto the shirt. Putting the right sides together she sewed all for sides knowing she could unbutton the shirt to turn it right side out. Stuff with a pillow form and button the shirt back up. This took her 15 minutes and even impressed her teenage son!  Love it!
Ready to Make Something Today? We are ready for you at all of our Goodwill Stores in Southwestern Michigan.
Three Rivers Store
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

5 Ways to Stay Organized with Photo Albums

How can photo albums help you stay organized? Here are 5 ways:
1 - Seed Packet Holder - Store your seed packets for reference. Add journal entries too - like a garden diary!
2 - Keep track of your yarn stash. Whether you knit, crochet, hook rugs, or embroider - keeping a record of your yarn and thread will be easy by placing the paper wrapping and a snippet in a photo album. Don't forget to add where you found it and maybe even the price.
3 - Make a homemade "I Spy" book with your child's own toys and things.
Follow along with and her easy tutorial.
4 - Keep your Christmas cards.
5 - Store treasured letters, recipes and mementos in a old album - beautiful!