Embroidery Upcycle for Barnardo’s

Hi, I’m Laura from www.thriftylondoner.com, where I talk all things money saving- including lots of reviews of the best charity shops in London, with regular up-cycles and repairs that you can follow along with on Instagram @thriftylondoner.

Barnardo’s stores always feature high on my list as affordable, well organised places to find unique pre-loved clothing. One of my favourite Barnardo’s stores in London is in Brixton, but the store that has a special place in my heart is the dedicated Barnardo’s vintage store in Cheadle (you can follow them on Instagram @barnardos_vintage). If you live in Manchester or you are ever visiting- it’s a must-visit!

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£4 Up-cycling Challenge

I’ve spent most of my adult life rummaging through charity shop rails, often finding garments I loved that didn’t fit or that I wished I could alter. It’s only very recently that I’ve started taking sewing more seriously. I’ve always hand sewn but I’ve never wanted to invest in a sewing machine as I’ve heard so many horror stories about what a nightmare they can be. My Mum lent me her old sewing machine to practice on and I’ve finally invested in a machine of my own!

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Easy Scrunchie Up-cycling Project

If you’re after a little DIY with minimal fabric and minimal effort but leaving you feel that little bit productive because you’ve created something, this is the one for you. With just a few ingredients this DIY can be completed whilst sat in your garden/listening to your favourite podcast/watching Netflix.Read More »

Recycle Week Up-Cycles

Recycle Week is in full swing and we wanted to get involved. We set some fabulous thrifty bloggers an up-cycling challenge with some pre-loved pieces found in-store. Be sure to follow the blog and our Instagram this week so see what they created!

Today we have the lovely Hannah guest blogging. Keep scrolling and see her creation.

I saw this shirt in Barnardo’s and loved, loved, loved the colours of the check. Just the right amount of autumnal. Rather than just keeping it as a normal shirt I decided to add a ruffle to jazz it up a little.

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Thrifty Home Office Ideas

With so many people working and studying from home, we think it’s the perfect time to give your work environment the attention it needs. Whatever your style, there are so many ways to make it creative, productive and most importantly a representation of you.

After a trip to her local Barnardo’s and armed with a selection of homeware goodies and some amazing up cycling skills, Cassie created these beautiful storage solutions. They are perfect for adding a burst of inspirational colour while keeping your workspace neat and tidy.

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Christmas Jumpers – The Thrifty Way!

Christmas jumpers! Burning question, love or loathe them? As much as we don’t want to admit it, they have become part and parcel of the festive celebrations and are now a seasonal wardrobe staple.

Whether you want to play it safe or channel you inner Mark Darcy with an in-your-face novelty knit, anything goes and generally the more outrageous the better!

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My Up-cycling Challenge

I was asked by Barnardo’s to join in with Recycle Week by up-cycling an item of clothing surprisingly sent to me, I automatically thought, WHAT A FUN CHALLENGE!

As an avid repairs and up-cycling seamstress with my brand, Soul and Flare, I was excited to receive my parcel. I opened up the box and to my delight there was an indigo wash, women’s denim shirt by Uniqlo. HURRAH!

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From Charity Shop Dress to Disco Jumpsuit

When Barnardo’s asked me if I wanted to take part in their upcycling challenge for Recycle Week, I jumped at the chance! I’m very passionate about pre-loved clothes, and even more so, recycling and upcycling them into something new.

I was asked if I wanted to choose my own clothes or be sent a mystery parcel. I opted for the latter. When my parcel arrived  (which including a sweet little sewing kit) the dress inside was something that I would never have chosen myself in a million years (I think this is a good thing… I love a challenge!)

The dress was a pretty smart evening gown from Hamells Wavelength, made of stretch velour with a great glitter detail and a deep v-shaped back. I’d guess it’s not that old, so not my usual vintage style (I love the 60s, 70s and 80s), plus it was a bit big and shapeless on me.

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5 Minute DIY: Hearts on a T-Shirt

As it was Valentine’s Day this month, and I like to be fashionably late when it comes to seasonally appropriate blog posts, I thought it was time to share the quickest heart-themed fashion DIY. I love all the slogan t-shirts and tops with appliqués on the high-street at the moment so have started keeping an eye out in charity shops to snap up pre-loved t-shirts so that I can get creative.

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