Sewing, Refashioning, Repurposing & Thrifting Through Life

DIY Pick up truck Bed Divider

Mr. Restyle got himself a pick up a while back and devised a way to separate the bed area so that smaller items like groceries don’t slide around.

Of course he got a bit of help from me with the sewing part. This is such a simple solution using 2 shower curtain tension rods and a bit of fabric.

He found some clearance waterproof material. All I did was sew 2 casings for the rods. That’s it!




Now boxes and bags don’t slide around!


Category Clean Up

I’m going to be making some organizational changes to the blog this week. I’ve noticed the categories are out of control so I’m hoping to organize things a bit better to make searching easier.

I’ve got a lot of blog posts to write over the next little while. Seems like a good time to do this. A sort of end-of-the-year housekeeping.


I feel so much better when things are organized.


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The True Cost of Fast Fashion

I came across this documentary a while back and I think it’s well worth mentioning. For anyone concerned about fast fashion and the true story behind how most of our clothing is made, this will be of great interest.


This film is eye opening and heart breaking. Those of us who already shop thrift, recycle and refashion are probably well aware of many of the themes in this documentary. Those who don’t give much thought to why clothing is becoming cheaper and cheaper to buy may be in for quite a shock.


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Clothing-the most labour-dependent industry in the world, employing millions of poor workers often working in unsafe, inhumane conditions. Did you know that fashion is now the second most polluting industry in the world next to oil? Neither did I!

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Here’s a link to the trailer. If you can purchase the film it is well worth it.

The True Cost

Another great film that you can watch for free on YouTube is right here: Made in Bangladesh-The Fifth Estate. A brief synopsis of this one (taken right from the YouTube description): A lot of our clothes bear the label ‘Made in Bangladesh’. But before the deadly collapse of a garment factory there last April, most of us never thought about the people who make them. After clothes bound for Canada were found in the rubble of Rana Plaza, Canadian companies reacted with surprise – how could such a tragedy happen?


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Happy ethical shopping!



It has been so incredibly long since I’ve done anything. Work had me travelling all over the place and I’ve had no time for projects.

Topping that all off, I locked myself out of the restyle4life Gmail account and still cannot recover it! I have, however, put away a good stash of things for the future. In particular, I’ve sort of shifted the focus for a while to refinishing and repurposing furniture as we’re about to paint the main floor of the house. I’ve had the same stuff for 20 years. It is time for a change!

I”m still thrifting though. I cannot, for the life of me, shop at a regular store anymore. I will have a sofa reupholstery project done soon. Took my old 1990s loveseat and just went for it. I’ve also finished that antique cherrywood dresser and will have updates on that. So, for the next little while it will be about furniture. If you like that sort of stuff, stick around and I promise to never be away for so long again.


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