We are excited to feature Morgan Roberts, owner and designer behind King Soleil, a boutique specializing in children’s wear and home decor. A main force behind her designs is using upcycled fabrics and materials, all of which she has found at thrift stores, flea markets, estate and yard sales. Morgan says re-creating recycled items allows her to create one of a kind, eco-friendly items infused with modern, chic and sophisticated elements. Shopping at tag, estate, and yard sales, thrift stores and vintage shops is not only cost efficient, but keeps King Soleil eco conscious and allows Morgan to do her part to keep it green.
1. Upcycled Crochet Cherry Tree Rug
I purchased the fabric used to make this rug at a thrift store in CT. Made from 100% cotton sheets, I paid $6.00 for the whole set and was able to make this three foot diameter rug. Featured in Inside Crochet Magazine, Upcycle Magazine, Cheap and Chic Nursery, and various online sites, it all started with money in my wallet and a thrift store find. This rug was created to bring some zen into a nursery or children’s room.
2. Upcycled Crochet Vintage Rolled Roses Rug
I purchased this 100% cotton vintage floral sheet set from an estate sale in CT for $8.00. I fell in love with the colors and knew immediately I would make the set into an accent rug. For the white rolled roses I used sheer curtains that I purchased at a thrift store in CT for $3.00. I also used this fabric for the trim on this rug. This accent rug could be places anywhere from a sun room, entryway, library, children’s room or nursery, or can be used to create a special nook all its own.
3. Upcycled Modern Dandelion Crochet Rug
This rug was made from curtains that I purchased at a thrift store in CT for $15.00. I was amazed at the weight of this fabric even though it has some sheer qualities. Creating a modern dandelion applique makes the once traditional curtains new, minimalist and modern. The neutral color scheme can be placed anywhere in the home.
4. Upcycled Fabric Embroidery Hoop Art Set
The fabric used for the backing and all collage elements in these embroidery hoops was purchased at estate sales, yard sales, and thrift stores in NY and CT. Each fabric piece cost between $3 to $5. I collect fabric from vintage clothing, pillows, linens, draperies, and more, and then create embroidery hoop sets. I am also able to reuse fabric for multiple hoops. This specific set was purchased for a nursery, but I also make hoops for anywhere in the home. They can be used as wall art, or propped on a shelf, bookcase, or windowsill.
5. Upcycled Fabric Embroidery Hoop Art
Created from a fabric scrap purchased at a yard sale for $2.00, this embroidery hoop art adds some spring flavor, a pop of pink, and a fun print into the home. Whether used for a nursery, or as a Mother’s Day gift, this hoop can be placed in various rooms in the house. Fabric scraps, linens, clothing, curtains, tablecloths and more can be turned into embroidery hoop art, able to be personalized with any design or font you can embroider.