I'm working on market aprons at the mo. Aprons that just may be the epitome of re-cycling. Or maybe a very fine example of it anyway!
Old (but unused) placemats, out of date upholstery/curtaining samples and op-shop buttons & ribbons & braids =
Ta-da!! Quite sturdy, utilitarian, but stylish and a bit posh, market aprons! :)
For more inspired creativity take a look here.