My sister does beautiful cross-stitch work--one of my favourite clothing items is a t-shirt she made for me several years ago (I just can't give it up yet). She made this sweatshirt for her daughter when she was young, and then it was passed on to my girls to wear too. Now it has been sitting in the closet for some time, and I wanted to return it to my sister for her birthday in a way that she could still use it.
The fabric was still in really good condition, with the embroidery still intact, so I decided to recycle it into a tote bag. I was quite pleased with how it turned out.