recycling

Sewing with my daughter.

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The bag: Re-used coffee sack (from our friend, who owns a coffee roasting business), odds and ends of fabric and lace, an old belt, that fitted no one in the family anymore and buttons and bows lol. (the small button on the front pocket and holding the belt in place in the back were handmade by my husband from antler, we got from another friend of ours.)

Salvaged

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I am not sure if you know. I certainly haven’t really made it a secret… I am on a budget. A  TIGHT budget. So my clothes usually come from the thrift shop, yard sales, or free piles (which are plenty around our city).

I am not ashamed of it, if I can use something and keep it out of the landfill, I think I have done my job. I firmly believe we do not own the land, but are mere caretakers and as such should do what ever we can, when ever we can, no matter how small we think the gesture is.

My husband found the LL Bean, 100% Merino pullover in a free pile the other day. He brought it home, we washed it and then I noticed a little tear in the right sleeve cuff. No doubt, this was the reason it got tossed out in the first place.

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Well. It’s 100% Merino and the colour is amazing, so a little tear is not going to keep me from using it. I was thinking about how to fix it. Maybe a pretty ribbon? I don’t have any handy. OH!!!! YES! Some handmade lace! Why not? I have amazing gray coloured yarn that would look great with it.

A few blanket-stitches, so I have something to anchor the lace to and it also hold the cuff turned under, so the tear is not going to be seen. Then the fun part: deciding what lace to use.

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I opted for crochet this time around. There are so many beautiful edgings out there. Just do a search on pintrest and you will be busy for hours.

I finally narrowed it down and went for it. 20 minutes after making up my mind, I had a brand new sweater. One of a kind now, that I personalized it.

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:) I am happy about my new sweater and that one more piece is staying out of landfills for a little while longer. (don’t worry, when it gets to a point where one can’t fix it any more, I use it as a cleaning rag until there is literally nothing left lol)

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Re-purpouse, re-cycle, RE-USE!

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DSC00163So I am a big foan of re-using and re-purpousing things! Making it look all new and shiny for not much money and getting a few more years of use out of things we paid good, hard cash for.

I also live in a city, that takes it’s Craig’s List darn serious. LOTS of free piles and stuff on the side of the road for someone to find treasures, if they wanted to.

A few months ago, my son went to play with his friends and on the way home, he found these chairs in a free pile (there were two of them) and he brought them home, as he liked the way they looked.

Well, as you can see, they are far from perfect, or even cute looking at the moment. The frames were top notch, though and still too good to give up! So we kept them around for a while.

Today was the day!

I found really nice outdoor fabric for cheap (also a while ago) and finally had time to actually put the two together. (for one of the chairs so far) I have about a quarter of a yard of this outdoor material. One is more blues and the other one is more reds and oranges. Both are super happy and fun and just enough fabric to cover what is needed to the chairs.

My daughter and I set out by removing the old fabric and cleaning the frame of the chair. Then we deconstructed the old covers and used them as templates for the new ones.

DSC00164I cut and pinned and my daughter did the sewing (this is how we roll! She is SO much better than me on the sewing machine!I am in awe of her!)

Not an hour later, we had a brand new chair for our front porch! YAYYY! Next weekend the second one will get done and for a few pennies I got two almost brand new chairs from Pier one (as we found a tag on the covers that proclaimed it was so!)

Sadly it is raining today, so no sunny pictures, but you see what it looks like and can imagine me sitting on it the next sunny day and knitting away!

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Re-fashion…

This pillow….

….used to be this jacket:

It got felted. Not by accident. I wanted it a bit fulled and then forgot it was in the washer! *rolls eyes*. Then it got banished to the back of the closet until I had the guts to cut it up.

Today was the day! I cut it up and made a pillow our of part of it. I still have a bunch of it left to make other things from (Thinking a coin purse, and a pin cushion). But that will be another story for another time.
I also made pie today! Strawberry, raspberry and blueberry pie! It’s delicious with a bit of vanilla ice cream and a drop of heavy cream poured over it. No recipe, just mixing the berries in a bowl with sugar and flour, then pouring them into the pie crust and baking it. Presto! Yummy pie!

 

BEHOLD!

I has made a bath poof!!!

A bit christmas-y but hey! It was free!

:)

Yeah. I have too much time on my hands and a weakness for recycling….

You will need:

  • Produce net bags -WASHED in hot soapy water!  (or any other net, or mesh fabric. Tulle… or the likes maybe?)
  • Yarn needle and some twine, or yarn, or any  kind of thick-ish string you have on hand
  • I guess you could do this on a sewing machine, but it’s really not worth the trouble in my eyes. I have to go and get it all set up and then put it all away…nope, do it by hand took all of 10 minutes once I had it figured out!

First you will need to save all your lemon-, onion-, and any other produce nets you can get your hands on. I volunteer at the Food Bank, so it’s not a problem for me to get larger quantities :D Maybe you want to give volunteering a shot?

Raw material!

Anyway. I used 9 or so for this one! The more nets you have the poofy-er it will get!
So. Cut all the tags off . I cut the ends open too, next time I won’t do that. it’s nice to have them a bit contained LOL. ONLY leave the ends on if they are the melted together kind! If they have one of those metal staples CUT IT OFF!

Lay them out in a starburst pattern like so:

If you have made Pom Pom bows for presents before, you know where this is going :)

Take the upper most strip, tie a bit of twine, or yarn around the middle of the strip (I used acrylic yarn, since I had it right there in front of me) and poke your needle once through the strip. Now take the other strips one by one, fold to find the middle and thread them on the yarn (Just poke your needle through approximately the centre point! Not brain surgery here… just eyeball it)

Once they are all threaded up it should look like this:

Then take one of the ends that are sticking out in the starburst and thread your needle through it. Go a few times up and down so the entire end is threaded. Push it down on the thread until it meets up with the centre of the starburst. Do this for all the remaining ends.

Weave in the tail of your thread. I had a bit of net left over, so I sewed it over the top where I threaded all the ends together. Makes it look nicer. You can totally use a bit of fabric or  felt!

Now fan out all the little nets as much as you can and stick them a bit in and around each other.

I made a cord to hang it from. And presto! Bath poof!

Neat, Huh? :)

I mostly had green and red nets this time, but there are tons of white ones out there and yellow! :) Or maybe even other colours I don’t know of!

If produce nets are not your thing, or it would just take too long to collect them, you can totally go and see if you can find some other nesh-fabric, cut it in strips and proceed through the steps!  :)
Happy bathing!