So far I've only been showing you ways to re-purpose old clothing or fabrics, but there are so many other ways to re-purpose in your home!
If you've taken this challenge with me during 2012, it's time for me to give you another idea to work with!
Plastic containers are part and parcel of many things we purchase. Mr E and I take a few dietary supplements which are packaged in small plastic bottles - convenient, but at the end of their use we toss them into the rubbish bin and a new bottle is opened.
I've decided it's time to make use of them and save the landfill!
Yesterday I finished a bottle of COQ10, and today I am going to show you how the empty bottle has been given a new occupation.
You will need one plastic vitamin, or similar sized, bottle.
Measure the 'useable' height of the bottle...
Measure the circumference...
Add 1/2" to the height, and 3/4" to the circumference. Take note of the measurements.
Cut a piece of plain fabric to the height + 1/2" you've measured, and make it as long as you like, but not longer than the circumference + 3/4". Trace a small design to stitch in the centre. I used the bird from this month's "Promises & Borders" block, and added a few flowers.
I fused some Whisperweft fabric stabiliser to the back of the traced fabric before stitching the design.
(Many people have emailed recently asking if I use a hoop when I stitch. No, I don't. I don't like them.)
Hmmm, see the word? That's a hint on where I am going with this.
Once stitched I trimmed the excess fabric from the sides, but left the height as it was.
(You might like to use all the same fabric as the stitchery)
I added some fabric scraps to each end of the stitchery, before trimming them to the circumference + 3/4" that I had originally measured.
I cut another piece of fabric the same size for the backing.
I also cut a piece of thin fusible Pellon, but this was cut to the exact measurements I first made of the bottle.
Fuse the Pellon to the back of the stitched block.
Lay this face down onto the right side of the backing fabric, and sew around the four sides with a 1/4" seam, leaving a 2" opening at one end for turning out.
Trim the points from the corners, and turn right side out. Ladder stitch the opening closed.
Quilt some running stitches just inside the edge of the bottle wrapper.
Ladder stitch the two short ends together...
Make a large yo-yo (suffolk puff) for the lid, glue it down, slip the bottle wrap around your bottle, and fill with pins!
I kept the moisture pack from the vitamin bottle and popped it in with the pins to avoid any rusting. Wonderful for my tropical humidity!
I received an email asking for help in satin-stitching the bird's beak in Block 3 of "Promises and Borders".
You use just one strand of thread for this, because the beak is tiny.
Here is a diagram of each stitch.
Make one long stitch down the outer edges of the beak, top and bottom.
Next you make gradually shorter stitches parallel with the top line of the beak.
Hope that helps!
If you have an idea for re-purposing empty plastic bottles or glass jars, leave a comment so we can share in your wisdom!
If you want to show us what you're doing to re-purpose your bottles and jars, why not do a tutorial on your blog and let me know so I can send all of us over to visit.
Have a wonderfully productive day!!