I think I strayed a bit from my early ideas about using recycled fabrics to make new designs.
Nah, I don't think it- I *know* I strayed.
You see, there was a time when I shopped at charity stores for my sewing fabrics. Blossom and I loved to search through racks and shelving for sweet prints, soft linens, raw silks, or woollen cardigans and pullovers that we could felt in boiling water. Some of the loveliest gifts I have made came from fabrics I recycled from second-hand clothing.
An example of this use of recycled clothing is my cute little "Ellie" wall hanging from 2011...
The crimson satin was once a skirt, and the green silk was a shirt.
They only cost a couple of dollars each, but made this design 'sing' with expensive taste!
I raided Blossom's stash of Swarovski crystals, and sewed them loosely under the Ellie block, and between the rose tabs...
...and I added my own little seed beads in and about the roses.
Variegated threads were perfect to add dimension to the stitchery.
The linen I used to stitch the 'Ellie' block and the rose tabs came from a large soiled table napkin - 50c was all I paid for it. After removing the stained section I still had a good amount to use in the design.
The linen had aged beautifully, and was a dream to stitch through...
Perhaps you have vintage linens or old clothing on hand that is unable to be used or worn again, but is made from fabric that would love it's chance to shine?
Search through your forgotten fabric pieces and clothing to see what lovely projects and gifts you can sew using them. If the fabrics are from an item that has been passed down in your family, this may be a way for it to once again 'come to light' and be useful.
If you would like to stitch my "Ellie" yourself, the pdf pattern has been listed today HERE in my shop.
It has all the instructions, plus step by step photos.
I've drawn the giveaway winner for Michelle May's wonderful new book, "Fabled Fusions"...
I have emailed you, Wanda, so check your email inbox.
You have a gorgeous book waiting to wing its way to you.
Thanks to everyone who entered this giveaway. Don't forget Michelle has copies in her SHOP and can post anywhere in the world, so if you're after something nice, funky, and soft to stitch this will be perfect.
Perhaps you have some felt already?
Or you could make your own from pure wool winter garments like Blossom and I did. The possibilities are endless...