She's also mindful of what can be recycled, like these old towels I brought home with me...
I suggested turning some into bath mats and cleaning cloths and she jumped at my offer to make them, so this afternoon I cut three of the towels into nine rectangles, raided my tub of binding strips...
...and made nine bath mats.
The binding covered the raw edges, adding a pretty trim at the same time.
I find this kind of sewing wonderful as it's easy, productive and creates useful items - not to mention it's free because I already have on hand what it is needed!
One by one the pile grew...
...and when my girl dropped by later (after picking up Mr E from work to save me a trip into the city) she was so excited with how they had turned out!
Now, I can hear some of you wondering why so many bath mats, right?
Well, we live in the humid tropics and their bathroom has no air conditioning or exhaust fan so things like towels and bath mats must be washed and dried every day to avoid mold growing on them. Making use of a few old towels and my scrap quilt bindings has given her a fresh bath mat for each day of the week and a couple spare for good measure.
With the rest of the towels I'll be making some cleaning cloths and dish cloths, plus a few covers for the baby change table. Fortunately I have plenty of binding left to play with and may even pull out some of my own old towels to sew items for my home too.
It's wonderful making new things from old, so simple and satisfying.
Do you have any ideas for recycling towels?