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Being Scrappy With Fabric Scraps
I recently cleaned out my closet and found quite a few different items, from tops to purses, with rogue holes and ink and martini stains in awkward spots that won’t allow for stitch-ups. I am not sure if I have mice, really old clothing or a clumsiness complex I’m unaware of, but that’s another story.
Anyway afterwards, I had a 20-minute stare down with the pile of fabric items, trying to judge if anything was donation-worthy and/or how to get rid of the rest; I have a hard time throwing things away because I am haunted by images of children wading through garbage-infested water and the idea of drinking micro-organisms tarnished by carcinogens from pollution.
21-minutes in I recalled vaguely someone or a website once telling me that I could use clothing scraps to stuff handmade pillows, but I was never sold on the idea due to expectations of lumpiness from strips of old vintage sweaters and cheap H&M leggings jammed into a square of flimsy fabric.
Enter Google: the solution to, and cause of, all of life’s problems. I now have a great list of crafts to try in my quest to morph these unwanted items into something with new life and purpose, which is wonderful on two fronts: I will be significantly reducing my trash output, and I have a fun and productive activity to last me through this rainy, grey Saturday in Vancouver.
20 Recycling and Upcycling Ideas
Before you toss any bits of material, try some of these recycling/upcycling ideas:
- Layered butterflies
- Baby quilt
- Scrap fabric necklace
- Snack bag
- Hair bows
- Flag garland
- Fabric-wrapped jars
- Fabric bowl/container
- T-shirt Bangles
- Fabric hair clip
- Scissor/ Makeup brush pouch
- Business card holder
- Envelope bag
- Trimmed towels
- Make- up bag
- Glasses case
- Whatever pouch
- Journal covers
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