Thursday, June 18, 2009

Recycled Clothing and Stash Busting



In an earlier post I mentioned that I had gone searching for a few bibs I had made. While searching, I stumbled on a box of clothing that I had saved for future projects. Had no idea what I was going to use them for, but I knew the fabric was just too good not to use. What you see on the left is the back of a wonderful linen tank top that I got bleach on the front of. I loved the rust color and the weight of the fabric, so I decided to make a purse out of it.


I embroidered two simple designs on the fabric, cut out a big rectangle, cut the lining from another very old linen shirt, threw a zipper in, hung an old bead from the zipper, and I had the purse that you see at the top of this post. The purse was literally made from two old, useless, discarded shirts!



I was so pleased with the first one that I got to digging, and found some old purple velvet, embroidered two designs on it and ended up with the bag you see on the right.

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Then I found some black velvet and yes, you guessed it. I made a black bag. I just couldn't stop - these are just too easy! So, the reason I am posting photos of these items is to remind everyone that from our stash and Goodwill bag, we can really make some useful, beautiful items for little to no investment!

Yes, I am a bit Obsessive Compulsive, so I made one more bag. This one is made from a small scrap of blue canvas I have had for years and years. It was so dusty I had to take it outside and shake it like mad before I could even iron it! Was it worth the bother? I sure think so!

5 comments:

SUPERQUILTER said...

How clever you are to recycle and make a purse. I have been getting into making purses lately. Check mine out at thequiltlady.blogspot.com
They are not recycled, but made out of scraps left over from quilts I have made. So far I only have made two, but plan to make more. I enjoyed your blog.

paula, the quilter said...

I have been making zippered bags from a pattern supplied by my quilt guild. The bag is similar to a cosmetic bag. I have been using up all the old zippers I have hanging around. Your post reminded me of the box of velvets that I have stashed. What an elegant bag that will make. I can't wait to get home and make one.

Greenmare said...

yes!! it was totally worth the bother! I love them all, but especially the blue one! gorgeous! it does help that you can do those cool embroideries on your machine though.

Gizmo said...

They're beautiful!!
I left you something over on my blog. I hope you like it. :)

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