Have I ever told you I’m a last minute person? Today is the closing date for an upcycling competition being held by Korbond, with a prize of a sewing machine its got to be worth an entry!
This week I read a great article “It can take an incredible 2700 liters of water to produce the cotton for just one single t-shirt. With only one percent of the world’s water supplies being clean and accessible, this is highly significant. Cotton farming also takes up agricultural land that could be used to produce food for local communities and it uses an extremely high number of chemicals during production.” (1millionwomen) Any competition which encourages extending the life of clothes needs to be supported.
The competition is to upcycle two garments into one. I new straight away that I wished to experiment with an old patchwork liberty waistcoat I made for a school project (25+ years ago) with sashiko inspired stitching.
A plan formed to create a skirt from a pair of cotton trousers, to be embellished with sashiko stitching and pieces of the liberty waistcoat.
Yesterday I finally spotted a pair of suitable trousers in a charity shop – today I spent stitching whilst listening to the radio, bliss.
Firstly I made the skirt (if you would like to know more about how to do that check out this tutorial).
Then the fun bit, I played with pieces of liberty fabric patchwork.
Lastly I hemmed the skirt – initially the plan was to turn under the hem ad hold with bondaweb. However this didn’t pan out so instead I used bias binding.
The project took the morning, what a lovely morning.
Plus I was treated to a great radio program “Tunes from the Trash” all about trash turned into musical instruments in Paraguayan. A program after my heart:)
Shortlisted garments will be shown at the Sewing for Pleasure event at NEC on the 19-21st March, with the winner chosen by the public. I expect there to be some high caliber entries, I look forward to seeing the upcycled garments.
Remember the large box of keys my husband bought home for me to upcycle?? It prompted some thoughts about keys, the symbolism of our homes. If we are fortunate our home can mean so much; warmth, stability, security.
I thought it would be fun to create a picture of former childhood homes brought together to our married home (especially with Valentines coming up).
If you would like to make map heart picture for Valentines (engagement, wedding gift etc) you will need a printer, keys, and a box frame.
Start by searching for free maps on line (in the UK you can use Maps4free). Enter the location. Using the snipping tool highlight the area you wish and copy onto a word document, repeat for the second two locations. I copied snippets across which filled approximately half the word document per image. Print off the map for the three locations.
Cut out three hearts, the first two of the former homes being identical size the third a little larger. Mine measure approximately. You can download a template here.
Print two templates. Use one as a guide to cut out your hearts (I suggest cutting slightly larger), place on top of your outline shapes and adhere with a glue stick.
Using copydex place a key on each map (this covers the red your are here marker from Maps4free). Allow to fully dry, trim to size and frame in a box frame.
My husband and I chose not to give each other gifts this year, but he surprised me and brought me this rather large collection of old keys. My kind of present..
New Years Day was rather wet and miserable, whilst I had a nap Jared and the children had great fun creating animals for the keys. I love the animals… No searching Pinterest for upcycling old key ideas for them, they just got stuck in and had fun.
My thoughts wandered to wall art – layering the keys up to create snowflakes. Along the way I did wonder whether a more abstract piece was more my style..
If you would like to make the snowflake wall art “let it snow” you will need wood to create the plack, background blue paint, keys and white spray, a printer, chalk and white paint.
Start be creating the wood base. Cut pieces of wood to create a plack measuring. I have used old wood cutting five pieces long.
Use wood glue to glue them together. Once this is dry place a piece of wood across the back as battoning. Screw into place.
Paint the wood blue – I have used Rustoleum. It is no secret I love chalk paint, it’s great that I don’t need to wait for any primer to dry! Once dry you may wish to lightly sand to reveal the grain of the wood, adding a little texture.
Spray the keys white.
I used Novasol Spray White chalk paint, as this is what I had. It covered well, and dries within fifteen minutes. However it has chipped on the keys – personally I like this effect. Spray both sides.
Next print off the words in a font you like. Using the technique often taught in school rub the back of the paper in chalk. Place the text right side up on the wood. Using a ball paint drawer round the outline of the words. When you lift the paper up the chalk has transferred to the wood to create a guide for handpainting the letters.
Paint the letters in.
Lastly drill a small hole in the wood for the center of each snowflake. Screw the keys in place with long screws.
I have to admit that I prefer my husbands and children’s key animals. We have lots of keys left, what would you make??