Fabric waste… upcycling, recycling, reusing



I thought I would share with you the I phone cover and makeup bag I have made with fabric left over from the red jacket shoulder bag.. A new design of recycled bag:)


Continuing with thoughts about waste and textiles from my previous post I like the fact I am using more of the jacket which is being upcycled. However I remain with quite a bit of fabric waste, scraps of fabric which at the moment head for the bin.


What do you do with fabric scraps?? I read of someone who keeps all pieces over 10 pence piece to re-use for applique or people who use fabric waste for cushion stuffing.

Neither of these solutions quite suit me.. very delighted to hear of any suggestions as an alternative to the bin.

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The sales… tempted, are you?


My inbox is flooded with flyers for shops offering great discounts. Always one for a bargain I would love to spend a day browsing at gorgeous clothes, and treating myself to the odd new item.

Several reasons are stopping me – what do I actually really need, time and finances!

However there is also a feeling of waste, don’t get me wrong I love new clothes. But I usually manage to satisfy this desire with the local charity shops, and a clothes swish or two!

So I thought I would quote a few stats at myself re the clothing and landfill to encourage myself not to spend unnecessarily!

“Over 1.4 million tonnes of clothing are sent to UK landfill every year. Much of this can be worn again. Textiles present particular problems in landfill. Synthetic (man-made fibres) products do not decompose. Woollen garments do decompose, but in doing so they produce methane, which contributes to global warming and climate change. ” http://www.traid.org.uk/

“■The average UK household owns around £4,000 worth of clothes – but around 30% of clothing in the average wardrobe has not been worn for over a year, most commonly because it no longer fits. This unused clothing is worth £30 billion;
■Extending the life of clothes by just three months of active use per item would lead to a 5-10% reduction in each of the carbon, water and waste footprints;” The Wrap Study www.letsrecycle.com

My wardrobe could do with an overhaul, I am sure I have clothes I have not worn in the last year which can be passed on or upcycled. Plus with a bit of imagination and thought I could make more of the clothes I have… I am not quite ready to take up a friends challenge of no new clothes for a year (this included Clothes Swops and Charity Shops).. are you?

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and the meaning of Christmas is?


I don’t know about you but I find it very easy to lose the focus on what Christmas is really about in the run up, amidst all the business….

I have little traditions which I am finding hard to live up to:

  • home-made Christmas cards
  •  home-made gifts – chutney, jams and biscotti made with our own hazelnut tend to feature each year!
  • home-made children’s gifts
  • home-made decorations

As I write this list I find I have achieved most of it, but it has all been at the last minute. I have yet to add the silver napkin tied with ribbon cover to jars of produce for my Tuesday fellowship friends for this evening!

I feel I have received the best gifts already from my husband. The whole family attended my former Church’s alternative Christmas Service with Christmas lunch, my favourite service of the year. I have been asked to babysit by a friend… if I am honest this left me feeling reluctant purely from a late night perspective. My husband who has been known to say he does not do babysitting for anyone offered to do it for me. His thoughtfulness, demonstrating his love for me is the best gift.

This leaves me with the thoughts about how can I demonstrate my love for friends and family. Quality time is far more important than whether I have made a gift after all!!

As I babysit tomorrow with a joyful heart, giving friends a night out together I will be contemplating how I can demonstrate my love for my father-in-law (first Christmas without his wife) and my mother (her first Christmas without her Dad).

As I continue thinking I thought I would share some photo’s of yesterdays great find in a charity shop, which just called to be upcycled straight away into a gorgeous recycled bag with matching make up bag and I Phone holder…


the before …


and the after… images of I Phone cover and make up bag to follow (once I have had chance to photograph in daylight!).

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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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