Today is the start of Zero Waste Week. I am super excited to be a blogging ambassador. Last year it was a real highlight of my blogging year. The focus of the week changed some habits for the better in our household, I “met” some great bloggers and had great fun fusing plastic bags to create sandwich holders.
This year the theme is reuse. Here are some simple items you can easily adopt to reuse:
Shopping Bags – we have some onya bags bought 10 + years ago in Australia. Made from former parachute silk they are super strong, plus they fold down into a tiny bag. Keep shopping bags in the car so you never get caught out on a spontaneous shop (or is it only me who regularly ends up buying odds and ends, in our house, bananas, strawberries, milk and yoghurt)
Containers – good quality containers are great for packing lunches for work, freezing portions of pre cooked food for the days when you need a quick home-made ready meal, and of course storing left overs in the fridge.
Coffee Cups – as a non coffee drinker this is something I have never considered, but today I was served tea in a disposable cup in a cafe. It’s easy to carry a coffee cup with you, asking takeaways to fill it rather than a disposable cup.
Clothing – with young children I am ever grateful for the culture of sharing children’s clothes, passing them on to people with smaller children. I have benefitted hugely from generous families, and love seeing a child in a pass me down from us. As a sewer I often refashion clothes into new items for example toddler shorts from trousers, and have researched odd sock ideas.
Envelopes – personally I find them great for lists!!
Yoghurt pots for children’s crafts, storage for paper clips
Food waste – We compost as much as we can, the compost then feeds the garden. Alternatively you can make your own vegetable stock from peelings.
So what does this week hold for our home? My pledge for the week is “I will be menu planning, food shopping with as little packaging as possible, and encouraging the children to eat their crusts! I will also be focussing on handmade gifts using materials I already have”
There are many tutorials for reusing items to create new on this blog, CD’s into coasters, crisp packets into an apron, fabric scraps into notebook covers. During the week I aim to share some more creative ideas for reusing items. Stay tuned for creating your first Christmas gift, a mans tie converted into a phone holder.
I will report back re the children’s crusts – a friend suggested weighing to demonstrate the percentage of a sandwich they are wasting. Lets hope it works! What can you implement this week, every step helps.
Welcome to those joining us as part of Creative Crafting blog tour, hope you are enjoying the various stops.
This is where I blog about items I make, either for our home or for sale. I often write about recycled and upcycled projects.
What do you make with your former shirts? I love upcycling former clothes into new creations, often favouring eco bags. Today I am going to share with you a tutorial for making a drawstring recycled bag, lined with shower curtain fabric. This makes it ideal for swimming gear.
Swimming Bag Tutorial
To make your own swimming bag you will need one shirt, plus lining. I suggest using shower curtain fabric to make it semi waterproof
- Sew down the front of the shirt, alongside the top stitching. Tip: Remove the buttons, stitch the seam and sew back on.
- Create a pattern template – cut a template for the swimming bag. This bag is 31 cm by 41cm, don’t forget to include seam allowance on your pattern.
- Cut out two pieces of the shirt fabric, ensure it is straight when pinning on your pattern. Tip I suggest folding your pattern in half length ways and ensuring it lays down the middle of the buttons.
- Cut out two pieces of shower curtain fabric. Note this needs to be 2cm longer than the shirt to allow the fold over at the top.
- Cut out a small piece of fabric to create the piece your piping will thread through near the base of the bag
- Stitch your piece of fabric for the tape. Turn through and fold over, pin near the bottom of one of your side panel, facing inwards.
- Stitch three sides of the shirt, right sides together. Strengthen the corners by double stitching, and cut the edges off to reduce bulk.
- Turn to the right side out and press
- Hem the top of your two lining pieces
- Stitch your lining together. On one side start your side seam 1.5cm down, as this is where you are going to fold over and thread in your piping.
- Insert your lining bag. Pin the bottom to the bottom of the main bag.
- Turn over the top to create your channel for the piping, and tack.
- Stitch round the top
- Using a safety pin thread in your piping.
- Tie the two ends of you piping at the bottom of the bag, with one piece of piping threading through your tab.
You’ve done it… excellent one recycled swimming bag:)
Like me you probably have lots of the shirt left, this is what I made:
To celebrate taking part in my first ever blog hop I am offering a giveaway. Simply leave a comment stating which of the shirt items you would like and a random winner will be picked on Sunday the 11th August:) Plus as usual I am off to Handmade Harbour to see what other people have been making this week. thanks for taking the time and hope to see you again soon.