Showing posts with label recycled fabrics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recycled fabrics. Show all posts


1.29.11 ... favorite towel obsessive mend

i have a vintage towel that i love and i mend it when i start to fret it is wearing too much. this one has been mended before. but it needed - and still needs - a major fix. so here is a little bit of a stitching journey ...

this photo shows the other worn end of the towel.  this strip was mended long ago before the edge became this frayed.   if you look closely you can see how the stripe section is wearing, too. now here is the end i worked on one day last week and finished today...

first i choose patches and iron them in place with a little bit of bonding tape. you can see one old patch in this row. next, i put two long single pieces on the reverse...

...along with a few extra patches ... it seems unending which is why i can't handle it in one day. the set up project is very time consuming. following are some photos of the completed mending. to me, the towel becomes more beloved with the patches. i chose them carefully. most are pieces of favorite clothing we've worn out or the children - all four in some cases - outgrew. others are pieces given to me by wonderful people who know i love to sew with scraps. every piece has a story no matter where i acquired it. i do this with favorite clothing and sheets, too. we have extremely unique and interesting sheets in our house. those are typically mind numbing projects because of the size & bulk of the fabric and the extreme state of disrepair of the threadbare sheets. my sewing machine is just a simple lightweight model. favorites are revered in our house. i guess.

there are many lines of stitching in order to secure the edges of both the reverse and front pieces. and also i like to sew random patterns. it helps keeps the task enjoyable instead of becoming crazy making monotony.

i would tell you the stories behind some of these pieces but i have no idea if anyone even reads these posts so i'll save those for now. enjoying your weekend? i hope so.


i'll wait another week or so before i tackle that other end and then i will have my towel back. i'll be one happy shower camper.

sweet dreams, everyone. thanks for stopping by. until tomorrow. happiness to you. from me. with heart. ox joon


1.20.11 ... little birdies coaster

i love these vintage tea towels i found years ago and have doled out the pieces sparingly. this bit was peeking out at me today as i walked by my neatly formed stacks of fabric and this is what came to me. i needed a coaster, too. inside is batting in the form of a vintage mattress pad cover that lost its primary occupation many moons ago. all around, a quick, fun daily project.

i'm still working on my zine and a few other longer term projects. looking forward to sharing those with you another day.

if any of you have a homemaking question for my zine columnist, the flying housewife, please leave it in the comments here. {there's a bit of a hint to the theme of my new zine.}

sweet dreams, everyone. thanks for stopping by. until tomorrow. happiness to you. from me. with heart. ox joon


1.3.11 ... our folk art houses

these are our first little house ornaments we made a few days before christmas. they inspire me and i have plans for variations on the theme.

i made the two on the left. scout's are in the center and ev made the polka-dot house.

 today was a busy day and i worked in my art room de-cluttering. we were out all afternoon and evening. this morning scout helped me edit my posterous blog design.  i added a banner and changed a few colors.  i am going to work on an illustration or two before the day ends so i can achieve my goal of creating something every day of this year. thanks for stopping by. until tomorrow. happiness to you. from me. with heart. ox joon


A New Project ~ Handmade Oven Mitts ~ Earth Friendly, Naturally!

I saw an article about these on Craft Daily and had to try them. We need hot mitts. But first ... Dusty's 28th BiRtHDaY! The geckos are from a favorite pair of his Hawaiian style shorts when he was very young in the 1980s. I started with these and designed the other fabrics around them.

The lining is an old hospital gown from Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Although Dust never wore this one, he was in the hospital a number of times as a tot ... including one ER visit for a cougar attack, but that's another story ... so I felt this was another appropriate memento fabric. Scout did have her tonsils out at DHMC. I did not pilfer the gown. I bought it from a community action thrift store.

The remaining fabrics are from my theater muslin stash leftovers and a beautiful de-stash from a truly gifted quilter friend of Jon Cody & Val's. Speaking of Val, her BiRtHDaY is just 3 days after Dusty's so I made her some mitts, too. They celebrate their brand new and first ever kitty, Mr. Boo Radley. You can see those mitts on the right hand side of this page in the flickr slideshow and access my flickr there if you'd like to see my comments on those fabric choices.

My next pair are ... finally ... for us! I found some United States Fabric I am crazy-going-nuts over and HAD to have it. Can't wait to settle into our new home and start sewing. Will share those another time ~ hopefully soon. Thanks for stopping by and viewing my green art with heart. What upcycled project have you made lately? ox joon