maandag 6 november 2017

Upcycling


Hello everyone! It is a beautiful day and the sun is shining bright and I don't know about all of you but a beautiful day does wonders for my mood. I have been cleaning and clearing out and I haven't even hated it LOL.
So here is what I have been up to.

This weekend I gave myself the challenge to make blocks out of all kinds of very small leftover pieces. I had a whole shoebox full of those and I didn't want to throw it in the bin because I think it is wasteful and well I can't throw textile out that I know I can still use. The box had mainly green and blue pieces. Because I wanted to keep the blocks mainly one colour scheme I chose the green pieces to work with first.



I started by piecing two small pieces together and then looked in my shoebox to see what fitted that now new sewn piece. It is really a puzzle. I also didn't want to cut into the pieces more then I really neede to. The task was to use the pieces and have as little waste as possible. (Of course I did need to straighten things up as I went)

I have now made three blocks. You can see the first two in the picture. I have no idea what I am going to do with it but I am sure that time will tell. I still have some green fabric left so I am not done yet and I still have the blue ones to use. Imagine if I have thrown that shoebox out! It is a lot of fabric even if it all cut into small pieces!

I have also finished the jeans blanket. Well almost, because I still need to add the binding. I must say that I have had a bit of trouble with the blanket because it was pretty hard to straighten the whole thing. It must be because I used some stretchy fabric and of course there are no real straight edges that I could use as a guide.  But I did manage to get it sort of straight and that is good enough for me. 
I decided on zigzag stitches to fuse the top to my fleece back. It still took me a few afternoons to get it done but hey it is done and it is (almost) ready to be used.

Well that is what I have been up to. I hope you all have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!