Scrap or vintage fabric gathering dust? Kim Kesti at Think Fast shows you how to run it up the flagpole.
- From baby shower to picnic to formal holidays, put the fabric banner on your guest list.
Let’s get this party started: A long weekend is here! Even though I hate that it signals the end of summer, Labor Day is a welcome relief from high-maintenance holidays. I don’t need to rush out for Labor Day gifts or send out Labor Day cards. Whew! Now I can concentrate on chilling the drinks.
If you’re planning a get together, add to the festivities with an upcycled fabric banner. Crafting a Green World offers instructions for a super easy, no sew, let-her-rip banner. Let the kids help with this one.
Plenty of bunting style tutorials flutter in the Internet breeze. Have a look at this one from Think Fast. Why not invite scrap or upcycled fabric to your next soiree? Cheers!
Fans of Heather Moore, a.k.a. Skinny laMinx, might want to mosey their mouse over to Eden Fabrics for a sale on “Pots and Jugs” from Heather’s Cut Out and Keep line of retro-happy certified organic cotton prints. Tipsy Star Quilts and The Fabricologist have mark-downs on the line, too.
Heather Moore's Cut Out and Keep line of organic fabrics. "Pots and Jugs" is first on the left.
According to Earth 911, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person, per year. Not give away, not hand down to others, just put in a bin and drag to the curb.
All those tossed textiles started me thinking about the Gees Bend quilts. The women of this small Southern community weren’t throwing away 68 pounds of clothing every year. They made do (and made art) with what they had: Worn jeans, shirts, work pants and other bits of fabric.
Of course, quilters have been using scraps of cast-off clothing for years.
So here’s a challenge for you: What could you do with some of the clothing or textiles that you, your family or friends might otherwise throw away?
Chevron is all the rage. The folks at Cloud 9 mix it up a bit with a zig zag organic cotton canvas. Part of the company’s GeoCentric line, the graphic print is perfectly proportioned for a range of projects. You’ll find instructions for a book bag, fabulous tote, knitting needle caddy and more on the company’s blog.