I Mean Really Recycling…
by donating, repurposing or actually composting them…
When we, the adults, outgrew our clothes and textiles, I would donate some of the good usable items to charities that actually help clothe and house people, such as Sal-Val (Salvation Army) or the Breakfast Mission.
Others I would repurpose by making new items for the home.
- Big items: Patchwork bedspreads, blankets, rag rugs, etc.
- Small items: Kid clothes, vests, scarves, hats, bags, throws, bath mats, pillows, pillowcases, seat cushions, clothespin bags, washcloths, etc.
- If an item seemed too worn, I would tear it into cleaning and polishing cloths or gardening covers and ties.
- I have occasionally composted them.
The Denim Quilt – Winter 1979-80
I made this denim quilt, while pregnant with my first daughter, during the long winter nights of 1979-80.
It is not as bright and beautiful as it has once been. It does need some attention and new ‘stuffing’, but boy, does it have a history. First there’s the history behind each and every pair of 1960’s & 70’s jeans in it. Then there is the 38 years of history it has seen…
- The ‘Huggles’ and Cuddles
- The Bedtime Stories
- The ‘Friday Girls Night’ movies
- and last but not least The Confidential talks
It has secret pockets and zippers, where the girls liked to hide things. 🙂
22 years later…
I made this for that very same daughter in Winter 2001-02, while she was completing her Undergraduate Degree. 😀
The Daughter’s Denim Quilt – Winter 2001-02
I wonder what ‘history’ this Quilt will hold after 38 years. I hope them to all be Wonderful.
Read about it here on my Daughter’s Blog…
Take Care, Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you join me on my journey, as I recount many things from my past, and explore the many other creative possibilities in my future. – OmaEagle