Recycling Clothes… 4

Quilts

 

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.

 

Preparing to Repurpose…

 

For the Quilts:

  • I cut heavy-duty plastic into 12 x 12, 8 x 8, and 6 x 6 square templates.
  • I cut the materials into desired sizes.
  • I separate them by size, materials, and colors into individual ziplock bags.
  • Save special items in their own bags: pockets, logos, zippers, buttons, etc.
  • I store the bags in see-through container.
  • Once I am ready to start a project, I can see all I have on hand at a glance.

 

 

 

My Quilt for Daughter

My quilt for BLD

 

Read the story about our Family Quilts here: Recycling Clothes… 2

 

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

Recycling Clothes… 3

Rag Rugs

 

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.

 

Preparing to Repurpose…

 

For the Rag Rugs:

  • I cut the material into 1 to 1.5 inch strips. (depending on it’s thickness)
  • I begin to wind it into a ball, like yarn
  • I knot the ends together as I go. (I have occasionally sewn the ends.)
  • Store in see-through bin.

 

Rag Rugs in the works…

 

Finished Chair Cushions

mint seat cushionseat cushionf

 

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

Recycling Clothes… 2

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.

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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.

Denim quilt -winter 1979-80
38 year old denim quilt – made in 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. 🙂

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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

My quilt for BLD

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…

https://riotflower.wordpress.com/2012/12/13/mama-comfort/

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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

Recycling Clothes… 1

I Mean Really Recycling…

by donating, repurposing and 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.

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However…

When the children outgrew their clothes, if they were still in good shape… I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season.

Because…

Here in our area school district there were many children that did not even have underwear. (Sometimes it comes down to a choice… food or underwear?)

So I would also collect clothing from friends and neighbors. Jackets, hats, gloves, pants, tee shirts, socks and especially underpants. I would then process them, I would clean and mend, then place them in bags marked with the gender, size and season for the school nurse to give out as needed.

It was a labor of Love, I was Blessed with a Happy, Healthy Family, and wanted to share some of that warmth and love with the little ones of my community.  I believe in the ‘Ripple Effect’

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We all can help strengthen our Community, one baby step at a time.

What are some of your ideas?

Check out: Real Recycling… Back in the day.

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

Playing with My Buttons

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I May Have Lost My Marbles, But I Never Lost My Buttons… 😉

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I Love Buttons,  I Always Have

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When I was growing up…

I would sit and play for hours with the assorted buttons in Grandmother’s sewing machine bench. All sizes, all shapes, all colors, all assorted into their very own tiny Sucrets tins and pill bottles. Leather, metal, ceramic, shell, plastic, rhinestoned. Round, square, diamonds, flowers, mounded, raised, woven, animals and seasonal Christmas and Easter shapes.

As I grew older…

I began to save my own buttons. When I would ‘recycle old clothing’, I would trim all the buttons and zipper, etc. off and save them. Recycling them on odd and ends sewing crafts: bed quilts, bedspreads, handbags, etc. Eventually I received my Grandmother’s sewing machine desk and sewing machine storage bench, complete with the button collection.

A Short Commercial Break…

‘recycle old clothing’ – A topic for another Blog post, because when I say ‘recycle old clothing’, I mean really recycling… by donating, repurposing and actually composting them…. more on that later, stayed tuned.  😉

So many decades later…

After having raised my own daughters, I decided to play with My Buttons.

My previous button post include:

Now… 

Vintage Button Necklaces

Button Necklaces

 

Opalescent Shell Button Necklace

jewelry-necklace-shell-buttons

 

Do you still have your Buttons?

What do you think of mine?  😉

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Button & Bead Art

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Spring Flower Garden

Button flower garden

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The Flowers are Varied

  • All flowers are looped with different colored pipe cleaners through the button holes, twisted tight to secure it. Some flowers are left just like that. The others have been wrapped with florist tape, some have leaves, others none. The florist tape helps set the head into position, and allows me to glue them down where I want them.
  • Some of the mini flowers are made with small button from my little baby girls’ clothing. I pushed them into pony beads as their pots and anchors.
  • The mini ‘Hyacinth-like’ flowers are a button and 4 colored tri-beads.

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Button flower garden.

I want to change the bottom from brown to more green and grassy-looking.

 

Make your very own Spring keepsake.

You’ll need: a small picture frame without the glass, glue gun, a pretty background, pipe cleaners, flower tape, buttons, beads, maybe a few odd pieces of jewelry.

Take the backer out of the frame and spray mount your background onto it. Slip backer back into frame. Use your imagination to create your own ‘Spring Flower Garden’.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy, Happy Everything – OmaEagle

 

Button Art – Spring Flower Basket

Easter, May Day and Mother’s Day

Spring Flower Basket

Easter button basket

 

The basket and handle buttons are from old pajamas and robes.

The flowers in the basket came mostly from dressy blouses, jackets, etc.

To begin, I glued down the basket and handle buttons. Then I made the flowers for the basket. I looped green flower wire or green pipe cleaner through the button holes and twisted it tight to secure it.  I wrapped the wire with florist tape, the florist tape helps set the head into the position wanted. Finally I filled out my bouquet, the florist tape allows me to glue them down where I arrange them. I am looking to put this in a nice shadow box frame.

Make your very own Spring keepsake.

You’ll need: a small picture frame without the glass, glue gun, a pretty background, buttons, beads, maybe a few odd pieces of jewelry.

Take the backer out of the frame and spray mount your background onto it. Slip backer back into frame. Use your imagination to create your own ‘Spring Bouquet’.

Happy Easter, Happy Spring, Happy, Happy Everything – OmaEagle

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