My studio is currently stocked to the gills with garments and fabric for upcycling, and that’s before you open the door to the garage!
Over the last few weeks, Guy and his two youngest brothers have had massive clean outs of their cupboards, for various reasons.
Hooray for me! I have had the opportunity to sort through most of it and collect everything I could use!
I’ve got a pile of bleach stained jeans. These are screaming ‘bomber jacket’ to me! I’m thinking they could benefit from some areas worked back into with bleach in a more controlled way, maybe a vine motif or a mandala could look good.
A stack of men’s work shirts will become children’s paint smocks. Right this second I’m umming and arring if I should cut off the wrists bands and collar and add some elastic or not. It would make them a lot more child friendly. Hmm
Some t-shirts will become yarn. And these t-shirts will be used to make my paintball t-shirts quilt a little bit bigger.
I’ve also been collecting highly textured fabrics from the op shops. I’m thinking a hexagon quilt with big hexagons!
It is becoming more important for us to be considering our textile use footprint. Up-cycling these items are my small way to reduce textile waste.
Stay tuned to see what I come up with in the following weeks!
Have a creative week