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Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Repurposed Fabrics

My friend Charity and I went to a fabric blow-out sale at the Scrap Exchange last weekend and I got a TON of fabric. It was mostly upholstery fabric with scary price tags on them like $140 a yard and other such nonsense.  So after I got home with my huge bag of fabric - for a grand total of $7.50 - I needed a plan of something to do with it.  Because I had a lot of it.  And it was kind of taking over my work space.  I decided to make a picnic quilt in the hopes that it'll inspire me to spend more time outside.  I saw an idea on Little Birdie Secrets to use a vinyl tablecloth as the backing for a picnic blanket to block the moisture.  Brilliant!  And the leaves and dirt and earthy stuff won't cling to vinyl like it will to cotton.  I set to work on my quilt, modeling if after a design I saw in a book Charity showed me.  This ended up being a much bigger project than I thought it would be since I wanted the blanket to be big enough for several people to sit out and have space to eat.  By the end of the week this is what I had:

Now we are picnic ready!

I still have a lot of material that I need to find projects for, but I did come up with one so far. I took some purple fabric and turned it into a skirt for CJ.

The fabric is actually really stiff so the skirt can stand on its own. Always a bonus.

I have two more piles of fabric that are project-less so if you have any ideas send them my way!


Allison Vasquez said...

You can always make little blankets and pillows for the baby's dolls. That's what I do with my scraps.

Anonymous said...

It is very clear that you really love to sew and create- your work is beautiful and also flawless- you should create an online magazine -or send your work to Parent's magazine- many mothers would be amazed at what they could learn from you! You are just amazing!