When I got my sewing machine, I started holding back some of the clothes from the donation bag to use as scraps for sewing projects. I found a book called Sewing Bits & Pieces by Sandi Henderson, and it is giving me plenty of ideas for using all the scraps from the girls’ old clothing. Not only do I have fun playing around with fabrics, but I end up with little projects that are mementos of the girls’ younger years.One super-simple project turned an old tank top of Bayla’s into a little set of fabric gift tags.
In this project, Sandi has the crafter lay a piece of plastic wrap between a piece of card stock and the fabric scrap. By ironing this “sandwich,” the fabric adheres to the paper. At that point, I could cut out my shapes and add crazy, free-form stitching around the edges. I added eyelets and embroidery floss to some, but not yet to all, of the tags.
The project was fun, but once I added the machine stitching, I kind of felt as though the plastic wrap part of the process was a little unnecessary. But it’s fun to try out a new technique, even if it doesn’t turn out to be one I’m likely to come back to again and again.
As a second little scrappy project, I used Sandi’s strawberry-shaped templates to turn a baby onesie and a summer halter top into refrigerator magnets.I didn’t follow Sandi’s directions exactly for this project, as she had readers layering double-sided adhesive, stiff interacting, and fabric, then clipping around the perimeter in order to fold the edges down to the back and later cover them with a piece of felt.
Instead, I simply put some interfacing between two scraps of fabric, ironed them together, and cut out the shape, gluing felt and a magnet in place to the back. You can see the white interfacing when you turn the magnet to the side, but with the light-colored fabric, it doesn’t really show much. I just know I would have been dissatisfied with the folded-down edges in the book’s directions.
So now I have some cute tags and magnets that help me remember some of the little-girl clothes my children have already outgrown!What artful things have YOU done to preserve or “recycle” your children’s outgrown things?
If you are interested, you can check out a post here where I re-used old jeans to make some fun projects.