14 November 2008

Repurposing

I'm a little obsessed with recycling clothes into something new. Last year for Christmas, most of the people on my list got a felted bag made out of an old sweater.

This year, I think the little girls will get felted ponchos, inspired by something I saw at the Beehive Co-op. I haven't yet started the washing machine, but I have the sweaters to hand.

In the meantime, I've got another inspiration percolating: Hats for Haitian Babies. The October Just Posts were announced the other day by Mad, and Jen, and Su (and you should, as always, go check them out, especially because one of my posts was included). Su's post pointed me towards a project called Caps to Cap-Haitien - turning your old t-shirts into hats for newborn babies in Haiti. As soon as I have a few spare minutes, I'm pulling out the sewing machine.




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14 comments:

Mayberry said...

That's a great idea! T-shirts seem especially hard to recycle, too; how nice to have such a good new use for them.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

That would make a great project for Scouts.

phd in yogurtry said...

Finally, something worthwhile for recycled t-shirts. Kudos to you for your efforts.

Have you ever seen threadbanger videos on youtube?

Ree said...

Thanks for the link Magpie. I know someone who is looking for something to do with her extra time. ;-)

the mama bird diaries said...

I love any kind of recycling. Super cool.

Angeline said...

that's a superb idea! I recycle my old clothes by using them as rags... *laugh* do you consider that as recycling in the first place? *eyebrow raised*

InTheFastLane said...

wow...I am so impressed...and so lacking in crafty skilz.

Gwen said...

Dammit! I was with you until you uttered "sewing machine."

Looking forward to seeing *your* handiwork, though.

womaninawindow said...

Amazing you.

Mad said...

I loved your felted bags last year and now I am drooling over the poncho. I am knitting Miss M a cableknit sweater. The colour she chose--boring brown.

Also, I hope you're doing ok--I read the post about the really bad day. Still, The Gardener is always a bright spot.

Vodka Mom said...

I am duly impressed by you. for sure.

Aliki2006 said...

I wish I could sew...t-shirts go to waste so often, I think--how neat to put them to such good use!

Eva said...

Well I love my felted bag you sent me. I need to figure out ways to repurpose clothes.

lildb said...

those bags would look fabulous on didyoubuythatnew.com, dontcha think?

(*hint, hint*)

(please tell me if you'd like to join the avengers? please just save me time and say yes so i can email you the invite, already?)