Recycled Sewing

My boy pretending to be Flynn Rider with his new satchel – completed 11/9/11.

Satchel/Messenger Bag:

Here is my little man pretending to be Flynn Rider from the Disney movie Tangled. He wanted his own satchel so we made one up in about a half hour from pant leg of one of his daddy’s old pair of kakhi pants. If old clothes are too ratty and worn to give away and you have the space to save them it’s always fun to come up with new things to turn them into. It’s recycling before there was recycling. I’m sure that Maggie and her girls did that. There are several quilts that were made out of old dresses or baby clothes that are floating around our family closets. Look through your closet and see what you can repurpose.






Mama Cloth:

I have often thought of using cloth menstrual pads but never found or figured out a pattern that I liked…. until now. This pattern from The Eco Friendly Family is just what I was looking for. Most patterns that I had seen before used materials that I had to buy. This used things were waiting to be re-purposed into something else. And the pattern was free. What more could you ask?

I used old birdseye flat cloth diapers that were being retired for the soaker section and old cloth diaper fleece liners (cut out from cheap Wal-Mart fleece) that I wasn’t using for the liner.

7.29.13 029 cutting out fleece liner

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soaker section cut from an old diaper pinned to liner before sewing
7.29.13 047 soakers stiched to fleece liner

I stiched them up and then, I used leftover KAM snaps from making cloth diapers on the wings and I was done. If you don’t have snap plies you could sew on regular snaps from the craft store, stitch on some velcro or even safety pin the wings.

7.29.13 060 snaps added

I was in a hurry when I made mine, so I didn’t take the time since to stitch and turn the soaker section so that the seams are inside out like the directions in the pattern instruct you to do. I just folded the flat diaper into either 4, 6 or 8 layers, cut to shape based on the pattern provided and then pinned and sewed it directly on to the fleece liner.

130706_0001 copySo you’ll notice on mine that the edges of the cloth are frayed from washing since I skipped that step. I kind of like it that way especially since it saved me time. I might have taken the trouble to make them prettier if I was making them for someone else. But, I was just making them for me so I figured that they don’t need to be that pretty, especially given their use. These were quick to make and they work very well.

August 2022

I got inspired to make some aprons. I’ve had these scraps that I got off eBay sitting around for a couple of years. I tend to sew in spurts. I’ll not make anything for years and then get in the mood and sew up a storm. Here’s the output of this weekend’s work.

Linen Bib Apron:

This apron I made from a scrap of linen. I modeled it after the vintage apron show below. It’s all one piece and was super easy to sew up. Basically just cut, iron down the edges, and sew up the seams.

It has long strings that attach at the shoulders, cross at the back and hook through loops at the waist.

This is a super comfortable apron. I love that it doesn’t have a halter tie behind my neck. Those always pull on my neck and make my neck and shoulders hurt by the end of the day. This may be the most comfortable apron that I’ve ever worn. I’m going to be reaching for it a lot.

Linen Half Apron:

I had just enough to make a half apron of the same linen as the bib apron that I show above. I added a nice, big pocket and may use this one for gardening.

Vintage Floral Rose Apron:

I love, love, love, this fabric don’t you? It’s so pretty. It’s a vintage cotton that I got as a scrap on eBay. This one took some thinking as it was not cut symmetrically so I had to plan carefully to get all the pieces I needed but I did it, and I used every bit of fabric with none left over. Not even scraps or edge trimmings. I think it turned out beautifully and I’m going to really enjoy wearing it.

I didn’t have enough fabric to make apron ties so I added a button closure to the end of the waist band. I think I’m going to like it better than tying apron strings.

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