So I was fortunate to discover that a local charity for Creative Play for children & young people has 'upcycled ' fabric available for a small cost. My 15 year old daughter is studying Art at school and we went to kit her out with supplies and materials and I came back with a bag of fabrics. Most are from sample books of upholstery fabrics and if not reused in this way would probably go to landfill. This gave me the freedom to play with my sewing machine and enabled me to learn a lot. The Door stops in my last post were made with upholstery fabric that I got there and I'll be giving them the yellow one plus some other things I've made soon for display purposes to inspire others.
The Upcycling of fabric really appeals to me. Resources for it's manufacture, dyes etc have already been used so my crafting has minimal impact on the environment and it also saves money which is always important. With this in mind I've also been scouring charity shops as I want to make a quilt for our Super King bed and have found duvet covers to be a wonderful source of material:
100% Cotton Double Duvet cover originally from Ikea cost £5
100% Cotton King sized Duvet cover with 2 pillow cases originally from M&S cost £5
100% Cotton Double Duvet cover with 2 pillow cases cost £3
It's bizarre that every cotton duvet cover I've found so far is pink and green as these are the colours I want to use in my quilt. I've found polycotton covers in other colours but I only want 100% cotton fabrics.
I also found this skirt a few years ago before I started sewing but I'm sure you can understand why I bought it:
Lady bird skirt from Get Cutie
Lastly I'm going to leave you with a teaser of one of the items I've made to donate to the charity mentioned above:
will be revealed soon