Whether you recycle to save the environment, because you believe in waste-not-want-not, or you subscribe to that old chestnut…you never know when something will come in handy…if you keep your creative eye peeled, you can regularly “discover” treasures just about anywhere. From your pantry, junk mail in your mail box, gift wrap, and, of course, the recycle bin.
The beauty of crafting is that everything has the potential to be part of a new creation. When I was growing up my mother sewed many beautiful items of clothing for us. She made simple dresses and complicated snow suits. I have a white baby dress with matching slip she stitched my initials on. I remember one particular time that she repurposed one of her old coats for my younger sister. She cut down a coat that had served her well for several winters. She went to her bulging sewing box and added a “fur” collar which she had salvaged from another coat. The sewing box also contained a glass jar of buttons collected over many years. Mother added “jeweled” buttons to the coat…making it royal blue Sunday best!
Over the years I’ve sewn various projects for my home and family from a flower girl dress, intricate dance costumes, floaty ice skating ensembles, to an insulated window covering and duvet covers. While I usually had all the materials I needed to complete my projects, there were many times when something called for in the design wasn’t exactly what I wanted to complete the project. So, I’d rummage around in my sewing box and consider what in my collection would enhance whatever I was working on. I let my creativity dictate when the project was complete…not the picture on the pattern, or what the illustration suggestion.
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