During the meeting we looked at pictures from Pinterest and similar sources for ideas and inspiration. The recent edition of Notions magazine also featured upcycling as the lead article, and led us to look at a Brooklyn-based company Zero Waste Daniel that is making new garments from cutting room scraps gathered from designers and manufacturers. Their web site features photos of the clothes they offer and it certainly gave us food for thought on ways to reuse our scraps.
|Peggy's sweater lengthened with lace trim|
Mary Ann brought along walker bags that she had made by combining cotton squares left over from various other quilting projects. The streamlined design only requires 10 or 12 inch squares to make useful pockets for fastening over a walker handle - just the right size to carry a book, water bottle, tissues, glasses, etc.
Her other item, a large tote bag, is made from smaller squares in a patchwork fashion. Her method is to cut up leftover fabric as she finishes a project and stick it on her felt wall board (a felt-backed tablecloth, using the wrong side). Once enough are collected there, she sews them up as totes or walker bags.
|Mary Ann's tote bag|
|Mary Ann's walker bags from cotton squares.|
We also had some Show and Tell items. Pat showed us her elegantly simple Christmas ornaments made from a folded circle of fabric. She also had a mini-purse which was meant to hold sewing notions or similar small items, but all of us immediately adored it as a miniature purse for any little girls in our lives (or for our own inner-child!). The pattern is available at ShabbyFabrics.com and has a YouTube video to allow you to sew along to make it.
|Christmas trees from folded circles|
|The inside of the mini-purse|
Cyndy wore her one-seam pants from a Garment Gals project earlier in the summer. They coordinated beautifully with the t-shirt she had.
|Cyndy's one-seam pants|
Judy showed her tunic and skort ensemble made in a flowing rayon. She also brought along some of the pieces from the Days For Girls project that she had been working on with the American Association of University Women.
|Judy's tunic top|
|Days for Girls project that Judy was working on.|
Our next meeting (September) is when our Brown Bag Challenge items will be revealed. We also decided we would share information about favorite blogs, web sites, magazines, and other sources that we use most often for inspiration and/or instruction.