We have mentioned before about a local store called Recyclique (http://communecos.org) that opened sort of near my house. It's a great little place offering local upcycled/recycled crafts, vintage items, rain barrels, books and they offer classes on various eco-friendly subjects. Kristina and I have recently started showing some of our upcycled items there and volunteer there as well.
Sandy gave Kristina and me a couple of projects to do. Some of the items donated are not quite ready for sale and need a bit of a fix me up. In this case, someone had started a project with fun fur but didn't finish. Kristina made the cutest little fun fur purse but crocheting the fun fur into an open sided square.
We added a strap and satin scrap for a lining, using items we found at the local Scrap Exchange (http://www.scrapexchange.org). Then we used some scrap yarn and a recycled toggle as a clasp and for a touch of whimsey, (like all the fur wasn't whimsical enough), we dangled some little bells on the clasp cord.
Too cute right?
We did remember to take step by step pictures of the next project - A Hanging Planter from an upcycled scarf. Amazing idea huh? First I found a belt buckle to use at the top to hang the planter by. I ran it up to the center of the scarf, dangled it and thought, yeah this will work!
Next I sewed about 5ish inches up from the bottom on both sides, then sewed the bottom edge together. Side came next, sewing them from the first sewn line down to the bottom edge. I used a tight zig zag and went back and forth a bit to help the sewing hold.
About this time I realized I meant to cut the main body of the scarf into strips.....a bit late now.
So to adjust I decided to sew across the scarf about 5 inches down from the 'center'. Then I sewed from that line down to the basket line about 3 inches in from both sides, basically making a large rectangle down the center of the scarf.
I cut across the bottom of the rectangle I made and then up the sides to the top. Now I had two strips that were just attached to the top of the scarf.
I wrapped the top area under the buckle a few times with the strips and then tied them into a nice knot. I decided to leave them dangling for now. Looks awesome if I say so myself! I didn't have a small plant so used my new froggy garden decoration.
Wouldn't this look great with a sweet little plant?
Come and visit Sandy and the rest of the gang at Recyclique and see what other cool and awesome upcycled items they have! And hey, if you are a local crafter, stop by and say Hi! and show us your stuff! http://yikeslink.blogspot.com/2009/04/wanted-crafters-artists-designing.html