The Christmas present for my 12-year-old niece;
First the story
My sister lives in Portland, OR. She is working toward the "live with in 100 foot movement." So her children are very much apart of figuring their carbon footprints. The three younger kids don't really care yet, although her 2 year old loves the chickens. My niece, the oldest, is 12 years old, and she is very much into doing her part for saving the environment. She cares very much. For example she just started wearing make up and when she found out the company that made her blush animal tests she got rid of it. She wouldn't waste by throwing it out so she gave it to a neighbor. Now she researches before she buys. She joined a group at school that helps the school be greener in their buying and recycling and energy consumption. This is really important to her. This is where my gift to her being begins. Her favorite colors are purple and blue. This gift is mostly upcycled all materials are from a post consumer source, except the glue (white school glue), thread (cone thread) , and Beads which is the only thing I bought and they cost less then $5(fair trade beads), the pearl cotton is a remnant left over from another project.
The best kudos I got on this gift so far is my 12-year-old daughter said "I want one too"(add pouty face here). Although she wants either twilight or a skull and cross bones on the purse. (I have a sneak peek at hers is in here too) I am very proud of both girls ( my dd and niece) for there commitment to making the world a better place and this is how I show them
The flower beaded blue glass flower with the pink center, is a theme of all the items except the book, I wanted the book to be able to stack and the flower would get in the way.
I have made a personified blank book with 60 pages from blank newsprint. This is left over from my move, we bought all our moving supplies from recycledboxes.com so even before I used it here it was made of recycled materials and will be sent in a box from this very move and will be wrapped in new print and I will make a paper bow for it as well. I had to find the least wrinkled pieces and ripe them to size then place them under a stack of books to flatten out. It is covered with jean material from a pair of jeans that were ruined with paint and holes. The chip board for the cover is from inside junk mail. I hand embroidered her first name on the cover in DMC purple pearl cotton left over from another project. The in side cover is made from a taco box.
The purse I also made the purse from the same pair of jeans. I beaded the purse different on each side. One side has green glass beads in the shape of recycle symbols, the other is done in blue glass beads in the shape of a flower and a sprinkle of blue glass beads all over that side. All the beads are fair trade beads.
BRACELET, HEAD BAND, BARRETTES
I used the same jeans for these items, and more fair trade glass beads, to make these; I made a 2.5 inch strip of jean and surged one or both edges then folded them under. I sewed them down using a curve stitch that my Viking machine has but two straight stitches would have done fine. On the bracelet I just sewed hook and loop tape(like Velcro) and I sewed elastic on to the head band. If I had used stretchy jeans I would not have needed to do this. I took a circle of jean and beaded it with the flower then turned it into a yo-yo by basting around the edge and sewed on the clip for the barrettes. Also I buy the barrettes in the quilting section of Jo-Ann fabrics (quitters use them to hold binding on instead of pins). They are very cheap this way (more so if you use a coupon or wait for a sale)
There are 17 photos of this project.
I used both a sewing machine and serer on the sewing projects but you could even do them by hand. and I have links to an instuctable that helped with the book making and a bag pattern that helped with the purse making. Also there is a link to the 100-foot diet, for the curios about this life style choice.
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headband (modeled by my daughter)
back of head band and bracelet. Here you can see
purse other front(or back)
an excellent close up of the beaded flower
Book cover you can see where the glue over ran at first I was going to start over but I didn't because she will like it better this way because it isn't wasteful
set of ten papers sewn on the sewing machine
all 3 sets of pages sewn together by hand
Inside cover made from chip board that came on junk mail
Connecting pages to cover
soon to be inside cover of finished book made from taco box
This is a different purse but made the same way (for my DD) on this one you can see it was made using cargo pants so it has a pocket for her phone and it is beaded with a skull and cross bones for my little pirate
this is an extreme close up of the bead work you can see on this one I sewed it to a patch then sewed it on
Making a bookhttp://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-recycle-office-paper-into-blank-books/
Original bag that inspired me for the purse bottomhttp://www.skiptomylou.org/2008/05/08/lunch-time/
100-foot diet challengehttp://urbanhomestead.org/journal/2008/01/06/100-foot-diet-challenge-launch/