I know this isn't exactly a perfect fit for this category, but I couldn't figure out where else to put it.
I'm not trying to figure out what to do with a particular item in order to recycle it, instead I'm trying to figure out how to use recycled materials to replace craft supplies I would otherwise have to order new.
I've been working on some projects utilizing cover buttons. They're so easy to use, I can't resist them (if you haven't used them and want to know how, I believe I saw a video tutorial for how to work with them on the Craftster home page).
I've used them to make bobby pins (I've included an image of finished bobby pins using them below), and I'm also working on making magnets, push pins, and ponytail holders with them.
I'm using designs I created digitally and had printed on organic cotton by spoonflower.com. I feel okay about using new organic cotton fabric (it's printed with eco-friendly inks), but not so good about the cover buttons.
I've considered cutting out round backs of recycled fabric, and sewing the front design and back together and stuffing it with recycled materials (I've used plastic bags as green stuffing alternative in other projects), which I think would work, though it would require a lot more work and result in a soft, sort of squishy finished piece.
I'm wondering about cutting out hard plastic forms from old shampoo bottles, etc. and wrapping the fabric around that instead of a cover button, but I can't figure out how to secure and finish the bottom.
Any ideas, suggestions would be greatly appreciated.