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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What the heck can I use instead of THIS? on: December 09, 2009 04:55:25 PM
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.


2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Angel and Devil Dog Ornaments Using Custom Spoonflower Fabric on: December 08, 2009 05:16:02 PM
These dog-themed ornaments started as digital collages using public domain images from the Library of Congress and some vintage-style circus and sideshow inspired fonts.

I printed the designs with spoonflower.com and then used recycled fabric for the backing, and stuffed it with tightly-packed recycled plastic bags.

The strings (not shown in these pics) are thinly cut plastic strips from a translucent plastic shampoo bottle.

3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Mask of Morpheus Sleep Mask with Custom Spoonflower Fabric and Recycled Fabric on: December 07, 2009 09:23:53 PM
This is my first Craftster post (so feel free to let me know if I'm not following the appropriate format).

This is a sleep mask that originated as a digital collage I made utilizing public domain images from the Library of Congress and some vintage-style circus and sideshow inspired fonts.

I designed it to have the feel of a vintage sideshow poster advertising a hypnotist.

I printed it with spoonflower.com and was amazed at the quality of the print and the cost (under $30 for a yard of organic cotton printed fabric, including shipping).

I used recycled fabric for the rest of the sleep mask, from a torn high-thread count sheet (ripped by our dogs while they were playing a big too rough on the bed). I cut four to five extra fabric layers and stitched it together to provide a quilted layer of insulation to block out light. The sheet was a fitted sheet, and I cut a portion of the elastic around the edge of the sheet to use as a strap for the mask. The cut edges of fabric on the elastic strap are coated lightly with non-toxic fabric glue to prevent fraying.

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