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« on: December 07, 2008 08:52:35 AM »

In my ongoing battle to keep the wee ones warm this winter a felted blue sweater is the latest casualty.  The sweater was a ladies S gap turtle neck.  I'm not sure if it had been felted originally or accidently, but I acquired it in a give away bag from one of my local thrift stores (they were going to send a few large garbage bags to the landfill and I took them instead - I have gotten lots of useful material this way).  The sweater also happens to be the same blue as my house  Smiley

So, this is what my landfill sweater made a few days ago:



Arm warmers for the monkey.  She loves them because they are sportacus-esque.



footed trousers for the birdie.  He wears them outside for the most part overtop of his regular pants to keep his legs and feet warm.  The felted wool is very warm.  (I've made this ottobre pattern before from another sweater http://vegbee-peripheralvision.blogspot.com/2008/11/footed-pants-from-sweater.html and I like it very much.  If anyone wants, I can find which issue the pattern is from)



super warm mittens for the monkey



The mittens are lined with faux fleece.  I used the same method to make them as here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2008/11/quick-quick-mittens.html

and my sewing chair got some feet because it was scratching my floor:



I still have a few scraps that are going to make their way into ornaments for solistice (including a little house ornament as a gift for the monkey).  I feel ridiculously happy that the source for my kids' warmth this year comes from something that was supposed to go to the dump.  I'm starting to feel like maybe I shouldn't be buying fabric at all since there is so much of it already out there being wasted.  Something to think about anyway.

As always, questions and comments welcome!
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« Reply #1 on: December 07, 2008 09:27:13 AM »

Those are all great.  I love that they came from fabric destined for the landfill (if only scavenging at the dump was still legal...)

About the felted footie pants what issue are they from, and do you feel they are adequate baby warmth (I'm askign thinking of Ottawa in the winter), and how young a baby would they be suitable for?

I need to make some baby gifts, and you have given me a great idea. 
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« Reply #2 on: December 07, 2008 09:58:05 AM »

thanks kjlutz.  The pants are from ottobre kids autumn 3/05 (which also has the cloth diapers).  The felt is good for days hovering around the zero mark, particularly if they are wet (felt repells water).  They are also nice for the home to car transition.  Using regular sweaters or fleece, the footed pants are great too for inside, since socks on babies are a joke. 

Btw, some dumps are legal to scavenge at in my area, particularly small town dumps run by cities (and not private corps, like they are in my town), and rural sites too.  And dumpsters are completely legal to dive everywhere in canada - you should check clothing store dumpsters, especially the large department type ones like winners and zellers.  You would be blown away by the clothing thrown away.
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« Reply #3 on: December 07, 2008 10:13:53 AM »

Three things:

a) Your little Monkey is perhaps the most entertaining child I have ever seen on Craftster! I can always recognize her on the front page thumbnail pic. (and I also am completely hypnotized by Sportacus as well)

b) that is the best idea! I love that you rescued a doomed sweater. I am going to start doing that now....

c) did you felt the mittens more? they look so cozy...
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« Reply #4 on: December 07, 2008 10:27:26 AM »

thanks kjlutz.  The pants are from ottobre kids autumn 3/05 (which also has the cloth diapers).  The felt is good for days hovering around the zero mark, particularly if they are wet (felt repells water).  They are also nice for the home to car transition.  Using regular sweaters or fleece, the footed pants are great too for inside, since socks on babies are a joke. 

Btw, some dumps are legal to scavenge at in my area, particularly small town dumps run by cities (and not private corps, like they are in my town), and rural sites too.  And dumpsters are completely legal to dive everywhere in canada - you should check clothing store dumpsters, especially the large department type ones like winners and zellers.  You would be blown away by the clothing thrown away.

Thanks Vegbee--I have that issue of Ottobre, so I think I might make some for friends who are expecting shortly.

Thanks for the dumpster diving and dump tips, I may have to try after the snow melts. 
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« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2008 11:21:13 AM »

amybarnett, the mittens are just the felt and faux sheep fleece.  They are very warm.  And I think the monkey is entertaining too.  She's a nut.

Kjlutz, happy sewing (and diving too  Smiley)
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« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2008 01:22:41 PM »

 Grin Supremely awesome.  Kiss
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« Reply #7 on: December 07, 2008 06:41:09 PM »

I have been inspired so many times by reading your posts.  I love the footed pants and will have to fashion something like that for my little guy.  Bonus, that all that was made from a saved sweater.   Grin
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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2008 04:23:05 PM »

I'm always inspired by your creativity, Vegbee!  I think you won the tussle with the blue sweater.  I will also have to make some very long "socks" for my little one.  She can pull them off faster than I can even get the 2nd one on!

Great work up there!
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« Reply #9 on: December 08, 2008 07:03:34 PM »

What a great find. I wish I could get my hands on some trash like that.
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