Type of item: Accessory
Style: Cute, Casual, Eco-Friendly, Whimsical
Recycled men's t-shirt/ Woven cotton WAVE fabric/ Drawstring/ Plastic coffee can with cover
What was your inspiration?
I like tree frogs. And I'm not the only one in the family that does. So when my sister Rose (who has an embroidery business) found this tree frog pattern... well we HAD to stitch it out. The only thing she had available though (since she doesn't sew) was a scrap T-shirt from one of the rejects of a print job they did. Bright goldenrod. The frog literally took an hour to stitch out (57,000 stitches I think), we used 14 colors. I could not bear to let it sit on a t-shirt that would never be worn... SO I made a drawstring bag out of it. Everything I used was already on hand. The blue fabric was from my inventory stash. Even the drawstring was pulled out of a pair of drawstring pants I don't wear. I didn't use a pattern, I just made it up. It was a bit nautical in theme since it was for my granddaughter in Florida who goes boating and plays on the beach a lot.
What are you most proud of?
That it is totally recycled, and turned out awesome! Oh and that beautiful tree frog isn't sitting around on a piece of fabric gathering dust! ~sand maybe...but that's a good thing! :D
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Not EVERYTHING has to be a designer label !!! I'm inspired by new and clever ways to reuse everyday objects. Don't let preconceived notions limit your creativity! ~my mom still saves the wax paper from cereal boxes. She says you can't BUY waxed paper this quality... and she's right. She rolls her pie crusts out on it... I'm more likely to trace a pattern with it! :D