Category Archives: recycling

Painted Cushions

Painted Cushions
Painted Cushions
I paid a lot for these terribly faded cushions, so I couldn’t bring myself to toss them. I had bought a couple of bandanas to sew together for a cover, but wasn’t crazy about that idea.
Then I thought, “fabric paint!” and wished somebody made spray fabric paint. I found this at Walmart (I love that Rice Freeman-Zachery calls it the Dreaded Walmart!)  It came in a pack of three colors (black and gold, too) and was $14.97. Not cheap, but I have a use for the black, and maybe the gold, too.
I sprayed and used a foam brush to even it out.
Not a bad “before and after,” huh?
I got on the company’s website to see if they sold bottles of single colors and they DO! Check them out at http://www.simplyspray.com/
AND!!!, the paint is made in America!!!!

Tutorial: Saving an Applique

Tutorial: Saving an Applique
Tutorial: Saving an Applique

I’ve been, “shopping my closet,” as they say, and I really like this t-shirt. It’s very soft and I have lots of red and navy to wear with it. It’s also very thin and see-through. I have to wear a camisole under it, and that defeats the purpose of light and soft. I decided to see if I could cut out the applique and attach it to another shirt.

I decided to add some iron-on stabilizer to the back before cutting it out.

I chose Sulky Tender Touch, not because I wanted it soft, but because I wanted it flexible.

Tender Touch is very hard to tell which side is the fusible one, so I used my new see-through, Teflon sheet as a pressing cloth, just in case I goofed.

I used a polyester setting with no steam on my iron and gave it a press. (about 20 seconds)

It worked!


I cut it out and turned it over!


Voila!

I also saved the neckband for the piping. I may use that to “frame” the applique when I attach it to another tee:


And the t-shirt leftovers made me a nice new pile of polishing cloths for my soap!

An Idea!

An Idea!
An Idea!

I’ve been playing with an idea lately and found exactly what I need to execute it with these Craft Felts. I found them at Walmart and they are made entirely of recycled plastic bottles! As far as I can tell, they’re also manufactured in America. Hopefully, I will have something very useful made from them soon to share!