Every so often I pop into the charity shops to see if there are any old quilt covers or curtains that can be remade into something else. And every so often I find just the right thing. For a few Euro I come away with a huge piece of beautiful material that I keep until I have an idea about what to use it for. My latest project was to re-cover two chairs that were passed onto to me by my Mum. I think they look
fairly snazzy now and I can take off the covers easily enough in order to wash them. Sitting on the chair is a quilt that I made a couple of months ago. The inside is made from loads of old fleece jackets, jumpers and trousers. I cut them all up and sewed them together like a big jigsaw and eventually managed to get the huge piece of fleece into the old quilt cover that I had bought. It now makes a cosy addition to our bed in the winter time.
Before that I had done a similar thing with a very tattered quilt that needed to be hidden within a nice outer layer. I now have a lovely blue quilt that I can wrap around me on a cold day in the house.
Out of the same quilt cover that I adapted to fit the old quilt, above, I made several cushion covers for old cushions that had been passed onto me, again by my Mum.
Sitting beside the blue cushion is one of y favourite bags that was made from an old ball of wool, bought from a charity shop for 50c. It is lined with a piece from an old shirt and the button is from an old pair of trousers.
I also made a sock organiser for my wardrobe out of old curtains(thanks Mum!), which is one of the most useful things I've made so far. I'll add in a picture soon.
The one thing that I have realised since I started these projects is that I will probably never throw away the things that I have made because they are even more special to me. They will become heirlooms in their own right and this in itself has benefits for the environment. I have realised that making your own quilt covers etc is not just about saving money. It is about making something much more special than can be bought in a shop. It is about feeling proud of what you've made every time you look at it. It is about having something unique.
Of course I wouldn't have been able to do these projects without the use of the sewing machine that has been lent to me by.....you guessed it....my Mum.