mend: reuse fabric

It has been such a busy week for us. The subtitle of our website absolutely describes us: better living in a busy world.

This time last week the UK had some deeply unpleasant. During the worst here we were under 10cm of snow, with bitter temperatures down to -6C at night. Worryingly we hadn’t set up the chicken run to be able to provide enough shelter from driving snow. With temperatures in the day failing to rise above zero, we struggled to keep their water from freezing. In the end we did the only thing that was right by our hens. We moved them into our unheated back porch for a few days so that they had decent shelter.

But I digress. We will post about that in more detail early next week.

Today is not for talking about hens. I was looking through my old photographs and was delighted by some of our past work. So today I want to share two projects from 2012 that reuse fabric.

Reuse fabric: Toddler nighties from t-shirts

Nighties made from t-shirts reuse fabric.
Two toddler nighties made from old t-shirts.

I absolutely adore this picture.

These are two toddler nighties, made in 2012. The t-shirts no longer fitted due to weight loss.

Keeping the neck and the bottom hem finishes in place (why make more work for myself than I need to?) I cut away the sides and sleeves and replaced them with new so that the new nighties would fit a young child very well.

A heart embellishment with scraps and a wooden button on each added the finishing touches. Very little was wasted: even the cut off parts of the t-shirts went back into the rag bag for use in a rug.

Reuse fabric: Pulled Rag Rug

Oh, how I loved this rug. Just over half a metre square, pulled rag rug was made of scraps of jersey fabric from clothes too worn-out to be used for anything else. I pulled every 3 inch scrap through a hessian backing, allowing the surface tension of the finished project to hold it all together. It was warm and soft on the toes.

Colourful rag rug on the floor.
Rag rug, made with scraps of jersey fabric.
Pulled rag rug texture.
Close up of a pulled rag rug.

I still keep all my small scraps of fabric. I cut anything suitable into 3 inch strips and put aside for the day when I’ll make some more of this beauties.

Making pulled rag rugs takes some time and no little patience, but can provide a great way to reuse fabric that otherwise is too small or damaged to be of much use.

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