Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials

Overview

28 projects seamlessly merge stitching, sustainability, and resourcefulness with simple, clean design

Advancements in technology have increased the pace of our lives. As a response, a vibrant Do It Yourself movement has risen to reclaim age old traditions that reconnect us to slower and simpler times. A sewing renaissance has been set in motion at a time in history when economic instability and an awareness of the importance of using ...

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Overview

28 projects seamlessly merge stitching, sustainability, and resourcefulness with simple, clean design

Advancements in technology have increased the pace of our lives. As a response, a vibrant Do It Yourself movement has risen to reclaim age old traditions that reconnect us to slower and simpler times. A sewing renaissance has been set in motion at a time in history when economic instability and an awareness of the importance of using sustainable resources is peaking.

With this in mind, award-winning blogger Maya Donenfeld offers a guide to working with her favorite recycled materials. You’ll find linen, burlap, wool and more with details on their history, deconstruction techniques, sewing tips, and information about their environmental impact.

Reinventing everyday materials into extraordinary items of beauty and utility for the modern home and family will excite new and experienced sewers alike. To add an element of personalization, Maya draws on her experience leading print workshops to share easy methods for transforming gently-used fabric with paint and ink. Stenciling templates and thorough instructions are provided, as well as encouragement to invent your own designs. Stories, a favorite recipe, and nature activity are tucked between and around the projects to offer the reader an invitation to slow down, and create with intention.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118077535
  • Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 767,806
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Maya Donenfeld writes the popular green crafting and simple living blog, www.mayamade.blogspot.com. Her distinctive designs feature sustainable resources and fibers while weaving in elements from the natural world. Her website is filled with projects, inspiration, and eco-friendly tutorials to light a fire under anyone wanting to artfully recycle, repurpose, and reinvent.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 2

CHAPTER 1: Sewing Basics 6

Tools 8

Terms 9

Techniques 9

Tips 12

CHAPTER 2: Printing Basics 14

Freezer Paper Printing 16

Tips 18

Stamping 19

CHAPTER 3: Linen 22

Story Scarf 26

Arithmetic Pillows 30

Portfolio 34

Reversible Summer Sling 38

CHAPTER 4: Burlap 44

Onion and Garlic Sacks 48

Log Carrier 51

Inspiration Board 54

Burlap Bin 59

CHAPTER 5: Jersey 66

Pillow Pal 70

Blossom Band 74

Little Forager Skirt 78

Barn Throw 85

CHAPTER 6: Wool 90

Wool Trivet 94

Insulated Lunch Sack 97

Poufs 102

Toadstool Cottage 106

CHAPTER 7: Denim 112

Double Duty Oven Mitt 116

Indi-Go Bag 121

Little River Rug 128

Hammock Hideaway 133

CHAPTER 8: Mailers 138

Color Block Zippered Pouch 141

Banner 145

Notebook 149

Luggage Tags 152

CHAPTER 9: Vintage 154

Fold and Tie Case 157

Apron Blouse 161

Summer Bolster 164

Traveling Hamper 168

Resources 172

Stencils and Templates 174

About the Author 184

Index 185

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