Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials
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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.
figure out how many inches are needed for the fold-over flap by measuring 3⁄4 of the way across the top widthwise. Add those inches to your first measurement. This number is the length of the rectangle. For example: 191⁄2" + 6" = 251⁄2" 2 Find the width of the rectangle by measuring the height of the computer and doubling it. Add that number to the length of the computer plus 1". For example: 3⁄4" × 2 + 13" + 1" = 151⁄2" Cut three rectangles 251⁄2" × 151⁄2". The strap remains the same
industrially produced consumer goods, we can live in quiet places. Our bodies become vigorous; we discover the serenity of living with the rhythms of the earth.~ ALICIA BAY LAUREL introduction • Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials focuses on seven textiles that I find inspiring, abundant, and easily rescued. The chapters are organized by material: linen, burlap, wool, jersey, vintage, mailers, and denim. At the beginning of each material’s chapter are interesting details, history,
as 4mm. 2 Pull at least 12" of thread/bobbin out before you begin sewing. This extra thread provides the tail for hanging the banner. • REINVENTION 3 Sew along the top of the right side of the first triangle near the edge. Do not backstitch when you come to the end. 146 4 Keep sewing (through air) and gently pulling the triangle so that there is about an inch of thread between the first triangle and the next. 5 Add the next triangle in the same fashion as the first. Repeat until you have
scissors for snipping • REINVENTION threads while at the machine (nail scissors work just fine) 8 Rotary blade: This specialty fabric cutter resembles a pizza wheel. Use it against the edge of a sturdy ruler on a mat for straight cuts. It makes for quick and easy cutting but should always be used with care. The blades are exceptionally sharp and should be replaced the moment a swift, clean cut becomes challenging. Make it a habit to put up the safety shield every time you set down the blade.
I completed sewing projects with a vague feeling that something was missing. I wished to add a part of me that went beyond the seams. When I discovered printing on fabric, I knew I had found that final piece. By embellishing with your own hand, you add a layer of yourself onto the fabric that can’t be achieved with manufactured notions. In sharing these basics on stenciling and stamping, I hope to make the process simple and accessible for everyone. I’ve included my stencil designs for