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New Year, New Projects!

After a busy autumn, I slowed down for the Christmas season.  After that, I spent weeks decluttering my house!  And since I also home-educate my kids, I spent time reorganizing that whole project.  In between decluttering spurts, I worked on some personal creative projects, some of which you will see here.  And I also got started on some new projects for selling this coming year.

One item I’m particularly excited to have finished is a sunhat for me!  I’ve made them before, but the pattern I used was too big for me.  So, I put my geometry skills together with my pencil, protractor, compass, and old file folders; and made a new hat pattern that fits me.  And then I dug through my silk fabric collection and chose colours.

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upcycled silk made into crazy patchwork sunhat decorated with embroidery and buttons
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upcycled silk made into crazy patchwork sunhat decorated with embroidery and buttons

It’s a reversible hat, too.  The reverse side is cotton fabric appliqued with cotton fabric.  I added embroidery stitches of all sorts, and I designed a button flower and sewed it on.  I was very excited last night to finally put it all together, flip it around with both right sides out, and top-stitch the brim.  Voila, done!

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upcycled silk made into crazy patchwork sunhat decorated with embroidery and buttons

It’s just ever-so-slightly tight, but it’ll work for now to keep sun off my face.  And now I know how to make a hat pattern, so I know how to adjust it for different sizes!  Great excuse to make another one sometime….you know, with other silk colours….

Another project I began was making lined wristlet clutch bags from thrifted leather!  This pretty red leather came from a red leather skirt (I found two red leather skirts!!).  I also figured out how to make tabs for zipper ends, so that when the bag is finished, the ends of the zipper look more finished.  I was pretty excited to see those come out so well!  As you can see, I appliqued a flower to the outside (flower on each side of this bag).  This one will be listed for sale as soon as I figure out pricing by working on a few more bags.

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red leather wristlet with purple star
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red leather wristlet with purple star

And then because I so enjoyed making the red leather bag, I decided to make a leather bag for myself, with a new-to-me three-dimensional flower-making technique:

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upcycled leather made into bag with wool flower applique
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upcycled leather made into bag with wool flower applique

The flower is made from wool felt and cotton scraps.  It is glued and then sewn onto the bag.  (zipper tabs – I love how they look!)

Below is more leather fabric I’ve cut out to make more bags with.  The pink leather came from a big pink jacket, and the tan came from a skirt.  Also in the photos are scraps of silk, cotton, and felted wool.  I will use these to make more of the three-dimensional flowers. These bags will be for sale.  Which one is your favourite combination?

upcycled leather, wool, and silk for bags
upcycled leather, wool, and silk for bags

Flower, up close:

yellow wool and green cotton flower
yellow wool and green cotton flower

Below are the silks and wools I have (with more buried underneath each pile!):

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colourful silk shirts for use in crafts
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colourful wool sweaters for use in crafts

Thank you for reading, and stay tuned for the finished products!  I’m hoping to get them done by the end of this month.

I also have SOOOOOO many new ideas for bags and brooches this year!!

 

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