I've recently been reading a book called 'Sewing Green'
It's a fantastic blend of repurposing, sewing projects and ideas and stories of ways to recycle and upcycle.
It's chock full of inspiration, things like this wallet made from the cuff of a men's shirt:
There are projects made from old feed sacks, juice packages, and old woollen jumpers to name just a few.
Each project has great photos, instructions, a pattern if necessary, and tips and hints on making it.
I really liked the idea of making napkin rings from those plastic rings you get around the top of milk and juice bottles. These rings I don't think can be recycled, so it's good to find another use for them!
Here's the inspiration from the book:
And here's my quick try!
I've been saving those plastic rings for a couple of weeks..
Then I took some fabric scraps from another project I've just been working on and cut them into strips..
Then simply wrapped the strips around a couple of rings together, adding more strips as I needed them:
Finally I just used a needle and thread to secure the ends:
I've just left the raw edges as I kind of like the shabby chic look of them! You could add buttons, trim or all sorts of things, but I just wanted to try these out with a very simple ring!
Not bad for a few minutes work - some scraps and a few rings from old milk bottles!
I'd definitely recommend a look at this great book!
There are so many more great ideas, and it's very well written!
Do you have any good sewing or upcycling books you can recommend too?