Every spring my daughters and I collect from their closets clothing and other items that they have either outgrown or no longer need.
These items are then donated to charity.
However, given the fact that I am very sentimental about my children, it often makes me sad to see them throw away those things that I have associated fond childhood memories with. Of course, you can not keep everything.
This sample banner, I think, helps me to demonstrate just how my students may use some of the old garments and novelty toys they might label as “toss offs.”
This image of a young teen is from a marvelous book. I will find it in my bookcase sometime today and link to the author/artist here.
Students may even include text in their samplers; here I have used a permanent ink marker to write a story directly onto the fabric.
Here I have demonstrated that students don’t need to follow stricter rules used by quilters when they are thinking about their designs. I’ve used both the reverse and the front of this fabric within the same design.
The batting here is used as though it were fabric and some of the edges of fabric are left raw and frayed. Small plastic toys from my children’s old toy bins are also sandwiched between layers of material.
Even a silk flower from one of my younger child’s old costumes finds it’s way into the mix!
Finally, I have backed my textile sample with fabric from a skirt once worn by my youngest.
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- Turning Waste Into Clothes (psychedelichippiefashion.blogspot.com)
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- How to Build Your Own Cyclepunk Chandelier from Bike Parts and Trash (treehugger.com)
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