To upcycle or not to upcycle?...
As a seamstress it probably comes as no suprise I love fabric! and textiles and yes I’m one of those that has a huge stash of offcut fabric for a rainy day or one of those “projects“ that I just never seem to get round to, but I just don’t think I could Bring myself to throw away!...
actually before I had my workshop and worked my from kitchen table for years, I use to drive my husband batty hoarding fabric in the garage in storage crates.
I’d hold onto the smallest scrap of fabric because I knew ”one day” it would be some use, to be fair nothings changed he’s just happy its no longer taking up precious garage space and I’m happy it’s out of his way and safe. 😬
I think his favourite story he likes to tell of me is when I had taken up my fathers PJ’s and kept the offcuts because I liked the fabric and couldn’t bare to throw it in the bin 😂, much to his amusement.
I suppose I think back that not so long ago fabric was sort after and rationed and a metre 100% cotton was a luxury unlike the present day without even knowing we tend to take for granted we have so much at our fingertips and some things aren’t made with such love and quality anymore, most high street clothes, soft furnishings and the sort, are almost made to be disposable.
Although in my opinion quality never goes out of fashion and if something is made well it should last a longtime, hands up I’d choose quality over quantity any day.
Thats why i‘m such a huge fan of a good upcycle.
Upcycling prevents wasting potentially useful materials by making use of existing ones. This reduces the consumption of new raw materials when creating new products. Reducing the use of new raw materials can result in a reduction of energy usage, air pollution, water pollution even greenhouse gas emissions.
We’ve all seen the still going strong shabby chic fashion and chalk painting everything in sight 😬👌 (guilty!) but the fact of the matter is it also saves you money, don’t throw out that perfectly fine solid coffee table because it’s a little tired or doesn’t go with the new decor change it with a lick of paint and some TLC and it’ll certainly last you longer than a flat pack anyday.
This goes for soft furnishings too! Don’t throw those curtains, throws etc out ...reuse them give them a new life, a cushion, a dog bed anything you can think of!
Recently I had an enquiry from a customer who had returned from living abroad to their house in the UK and had shipped over all her curtains she’d had made from her abroad home, as the windows were much larger than her current home, she asked if I could turn them into Roman Blinds... I jumped at the chance and when I went to visit the customer I was in awe of her beautiful curtain stash.....and so pleased to take them away and give them a new life.
A truly satisfying project...which i‘m still working on now as the client has more beautiful curtains to transform 👍💕
So the question was to upcycle or not to upcycle??.... definitely an upcycle from me!