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November Craft Night – small zippered bags

We were hoping to introduce a few folks to the handiest of items in our reuse tool box, the sewing machine.  While not a full on introduction to sewing, we wanted to show how a few simple straight seams could turn a zipper and a bit of vinyl or plastic into a handy little pouch.

Vinyl and plastic is the perfect material to use for a first sewing project.  By their nature, vinyl and plastic edges do not fray unlike your average fabric.  This means exposed seams are just fine for most projects thus saving you a few steps.  Vinyl and plastic are also waterproof making the pouches just a bit more durable and easy to clean.

We have tons of vinyl decorator samples that are just the right size for these projects.  If vinyl is not your thing, did you know you can iron most plastic bags with an iron on low temp to create a durable material that’s perfect for making pouches.  Just iron between two pieces of paper to keep the plastic from melting onto your iron or board.

If a zipper still seems overwhelming, you can also sew in velcro as your closure.  We hope to have more craft night featuring the use of sewing machines.

 

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Austin Creative Reuse Meets Austin Sewing Guild

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On a cold and windy Saturday, Austin Creative Reuse had a chance to meet up with the Austin Sewing Guild, a dynamic bunch of ladies (and a few men) who love to sew.

Those of us who do sew are a notoriously frugal bunch. In this case, frugal does not mean cheap, it means we like to make the most of what we have so left over material and notions are saved for future mini-projects or shared with members of the guild. Each guild meeting kicks off with a wonderful fabric and notion swap. Reuse at it’s finest!

After sharing the mission and future plans of Austin Creative Reuse, it was time for member so show off what they made recently. Several members brought their favorite “reuse” project.

One member who loves to print and dye fabric used her “drop” cloth to make a beautiful blouse, The rich, random colors gave the blouse a lovely batik feel. Another ambitious member made several dresses and one shawl out of a load of old ties. The colors were amazing! There were quilts and coasters made from scraps.  One of my favorites was an adorable holiday dress.  The dress began it’s life as a short sleeved, floor length number which had no styling what so ever.  After being purchased at a thrift store by a sewing guild member with an eye for fabric, she restyled it into a cute holiday cocktail dress.

We will be looking for ways to meet up again with this amazing group, maybe a fabric sale or swap, helping out with a “sewing” themed craft night. Can’t wait to see what we come up with.

 

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