Have you heard about the eco-holiday contest going on over at Heartmade, inspired by the lovely Mayi Carles? Today is the last day to submit work. Check it out.
I decided to submit a few items --both inspired by applique and Christmas.
Growing up, my grandmother whom I’m very close to, never wasted anything. For example, I have vivid memories of her putting water into a basically empty ketchup bottle where she would shake it around and dump it into a pot of soup she was cooking on the stove. Wasting was not an option. And since I lived with my grandmother for awhile, and grew up around her after we moved out, I believe her ability to use every last drop has been past down to me. This is why I love applique –applique allows me to use all the scraps of fabric I collect over time, instead of throwing them away.
The print below for example, was made entirely out of scrap fabric, scrap binding, scrap ribbon, buttons, and embroidery thread. And the Christmas tree was made from re-purposed felt, originally a sweater with moth holes from my wardrobe.
I made this holiday applique scene awhile back, as I was getting ready for the "A Crafty Holiday" blog hop event.
I then turned the print into a pillow for my mother, again using scraps I had left over from quilting.
Lastly, I used scrap fabric to make name tags, putting the names of all the grandchildren in my immediate family on the presents, and the pillow insert was made using scrap batting and scrap polly-fill.
I also made a few Holiday cards, again using scrap paper, buttons, and fabric.
I hope this inspires you to save your scrap fabric in the future. Any piece of ribbon or fabric, bigger than an inch, get’s saved in my studio. Look at the tiny presents, with their tiny ribbons –really, every last drop can be used, just like my grandmother use to do.