Taking recycling to the next level

It all started in December. Ever since both my children when off to college I have been taking over their bedrooms with my stuff. It has been working pretty well since they usually are not home at the same time. When my son would be coming home I would just transfer tubs into my daughter room and when she would be coming home it would just go into my sons room. When I realized they would both be coming home for Christmas at the same time and my sewing room to filled to the max, I decided it was time to do some cleaning, organizing and throwing. Well, I came across a tub of blue jeans and a tub of flannel that I didn't even know I had. I took it as a sign the I was supposed to make a quilt and since I've been meaning to make to toss in the back of my car I thought this would be perfect. This is before clipping and washing.

This is after clipping and washing.

Then in the spirit of recycling I made this postcard out of one of the pockets.

As I was pulling the little jean do dads out of the wash machine I was thinking I bet I could use this for something. So I got a crazy notion to make fabric paper out of it.
I dusted off my blender and found the paper making kit I used with my kids when they were little and 5 hours later this is what I had. I decided to change it up a little and make some different colors so I added tissue patter to the mix. Now I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it, I'm thinking more postcards, but don't know where I'm going with that idea.


Kathy said...

WOW! You really did a great job of using up every little bit and piece of those jeans. Are those home made papers all postcard size?

Gina E. said...

WOW indeed!! Gosh Cindy, you are so creative, you should go into business, if you aren't already! A little shop with all these pretty things you make, especially the recycled jeans into paper - would be very popular. I guess there is always Etsy, and local markets and fairs...hark at me organising your life, LOL! But I am VERY impressed with your skills.