Recycled Lace

By Mary Covey

Recycled Family Fun

I am always on the lookout for new ways to recycle things. Don’t get me wrong, I throw away more than my share of trash without using the recycling systems that are available to me. But when it comes to old lace, linens, crocheted pieces, and quilts I just can’t bring myself to throw them away. Even the smallest pieces are attractive to me.

Recycled Lace

Recycled Lace Photo source Homespun magazine.

This photo shows old pieces of crochet and linen being used to cover different sizes of rock. Wouldn’t this be a wonderful project to do with your kids or grand kids. They could help pick out the rocks. Then match the right size crochet piece to the rock. Since a couple of simple hand stitches would hold the piece closed around the rock, an older child could help with that. With younger children, tacky glue would probably work just fine. Hours of fun recycling. Who knew?

Another recycling family idea is recycling spools to make a wind chime.  You can read Recycled Fun here.

#recyling #family #DIY

Logo

Recycled Fun

By Mary Covey

Recycled Spools and Quilts

Recycled Spools and Quilts Wind Chime by Mary Covey & Family – www.marycoveydesigns.com

Throughout the history of quilting, quilters have been known for recycling. A quilter would save every little scrap of leftover fabric and nothing was ever thrown away. Then, the smallest pieces of fabric would be sewn together to form squares, triangles, sashing, and borders.

Having a love of antique scrappy quilts always has me on the lookout for ways to recycle. My favorite thread for longarm quilting is Aurifil. The 50wt thread I use comes on beautiful orange spools. It seemed such a shame to throw these spools away when they were empty.

So with the help of my granddaughters, we thought of a way to recycle them. Using a wire coat hanger, strips of scrap fabric, and the spools we made a wind chime to hang in our pecan tree. Of course the sound is not as beautiful as a big metal chime but the color is vibrant; it is fun to sit on the porch and watch; the birds seem to enjoy it but best of all we had fun!

#Recycle #Spools #WindChime

Logo