"I begin with an idea ... and then it becomes something else"
~ Picasso

Sunday, 24 May 2009

Recycling in textile projects

I like to use recycled materials in my textile projects. This is an idea for the odds and ends of threads and fabric left over after other projects













  1. Place a layer of bubble wrap on the bottom (bubble side up)
  2. Cut up your left over yarns, threads and bits of fabric. You could even include sequins or bits of paper with interesting text
  3. Place a sheet of cling film over the top to seal
  4. Place a piece of baking paper over the "plastic sandwich" to completely cover the plastic
  5. Iron over the baking paper on a medium to hot setting
  6. The cling film will fuse to the bubble wrap trapping your bits and bobs
  7. When it has fused, leave it to cool down
  8. Stitch by hand or machine or cut it up and use it in your textile projects


























If you don't use baking paper the plastic will melt all over your iron. See the post below to see what a mess I made to my iron yesterday!

12 comments:

sebnem said...
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Meltem said...

Sorry first comment was wrote by me and deleted by me again!
Awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this with us! I'll try it right away! I'm sorry for your iron:)

Julie said...

That's ag reat way to use up all those little snippets that you can't bear to throw away. I shall have to try this. Of course, I will now have to pester everyone for bubble wrap too! lol

Clevelandgirlie said...

Carolyn - I love this idea. I've never trapped thread in plastic? I've used water soluable sheets and netting but never plastic. What a cool idea - thanks!

Cecca said...

Great tip, thanks! I suspect mine wouldn't look quite as beautiful as yours though :-)

Lalhezar said...

This is an excellent idea. Thanks for sharing it with us. Suzanne at Lalhezar

Diana Bracy said...

This has my imagination running in every direction! I can't wait to get started. I am imagining the endless possibilities. Where do I mail the check for these wonderful ideas???
Thanks so much for sharing.

Carlynne said...

what a fabulous idea! I could even use pieces like this for my collage work on canvas. Thanks for sharing!

outsideartist.com said...

i am trying to JOIN PLASTC ,TO PLASTIC ALL THE SAME PLASTIC' FROM A CLAM SHELL TYPE CONTAINER THAT HANGS LIKE WHAT HEAD PHONES MIGHT COME IN! ANYBODY?
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Anonymous said...

I love your bubble wrap art. Love the planet melt down work too. Have not seen any other recycled bubble wrap work. Thanks

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