This week I braved the world and shared some of my sewing projects with other mums and some friends. Although they are not mind-blowingly creative, I think the concept of upcycling fabrics to use in new items is unique and will draw a certain type of favour, especially in the hipster parent circles in Canberra.
The idea is this:
I love charity shops. I enjoy sewing. So combine my two hobbies into one fantastic idea – Sew Functional! I scrounge charity shops for fabrics and then recreate them into functional items. At the moment I making baby items because, well I have a baby and I want to make some stuff for him.
This week I managed to find a couple of great kids duvet covers which I promptly cut up for their large pieces. However as I was pulling the scissors through the fabric instead of my ideas focusing on the larger pieces of fabrics, I was drawn to the offcuts, namely the borders including the fastening end. I ended up using these to make dummy and toy clips! Some of them already had button holes so I just reused some old buttons and voila – functional baby items.
Granted I did go a little crazy on quantities especially as I have no idea where to attempt to sell them yet! I already have my first request for a door silencer from a friend. Although I am still developing the skills necessary for being able to create a perfect door silencer, it is a nice feeling to have my hobby come potential business recognised as creating something that someone else would enjoy!