A Huge Braided Rug

I saw an ‘free ad’ on craigslist for old unusable t-shirts and sweaters, and immediately thought Braided Rugs!! With a large cold kitchen floor, and chilly concrete garage floor in front of the washing machine, I got started right away.

Step One:
I googled how to make fabric yarn from shirts, there are all kinds of tutorials out there, the one that helped me most was at the blog My Wild Acres.

Step Two:
I braided the sweaters that I’d cut into ‘yarn’. It was easiest when my hubby would hold the braid tight to keep my tension, while we watched movies. I did find that I could hold it with my foot also.

Step Three:
There are MANY tutorials on this part as well. Unfortunately they are all for t-shirt braided rugs and I didn’t anticipate how hard on my machine sweater fabric would be. Two shattered needles later, I gave up, and my project stalled. Until I discovered heavy duty needles! YAY!

Pillow Covers

Dilemma: Our couch pillows are very old, splitting at the seams, and kinda gross. Having been washed and mended, they still are becoming an eyesore.

Consumer Outlook: Buy new pillows. Trash the old pillows.
Crafty Sewer’s Outlook: Make new pillows. Trash the old pillows.
Reduce Reuse Recycle Outlook: Make new covers for the old pillows.

I bought this fuzzy fabric half off on Black Friday, and covered the old pillows, easy peasy!

A Nail and a Hammer

A quick goodwill success story! I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with my laptop while it’s connected to my tv, so I began a Reduce, Reuse, Recycle process…
I’ve tried leaving it on the floor, but that is awkward and the mouse pad doesn’t work well. I put a book under the mouse pad, but that didn’t help the backache from bending down that far. I tried a chair, but it was inconvenient to drag the heavy hardwood chair from the dining room to the front room and back again.
I thought about bringing in our folding outdoor table we use for gardening, but it was covered in potting soil and spiders.
So finally, with an inward sigh, I admitted that I was going to have to buy a small table. Preferably a folding tv dinner style table. I’d already been casually looking around, and found an new ugly plastic one for $20, and a decent one at salvation army for $8… but it was when I came across an over-large cherry-stained broken folding table at goodwill for $4 that I struck gold! Yay! The only thing wrong was a leg out of its socket, so I held it steady while my hubby hit a nail in the right place, and PERFECT! A recycled $4 table, I could not contain my joy the whole rest of the day!!