Friday, March 9, 2012

Recycle, Re Purpose, Reuse

For extra fun our family decided to make our Ayyam-i-ha gifts this year recycled, re purposed or reused. Initially I thought this would be easy and I was excited about the idea. However I learned it is harder to buy gifts (secondhand ) for people then buying secondhand for yourself. I did find some good things, some "hits" and I got great gifts from others, so it was a success. And of course we had a great time being together and opening our presents! My favorite gift was a recycled sculpture which my granddaughter Lua made!

Happy Ayyam-i-ha Everyone
In the beginning I looked into re-purposing & recycling. I found these recycled plastic bags here, and thought a set of reusable grocery bags would be a good re purposed gift (I also was intrigued and wanted to see how fusing plastic bags worked).

My first bag was sooo cute I had to make more and try different bags and designs. Although I thought they were not large enough or strong enough for grocery carrying ( not tested and on hind sight I think they would be strong enough , but at the time....), I thought they would be good for gift bags!

I soon became obsessed and was in full bag production with ten working ideas in my head as I sewed up that last idea. You could really have some fun with this. And I intend on getting back to making some more later on, because my energy wore out just as the really good designs started to pop in my head!

The brown bag is made from Cub Foods, the target logo from Target, the' thumbs up' from Rainbow and the 'express' is from the Star & Tribune newspaper sleeves. This bag has it all!

'Love' this bag , made from I think the Pioneer Press newspaper sleeves. It is a lovely blue and had "recycle ' printed all over it. I kind of wish I didn't put the target heart on it....but I was still in the valentine spirit when I made these.

This bag I thought was so appropriate for our Ayyam-i-ha spirit. Not only does it show gratitude, it is the bag which comes from our local Charity Shop, where I bought most of the gifts.  Double giving!
In this photo you can see the multiple bags used to make the fabric. By playing with the iron and different bags I was able to fused it enough to create the fabric but not loses the many images....imagine the possibilities!!

Okay so I needed some refreshment while cutting up all those bags.....when I went to throw away the empty chocolate bag a light bulb came on ...."I wonder if this would make a nice wallet?" I will never be able to look at a plastic bag the same ever again!

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