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I’ve Been a Busy Bee

The Earth Day Festival is coming up this weekend, so I’ve been busy since last weekend preparing. I have been focusing on making environmentally friendly items, and I’m loving how they’re turning out. I have been making tiny pincushions out of bottle caps and felt scraps, and it’s like I’m creating a tiny felt garden! I’ve been saving the bottle caps for awhile… I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to start making these little guys.

Pincushions made from bottle caps and felt scraps.

Also in the “I’ve been saving for awhile, why am I just making these now?” category: Wristlets made from recycled fabric.

Upcycled Wristlet

The fabric comes from a variety of places, clothing from thrift stores and from pants and shirts that are perfectly nice but for whatever reason are no longer being worn, thrifted vintage sheets, and from my giant collection of fabric scraps. Every sewing project generates scraps of fabric, and I haven’t the heart to throw out perfectly good, but tiny, pieces of fabric, so I save them for “someday.” Until someday comes, I risk being buried alive by fabric scraps and bottle caps and all the other little things I save to upcycle. Well, someday has come, and I’m glad I’ve been saving my scraps. The fabric scraps are particularly useful for adding applique embellishments to bags.

Upcycled Wrislet with Applique Mushrooms

It feels so satisfying to give something new life instead of trashing it. I just need to do it more often, so I don’t end up featured on an episode of Hoarders!

I’ve got lots more to make before the festival, so I better get back to work. I’d love to hear, though, how you use recycled elements in your art and craft. And what are your plans for celebrating Earth Day?

P.S. If you like seeing a peek of my projects in progress and what I’ll be debuting at upcoming events, check out my Facebook page. I frequently share mini updates there that don’t always make it to the blog!

6 thoughts on “I’ve Been a Busy Bee

  1. Cute, cute, cute! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    ~Kim

  2. Thanks for commenting, Kim! 🙂

  3. Such cute stuff! That cactus pincushion is so great.

  4. Oh my! That is the cutest little garden ever. And your adorable wristlets- cute and they have square edges at the top- how do you do that???? Oh I wish I could get mine that square!

  5. That mushroom wristlet is adorable! Good luck at the festival!

  6. Thanks, everyone! I love all the positive feedback. 🙂 Angie, square edges aren’t too hard… I think I’ll do a blog post about making them. 🙂

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