Sunday, July 13, 2008

The good life: refashioning and mending party

The NWL household was a-buzz Saturday afternoon with the sound of sewing machines. My daughter and I each had a stack of projects, and since I currently have two sewing machines and she has none, we scheduling a "sewing party" (to quote my 7-year-old granddaughter). Between 11 AM and 7 PM, we did the following between us:

finished the T-shirt messenger bag
made a laptop sleeve out of two more T-shirts (description coming as soon as I can get it back!)
made a cloth and vinyl photo wallet for K to take to Girl Scout camp
inserted elastic into my son-in-law's too roomy swimming trunks (actually he did 95% of the work on that one)
mended a wonderful vintage apron (late 40s, early 50s)
mended K's night gown
mended K's ruffly tie-dye skirt
turned a floaty triangular remnant into a tulip skirt for a little girl's make-believe
started a terry cloth head wrap made of old towels

Somewhere along the way, stories were told, dinner was served, the dog was walked and origami ornaments were produced.

Total cost of supplies: under $10.
Amount of stuff diverted from the trash: a pile about 3 feet high
"new" items produced: 9

Value of time spent together as a family: priceless.

Who says sustainable living means sacrificing "the good life"?

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