Holiday Recycling for winter fun!
|Woven background uses coffee bags|
Have you found yourself saving any of the items listed below?
Baubles, Beads, Buttons
Broken ornaments or jewelry
Foils: Coffee or Cookie bags
Ribbon or cording
Tapes: Duct, Washi etc.,
Tinsel or Trim
Tissue or Wrapping paper
|Stuff to recycle|
|Colorful coffee bags|
You will also want to incorporate some amount of fabric or textile to keep with the theme of “fiber postcards”.
This year, I decided to re-purpose colorful coffee bags, they are much too pretty to toss out! My thoughts were geared towards weaving the metallic strips of bag together with fabric and leftover ribbon or cords to form a base fabric.
I’m not too happy with the end results.... and I'll share why. But at least I gave it a try. The coffee bags appeared to be foil-like. In my first attempt, I cut random width strips and left the top edge intact. On a tabletop, I taped down the upper edge then flat-wove other items through the metallic strips. The results were a simple 13"x13" fiber weaving.
|In my first version, I cut sides open to lay flat|
|I used scallop rotary cutter and left top edge intact|
|Interfacing on back|
|Woven but distorted|
The second attempt was more successful. This time I used a straight rotary blade and cut complete strips from the coffee bag. Then I used duct tape to secure the top edge and used clear packing tape on the backs after weaving a few rows.
|My second coffee bag|
|Decorative stitching to hold the weave together|
|The start of four postcards|
|Sparkly embellishment designs from fronts of holiday cards|
|Here is the backside with fabric backing and iron-on binding|