Free clothes and fun at the clothing swap

I went to a clothing swap today hosted by my friend Enid. She had a great set-up, posting little labels on the wall to keep the different categories of clothing organized. Below you can see the stacked sweater, pant, and shirt piles.  This is what the piles looked like after we’d rifled through them.And finally, the T-shirt pile. I  brought … Read more

Upcycling 101: The Annual Garbage Gleaning

Upcycling 101: The Annual Garbage Gleaning

It’s that time of year again, when consumer goods grow on the curb and around dumpsters as if by magic, all sitting there just ripe for the picking. In other words: the leases downtown are almost up, university students suddenly realize they have no desire to move all their crap with them, and they end up throwing perfectly good stuff out as trash: … Read more

Re-hemming a torn pillowcase

Re-hemming a torn pillowcase

I have a pillowcase that Lilo the cat decided would make a tasty treat back before she started her medication. She chewed the edging in two places. Instead of throwing it away or tossing it in the scrap heap, I decided to fix it. I used a seam ripper to remove the old binding. Then I ironed the fabric and pressed … Read more