The classic festi staple is a pair of denim shorts. Actually, not just for festivals, they are a great all rounder for anyone’s wardrobe. To make them that little bit more exiting you can customise them by adding detailing like these. Straight forward to do on the sewing machine or even by hand if you don’t have one. All you need is some small fabric scraps, needle and thread. Stick the kettle on and get involved!
I loved the illustrations in this vintage story book. So I wanted to used them for a simple collage. Found some perfect size wooden frames too.
Stitched and Repaired.
I had these Levi’s denim jackets kicking about that needed a second life.
I put them in the washing machine with a sachet of brown Dylon. The outcome was a somehow a rusty colour with navy highlights. I like it.
I then patched up all the ripped bit and added some detailing.
A shade of denim not normally found in Levi’s stores.
Most materials are recyclable, but videos are a hard one to dispose of properly. In theory some of the parts are recyclable but they need to be screwed apart and separated which is very labour intensive for materials with no real value.
Do you still have a lot of VHS cassettes that you don’t know what to do with?
Well here is some inspiration.
You will need;
- VHS cassettes
- Small Philips screwdriver
- Contact Adhestive
- A flat surface
Figure out what you want to make and how many tapes you will need by experimenting with various shapes.
Unscrew the cassettes and take the tapes wheels out from the inside. This will make them a bit lighter as the more tapes you glue together the heavier they will be.
Screw them back together. (I used only 2-3 screws for this)
Lay your design on a flat surface
Spread a thin layer of contact adhesive on each surface you want to glue to each other. Do this one by one as you don’t want the glue to dry. Don’t wipe off any excess. Let it dry and peel it off later.
You might need to wait for the table top to dry fully before attaching legs etc. This might take 12 hrs to set properly. Make sure its not sticking to your surface either.
Even though feathers are natural and completely biodegradable they aren’t always ethical. Some birds, like the peacock are sometimes bred just for their feathers and in some places plucked alive. Chickens/cockerel or game feathers tends to be a side product of the meat industry. Which is not very ethical either, but still a waste product. So always worth taking into consideration where your feathers come from. Check out Feathered Fantasy for example. Stylish and sustainably sourced.
This beautiful old feather duster made from cockerel feathers came my way through Shabitat. All the feathers were hand threaded one by one and then rolled around a wooden stick to create the duster.
I unraveled the feather thread and cut off small lengths, glued them onto alligator clips and added vintage buttons. Simple yet effective.
We all know that bleach isn’t very environmentally friendly. But if you can update a garment that you weren’t wearing with it, I’m pretty sure it’s more eco than buying new. Also, you don’t need much of it so it gets the go ahead from me.
This is how to;
You will need a dark coloured jersey/cotton piece of clothing.
- Blend 1:1 bleach and water (1 cup water+1 cup bleach is plenty for 2 garments)
- Put in spray bottle
- Crinkle or twist the garment and spray away.
- As soon as the colour start to change, put the garment in a bucket of water to stop the bleach from developing further.
- Wash with detergent to get rid of any bleachy smell.
Goodbye boring black clothes! Hello tiger stripes!