Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials

Author(s): Maya Donenfeld


28 projects seamlessly merge stitching, sustainability, and resourcefulness with simple, clean design Advancements in technology have increased the pace of our lives. As a response, a vibrant Do It Yourself movement has risen to reclaim age old traditions that reconnect us to slower and simpler times. A sewing renaissance has been set in motion at a time in history when economic instability and an awareness of the importance of using sustainable resources is peaking. With this in mind, award-winning blogger Maya Donenfeld offers a guide to working with her favorite recycled materials. You'll find linen, burlap, wool and more with details on their history, deconstruction techniques, sewing tips, and information about their environmental impact. Reinventing everyday materials into extraordinary items of beauty and utility for the modern home and family will excite new and experienced sewers alike. To add an element of personalization, Maya draws on her experience leading print workshops to share easy methods for transforming gently-used fabric with paint and ink. Stenciling templates and thorough instructions are provided, as well as encouragement to invent your own designs.
Stories, a favorite recipe, and nature activity are tucked between and around the projects to offer the reader an invitation to slow down, and create with intention.


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Maya Donenfeld writes the popular green crafting and simple living blog, Her distinctive designs feature sustainable resources and fibers while weaving in elements from the natural world. Her website is filled with projects, inspiration, and eco-friendly tutorials to light a fire under anyone wanting to artfully recycle, repurpose, and reinvent.

Introduction 2 CHAPTER 1: Sewing Basics 6 Tools 8 Terms 9 Techniques 9 Tips 12 CHAPTER 2: Printing Basics 14 Freezer Paper Printing 16 Tips 18 Stamping 19 CHAPTER 3: Linen 22 Story Scarf 26 Arithmetic Pillows 30 Portfolio 34 Reversible Summer Sling 38 CHAPTER 4: Burlap 44 Onion and Garlic Sacks 48 Log Carrier 51 Inspiration Board 54 Burlap Bin 59 CHAPTER 5: Jersey 66 Pillow Pal 70 Blossom Band 74 Little Forager Skirt 78 Barn Throw 85 CHAPTER 6: Wool 90 Wool Trivet 94 Insulated Lunch Sack 97 Poufs 102 Toadstool Cottage 106 CHAPTER 7: Denim 112 Double Duty Oven Mitt 116 Indi-Go Bag 121 Little River Rug 128 Hammock Hideaway 133 CHAPTER 8: Mailers 138 Color Block Zippered Pouch 141 Banner 145 Notebook 149 Luggage Tags 152 CHAPTER 9: Vintage 154 Fold and Tie Case 157 Apron Blouse 161 Summer Bolster 164 Traveling Hamper 168 Resources 172 Stencils and Templates 174 About the Author 184 Index 185

General Fields

  • : 9781118077535
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • : April 2012
  • : 235mm X 230mm X 26mm
  • : United States
  • : July 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : illustrations
  • : Maya Donenfeld
  • : Hardback
  • : 712
  • : 646.2
  • : 192