Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Announcing Attack the Stash - Join Us!

I've still got more felt food tutorials to share with you.  In particular, bread, peanut butter and peanut butter container, and jelly.  I've already made these things and just need to write up the tutorials.  I also want to try making a few other things...but...

I've been in the mood to do something other than felt food for a while.  I know...shocking...since that's mostly what we've been doing on Helping Little Hands the last month.  I'll still be doing new felt foods every so often since it's great to have something I can do by hand to.  I've also been making a few extras of some things for neices and nephews...and a giveaway we'll have coming up.  But making duplicates of things doesn't generate new blog posts...

Anyway, this is a long way of saying, that as we wrap up the daily (or at least a couple-a-weekly) felt food posts, I'm going to have a new focus for the next few weeks...or month...or until whenever I get the itching to try something else crafty. 

I have a HUGE pile of clothes and other things I've been saving to remake, repurpose, mend, or reinvent into something different, something cooler, something unique, something recycled.  So...

I'm announcing a month or so of Attack the Stash!
You want in?  I know you've got your own stash of craft materials that are stuck away in some corner just waiting to be used...maybe you stocked up on felt and need to get started on the felt food...or you've got thrift store finds that need to be prettied up...or you're like me and just can't throw away your old pants even where there are holes...Get them out and get your project done!  We'll get a linky party going or if you have a really fun project and want a guest post or highlight post done about it, let me know! I'll get a button sometime soon, but I wanted to throw the idea out there and get everybody thinking.

I'll be doing a lot of ideas for how to repurpose/reinvent/recycle/re-whatever old clothes, but you'll see plenty of other mediums sneaking in too!  I'll be making this up as I go along, so I have no idea what all the projects will be. 

Here's a sneak peek at what we'll be doing for the first little bit (after I finish the last of the felt food tutorials of course.)  You might have seen this project I mentioned last week, where I took a pair of old cordoroy pants (They had holes...way too worn out for DI or Goodwill) and turned them into skirts for my daughters (with two different waistband options)...

and matching shirts...
and a scripture tote for Firecracker...
and patches disguised as appliques for a different pair of pants that almost had holes in the knees...
and some cards (Yeah...it's there...see the black one...it's one of my primary kid's favorite color)...
and I still have some (probably about 1 1/2 square feet of fabric) left.  At least the zipper is going to go into something else.  I just have to figure out what.  (Hubby says it's like the Native Americans with buffalo...every part has to be used.)  Assuming I figure something out to do with the zipper, I'll be getting seven, YES SEVEN, projects out of this one pair of pants.  It's only motivated me more to see what I can make out of some of the other things that have been waiting patiently for a new life.  It's also so gratifying to make something (or several somethings) useful and cute out of something that would otherwise be headed to the trash can and landfill.  So, the tutorials for these things will be coming up soon!

Who's in?  I hope you'll join me!  Come back in a few days and grab a button for your blog.

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  1. Super ideas - I'm along for the ride! (But not much time to craft due to my stinker university class this term).

  2. Just found your site today and am thrilled! I love all your content, but your felt tutorials are amazing! As soon as I finish the quilt I'm working on I am totally going to start on one of your felt projects, but which one?!
    I am happy to be your newest follower :)

  3. hahaha that's great! I have no idea but I hope to learn :)

  4. You know what...I'm a complete novice with the sewing machine (it scared me a bit, in fact) but I'm going to take a deep breath and take the plunge. I'm in. (Eek!) Wish me luck...

  5. I don't mean to be rude at all but were the corduroy pants a plus size? I ask because i can barely get a pair of pants out of my pants for my 1 yr old and i'm not small at all. What am i doing wrong as far as placement.


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