Recycled Style for Valentine's Day

January 22nd, 2016 in blog, member junk     
BlueVelvetChair michael helander, contributor
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Finding your recycled style doesnt mean that you have to sacrifice design. 

What youll need:

An existing pillow
A red recycled Tshirt
A cereal box (or any other recycled cardboard)
Stapler
Scissors
A large flat surface brooch or pin
Blue tack (which is white in this case)
Cut your recycled Tshirt into small squares. Mine were about 3 1/2 inches, and they certainly dont have to be perfectly square. Next, begin with a single square stapled in the middle of your heart cut from the cereal box.
Flip over the side of that first square, and repeat again directly beside.

Heres what it looked like when I had the center row completed on both sides of that center square.
Then it dawned on me! Use the same technique that everyone is using with the coffee filter lamps. Fold over the square, and then fold it again. Then I finished off the heart by stapling these at the base of the fold and just kept moving from the center of the heart outwards to the edges.
When you are done with the staples, it may not look pretty from the back - but it doesnt need to!
Flip it over, stand back, and give a little smile of admiration to your sweet little recycled T heart.
To get that heart on the pillow without a sewing commitment simply lather blue tack all over your flat brooch, pin it to your pillow, and press on your heart.

Its quick, its easy, and its temporary! No one knows the difference - so find that too-small red Tshirt hanging around your house and find your own recycled style today!
Recycled design at its best (also see the rolled magazine page mirror in the background).
Finding your recycled style doesnt mean that you have to sacrifice design. 

Finding your recycled style doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice design. 


Recycling doesn't mean that you have to skimp on design! It only takes 15 minutes to create your own high-impact recycled Tshirt heart that can be temporarily added to just about anything around your house for Valentine's Day.


Pattern or design used: My own design - Blue Velvet Chair
posted in: blog, member junk, recycled, DIY, Valentine

Comments (5)

suewhitney writes: Michael...quite frankly you are awesome. I love the words you don't have to skimp on design. I've been saying that for years and this project is proof positive that what we both believe is oh so true. Beautifully done. Bravo!

Be Well,
Sue Posted: 3:20 pm on February 10th
chippingcharm writes: Great idea...love that you attached it with the brooch. Very clever :) Laurel Posted: 5:43 am on February 6th
JunkArchitect writes: What a beautiful creation!

Jim
Posted: 9:05 am on February 5th
CottageElements writes: Micheal, this is just beautiful!! Great job of recycling!

Lani Posted: 8:54 am on February 5th
MakinItHappen writes: Thanks for the super idea. I want to make one now. Posted: 7:23 pm on February 3rd
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