One of the things I really wanted to do when I first started to get into sewing, and thinking about a sewing business, was to learn how to turn things that had outlived their purpose into something new and useful. The Laundryontheline sentiment strikes again as I dream of being more like my (mythical?) penny-pinching, earth-saving, waste-not want-not ancestors. (Actually, this is not a myth where my grandmother is concerned, I can attest to that having inherited the piles of zippers and buttons that she carefully saved from years and years of worn clothing…)
And so it is that I have saved every worn sweater and pair of jeans (the ones that for one reason or another aren’t in good enough condition to donate) for that day when I was ready to create something wonderful and new out of them.
My inspiration started from here (you will see some similarities) and then I branched out into other animals. There was one casualty along the way. One blue elephant that just didn’t work out. I have learned from that experience that ribbed cotton sweaters are too stretchy for animals that require some structure. He would have made a very nice octopus if he had had more legs!
I’m pretty happy with this little menagerie and I think I might just have to make a few more (after all, there are still sweaters in the pile!)