As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, and that cliche saying turned out true for me. Last weekend, my friend and I were walking along on our way to get something to eat when all of a sudden he darted into an alleyway. I followed him, until we were standing in front of a back door. Next to the door was a box of old clothing, filled with dirty but otherwise high-quality clothing, from nice wool shirts to corduroy pants.
Neither of us wanted to wear the clothes, but we couldn’t stand to see it go to waste. We took the box home and washed the clothes thoroughly. Now with a pile of clean clothes, the only thing I could do was craft with them, and craft we did.
Over the past week, my friend and I have gone on a crafting spree, using this great haul of clothes to make things we would actually use. Using these Green Sewing and Knitting Tips, I cut off and saved all the buttons and zippers to use on future projects. Using the padding and cloth from a thicker winter jacket, I decided to Sew a Padded Laptop Tote to protect my computer when I travel. My friend used the old clothing to sew for himself a Quick and Easy Half Apron to keep himself clean when he cooked in the kitchen.
That pile of old clothing was trash to someone, but it was a treasure to us thanks to some basic sewing skills and a little craft know-how.