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MAKING NEW FROM OLD

January 8, 2013

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Last fall my granddaughter requested a costume for Halloween to look like the character Sally from the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas”.  To accomplish this we found a pattern that looked similar to the picture Hannah downloaded for me; then I hit the scrap bags and boxes in the hobby room.

The pieces were assembled into squares and regulars large enough to cut the various pattern pieces.  It made it fun as she recognized the pieces left from garments I had made for her in the past.  It was time consuming but I must admit it was fun to great something out of pieces that were too small for a whole anything.  The above picture is the result as she was dressed for a theme birthday party near Halloween.

Usually my putting together of pieces is for Lutheran World Relief quilts.  See more about LWR quilts  at  Lutheran World Relief/Quilts.  That organization sends 400,000 quilts to refugee and others in need thought out the world.  More quilts are always needed to keep people warm.  I was reminded that there are places even in tropical countries that get cold at night in an article in the Lutheran Women’s magazine GATHER, January/February 2013 issue.  Also these snuggly creations can be donated to Project Linus (projectlinus.org).

If you are a seamstress with time and patients, creating a new garment from one you have grown tired of is an excellent way to make the old new again.  Children’s play clothes are soon out grown anyway so you save.  Taking the old garment apart while watching television does not make it seem as though as much time is taken in preparing to reuse the garment.

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