I have been making items from recycled materials ever since I was a teenager. Here’s a sampling of my projects to inspire you!
Embroidery Flexible Food Packaging and Juice Pouches Neckties Plastic Bags Plastic Bottles Plastic Caps Rug Hooking T-shirt rug hooking, sewing and weaving Upholstery Samples
Most of these embroidered items were gifts for my grandmother. I mail her a gift once a month.
Learn more about my handmade gifts from recycled materials.
Felt fruit salad mandala, January 2018
Dandelion puff embroidery, May 2018, inspired by Velvet Meadow
Bagpipe ornament and original photo of my nephew Owen, December 2017
My mitten embroidery beside the Newfoundland double-knit trigger mitten that inspired it
Learn more about the items I made from flexible food packaging and juice pouches.
Toy Box sewn from Juice Pouches, 2005
Desk organizers from dried fruit bags – Teacher Appreciation Gifts
Backpack sewn from juice pouches, 2006 with transparent bag pocket to feature my daughter’s art
Fedora made from lemonade powder packages
I made this quilt from upcycled neckties for my friend who was turning 60 years old. It was to recognize her Kanreki, which is a Japanese tradition on a person’s 60th birthday. The traditional color of Kanreki celebrations is red, and it contains 60 full-size hexagons (plus more along the edges). In Japanese textile design, the hexagon is a symbol of longevity because it recalls the shapes on a tortoise shell.
My husband came up with this design which combines necktie shapes with diamonds.
I weave these items from plastic bags on my floor loom – learn more about my plastic bag weaving.
Storage basket made from woven plastic bags, clementine wooden box and juice pouches by Trashmagination
Weaving plastic bags on my floor loom
Trashmagination’s full outfits at the Trashion Fashion DC show
Shark TrashAnatomy – anatomy model from recycled materials by Trashmagination
Butterfly made from a recycled plastic water jug
Okedo craft from recycled plastic caps and wine corks
Bracelet made from marker caps
Hockey player from recycled plastic caps
Capulet – plastic cap creature
Dressed up as Atlas for Halloween with my plastic cap globe
Cub Scout Webelos Craft from Recycled Materials
Plastic cap trophies
A rug I hooked for my mom from recycled wool
Teacher and Friend Gifts, June 2011
Leanne’s Shine Rug
Marilyn’s rug – Her cozy living room
Phases of the Moon rug that I made for my dad
T-Shirt Hooking, Sewing and Weaving
I make many crafts from recycled t-shirts – learn more about my t-shirt recycling process.
Golden Moments Weaving – All 10 Squares
“Earthworms” rug made from recycled t-shirts
Weaving made with tie-dyed t-shirts – Be Who You Are
Most of my sewing projects are made from upholstery samples, squares of fabric used by designers. These are the ones that were “out-of-fashion.”
So pleased with the finished bolster cover!
Bachi bags – recycled backpack straps
Nature ribbon curtain from recycled scraps