My Projects

I have been making items from recycled materials ever since I was a teenager. Here’s a sampling of my projects to inspire you!

Weaving at the Workhouse Arts Center - so happy

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

Embroidery

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

Felt fruit salad mandala, January 2018

Dandelion puff embroidery, May 2018, inspired by Velvet Meadow

Dandelion puff embroidery, May 2018, inspired by Velvet Meadow

Bagpipe ornament and original photo of my nephew Owen, December 2017

Bagpipe ornament and original photo of my nephew Owen, December 2017

My mitten embroidery beside the Newfoundland double-knit trigger mitten that inspired it

My mitten embroidery beside the Newfoundland double-knit trigger mitten that inspired it

Flexible Food Packaging and Juice Pouches

Learn more about the items I made from flexible food packaging and juice pouches.

Toy Box sewn from Juice Pouches, 2005

Toy Box sewn from Juice Pouches, 2005

Desk organizers from dried fruit bags - Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Desk organizers from dried fruit bags – Teacher Appreciation Gifts

Backpack sewn from juice pouches, 2006

Backpack sewn from juice pouches, 2006 with transparent bag pocket to feature my daughter’s art

Fedora made from lemonade powder packages

Fedora made from lemonade powder packages

Neckties

Butterflies made from neck ties

Butterflies made from neck ties – these were a gift for my grandmother – learn more about how I mail her a handmade gift each month

A small section from one of my crazy quilts showing cursive handwriting as a type of stitch

A small section from one of my crazy quilts showing cursive handwriting as a type of stitch – Learn more about how I sew crazy quilts from neckties

Plastic Bags

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

Storage basket made from woven plastic bags, clementine wooden box and juice pouches by Trashmagination

Weaving white plastic bags

Weaving plastic bags on my floor loom

Weaving plastic bags on my floor loom

Trash Fashion dresses designed by Trashmagination

Trashmagination's full outfits at the Trashion Fashion DC show

Trashmagination’s full outfits at the Trashion Fashion DC show

Plastic Bottles

Shark TrashAnatomy - anatomy model by Trashmagination

Shark TrashAnatomy – anatomy model from recycled materials by Trashmagination

Butterfly made from a recycled plastic water jug

Butterfly made from a recycled plastic water jug

Plastic Caps

 

Okedo craft from recycled plastic caps and wine corks

Okedo craft from recycled plastic caps and wine corks

Bracelet made from marker caps

Bracelet made from marker caps

Hockey player from recycled plastic caps

Hockey player from recycled plastic caps

Capulet - plastic cap creature

Capulet – plastic cap creature

Dressed up as Atlas for Halloween with my plastic cap globe

Dressed up as Atlas for Halloween with my plastic cap globe

Cub Scout Webelos Craft from Recycled Materials

Cub Scout Webelos Craft from Recycled Materials

Plastic cap octopus or squid

Plastic cap trophies

Plastic cap trophies

Rug Hooking

 

Mom's Ocean Rug

A rug I hooked for my mom from recycled wool

Carla Brown with hooked rug she made

Teacher and Friend Gifts, June 2011

Teacher and Friend Gifts, June 2011

Leanne's Shine Rug

Leanne’s Shine Rug

Marilyn's rug - Her cozy living room

Marilyn’s rug – Her cozy living room

Phases of the Moon rug that I made for my dad

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

Golden Moments Weaving – All 10 Squares

 

Tapestry made from recycled t-shirt yarn and beads sewn on upholstery sample

Tapestry made from recycled t-shirt yarn and beads sewn on upholstery sample – learn more about my t-shirt crafts

"Earthworms" rug made from recycled t-shirts

“Earthworms” rug made from recycled t-shirts

Weaving made with tie-dyed t-shirts - Be Who You Are

Weaving made with tie-dyed t-shirts – Be Who You Are

Bowl of Rice tapestry completed

Upholstery Samples

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!

So pleased with the finished bolster cover!

Bachi bags - recycled backpack straps

Bachi bags – recycled backpack straps

Nature ribbon curtain from recycled scraps

Nature ribbon curtain from recycled scraps