On being #thrifty…
Seen here is a t-shirt that I cut and hemmed into a razor-back tank, as well as the straps and front top pocket from an old school Marmot backpack (loved to pieces) that I turned into a sling purse! That backpack was an heirloom from my Granny, a hiking extraordinaire. I really didn’t want to part with it when the larger compartment became ratty and full of holes.
My sewing is janky as I’m just now learning to use a sewing machine. Par for the course, I jammed the machine on day one. I’m blaming the crappy instruction booklet
I’ve kept around all these fabric scraps and utility pieces like the straps and zipper pocket from the backpack, as well as a few t-shirts I never wore because I didn’t like the blaisé way they fit. I wanted to learn how to retailor them into things that I would truly love wearing and using so as to avoid wasting the things I currently have or buying new materials.
#reuse #reduce #recycle
Despite my crappy stitching, I really like and enjoy these weird looking things I’ve made. They feel good to me. They fit my dirtbaggish lifestyle. They also are very functional- this tee was a freebie from a job I worked 8 years ago, and I’m actually working there again part time for a while. So there’s another reason I’m glad I’ve held onto it.
While there’s a fine line between consciously balancing saving things and mindlessly hoarding outdated stuff, I feel like I’ve found a manageable balance that I’m happy with and will continue improving on. It’s really satisfying and peaceful to do this sort of thing successfully.
Live Intentionally and Adventurously!