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This weeks’ creativity boost theme is upcycle, but instead of writing all about the different ways you can use old items in different ways, I wanted to share a specific project I made in honor of Election Day.
Many who are supporting Hillary Clinton will be wearing white to the polls in honor of the suffragettes who fought for our right to have a say in how our nation is run. Many will also be wearing pantsuits, or white pantsuits, to honor Clinton’s uniform of choice.
I’ll be sporting a black pantsuit and my TeeRico #votevote shirt tomorrow when I take the girl with me to vote, but I wanted to wear a little white, too, so I came up with this suffragette flower pin to wear.
It’s super simple and quick, especially if you have lots of random white and cream-colored fabrics in your homw.
Upcycled Suffragette Flower Pin
I used scraps of five different white fabrics — one was part of an old pillowcase, another an old crib sheet that never fit our crib. There’s a bit of tulle from a long-ago tutu project, and some sheer white fabric from the time I thought I could sew sheer curtains and quickly realized I couldn’t (two pieces each of those last two). The sort of cream-colored fabric on the outside of the rosette was leftover from some project or another, and I also used some white felt from the girl’s butterfly wings I made for her birthday.
For the outside ruffle I cut a couple of strips of cream fabric (I actually started to cut and then ripped for a more rustic look, you can pink the edges if you want), sewed them together then did a lazy fabric gathering technique on the sewing machine and then sewed the ends together. You can absolutely leave that part out and just do the flower if you don’t want to sew.
I then added the button, which is from my grandmother’s collection. She’s not here to see this election, but I know she would be proud. I like that I get to take her with me in a small way.
I also sewed a pin back to the back of my suffragette flower pin, but you can just stick a safety pin on the back if you don’t happen to have a pin back handy.
Other Upcycling Ideas
If you don’t want to make a suffragette pin or don’t have the materials, there are a lot of other ways you can make a creative project related to upcycling this week:
- turn jeans into yarn and knit or crochet something with it
- take old shirts and turn them into a blanket or a new garment
- make a receiving blanket blanket
- paint over an old canvas
- make a sculpture out of your recycling
- write a poem about something you’ve thrown away
- make musical instruments from the trash pile
As usual you can take this prompt a bunch of different ways. If you try it I’d love to hear about what you do. Tag me on social media with #ourdailycraft.