April 22, 2009
It’s Earth Day people! We are continuing our pursuit of finding new materials and new ideas for those new materials. As per a couple posts ago, we have gathered lots of discarded triathlon materials from our local triathlon shop, Jack and Adams. This bag is made from an event banner and discarded inner tubes. The way Kathie wrapped the handles all the way around really adds to the strength of the whole thing. It’s not just upcycling either, it’s usable upcycling with a good aesthetic to boot. We are all about form meeting function.
This other bag made by Kathie is messenger style and was pretty labor intensive but is a pretty sweet bag for hauling all your race equipment. It’s also got the inner tube handles which are riveted onto the side. It’s got some sweet stamping too and pockets galore. Kathie’s quite the sportsman herself so she knows the needs of the triathlete far better than me.
Though we’ve loved using these materials, sewing the inner tubes is really a bit of a pain. We had to use interfacing to get them through the machine which is not only a pain in the neck but it feels wasteful as well. Jen Arntson told us about a silicon product that could be applied to the rubber before sewing which we might try. She also suggested talc but we’re thinking that the talc would be a mess and probably not so great for the machine. So, if anyone has any other good ideas about sewing with rubber, we’d sure appreciate it if you let us know.
So, this Earth Day, what are you going to do today to celebrate?
I’m going to look for birds in the yard – especially the migrants that are stopping in for a day or two after their trans-Gulf journey. So far a few warblers have stopped in and Orioles, Buntings, and Tanagers. It’s a mighty colorful display.
We’ve also submitted our Future Craft Book Proposal which seems quite auspicious in its timing. Don’t you think? We have the same literary agent that Diane Gilleland of Craftypod had so we’re feeling hopeful about that connection. Our book is about creating sustainable family connection through sustainable crafting.
Happy Earth Day folks! We hope you have a good one. And we hope too you find some time to make some stuff.