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Please use the menu bar above to read about me, services I provide, and happy voices, etc. What I made, mended, or did are showcased in the blog entries. I'm located in the west end of Edmonton, just by Lessard Road. (I am sorry, but I no longer accept new translation/interpreting orders.)

Monday, July 22, 2024

Upcycle makeup remover pads

These used to be my flannel pajamas. Now they are makeup remover pads.

clean-edge makeup removers

After darning and patching my pajamas until there was really not much left to darn or repair on the seams, I just cut out the sections that could be remade into something else. One of the choices was to remake an old well-worn clothes is something like this.

I find that 100% cotton flannel can be made into absorbent makeup remover pads. (I also made some panty liners and cleaning clothes.) Yes, you can buy some "upcycled" makeup remover pads to contribute to the reduction of clothing wastes. But if you can make your favourite well-worn-and-now-very-soft shirt or pants into something you can use, why not?

Also, I find most of the makeup remover pads being sold are just serged at the edge - meaning that an overlock stitch (serger) is used to keep the edges from fraying. I find that when I only use a serger, bits of fabric or fiber pieces from the edge still fall off when I use it. So, I made mine with clean edges. All the raw edges of the fabric is inside after being sewn twice (once from the inside with the right sides together and once from the outside as topstitches), so nothing can flake off as you use it on your face.

A fabric made of soft 100% natural fibre, like cotton or linen, works best for making items that require high absorbency.

I am sure if you sew, you already know how to make something like this. However, for those of you who can't or don't have time, I can make them for you. Please tell me the size you like and bring me your used fabric/clothes. Also, I will not charge you for the regular polyester thread if you choose white or black. If you want a specific colour for your thread, please bring it with your fabric. 

If you prefer, I can use a 100% cotton thread (only black or white) so that your 100% cotton (or other natural fabric) items can be composted when it's time to go back to the earth. This option is available only for the square/rectangular pads. 

Squares or rectangles are the fastest to make because cutting and sewing in straight lines are easier. With the circles or ovals, it will require a little more care and time for both cutting and sewing (and there will be more waste). 

Sewing fees: 

  • clean-edge square/rectangular makeup remover: 5 for $12
  • round/oval makeup remover pads: 5 for $15. (I'm sorry, but there is no option for cotton thread for these unless you can provide four spools yourself. My serger uses four threads at the same time.)

serged edge makeup remover

Please contact me to place an order, and we can discuss the details. A bulk rate will be available for orders of more than 100.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

linen summer dress

It's been quite hot, and this summer dress has been helpful. It's made of linen. With a very loose waist it keeps me cool. 

I played around with multi-coloured snaps in the front. 

Usually, linen is so expensive, but I bough this linen fabric at IKEA. It's meant for making curtains, but why not? (I have to admit, it was a little rough at first, but it softened enough after several washes.)

Memory blanket

I had a pleasure to make a memory blanket a while back. This is the finished product.

My client had beautiful, fun images painted on her lab coats by artist Chris Hall, D.C. Aren't they wonderful?

However, she is now retired and wanted to have the images on something that can be used. First, I cut the images out and folded the edges.

She provided me with some fleece fabrics (the blue is the backing, and the orange is the front panel).

She gave me permission for me to design the blanket, so I decided on the front panel to be like this and decided on the places of the images. I moved around the images until I felt good about the placement.

All I did after this are sewing on the images, trimming the backing to fit the front panel, and sewing it all together. There is no quilting involved in this blanket, since it's fleece. Two layers of polar fleece makes it a very warm blanket.

It made me so happy to be of give treasured items a second life like this! Please contact me if you have anything like this to be made.