From Resources That Already Exist

Sleeve It To Me handbag

“Haute Handbag” made from one of Ms. SpoolTeacher’s old shirt sleeves

Ms. SpoolTeacher’s goal is to always be using resources that already exist. For many reasons, one of which is to reduce waste.

Because fabric is expensive and sewing labor is so hard to recover, to be profitable, Ms. SpoolTeacher deconstructs clothes to up-cycle; seams, hems to use as fringe, the bigger swathes will be used for … whatever.

The fabrics below are slated for patchwork purses. Here is a collection of corduroys and twills she has compiled from deconstructing shirts, jumpers, jackets, culottes (really more like gaucho pants) she decided she no longer would want to wear. .because fabric is expensive and sewing labor is so hard to recover, Ms. SpoolTeacher deconstructs clothes to up-cycle, seams, hems to use as fringe. Bigger swathes to use for whatever. These are slated for patchwork purses. Here a collection of corduroys and twills.

This collection of corduroy and twill swathes are intended for patchwork purses Ms. SpoolTeacher has in her imagination to make to mimic the ones from the 60/70’s.

There is nothing new under the sun; so when Ms. SpoolTeacher was doing her due diligence to see what her competition would be…she ran across this purse on Etsy that came very close to the one in her imagination. Ms. SpoolTeacher wants hers to be a cylindrical shape with a round bottom and some interesting inside features.

Ms. SpoolTeacher's will be like but not so like this one.

image from Barbara Vaughn’s Etsy shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/bvaughanhandbags

The closure will be different and fringe will be added. At least that is what she sees in her inventor’s mind.

The closure will be improved and fringe will be added. At least that is what is in her inventor's mind.

This bag is claimed to be “Vintage Southwestern Indian Leather Pouch Handbag with hand dyed trim and Fringe” from “HoneyBeePollen” https://www.etsy.com/shop/honeybeepollen on Etsy.

because fabric is expensive and sewing labor is so hard to recover, Ms. SpoolTeacher deconstructs clothes to up-cycle, seams, hems to use as fringe. Bigger swathes to use for whatever. These are slated for patchwork purses. Here a collection of corduroys and twills.Fringe is accumulating from the deconstruction process. These are seams and hems that are cut away from the article to free up the usable swathes of fabric for other things.deconstructing clothes to up-cycle, seams, hems to use as fringe

close-up of the seams and hems that will be used for fringe

Ms. SpoolTeacher used this technique for a Scrappy Designer Pillow she is still in the process of finishing.

Scrappy Fringed Pillow

(after she made the back with that lovely zipper, it didn’t go together the way she planned, so she is re-inventing a new back or will take the zipper out to try again.)

Corduroy and twill swathes to be used as a patchwork cylindrical drawstring bag/purse with fringe reminiscent of one from the 60/70's

Because fabric is expensive and sewing labor is so hard to recover, Ms. SpoolTeacher deconstructs clothes to up-cycle, seams, hems to use as fringe. Bigger swathes to use for whatever. These are slated for patchwork purses. Here a collection of corduroys and twills.

Ms. SpoolTeacher loves corduroy and just loves to see stacks of beautiful fabrics.

She started trying to re-organize Resource Central, (aka: her whole house) the other day and realized that she must, must, must open a new shop just to have a place to be able to access her whole collection in one room and have it all displayed for inspiration and easy reach.

So, she is extra motivated to get Spare Shelf up and running and thinks she sees a way to do it on the very near horizon. Head on over to the link above to see if you may want to be a part of this exciting new venture in 3D ad space.

Is “copy” advertising working for you?

How about a physical presence for your wonderful work?

What could be better than a 3D ad that people can see in person and order from your online Etsy shop?

Well then, let’s get started…tick, tick, tick…time’s a wastin’!

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