In case you missed “Crafty By Nature” this month on Craft Stylish, I wanted to do a little round up of my projects. Most of mine were focused on the “reduce” part of the equation, the idea being that you can make items to use and reuse in an effort to green your house a little bit. I also did some re-use projects, which helped me whittle down my old-jeans pile, hooray!
My two favorite projects have to be the crocheted crafts. First there was a simple striped tawashi:
I see more of these in my future. They’re quick, fun, and a great way to use up scraps. I’m going to add a hanging loop to any further renditions (just chain 10 at the end and sew the loop in place) so that I’ll have an easier time making sure they dry. I like the idea of filling my drawers with these– I use them in conjunctions with rags to almost eliminate paper towels. I admit, I still use paper towels for occasional things (mainly blotting bacon grease and pizza) but remember: any step you take, no matter how small, helps.
I also whipped up this swiffer sock, which was born out of my need to not pay for swiffer covers. And my need to actual sweep the house once in a while. It works remarkably well and holds up to the washer and dryer. This is the project for your stash acrylics, friends! I happen to think both this and the tawashi would make great little gifts.
In addition, I sewed some simple produce bags, a recycled baby bib (from jeans and corduroy pants) and a clothespin bag made from old jeans (this would also work well to store the plastic grocery bags that do make their way into your home). Check them out, and remember, do whatever you can to celebrate Earth Month all year! There are tons of awesome projects by everyone on the site.