Archive for January, 2010

What to do with a really ugly t-shirt

January 27, 2010

My partner had an extremely ugly t-shirt that he bought during his first visits to Sweden (obviously before we met!), and it has been lying around the house without being used for many many years util I finally came up with an idea of how to reuse it – as a pajamas for my daughter! She loves it, and often talks about how it was daddys t-shirt and really BIG, and now it is her pajamas. I used a pattern for a children’s t-shirt, but you could just trace a t-shirt that fits.

The idea is to reuse the hem, so you should cut the pieces aligning them to the hem. The size of the t-shirt will decide how long the sleeves and pajamas will be – my sleeves ended up 3/4 which works fine. I will just put up the pictures here:

How to cut the pieces:

and here’s the result:


The beginning

January 13, 2010

So how did this start? I already considered myself quite aware and was buying organic products when possible, using cloth nappies for my second child and so on.  Then I was listening to a few swedish radio shows about crafting and ecology, and I realised that I was often missing the first step in ecological thinking – even if you buy ecological/organic, it is even better not to buy at all!

I have always been sewing and fixing things but usually I would take into account the economical (do I save or gain something from it?) and time aspects – if it took too much time, then it was not worth it. Now I have decided to put the ecological aspect in the first place.

We live in an apartment that was inherited by my partner’s parents, so we definately have lots of things to reuse, recycle, upcycle, revamp, you name it. So, here are my vows for the time being (they will probably be improved later on)

1. Do not buy anything unless necessary

  • mend broken objects
  • DIY with material I already have

2. If I need to buy something, choose recycled, ecological, and local products (in that order)

3. When I need to get rid of something, first try to find them a new home (sell, give away), and if that is not possible then do my best to recycle as much as possible.

Oh no, not another blog!

January 12, 2010

I had promised myself never to start a blog, and here I am… The reason is that I have been thinking a lot about how to become more eco-friendly e.g. by using my crafting knowledge. Instead of keeping a journal on my computer, I decided to use a blog so that I have something to refer to when communicating with other people.

I will be writing about ecological aspects of my everyday life, wich currently mostly rotates around my two children, 2,5 years and 8 months old. This leaves little time for blogging, so I expect to update the blog around once a week.