When my dear mother passed away last year one month before her 90th birthday, I got all of her coats. All of them. Furs, leather, cloth and wool. She LOVED nice things and loved to dress up.
For now, they are stored in a closet and I enjoy opening the closet doors to look, touch and admire them. No decisions have been made yet. On what I will do with them. Except for two wool coats. One black and one burgundy. From the wear and tear, it was obvious those two were her favorites. Her Go-To-Coats.
At first, I had them in a pile to donate. They still have a few years of wear left. Then I thought why not recycle them. Yes!! That is what I would do.
So.. I started with the black coat.
I removed all buttons and started ripping open the seams taken care not to cut into the leather around the shoulders.
I harvested the largest pieces I could. This is one of them.
And got started machine felting.
This is how it looks now.
Sides tucked in so I can see how it will look when sewn. One of my mom’s vintage brooches sits in the center. Hmmm. I may have found a use for one of her many rhinestone jewelry pieces.
I have enough cut wool to make several handbags and clutches. Recycling is fun and GREEN.
What have you recycled lately?