What is that trend: Upcycling?
Upcycling is a relatively new term and has been used since the late 1990s. It has only been known to the general public in recent years. The term is becoming increasingly popular.
Recycling has long been known to all of us. We have been storing old paper for years because it can be used to make new paper. We collect glass, because it is used to make new glass. Environmentally conscious is the key word. Do not throw away anything that can be used again!
Upcycling is actually the same as recycling. Old, worn or unused items are reused, and become more beautiful or have a different purpose. Examples; bicycle bags are made from inner tubes, garden furniture is made from pallets, bags, pillows, plaids or mobile covers are created from old worn clothing. Take a look at Etsy and see how resourceful creatives are among us today.
Upcycling is actually something that seamstress have been doing for years. Why would you throw away something that just doesn't fit, is not comfortable or is heavily out of fashion. We just 'adjust' it!
Take a shirt: cut the sleeves to pieces, make large power sleeves with other fabric or put a nice embroidery on it. Suddenly that boring blouse is hip and hotter than your daughter again ... (the latter only in 'chic' style, haha)
Or suppose you have bought a beautiful dress but it is not comfortable or just does not look nice .... You do not throw that beautiful fabric away? Hops, scissors in and we just make something else out of it.
And what about all those beautiful quilts and patchwork quilt? All made from scraps of fabric that might otherwise have been thrown away!
We are upcyclinging for a while now, but recently we do it with more pleasure than ever!
While testing the Veritas Florence embroidery machine, we found out how much fun embroidery is, and how cool it is to pimp up your clothes.
And now the embroidery machine Bernette D70 Deco is being tested!
Embroidery is boring? Well no! More fun, sustainable and chic than ever.
Blog photo: a nice turquoise dress from the front page of the Bernette D70 Deco manual. The embroidery speaks for itself: after this 'update', a simple turquoise dress will look unique, chic, classy and more durable than ever.
How to make a weight blanket.
Maybe you have heard about it, or maybe a 'weight blanket' doens't ring a bell... We are going to talk about a WEIGHT BLANKETS. More specific: how to make a weight blanket. Does this sewing-project belong on the website SewingChanelStyle? Mmmm .... actually not. But we do it anyway, because we are simply too enthusiastic and also love to sleep well.
What is a weight blanket?
First an explanation here. A weight blanket is a heavy blanket. Most people find it delicious to sleep under a heavy woolen blanket. Not only because of the warmth, but more the idea of lying under something heavy. Duvets are now as light as a feather, nice and cool in the summer, but we often miss the feeling of something covering our sleeping body.
We are not going to show science reports etc., but we will mention some experience-facts.
Weight blankets just feel good. Mothers with hypersensitive children or children with sleeping problems, swear by it. And we love them too.
A weighting blanket covers well on and 'around' the sleeping person. The weight creates more pressure and this makes it easier to relax and fall asleep. You will sleep as a stone.
"A very deep sleep".
On the Internet, the weight blankets even claims to be ideal for people with autism, add / adhd, dementia, spasms, serious behavioral problems, hyperactivity and people with relaxation problems (such as Huntington and Korsakov).
Make it yourself!
However, weight blankets are expensive. This is mainly due to the materials and the great unfamiliarity with weight blankets. And that's wy we are going to make one ourselves. An inspiring challenge. Let's start!
What do you need to sew a weight blanket?
How to sew a weight blanket:
You cut (or better: tear) the two pieces of fabric in the right dimensions. Do not make the blanket too large. Then the blanket becomes very heavy and unmanageable. A size measurement of the length of the person and the width of max. 1.25 meters is more than enough. Children's weight blankets are often much smaller.
Sew the two pieces together with the good sides together on the length sides and bottom (= three sides), turn over, spread the seams and sew. Leave the top open.
Now you can draw 20 cm wide surfaces with textile chalk along the length of the blanket. And in width-lengths.
Stitch the lengths of the boxes.
After this, you fill the boxes with two and a half or three scoops of granulates to the maximum. (Depending on whether you want a really heavy blanket of around 9 pounds, or a less heavy blanket of around 5 pounds).
You now take the blanket with your hands on top and shake the blanket well. The pellets are now in the compartments below. After this, carefully sew the strip across the width. Be careful not to cross a grain with the sewing machine. This is not that healthy for the needle ...
Sew all this with the fabric on the left side of the sewing machine and on a large table. It is very nice if the sewing machine has an extra seat or quilt table.
Repeat this process until you reach the top row. It is becoming increasingly difficult because the blanket is now heavy and it can be difficult with the grains. But being patient is a good thing. Work neatly and slowly, this prevents frustration and a home or sewingroom full of granules ...
Finally, close the top with a beautiful decorative edge or fold inwards. You can also leave a flap of fabric on if you would like to be able to tuck the blanket between the mattress on the foot sides.
Finally, wipe away the remaining textile chalk with a piece of cotton and scrub the blanket well a few times.
Making a weighting blanket is not that difficult. It is a sewing project that requires neat work, a lot of patience, space and material.
But at least you will sleep like never did before ...
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