You may be thinking why bother recycling or up-cycling an embroidered jacket. My answer would be, I paid pretty good money for this jacket because I loved the colour and the print but I only wore it once. So why not work it into my wardrobe more often? It has become far too big for me and I just can’t bear the thought of giving it away.
My dilemma was solved by creative, and crafty in a good way, blogosphere friend at Pillows A-La-Mode. I see all the great things she creates from bits and pieces she acquires and asked her if I sent her something to work with would she be interested in surprising me with something new. Luckily, she said “YES”.
This is what I sent her:
I thought it would be gorgeous to wear with black pants and a black shirt, with its hint of orient in the embroidery. Unfortunately, I don’t like to wear black next to my face and then was self-conscious about how bright the jacket was for a then plus-sized woman. So I packed it up and sent it to the US for make-over and last week I received a big box of goodies in return! It was like an early Christmas present…presents actually!
My Surprise!: Check out all the fantastic stuff K from Pillows A-La-Mode made with my old jacket! Here’s a list but you can check out her website for specifics (plus all the other great things she does) – A clothing/hanger cover, a tote bag, a pillow (Naturally!), a coffee cup warmer (I’m having a fashion inspiration for this item), a wall hanging that she embroidered my blog name onto, a frame to be used to leave messages/menus and such in wax pencil, a black jewelry pouch, a beaded rosette, a tissue holder for my handbag, two card organizers, and a miniature string of bunting. See what I mean about it feeling like Christmas!
I love how she used the front of the jacket (buttons and button-holes) to make the pillow. She really is a clever lady. And I am totally thinking I may borrow my coffee cup warmer/holder and use it as a cuff bracelet! After all, it was a cuff at one time.
This wall hanging is going in the office where I do all my blog work!
Both sides of this cool carry-all / tote bag are the pockets from the original jacket which means besides tons of space inside the bag there are two pockets for extra carry space.
I’m so glad that I hung on to this jacket and sent it to the lovely K at Pillows A-La-Mode! Now I can still be in love with the fabric and enjoy it in its many new forms. Many thanks to my creative and crafty friend for all my early Christmas presents! I’m a pretty lucky girl to have made a new friend back in my homeland who it this talented!
- What can you make with an embroidered jacket? (pillowsalamode.wordpress.com)
- embroidery (sabethjackson.wordpress.com)
- The Goodwill Jacket (nampasewingsolutions.com)