Making string from scrap fabric is so simple and pleasurable (and satisfies my love of using up every last scrap so well) that I’ve found myself making more string this week. I have been thinking, since Second Skin, that it is not so much that I come from the zero waste school of sewing as that I come from the austerity school of sewing. I do draft so as to avoid creating waste, and I watched my mother dothis as a child, often starting with less fabric than her pattern called for. Then I take all the remnant fabric from previous projects and turn it into something else, even if this requires a lot of patchwork. Little of what is left beside my overlocker is wide enough to make string, even. When I tried carding ovwerlocker waste into batts a while back, most of it fell out because there was so much thread cut so short!
Anyway… I’ve been turning a pair of jeans and a pair of linen pants into a bag, and although that process will use almost all the fabric in each (since I’m piecing together even relatively small sections), there are some scraps left. I cut them all to suitable widths for string making. It began with this little pile.
By later in the week, I had three lengths of… well… cord? Light rope? Very shaggy string?
I’ve been creating small banners for trees in our local neighbourhood, and so string–cord–rope will come in handy.
There’s a plan for these banners… involving other people… and brought into being by the enthusiasm of my fairy godson. I’ve made several so far from a calico sack I scored from a local business, together with recycled eco-printed fabrics and eucalyptus-dyed embroidery threads. On the inside, the interfacing is a set of damask napkins which saw their glory days long ago and have been rendered threadbare by long use. My mother-out-law sent them down to Adelaide last time my sweetheart visited her. I hope she’ll approve of this way of using them!