Ok, so I have to be honest upfront.
There is technically neither a pig nor any silk in this post.
But it is the essence of what I was trying to say, and it sounds better than "Turning What Was Once Crap into Something Creative."
I have been challenging myself to use/re-use/re-purpose more craft materials lately, especially fabric, for a few reasons:
1. Fabric is expensive, and I do not have a money tree in my backyard.
2. It is a creative challenge, and a little challenge is good for the brain.
3. It is more globally/God-given-resource responsible.
So, we begin with a sad laundry tale.
This used to be a beautiful, long, flowing wrap/scarf. It used to be about 3 or 4 times this size. I usually don't have "nice" things, so apparently I did not pay attention to the tag that must have said it was a wool blend.
I decided to try the Buttercup Bag from this post. I originally was going to make this post more of a tutorial about that bag, but after cutting out the pattern, I did not follow the directions at all. Some of them I did in an easier way, some of them I disagreed with, and some of them I just didn't read because I have found that I enjoy sewing more when I can wing it.
A little reminder that something beautiful, even if we can't see the beauty on the surface, is always of value. "Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces." ~Matthew 7:6
The intended recipient? My red-headed sister, who has requested a handmade magic-mary-poppins-camera-bag, which may take me until 2014 to complete. This is my token of appreciation for her patience in the meantime.