Chuck reached into his closet the other night to pull out a dress shirt to wear to see Pilobolus. The first to hand was a button down tattersall from L.L. Bean in beige and green. As he was buttoning it up, Chuck noticed the cuffs were more than just lightly frayed, they had split apart in the last wash! Upon closer inspection we found more fraying and wear - too much to make it an appropriate donation. But that green and beige colorway caught my eye. I asked if he minded if I used it for a little sewing project. He agreed it was all mine.
What is it with me and turning tired clothing into something else? I’ve never been a real patchwork quilter. But I am drawn to recycle items into something useful. Actually useful and cute is the real winner. This time, I had been wanting to make a litter bag for our car. The cheesy plastic one from a car wash which we had been using was a mess. Plus, it never stayed where we put it. So I took the tattersall and combined it with a previously retired and very holey chamois shirt and sewed it up. I dimensioned the bag so that a plastic zipper bag slips inside as a liner. The handle is actually the button placket! Yup, useful and cute!