Posts Tagged: reuse

i love :: made by andi

I met Andi at Make it a few weekends ago in Edmonton and instantly fell in love with her accessories line, Hoakon + Helga. Actually, I may, or may not have spent most of the weekend petting her super soft handbags! Named after her Norwegian grandparents, Hoakon + Helga is a line of eco-friendly and unique silhouette of bags. Using vintage leather jackets, her line strives to achieve a respect for the past and future using sustainable approaches.

Though the bag silhouettes are similar, each one takes on its own set of visual characteristics due to the nature of the initial recycled vintage jacket. Each one is different in color, shape and pocket design. The result is a bag that each owner can call one-of-a-kind.

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craft project :: DIY zipper pouches

Did you know it takes 1,000 years for polyethylene shopping bags to break down? Why not save a few from the landfill and create a sturdy and waterproof zipper pouch!

Follow these simple and easy steps create a sturdy and waterproof zipper pouch!


• Iron

• Ironing board

• Parchment paper

• Plastic shopping bags

• Sewing machine

• Thread

• Scissors

• Zipper

Step One: Gather two plastic shopping bags.

Step Two: Lay each bag flat and cut off the bottom seam and handles. Slit the side open so that the bag can be opened and laid flat. Fold the bag so that the image faces inside (if facing outside, the image may rub off). Fold the bag so that you have 6-8 layers (ideal, but feel free to experiment). The layers can be achieved either by folding the bag into itself or by using more bags stacked on top of each other.

Step Three: Sandwich the stack of plastic bags between two pieces of parchment paper.

Step Four: Prepare your iron and make sure it is at a low setting (level 2). If you find that the plastic is not fusing together, then turn your iron up to a higher setting (level 3 – Rayon).

Keep your iron constantly moving and don’t forget the edges! Once the plastic has melted into one sheet, you’re done!

CAUTION: Make sure that your workspace is well ventilated when ironing plastic

Step Five: Fused plastic can be sewn just like regular fabric. Pin a zipper to the widest end of the plastic piece and sew in place with the zipper foot on your machine. Turn and do the same so that the zipper is attached to the fused plastic piece.

With wrong sides facing together and the zipper half way open, sew up the edges. Make sure that the zipper is open so that you can open the pouch to turn it inside out.

And, voila! You just made yourself an inexpensive, sturdy and waterproof zipper pouch.

Originally posted on Granville Online April 9, 2009

swap-o-rama-rama vancouver

There are still a few weeks to go, but I’m happy to announce that Swap-O-Rama-Rama is back!

Join the Museum of Vancouver for this year’s Swap-O-Rama-Rama – a massive clothing swap in which a community explores reuse and creativity through the recycling of used clothing. Learn about and celebrate in the communal process of reuse and collective creativity!

The core of the swap is the gigantic pile of free clothing sorted into categories such as pants, skirts, shirts, shoes etc. These piles are the collective total of each guest’s contribution of any size bag of unwanted clothes, so start cleaning your closets! Take as little or as much as you like! All remainders will go to local charities.

date: Saturday, June 18th, 2011
time: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
location: Museum of Vancouver – 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
cost: $6.00 plus a bag of clean clothes

For more details including what you can and can not bring, please visit their tumblr page here or their facebook event here. ** please note that this event is no longer coordinated by lotus events **