I recently did an open call for fabric donations in exchange for a free mini monster made from the donated textiles on my Facebook page as a test for developing a material collection program to keep textiles out of landfills & reduce cost of materials (meaning maintaining affordable prices for you monster lovers, yay!). It was an awesome learning experience & am I working on hashing out the details to offer this program on a much larger scale. More about that soon!
Today I wanted to share a peek into the processing of converting discarded textiles (I use materials including blankets, pajamas, clothing, curtains, sheets & other bedding, robes, sweaters & hoodies & more) into my monster toys!
Lisa from Lisie’s Pieces mailed me a worn out fleece sleeper her son had outgrown. Before reading any further, guess how many monsters I made from this little sleeper. Got a number in mind? Okay, proceed!
I take extra care when making my monsters to use every bit of material possible – even the tiny bits get turned into horns or mouths for stuffed monsters. The smallest bits that I can’t sew with are diced to blend with stuffing. After cutting out what I wanted to make from these jammies, this was all that was left.
I’ll donate the zipper portion to a maker who can use it & trim off all the excess fleece I can from the footie bits to dice for stuffing. And from that little sleeper, I got FOUR mini monsters! Only three are shown here because the special mini I made for Lisa is heading out in the mail today & I want it to be a surprise!
With a little bit of effort & creativity, I source materials otherwise discarded away & turn a little bit of fabric into a whole lot of awesome in an effort to make ecological, fun toys & storage solutions for kids. I hope you enjoyed this peek behind the scenes of the transformation of sleeper to sweet monsters!