When it came to opening up the studio to the public, I thought most people would be having concerns about safety with regard to Covid 19, so I was a bit surprised to be asked about how I recycle.  After the recent news, I imagine that this is a concern for a lot of people, so decided I would answer.

Recycling has been a way of life at home for many years.  In fact, when I moved to South Yorkshire city, I was so disappointed that the home recycling arrangements were a lot less than they had been in a South Wales village.  That didn’t stop us from recycling as much as we could so it was natural for me to take that ethic with me to the studio.  It can be a tricky balance when it comes to running a business.  I’m not perfect, but I do try the best I can.

Paper, cardboard, plastic and metals that come into the studio will either be reused or recycled. In fact, very little goes into landfill. 

What about fabrics?  I do use new fabric, usually for quilts, customer orders and for the kits I supply for my classes.  However, all the scraps get used.  It could be that they go to make smaller items or are used in scrap quilts which I love making.  Really small pieces are collected and will be used as stuffing, as in this cushion/bed made for the cat.

Even my orphan blocks get used.  In fact, I’ve used some of these blocks in a quilt backing for my current QAL.

Not all the fabric I use is new, I’ll happily used reclaimed fabrics or take care of other people leftovers.  The cushion above was made from upholstery fabric passed onto me through my community classes. Recycled fabrics feature in many of my community classes and also, lots of my fabric scraps get used there too. In fact, the first class held in the studio used reclaimed fabrics. Not only am I using everything I can, I’m also passing on skills to other people to repurpose fabric items they may have no use for.

What about wadding?  As with the tiny fabric pieces, small trimmings go to the bag to keep for stuffing. Small off cuts can be used for coasters, place mats etc. but they can also be joined together to create bigger usable pieces.  I’ve just spent a day doing just that, joining wadding to get larger pieces.  Some have already been used for class samples and some will be used in my community classes too.

As you can see, nothing goes to waste.  Anything I can’t use, gets passed on to others that can use it. I’d love to hear your recycling tips, so leave a comment below.

You can find out more about my recycling class,  Transform Shirts to Cushions and More here.

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