Old clothes and fabrics are perfect for making patchwork items and accessories for the home. If you're looking for a way to bring in some extra cash each month, here's a way to make use of what normally gets thrown away. If you're sewing skills are not quite up the advanced level, you could still make colourful piece of fabric.
The fashion industry is one of the most polluting and socially challenged industries”, says
Wendy Schultz, Textiles and Fashion lecturer. According to global research cotton production
alone is the second most polluting crop after corn, and the industry has long outsourced
production to low wage countries, exploiting low levels of regulation.
There is an untold amount of textile waste created in the production of fashion, and this Upcycle project is aimed to create a difference by showing how these small off-cuts can be transformed into something of much greater value than its parts: up-cycling at its best.
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Read through all the instructions first before starting this craft. It is recommended that you read through the Fabric Painting Basics before starting this project.
Take any one of your chosen pieces of colourful fabric which has been painted on and place it
onto plastic sheeting with the painted side facing upwards.
Using a medium sized paintbrush, paint over the entire cloth with your chosen colour paint, preferably using a different colour to any colour already been used on the fabric.
When painting over the fabric, use thick, even strokes, but make sure it is not so thick that it becomes too shiny, otherwise you won't be able to see the design properly.
After the fabric has been painted over, use the back tip of the paintbrush to gently scrape a
design of your choice, let your imagination go wild!
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If you don't like your design you can easily paint over it again, and again! The end result will be a beautiful crafted design made from old fabric which would have been left lying around or thrown out in the trash!
Remember that you need to heat set any fabric painted items. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions of your paint.