Sunday, June 10, 2018

Do You Upcycle?

The word "upcycle" may not even really be a word.  But today, it indicates that you take something discarded and give it new life as something different.

I love garage/yard sales.  Certainly, I don't need anything.  But you've heard the old saying, "One man's trash is another's treasure."  A couple of weekends ago, I purchased this polyester/acrylic fur coat at a yard sale for $3.  The lady I purchased it from said that she used to wear it to play 'dress up' when she was a little girl.  Certainly, it's a vintage coat. But I never saw "a coat."  I saw something else entirely.

The first thing I wanted to do was wash it.  So I cut off one cuff, hand washed it in cold water and threw it in the dryer for 15 minutes.  And to my delight, it worked!  So the whole coat went through a complete washer/dryer cycle this morning.

Next thing that needed to be done was to take it apart.  I took the lining out first and then cut away the seams.  This left me with quite a pile of fur! 
It also left me with three leather buttons. They will be very happy in my button box (which actually was my grandmother's button box!) until I have a need for them.

My pile of fur is sure smaller, but now I have a pile of smaller pieces, too.  It's time to put those pieces together and see if what I saw on that hanger actually works in reality!

And VOILA! It wasn't a coat after all.  It was a vintage teddy bear and a FurPet©!  Even the felt in the teddy's feet and ears is upcycled; it is made from recycled water bottles!

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