Monday, May 23, 2011

Clean and Covered

More with the school crafts today.

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Believe it or not I found this old binder in a small recycling bin on campus that was marked “paper only”.  Someone had dumped a huge amount of large sized binders in the bin.  They were each full of paper so I guess that’s why someone thought it would be okay to toss in them in binder and all.  What’s remarkable is that these were the same sort of binders I see selling at Office Max for $5 or more.  Roughly about $50 plus worth of binders.  I was thinking “Why? They’re plastic,” and  “Aw, such a waste of money,” and “Whoo Hoo!  Free binders!” all at the same time.  Of course the real point, I found this binder in the recycling bin and it needed my special touch.

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And it certainly got my special touch.  After cleaning the binder, I made this cute cover for it with some green plaid and ribbon.  You can probably tell that I still have trouble sewing ribbon to fabric, see the not so slight puckering of the fabric.  Maybe I should have glued it on instead.

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Anyway, you can see here how the binder slides into the cover instead of the cover being glued to the binder like in similar projects I have seen.  This way I can remove the cover to wash if it gets dirty.  And if the binder itself breaks, which is likely to happen eventually, I can use the cover on a new binder or even a book.  Yay, it’s reusable and pretty.

Here’s the updated list:

  • Slippers
  • Handkerchiefs
  • Cases
  • Pens
  • Binder
  • T-shirt
  • Skirt
  • Bag
  • Background

Six down, three to go.  Almost done!

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