Eco-Friendly Projects

Do you know that American’s send 11 million tons of used textiles to landfills each year?  Many of these items are in great condition and simply get tossed into the trash can.  This averages out to about 65 pounds of textiles (clothing. linens, fabrics, etc) that head straight to the landfill.

Further, are you aware that synthetic (man-made fabrics) take many years to decompose (if they decompose at all-think about it, polyester is made from plastic water bottles and thus is essentially plastic).   It can take 30-40 years for nylon to decompose whereas cotton takes about 1-6 months.  (Clothing decomposes faster if it is cut into stripes).

Imagine, if you will, taking these unwanted textiles/clothing and turning them into something useful-a new creation!

Here are some pictures of jeans that have been rescued from the Goodlwill and upcycled.  What do you upcycle?  And which of these is your favorite (these will make their way into my Etsy shop soon!).  Thanks for stopping by.  Check back for more eco-friendly and upcycled posts!

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A New Direction

Have you ever had a goal that was unmet?  Or ever run into a brick wall after racking your brain and trying so hard?

I’d say that was me a few weeks ago.  New Creation Sewing was born in the Spring of 2013 and I began listing (and selling) items in my Etsy shop.  Last year my sales increased (not only through Etsy but via word of mouth).  I did some number crunching in January and realized that my sales and expenses broke even (almost exactly!).   Although breaking even for your first year of business is a good thing (many businesses take a loss), I decided I needed help.  I want to take New Creation Sewing to the next level.

So I made an appointment with the Small Business Development Center.  I met with a wonderful business owner with tons of experience.  She had wonderful advice.  Nancy asked the all important “how much money do you want to make?” question.  So I gave her an answer.  And she didn’t gasp.  She didn’t fall over.  She didn’t say “that’s impossible for your line of business.”

She looked at me and said that was completely doable (my words; not hers).  She believes in my business but also let me in on a secret;  I need a business plan.

A year ago those words confused me.  Why?  What is it for?  Financial Projections?  Ideal Customer?  It was intimidating to say the least.

But I was ready to hear Nancy’s words.  So ready in fact, that last week my entire family was sick (we had this nasty cold thing) and about all I could do was read and think…and write.

So my business is in a new phase:  I call it Business Plan 101.  Start up again.  And I am amazed at how many new ideas are coming to me.  I am amazed at the clarity and understanding I have.  The business plan is finally making sense.

I’m no expert and will be meeting with Nancy again.  I will present her with my version of a business plan.  Hopefully it contains all the right parts.  Once my plan is solidified, changes are coming.  Many changes to my shop, marketing, and just the way I view life.

In the midst of this planning when I feel that I can’t, I just remember my favorite Bible Verse:  “I can do all things through Christ who Strengthens me.”  Philippians 4:13.

So stay tuned and see what’s in store.   I want to know:  Have you written a business plan?  How long did it take?  How much help did you need?  Any advice is appreciated!

Pillowcase Challenge

Have you heard of the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge?  If not, here it is:

Just create a pillowcase to donate to charity and log it on the website.

Here’s a simple pillowcase tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Company to get you started :

Go on, now!  Get sewing.    See you next time!


Handmade Doll Clothes

For weeks I have been making doll clothes.  The only problem was that I didn’t have an 18 inch doll to put them on!  After weeks of looking for a used doll,  I bought an 18 inch Our Generation Doll at a  local thrift store.  Her hair had been cut and the only clothes she wore was a simple shirt.  She is still in good condition (I don’t know her name-maybe you can help identify her).

So here are some of the clothes I made for her (The doll and clothes will be my daughter’s birthday present).  I’m also beginning to create other doll items to list in my Etsy shop.  I should be adding doll clothes to my store very soon.

Let me know what you like about these doll clothes!  Do you sew doll clothes?  I’d love to see pictures!

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