Monday, 20 August 2012

Making new stuff from old

Kath has set me a challenge, to use every bit of the green hoodie, so I put my thinking cap on and came up with the idea of making a small childs cuddly toy. There is only one way of using up every scrap and that is by cutting up the seams into very small pieces and stuffing it into something.

I turned the hood into a tea cosy shape, then cut an oval shape for the base, and made two little feet. The face is some spongy type coloured letters, I bought a plastic tub of them from a car boot sale for 30p, knew I would find a use for them one day. I cut a few strands of the fleece to make hair and opened up the seam on the top of it's head to push them through and insert a few stitches to keep them in place.

I had to add some foam to the stuffing as there wasn't enough. The only part I haven't used for this project is the zip. I could have done but as this is for a small child I wanted to keep everything soft to minimise the risk of injury. The zip can be used later for something else.

So there we are, a small childs cudly toy, it stands 7 inches high and is 6.5 inches across.

A good example of recycling, upcycling, repurposing, or whatever you want to call it. Making something new, from second hand. Using materials that might have been thrown out, and given them a new lease of life. From this. . . . .

. . . . to this.

Have fun recycling, what ideas can you come up with, tell me I want to know. Toodle pip.


  1. Well that's really creative - goodness knows what you could do with an adults size !!

  2. Brilliant! top marks Ilona for using every bit.

    We're going to be thinking up all sorts of challenges now LOL

  3. a few years back, I bought a pair of curtains £4 from a charity shop and made five things altogether

    Josie x

  4. You are very talented...I think you got my share!
    Jane x

  5. Brilliant, well done, that really is recycling at it's best. Not a thing wasted.

    Sue xx

  6. He is great! You are clever. Reminds me of the Gonks who we all made back in the early days of Blue Peter.

  7. That is a really cute have excelled on this project. I don't think I would have come up with that idea.

  8. Lovely little toy. Great idea. I am using scraps like fleece and old jersey material in my rag rug, I'm not that good at sewing.


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