Everyone has one, or two, or maybe even a pile tucked away in some back closet, or shoved into a drawer: old tee shirts, sweaters, clothing that was once loved that now lays thread bare in a dark corner waiting for spring cleaning to begin. Sure you can take those clothes to the See and Save, or the recycling bin or, (gasp!) to the garbage can.
And if your like so many of us, re-thinking a new use for these piles of clothing just doesn’t make the list of things to do today: make coffee, work, keep kids alive, play, shovel snow, dinner, rinse, repeat. Where does upcycling fit in!??
This is why Anna Moffatt is your newest inspiration. The amateur seamstress wants you to know that there is a second life for those thread bare pieces and a pocket of time carved out just for you to upcycle. Yes, you too can upcycle. Up-what? Stay with me…
“I’ve been doing this for about six years and it all started with a pair of mittens that I made from an old wool sweater,” said Anna, a Teton Valley resident and a new board member for the non profit Full Circle Education. “I’ve always been a crafty person and have enjoyed sewing.”
She laughs thinking about the first craft show she attended with a handful of wool mittens at the Driggs City Center so many years ago. Little did she foresee how this creativity would begin to unravel into a small side business — the Green Caterpillar. This year, she rolled into the MD Nursery’s Winter Farmer’s Market with an entire collection of pieces of scarves, hats, and of course, more mittens made out of wool suit jackets and wool sweaters.
“It’s not a lot of fun for me to go to a fabric store and just purchase fabric,” Anna said. “It’s really fun to find a sweater, especially an the ugly sweater, and cut it up and have that one piece of it on a mitten. It looks awesome and it’s fun to see other people get excited about it too.”
An accountant by day, Moffatt has happily carved out ten years in Teton Valley where she is a passionate gardener and beekeeper and small business owner (web site pending). Serving as a board member for Full Circle Education has been a perfect dovetailing of her passion for sustainable living and her desire to share her positive environmental commitment with her community.
This is why Full Circle is excited to debut Anna’s first class on Thursday, January 26, Thread Up: Braided Rugs.
The class is a great introduction for folks looking to recycle and reuse tee shirts and old sheets by transforming them into rugs. It’s upcycling and you can do it! And never fear my sewing-challenged friends! All you need to know how to do is operate a pair of scissors. How easy is that?
Anna said the class is appropriate for anyone age 12 and older. She will teach you how to twist and braid and cut your way to a new rug. And who doesn’t need a new floor rug?
“I’m really hoping that those who attend the class will walk away with the understanding that what they thought was trash can find a new purpose,” Anna said.
The class will be hosted at Moose Creek Ranch in Victor from 6 to 8 pm on Thursday, January 26. The cost is $25 to attend. To sign up, please visit Full Circle Education’s web site here or contact their Program Director Emily Sustick at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 208-346-8639.
And to find more reducing, reusing and recycling information and inspiration, please visit the non profit Teton Valley Community Recycling’s website at www.tetonrecycling.org.