Reuse, Recycle, Rediscover!

If you’ve been reading the blog for any length of time, you will know that I have a special place in my heart for recycling/upcycling. Not because I have a Scrooge style clamp on my wallet, but because I hate to throw things away. Pretty much everything can be reborn if you have enough time and inspiration. Sometimes it even creates something better than the original!

This was certainly true with my last project. I set out with a mission to find my youngest child some new pyjamas. The problem being he has the most sensitive skin and everything from labels to seams irritate him. So I needed a very gentle solution. I began with the wonderful Oliver & S pattern for their Bedtime Story Pyjamas, unfortunately this is out of print now, but you can still purchase (stocks permitting) from some stores, I got mine from Saints & Pinners.

Next I moved onto fabric choices. I knew I wanted Flannel/brushed cotton, but I couldn’t find any I liked in this country. The US puts us to shame when it comes to selections of this fabric. So I began raiding my stores and found two plain white flannel sheets from when my son was a baby. They were beautifully soft from washing and I had just the right amount. But I thought he might look like he was doing baby karate if I made them in white. Enter Dylon! I had a box of Purple washing machine dye left over from a previous project, so I set about dying the sheets. The results couldn’t have been better (unfortunately I forgot to take a pic).

Next came the cutting and sewing, this pattern really is easy and before long I had these amazingly soft, label and side seam free pyjamas! My son adores them and wants to wear them all the time, I will certainly be making a second set soon, I may even treat myself to some imported flannel so I can use a cute fabric pattern.

11 Responses to Reuse, Recycle, Rediscover!

  1. Love this Abi. The purple looks so cute on him. I just started making a patchwork quilt out of old shirts that I have loved but grown out of, because I can't bear to throw anything away either!

  2. I have a huge box (or 2) of old clothes for just the same reason. Usually I love the fabric just too much to part with it. Let me know how the quilt goes, it sounds exciting 🙂

  3. Hi, I'm new to your blog, found you through Saints & Pinners. I must say that their organic Cloud 9 flannel is just scrummy but they've sold out of some of the range.
    Also Seamstar's Forest Hills flannel is lovely.
    Oh, and Printstopolkadots have a few good priced flannels left too.
    All UK online fabric shops with great service! Um, I think I spend too much time shopping online 🙁

  4. Wandafish: Thank you for pointing me in the direction of those gorgeous fabrics! That second set (and 3rd & 4th according to my other kids) will be much quicker now 🙂


  5. I loved sewing clothes for my kids when they were younger! Now, with 3 teenagers and a busy schedule, I don't have much time to sew. Thanks for visiting me at A Season for All Things. I look forward to reading more of your blog; I'm your newest follower. ~ Ellen