Retread Your Threads: The Sewing Loft


We absolutely adore seeing all of these fabulous ways in which to reuse old clothes, fabric scraps and more! Continuing with our Retread your Threads series, we’re excited to introduce you to Heather Valentine of The Sewing Loft. She’s been known to reuse a thing or two and has done a wonderful job with pulling together a variety of tutorials for you to check out. Don’t forget to check out her blog. It’s an excellent source for sewing tutorials, reviews, patterns and is truly just a fun online destination! Take it away, Heather!

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Hello Pellon® Readers, Heather here from The Sewing Loft.

When Erin asked me to share some of my creative process related to reclaiming, I was all in. Truth be told, I am a scrapper at heart. I feel like I am always savoring the very last bit of amazingness when it comes to fabrics. And I do mean EVERY last bit! That’s with no discrimination regarding age, style or fabric blend. If the fabric speaks to me, I save everything, especially vintage!

Reclaimed Scraps with Pellon®

Reclaimed fabric scraps into yardage using Pellon®

To keep my smaller scraps in line, I store them in a metal basket until they start to get unruly. For me, that’s when the magic happens. One of my favorite things to do is create scrap fabric yardage from leftover bits. My “fabric blend” of choice is reclaimed men’s buttoned down shirts mixed with brightly colored printed cottons. The mixture can create the most amazing patterns.

The possibilities are limitless. To give you more inspiration and fun ideas to reclaim your creativity through fabric and Pellon®, I have created a quick rounded up with a sampling of a few favorites.

Reclaim Scraps with Pellon®[Projects, clockwise from top left: Elbow Patches, Peacock Pillow, Travel Sewing Kit, Gold Glitter Polka Dot Sweater, T-Shirt Pendant Necklace, Gift Card Holders, Patched Pocket Panel, Hand Sewn Travel Checkers]

They range from simple board games to hand-made accessories. These are easy to make and eye-catching projects that combine both new and reclaimed materials.

For more ideas to reclaim your creativity through scrap fabric and Pellon® can be found on the Retread Your Threads Pinterest board. And by all means, don’t stop there! If you have a fun way to reclaim your scraps we want to hear from you! Please share your ideas, tips and tricks with us in the comment section below or join the conversation on Twitter using #retreadyourthreads hashtags.

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Thanks so much Heather! We’ll have more tutorials coming soon, rolling into our final week of Earth Month, so stay tuned!

About Heather:
Heather is an outgoing, creative dreamer that loves to stitch!  After 20 plus years designing for others in the apparel industry, she decided to jump ship and follow her own creative voice.

She blogs at The Sewing Loft and creates tutorial style patterns.  She likes to think of the blog as more of a community, a place to share ideas, tips and techniques used during the creative process.

Find Heather online:
BlogFacebookTwitterPinterestEtsy — Instagram — Flickr


2 thoughts on “Retread Your Threads: The Sewing Loft

  1. Jenelle Montilone (@TrashN2Tees) says:

    Thanks Heather for joining us in the Retread Your Threads! You’ve included some great tutorials in your round up and I’m always excited for a glimpse behind the scenes and learn more about designers process! Scrap busting at its finest (and funnest!)

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