I’ve been busy making ECOZEE products to sell. This is my latest design – I was trying to make something so cute and useful and desirable that no-one can resist. It’s a Charger Cozy. It’s a little drawstring bag for you to keep your phone charger/cables (or similar) neat and tidy. When you are actually charging your phone you can hang the bag on the plug and put your phone inside – organized and aesthetically pleasing. They measure approx 5.5 inches square when flat, and they will have a little spring toggle on the cord.
It’s made from upcycled denim jeans, upcycled cotton shirts and upcycled pure wool sweaters. I have made eight bags as my first batch but can make more if demand outstrips supply! They are £10 each. I am yet to sew on all the designs, so let me know if you’d like a custom one. So far, my designs include heart, Apple logo, peace sign, flower, moustache. After my stint in a local gallery in February, I will list any unsold in my ETSY shop (currently empty) but if you’d like one meanwhile – as a cute, clever, original and eco-friendly gift for your Valentine, leave a comment on this blog, send me a facebook message or use the contact me form on my website.
Things have gone a bit red, white and blue here at ECOZEE – I’m getting geared up for the Olympics and the Queen’s Jubilee, plus, making bunting puts you in the party mood – despite the rain. My flags are made from upcycled cotton shirts that were washed, dried in the fresh Scottish wind, de-constructed and ironed into submission. I did buy the bias binding new but only because I haven’t yet been lucky enough to find a roll in a charity shop with my name on it – I live in hope. The flags are approx 8cm tall and there are 12 on a 1.8m string. There are four designs – and if you’d like one they’re £12 each – contact me! They were a ridiculous fiddle to make but they are lovely. I have some full-size bunting in the pipeline too – watch this space.
There’s a new kid on our block – a beautiful baby girl – born in February to our lovely new neighbours. I wanted to make a pretty but practical present for her. Bibs I thought – my own kids were particularly pukey and I never had enough bibs; and, the ones I had were not that stylish. So, for our newest neighbour, I made these two bibs using upcycled children’s clothing patchworked together on the front and upcycled cotton sweatshirts for the backing. The result was lovely soft, 100% recycled bibs.
I made this cushion for myself using of my own favourite cardigan which, sadly, developed a rather large hole. So, after many years of faithful service (at least 10 I reckon), it was time for it to be lovingly upcycled. I was inspired by the American folk tradition of penny rugs – but wanted to use hearts instead of circles . This cushion uses “scraps” of felt from approximately 20 different Scottish lambswool sweaters I have worked with over the past couple of years. For me, it is a beautiful reminder of the fun I have had with each sweater and of all the lovely things I have made from them. It is hand sewn with my trademark blanket stitch.