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During National Sewing Month, make old household items new again

Consumer Reports News: August 25, 2009 02:51 PM

September is National Sewing Month, and in this era of tighter budgets and heightened environmental awareness, the Sewing & Craft Alliance and the American Sewing Guild are encouraging sewers to "reuse, remake, restyle" their old favorites into something new.

If you're in the market for a new sewing machine, check out our latest report on these appliances (story and ratings available to subscribers) and our free buying advice.

Among those touting the three Rs of National Sewing Month is designer Betz White, who creates unique items from second-hand materials. The author of Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made With Repurposed & Organic Materials, White offers these ideas for recycling items around your home.

• Sew a pair of comfortable pajamas pants cut out of a well-loved sheet.
• Make a laundry bag by adding a drawstring to the opening of a pillowcase.
• Create a shopping bag from an old tank top by sewing the hem shut.
• Make a scarf out of a shrunken wool sweater by cutting it into strips and sewing them together. —Kimberly Janeway | | Twitter | Forums | Facebook

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