Upcycling, recycling, repuposing, revamping #zerowaste

Having the day to myself yesterday I decided to get going on revamping an old cork pinboard using whatever materials I already had.


The cork was very fragile in places so I glued a few sheets of newspaper on to strengthen it.


I decided to go all out and create a quilted cover. Using scraps from my recent project I had just enough wadding to cover the area, sewing the wadding to a cotton backing.

The top was created from fabric remnants: a beige leaf pattern and a stripe pattern, added to the scraps of backing from my quilt.


The true art of patchwork quilting, I think, is in the quilting itself and up to now I have chosen the easier methods of either stitching around parts of the patchwork design or random stitching. As this was a small project I decided to try something a little more artistic. Cutting out paper templates of hearts and flowers I traced the design on the reverse and then stitched around each motif. It is incredibly hard to machine stitch smooth curves, so my hearts and flowers have some rather odd proportions in places.

But as you will see from the finished item my less than accurate stitching really doesn’t matter.

Quilted cover finished, I stapled it to the corkboard and added ribbons and buttons.

One day’s work, one pretty notice board, zero cost.

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Hi, I'm Karen, creator of blueskydays365.com which is home to my poetry, art and general ramblings. I am the author two collections of poetry, 'Kaleidoscopic Beauty' & 'I am the Stars in the Sky', and the children's book 'All That Glitters' (not yet published). I also enjoy running.

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