Thought I would share one of the ways we try to be environmentally friendly while being frugal. I’m always looking for ways to make connections in useful ways, and when I was offered a truck load of fabric banquet table cloths I jumped at the chance.
I was able to barter some of the fabric to a stay at home mom in exchange for sewing the first of our second generation Americana Bubble Tower sleeve covers. Using our fabric she sewed dozens or maybe even 100’s of hair scrunchies for sale at craft shows to help support her family. And some very cute dresses for her little girl! Some guitar straps and hats and even some lounging pajamas from the velveteen like material. Great f
The “linens” for the most part are durable and colorfast polyester. But we also ended up with a fair amount of metallic, lame, and even some gauze or lacy fabrics. The dark blue velveteen was a nice rayon that we used to line my American stilt costume. The white satin stripe material came in handy for the rest of the costume. The trim and the stars on the vest and pant legs are also from the table linens.
Billboard sign vinyl is another material we work with. When the advertising campaign is over the tarps are usually discarded – taken to the dump. Our COW Bubble Tower uses a painted billboard sign vinyl rescued from a similar fate. We used a discarded sign vinyl as a tarp to protect our fabric until we could box it up and move it inside.