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Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials

By Laura Grace Weldon

Those of us who want to live more artfully, frugally, and with a hands-on approach tend to run up against those ever hungry monsters, Time and Money. That’s where green crafter Maya Donenfeld comes in. Her focus is on reinventing everyday materials into useful items for the family, effectively taming those monsters.

The popularity of her blog, Maya Made, (with awesome tutorials like how to make elf slippers) led to the publication of her first book, Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials. It’s a sturdy volume with a spiral binding, perfect to use as a reference in the middle of a project, and augmented by dozens of beautiful full-color photos. It covers techniques and methods, with information about each of the seven recommended materials including sourcing, how to deconstruct, environmental impact, and tips for use. I’m mostly enthralled by her step-by-step instructions for making 28 inspiring projects. It’s just hard to know where to begin... read on!

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