I am Not A Pack Rat... Seriously

I have a knack for repurposing old things and will tell anyone.. I am not a pack rat
... seriously.

Before I trash something, I like to give it the last chance assessment. .. what can I do with this....

I am quick to admit, I am not some kind of environmental geek.  But I love to repurpose and the key is not to make it a bob-the-builder gadget.

For instance. .. makeup brushes are great for removing dust and slivers of fabric & thread from my sewing machine.

I have several machines and have a
makeup brush for each one.  I wash it and let dry and presto ready to kick dust.

I also have one at work for my keyboard... perfect for removing breakfast crumbs.

Also being a crafty geek... old makeup brushes are pefect for applying glue or if you are a glitter queen.. brushing off the excess glitter.

Another nifty beauty item is the Tweezer.  Not sure you are like me, but as I get older my facial hairs are constantly trying to make an appearance.  Of course, I have to keep them at bay.  However, over time  heavy use of my tweezers make them dull & useless.  Again repurposing in action, perfect for feeding thread through the eye of a needle and pulling it through too.  

They are also perfect for use with my crafting.  Especially when working with rhinestones and removing stickers.

Interested to know.... what items do you repurpose for sewing?

                                     Until then,
                            Have a Great Sunday.


Faye Lewis said...

Great re-purposing tips! I'm on the way to clean my serger and machine now. Thanks!

Sheila said...

Thanks Faye... and glad I inspired you.

c-ing said...

This is right down my alley. I have a very small crafting space so efficiency is key. Repurposing and recycling is an everyday part of my life.Toothpicks to clean between the feed dogs. Paper instead of plastic for making my own patterns. Old Rx bottles to store different sized machine needles.

Sheila said...

Hi Syl and Thanks. I use tissue paper for tracing off patterns, toothpicks for applYing tiny rhinestones & other embellishments. Most definitely the rx bottles are perfect for repurposing small things.

MAD14kt said...

SB does it well ... FIESTA ;)

Sheila said...

Hi Monica and Thanks!

Mariela Alethia said...

The make- up brushes to clean the serger machines was a great idea. Thanks for the tip.

Sheila said...

Hi Alethia and you are welcome.

L said...

Using make-up brushes to clean our machines is a good idea. They're small enough to get into difficult areas. Thanks for sharing.

Sheila said...

Hi L and you're welcome.