I'm a day behind on the Uniform Project sew-along, but I did trace the pattern and cut it out on Sunday. I had so much excess paper from the original pattern, I traced all but two pattern pieces on the excess paper. And this week: The muslin!
These were the paper scraps I was left with:
Of course I can just heap the paper into the recycle bin, but it got me thinking. This week this pile will be scraps of muslin fabric and next week, fashion fabric. What can I do with the scraps?
I honestly have no interest in the little projects I could make with the scraps and no place to store the scraps if I have a change of heart. So I wanted to ask you, readers, can I recycle fabric and, if so, how? Are there centers that accept donated fabric scraps, for example?
Where this is coming from: The more I read about the 1940s, the less I can ignore that each item has a life before it enters our hands and after it leaves them. In the 1940s mindset, there was a World War waging, with fuel and fabric in short supply. It was the government's—and individual's—duty to ensure survival, both on the battlefield and on the homefront. And that largely meant conserving resources.
Though I have always been interested in the usefulness of things (hence, not wanting a lot of excess), I'll be the first to admit that the environment is not high on the list of things I've been passionate about. In many ways, I've been willfully ignorant, figuring I do my part. I live in a part of the world where being green is just as easy as not, and so I recycle my paper, glass and plastic, I compost my food scraps and I even make an effort to shop at local stores who sell local goods.
But there's a glimmer of consciousness a-brewing. Do these fabric scraps—if I have no other use for them—really belong in the trash?
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