Craft projects for freaks and geeks: planeteers! Recycle with crafts

Lets face it, every little helps. I’m not saying crafting can save the world, but reusing and recycling things is definitely a good thing, and there are lots of ways to do that with a few craft skills.

Lets start with t-shirts. Most of us have a bunch of them we don’t wear. There are t-shirt quilts of course, but what do you do with the leftovers?

How about a t-shirt shag rug? You can make one with a t-shirt as the base, or go fancy and get some of the mesh used in latch hook rugs as the backing. Either way, fluffy and squishy for your feet!

I’m pretty sure I’ve  said this before, but it’s super-easy to turn a t-shirt into a tote bag, too- great for the shirts that are just too big (or small).

Plastic bags are everywhere- if, like me, you have a bunch of them that aren’t going anywhere, turn them into something awesome.

You could make a basket, or go a step further, and crochet a bunch of reduction rows and you’d end up with a cushion! You can also add a soda can into the mix and make a cute little basket/storage tub (please, please, wear gloves and goggles if you do this- metal is sharp, guys!).

This plastic bag bag doesn’t need any knitting or sewing at all!

Then there are the food packets we throw away all the time. Juice boxes are just prime for turning into awesome bags (or wallets- just have a look, there are a bunch of things to do with them! Get pineapple juice pouches and you’d be very in. Apparently everything at the moment is about pineapples. I’m as confused as you are.

And, finally, for those like me who have a huge weakness for crisps (chips to you if you’re not British), how about an apron made of crisp packets? (I don’t think it even really needs the backing fabric, if you overlap the packets and sew both horizontal and vertical lines). I like the multicoloured look, but you could show your passionate love of one flavour, like salt and vinegar, or prawn cocktail.

Shut up, they’re delicious.