August 30, 2010, 07:34 am  Posted by needlearts

I love thrift shopping and upcyling…I must admit I hadn’t heard of this word until recently, but I believe I’ve been doing it most of my life. Basically, you find a cool old thing and figure out some way to transform it into something usable (and lovable).  So of course, I really love the new Lark book, Fabric Remix by Sandy Stone (on shelves now!). She’s got a fantastic eye and amazing ideas.

Since part of Sandy’s philosophy is “just do it”, which I interpret as “don’t sweat the details”, I thought it would be ok to share with you my interpretation of her shopping cart hamper idea. By interpretation, I mean that I worked completely from her picture (above)—since I’m often seized by an idea and too impatient for instructions. That’s why my shopping cart hamper has a number of idiosyncracies.

I love it.

PS According to Wikipedia, Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value. Word!

  • Valerie

    I'm so glad I finally got to see this, Megan. (Megan was the art director for the book and created its fabulous design, FYI.) I remember when Sandy's materials were coming in you were so jazzed by this idea that you went out and made one straight away! That's real Stitch Inspiration….

  • Kathy

    Beautiful job, Megan. I love it. Where did you get the shopping cart?