Inspired by a gift I received from recycled crafter Steph of OverIt! I have been making zipper flower brooches.
No need to buy new zippers though readers, they can often found in craft boxes at the back of op shops (which are often between 10c - 50c each ), recycle centres, or can be taken from worn out clothes.
Zippers are snipped off at one end, curled into 'petals' and hand stitched into flowers. Backed with a felt circle, and a safety pin.
Some will be making their way to friends as gifts, others I will keep for the time being for a project I am participating in for the month of September; Self Stitched September hosted by So, Zo..
What is Self-Stitched-Sept '11?:
Those who will sign up to Self-Stitched-Sept '11 wish to challenge themselves to wear their lovely handmade creations more than they currently tend to for the duration of September 2011. The signee decides the specifics of their own challenge....
'I, Erica of Recycled Fashion, sign up as a participant of Self-Stitched-Sept '11. I endeavour to wear at least one hand-made or refashioned item of clothing each day for the duration of September 2011'
Why take part?
People choose to do so for lots of reasons. Most participants find the results of their sewing/crochetting/knitting/upcycling/refashioning all too often ends up left in their wardrobe as, for whatever reason, they choose to wear their 'safe' clothing instead. More here
My zipper brooches, for now, are my 'back up' if I cannot cloth myself in an outfit I made myself at any time in September!