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Recycling for textiles

Updated on April 29, 2011

Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim

It seems that in this culture we're given so many "things"- our houses are full of "stuff".

Before we are born we're given gifts and this carries on throughout our lives. We throw things away, we break things, we send them to charity shops.

Of course it's necessary to occasionally de-clutter our lives - we wouldn't be able to move if we kept everything. However amazing treasures can be found for use in arts and craft projects.

I aim to show you how I've used found and recycled objects and materials in my artwork and to inspire you to think beyond the label of "junk".

This book is available as a digital download from

Find out more below!

Book Information and Excerpts

About the Book

Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim

A "How- To" Textiles e-Book

Full of Eye Candy!

Over 180 pages and over 180 full-colour images.

Ideas for Recycling old clothes

Recycling large objects like furniture

Making bags from recycled items

Using up the bits you'd usually throw away

Recycling packaging

Saving old projects that went wrong

Recycling broken jewellery

Using found objects

And much more!

Thumbnails and Excerpts - Have a look inside Reuse, Reycle, Reclaim.

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Health and Safety

Tools and Materials


Boxes and Tins

Novel Ideas for Thread Spools

Picking Up After Yourself

Thread Waste


Found Objects

Recycling for Knitters


The Shirt off your Back

Pick your Rubbish up and take it home with you

Wire Coat hangers

All the Leftover Bits

Reuse, Recycle, Reclaim is Avalable from Lulu.

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Recycling Off-Cuts from Old Projects

Using Off-cuts of Textiles - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!


This is a piece I made by patchworking together sections of excess textiles that I cut from the edge of other textiles pieces.

These tiny pieces are like little treasures so it seemed a shame to throw them away.

In my Recycling book I'll show you how to reuse little bits of textiles.

Breathing New Life into Old Dolls

Recycling Dolls - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!

The Seamstress
The Seamstress

In this textiles piece I've recycled a cheap Star Trek action figure by wrapping it with fabric and yarn.

This piece is called "The Seamstress" and also features recycled fabrics and thread spools.

Creative Recycling in Embroidery - Val Holmes.

Creative Recycling in Embroidery
Creative Recycling in Embroidery

I love these textiles books by Val Holmes.


Making Old Chairs into Textiles Art

Recycling Furniture - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!

This textiles piece was made to cover a really old chair.

I copied images of my family onto pieces of fabric and added them into the textiles.

Pick Up Your Trash and Take it With You

Recycled Bags - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!

Marble Bag
Marble Bag

This purse features recycled fabrics, found marbles, and a recycled purse frame.

I'll give you ideas on how to make your own recycled bags.

Get Your Own Back on Ill-Fitting Bras!

Bras! - Recycling Melted Fabrics style!

Sugar and Spice
Sugar and Spice

Is this going too far?

I decided to make art from my old bras!

The lace looks fabulous when it's melted.

Making Stuff - An Alternative Craft Book.

Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book
Making Stuff: An Alternative Craft Book

This is a cute book full of ideas for making mittens out of old jumpers, wings from newspaper and feathers, necklaces from paper, bathmats from t-shirts etc.


Second-Time Cool - The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater.

Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater
Second-Time Cool: The Art of Chopping Up a Sweater

Learn how to recycle old sweaters and make cute things!


Secrets of Rusty Things - Transforming Found Objects into Art.

Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art
Secrets of Rusty Things: Transforming Found Objects into Art

Learn how to make beautiful assemblage art from old rusty bits!


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    • KateHonebrink profile image

      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      You have some genius ideas! Love them all! Wonderful job on this article and big kudos on making the upcycling/recycling monsterboard!

    • Rachel Field profile image

      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      @bames24 lm: Thanks :)

    • bames24 lm profile image

      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      great ideas... :)

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      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      @Diana Wenzel: LOL! Thanks for visiting :D

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      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      @Anahid LM: Thanks for visiting Anna :D

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      Renaissance Woman 6 years ago from Colorado

      I love it! Great ideas. I guess in addition to "naughty" relatives I could put photos of anyone I wanted to sit on (your chair recovering project) for that furniture seat. Ha! Just kidding... kind of. The bra idea is brilliant! Glad to discover you and your creativity. :-)

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      Anahid LM 6 years ago

      Hi good idea for recycling old fabric. I wish you a happy Easter all the best. Anna

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      Rachel Field 6 years ago

      @BrickHouseFabrics: Thanks for visiting :D

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      BrickHouseFabrics 7 years ago

      More great ideas!!!

    • Rachel Field profile image

      Rachel Field 7 years ago

      @Kylyssa: Thanks for visiting :D

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      Kylyssa Shay 7 years ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      Wonderful recycled art! Thanks for sharing your recycled art ideas.

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      SamSteely 8 years ago

      Some really cool ideas for recycling! If you find you can't use all your textiles or you've simply got too much stuff in general, consider using a professional skip hire company to take away and ethically recycle everything for you.

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      Rachel Field 8 years ago

      [in reply to Superwife] Thank you :D

    • Superwife profile image

      Superwife 8 years ago

      this is one of the most creative and interesting crafts I've ever seen! Your work is so very unique - 5* from me and fav :)

    • Rachel Field profile image

      Rachel Field 8 years ago

      [in reply to Laniann] Thank you :D

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Going to be a very interesting book with gorgeous fabric.

    • Rachel Field profile image

      Rachel Field 8 years ago

      [in reply to 0ctavias0fferings] Thank you :D I'll pop some more images (and bigger) up soon.

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      Rachel Field 8 years ago

      [in reply to Jimmie] Thanks! I'll see what I can do :)

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      ctavias0ffering1 8 years ago

      Interesting lens, I agree with Jimmie, I too would like to see some larger pics of some of the items. I do a bit of recycling myself ;-)

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      Jimmie Lanley 8 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Your art is most interesting. I'd love to see more (larger) pics.