My latest internet addiction: ThreadBanger.com (as in I totally meant to go to bed around midnight but stayed up past 3am watching videos, reading posts and scribbling down ideas :D)
For one thing, it is nice to know that I’m not the only young adult out there that is totally into crafts (12 years of Girl Scouts got me into it!). It’s cool to see kids my age playing around with their sewing machines and making amazing things!! A lot of the Web-isodes focus around making fashionable items… with I have not quite ventured into yet… but watching has been very inspiring.
ThreadBanger.com is all about the DIY (Do It Yourself) and Up-Cycling movement. While DIY sewing and crafts are fun, they also makes a lot of economic sense… a very pertenat issue these days. Every pillowcase I make is one less I have to buy at the store, saving gas money and the expense of a name brand item…and technically a little less polution in the air, less miles on my car, AND I get the joy of making something on the nifty sewing machine. Up-cyclying is the effort to us materials for your crafts that otherwise would be thrown away. The 2 great advanates of this are that less trash is going into landfills (where they will take years or decades to biodegrate) AND crafters are able to save a lot of money on materials! This makes craft projects accessable to everyone, even those of us on a tight budget.
Good Places to find materials on the cheap:
- Yard Sales
- Thrift Stores
- Trash (things you may have considered throwing away like bottle caps… #6 plastic containers a.k.a. Shrinkie Dink material 😀 … plastic grocrey sacks etc)
- Your closet (mine is definatly full of clothes that havent seen the light of day in years)
- Your Friends (I like collecting buttons, give me your buttons!!)
You get the idea…
ThreadBanger.com is also extremely supportive of independent designers, and people who just want to sell thier crafts for a living. Check out all the cool stuff on etsy.com. It’s kind of like eBay buy-it-now, except all of the items are handmade! There is a TON of amazing and unique stuff there 😀