In Sioux Falls, SD, you will find Michelle Wilson of Recycled Fabric searching antique and thrift stores for materials to create her unique accessories. When her and her husband were living in Minneapolis, MN they sold their car and biked for a year. In doing so, she discovered “the things we take for granted really plant your feet on the ground, but the amazing changes our lives take when we put our environment first, is life altering.” She then began crafting and realized that “instead of buying new fabric, why not buy fabric that needs a home! Everything is so much more unique and interesting when you really dig for something. I hated throwing beautiful things away, so I decided to recycle them,” she said.
Each of her creations is unique, and it really shines through in her gorgeous headbands and hair pieces. I especially love this butterfly head piece. What’s fantastic about recycling and reusing materials is that each piece will be one-of-a-kind.
Michelle draws a lot of her creative inspiration from the fabric itself saying, “The touch, the colors, the design. Perhaps that is why I am so drawn to vintage and antique fabric, it has a story. Femininity is essential to my pieces, I think it is long lost these days.” The delicate flowers and lace this is prominent in her work echo femininity perfectly.
The act of using reclaimed materials also brings her great inspiration. She says “Re-using beautiful things is such a wonderful concept. They were once loved by someone, and can be loved again. We’re helping the environment, and looking pretty all at the same time. Perfect!”
For Michelle, green crafting “is all about being creative with materials you already have, you can really make something out of nothing.” This, to me, is an excellent way to describe green crafting. Whether you make a lamp out of a coffee can, get organized with cereal boxes, or create a play set from a pizza box; it’s all about getting creative with what you have and being kind to the environment.
Michelle is doing a fantastic job of reusing and recycling while creating unique accessories that you’re sure to fall in love with. Check out her store, Recycled Fabric, to see even more of her one-of-a-kind pieces.
[All images by Recycled Fabric. Used with permission.]