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Chris likes to tease me that i’m a nut about recycling and “hoarding” things to reuse. Maybe i am – but i think it’s more that i just hate waste. It honestly pains me to throw things in the trash. If possible i love finding a new use, instead of sending things to the landfill.

At the beginning of working with our new manufacturer, we got a few pattern misprints back – not huge errors, but still unusuable as patterns. But i just couldn’t bring myself to throw them out. Maybe that’s silly?

So I posed the question on facebook of how i could reuse them – and got some really great suggestions! One of which was using them to package orders.

I usually use tissue paper to wrap my clothing before sending them off to customers – but I have to admit, I love this new idea way more!

I gave it a try on an order i sent out last week – and i have to say, i think it looks pretty darn cute! Yay for reusing! What do you think?

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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11 years ago

Wow, this looks super cute! A total win for recycling and design!

11 years ago

That truly is a great idea. I would have never thought of that.

11 years ago

I love this idea! I seriously think that it is such a shame how much we throw away.

11 years ago

Cute idea, I would of hated to throw them out as well.

11 years ago

Kudos for recycling! I love reusing patterns as wrapping! Often if I thrift some older patterns that are grossly incomplete (e.g. not just missing something I can easily redraft), I’ll use those to wrap gifts and such–it always looks so cute and artsty. ;)

11 years ago

i like it a lot! it’ genius!! i’m mad for reusing, but i would never had such a good idea!

11 years ago

I think it’s clever recycling and looks lovely as well!

11 years ago

Love it! …This is a wonderful idea, I love how you added a personal note to your recycled wrap, which makes it so much more special.


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