Have you ever wanted to bury yourself away for a day and lock the world out so you can totally focus on something you love doing?
Well, the other day I did! I had a lunch appointment cancel so took advantage of having a spare day to focus on a project I’ve been itching to finish.
I’d come up with a design for a wrap made from recycled jumpers a few months ago, but realised when I did my usual “road test” of wearing it, that as I moved around, the wrap would unravel or fall off my shoulders.
I’d been trying to come up with a way to keep the wrap in place while simultaneously making it adjustable to cater for different sizes.
I had tried hooks and eyes – Yep, it worked, but the adjustable sizing was limited to where the hooks and eyes were placed so it was a bit hit and miss. You could also see all the stitches I’d made to sew them on, which made the wrap look ugly.
Ribbon was also considered, but I felt this didn’t quite work with the jumpers which were a different texture and look.
I even thought about supplying a brooch with the wrap, but knew this could easily wear or tear the stretchy knit material.
The other night it came to me!! [ At about 2 am in the morning I might add, when I suddenly woke up and knew exactly what I was going to do.]
When I cut up jumpers and cardigans, I often leave the front reinforced button and buttonhole panels out of my projects. Why not use these? After all – they are reinforced, are made from the same material and have the same colour as some of the panels in the wrap, so match perfectly! Also- all the buttons and buttonholes have already been sewn and lined up! Half my job was already done.
The finished prototype is now up for sale and you can check out ways to wear it by watching our video “How to wear a Nu4u Wrap with Jo”.
My next challenge was then to make a video showing all the different ways my wrap can be worn. Check the video out in our NuSkool section and stay tuned for next week’s post which tells the story behind the making of the video!