|February 23: Used clothes recycled
||How much items surround us in the daily life!
Today, our homemakers' group, Group of Friends,
have a meeting on how to make use of old
clothes. During this winter, we have been
thinking about to check our clothes, and
we came together bringing old clothes. We
have sorted them into the categories such
as for children, female, male, and others.|
||First, we had a meeting as usual. In our group, we make it a rule to have a time to read books in order to understand the meaning of the event.|
||Today, the text was taken from an episode
on "How I created 'Sweater Dolls' in
my life as raising children without textbooks",
written by Shuuko Tanaka and published from
Fujin-no-tomo (Females' Friend) company.
She said in the book, "When my five-year-old
boy was playing with a doll, he was at a
loss because the doll didn't sit in a stable
position as he wanted. I have long been kept
it in my mind. One day after eight years,
when I was sorting old sweaters, I suddenly
got an idea to make the doll, this is it."
We could share the feeling what the motivation
was, when one started to make something original
||After sorting old clothes, we check them
what items could be reused by other members.
I got a pink-colored sweater at a cheap price.
Those members who raise small children picked
up sweaters and pants and bought them. After
that, we put old clothes into boxes to be
sold at a bazaar. Finally, we picked up some
shrunk sweater to make the Sweater Dolls.|
||We make Sweater Dolls using paper pattern taken from MS. Shuuko Tanaka's book. Today, we cut out clothes and we will finish the Doll in home|
||Here, they are cutting clothes from old overcoats to make scissors cases.|
||Old clothes to be recycled were picked up
by a group called "Work Space Oak Tree"
which is a volunteer-based activity to help
handicapped people. They will put old clothes
to a bazaar or sell them as waste-cloth-mops.
We always appreciate them because they always
help us by recycling old clothes we had gathered.
Next time, we would like to display each
other the Sweater Dolls and scissors cases