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If you have received a copy of this book where the patterns on page 124-125 are very faint, please call F+W Customer Service at (800) 289-0963 to have the patterns mailed to you. Or, you can copy the following URLs into your browser to download a fresh copy of the pattern:
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About the Author

Tracie Lampe is a self-taught mixed-media artist and fiber artist/vendor. Her work has been featured in Artist Trading Card Workshop as well as Interactive Art Workshop. Tracie has been teaching at ArtFiberFest for four years and sells her handspun fibers through Etsy and at the Renegade Craft Fair.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: North Light Books (June 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600619959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600619953
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.4 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,918,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 5, 2010
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Upcycled Accessories ---> 25 Projects Using Repurposed Plastic by Tracie Lampe is my kind of craft book. Repurposing is always a better idea than sending something off to be recycled and this book is all about fusing plastic bags to make a tough sewable fabric to make accessories out of.
The basic process is explained well on the internet, this book takes it up the next step. The author explains how to use different types of plastic and other materials to create some very sophisticated effects, her new directions with the idea will inspire more ideas for most crafters and upcyclers. She also explains how best to paint your new creations and how to sew the plastic. The 25 projects include toys, coasters, wallets and lots of other ideas including patterns for some really neat looking hats.
I think my favorite project in the whole book is the Shower Essentials Caddy, it's a waterproof caddy for the shower which would make a great spa type gift for a friend. It's very easily customized to the colors and preferences of whoever you are making it for and utilizes my favorite of the authors techniques.
My daughter, who is an avid repurposer, loves the cute silver robot toy which is stuffed with more bags which makes excellent use of scraps too small to work with, it's an adorable blocky robot with a bright red heart.
Great book for using with small children as long as you do the fusing and sewing, they can paint the finished items to make special items for family. For teens like my daughter, it's a great thrifty and green alternative for crafting and learning sewing skills. Some of the projects can use the things she finds when we walk in the summer as well, combining upcycling with found art very nicely.
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This is a fabulous book! The instructions are clear and easy to follow and have great visual aids. I donated one to my son's school library and it is one of the most checkout books in the library! The projects are age appropriate for his Elementary school and are still fun for adults at the same time! This book goes hand in hand with today's ever growing "green" and "carbon footprint" decreasing times. Not only has the book been used for class projects but has also been used for school groups particularly the girl and boy scouts. Certainly one of the most loved projects is the robot! I know we are looking forward to the next book by this gal to follow up this one and hope it comes soon!!!!
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This book does have a few ideas to get you thinking about possibilities. I didn't find most of the projects to be something that I would want to make but I did find the examples of how to fuse the plastic, where to get the plastic and how to work with it to be somewhat useful.
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Love the environmental concept, and kudos to Tracie Lampe...but wish North Light had lit the Lampe more appropriately...and had the printed book manufactured here, rather than in China, and on recycled paper. I say this as an author and self-publisher of another green DIY book, Unforgettable Tote Bags, knowing that cost efficiency and yes, profit must be sacrificed to the cause of doing right by the planet. Guess I'll have to Kindle my Lampe, North Light!
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