Monday, June 8, 2015

Post Race Problems.

For the most part I feel like I live by this. My husband may disagree but I'm actually pretty good at throwing things away that we simply don't need anymore or that I'm become unattached to as my taste changes.

Many of my "keep" items I just can't toss because I know they will be fun to repurpose down the road-items like old necklaces, clothing with fun material, or random furniture that goes into the "look what I found" pile in the basement. While clearing out the shelves from the office I found my ever expanding collection of running bibs. These babies date back to my high schools years of cross country races week after week. 
The majority of the pile have no names on the bibs so I can't even tell you what race they were from. That means they are fair game for cutting and crafting. Let the race begin! (My more recent half marathons, high school state meets, and junior Olympics bibs were not harmed in the making of this art.) I pulled out the scissors and cut to my little heart's content. We're going for graphic, not precision, so I just played with the numbers until I liked the layout. 
The part I didn't anticipate was how to attach the numbers to the fabric. Sewing was the best I came up with. Red thread and patience went a long way and  I was pretty happy with how it turned out.
I got all done sewing the letters on and pulled out the iron. BAD IDEA. I melted a whole chunk of numbers and laid on the floor for a good three minutes to tell myself I hadn't wasted three hours. 
So, I looked on the bright side and salvaged what I could. Still a win. I love the graphic punch of the fabric behind the numbers. (It was a skirt that I split the seam on last year!) And, I don't mind the smaller scale. Looks like I'm still stuck with an empty frame in the collage for today though.
Any runners out there? What do you do with your race bibs? I've still got quite a few left that need a home!

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