There is potential for change in everything and everyone, but it is often easier to see how others should change than to recognize the changes we need to make ourselves. Hopefully we have people in our lives who will tell us honestly, and reflectively, in what areas we need to struggle to become a better person. If we listen carefully and genuinely consider constructive criticism, I think there is a great opportunity to become freer than we ever thought possible.
Many times friends and family point things out to us, because they recognize that certain behaviors or habits we have, are really holding us back from experiencing the beauty life holds for us. I am making a conscious effort to try to listen to, and reflect on, what the people in my life take the time to point out. I am also trying to strengthen my ability to see the potential for positive change in situations which seem worrisome and sometimes burdensome.
I like to think that seeing the potential for change in even material objects, will in some way increase my ability to see the potential for change in far more important areas of my life. This process of finding used goods and making them into modern and stylish items is called "upcycling" or "repurposing," and is growing in popularity. Etsy is full of new creations made in this way. Here is an example of an old wool sweater become new little girl dress ...love it! With this trend in mind, I present to you the Goodwill linen dress, become chic linen Living Room pillow!
Linen; 100% cotton linen, exudes potential! All the better when that linen is in the form of a $3.99 extra large linen dress! I especially like to look for linen in thrift shops, because it is often of a better quality than I can find at the local fabric store. Cheaper linens and linen blends tend to be thin and lack the high thread count which give it substance and make it a joy to work with.
The first photo is what is left of the dress after the pillow was made. Unfortunately, I didn't take one of the dress before I cut it up, but you get the idea. This pillow, although looking fairly intricate, was a cinch to make! After laundering the Goodwill dress, in hot water, I cut it up following the seam lines. It was then a large rectangular piece of heavy weight linen which was ready for sewing. I used a simple technique of sewing parallel rows of small tucks, then turning the fabric 90 degrees and sewing straight perpendicular lines over the tucks to make them lie flat. Each row of tucks lies in the opposite direction of the previous row, creating a wave pattern when viewed from a distance. If there is any interest, I may put a tutorial together for this technique. Also, this book has a great sample of it used in a dress. At any rate, don't be afraid of change; it has the potential to turn out beautifully!