Craft Stars: stitchy bartender Mary McIntyre's Crown Royal Dress
Crafty bartender and all-around Seattle legend Mary McIntyre has just posted an amazing upcycling project story on the new Rake and Make website: a mini-dress and trousers, all made from Crown Royal whisky bags!
Every day, we see stuff get junked that, with a little bit of crafty know-how, could be saved from a landfill. There's even a term for this sort of recycling, specifically for stuff your local government's not interested in taking care of on its own: upcycling.
Upcycling is turning stuff that's past its prime but still usable - umbrellas, truck tarps, bedsheets - into new and sometimes even better swag.
She got sick of throwing away the purple velvet bags that pricey Crown Royal whisky comes in - but then she had an epically stylin' brainwave. A few crafty maneuvers later and she'd cobbled her entire supply of Crown Royal bags into - get this - not just a pair of rockin' sailor trousers, but also an amazingly cute mini-dress.
Mary takes us through all of the steps (including thanking a fellow bartender who supplied some extra bags with a very cool reversible Crown Royal scarf) of making these fetching new velvety ensembles. They're perfect for tending bar and kicking it on the dance floor!
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