Posts Tagged ‘ spring ’

Product # 29 : The Lemon Quilt!

Its finally finished. And I did something yesterday that I was scared of even trying. I did this one with a free motion quilting all over!!!

Neatly folded…

It was so overwhelming. And my fingers are still numb. But one look at it and I know it was worth all the effort!

Check out the free motion quilting

So here’s the Lemon Quilt up for sale in my shop!

Price : Rs. 2000/-

Size : 4′ x 6′

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WIP # 3 : The Lemon Quilt

This Quilt inspired me to do this. I had wanted to make a yellow quilt for a long time. And this one came out real good. Thanks to my new baby!

The Lemon Quilt

Isn’t she gorgeous.

Isn't she gorgeous?

Can you help me with choosing the binding? Yellow? White? Mixed? Any other suggestions?

Product # 20 : The Complete Kitchen Set

This is a treat for all you gals who love a glamorous kitchen. Aren’t you almost always in the kitchen when you have guests??? Then here’s  a product for you that I’m sure you will just love to have.

Its a co-ordinated Kitchen set. It includes :

The complete set

1. Full Kitchen Apron

2. Quilted Table Mats (set of 6)

3. Kitchen Napkins (Set of 7)

4. Hot Pads (Set of 2) (Not seen in the photograph)

All this for Rs. 500/- (Shipping Extra)

Product # 11 : Curtains!!

These were made to order for a friend. When we discussed about curtains from old dupattas I had absolutely no idea how they were gonna turn out! But here they are; and I love them… Am thinking of making some for myself too but when winter comes… (Right now I just love the dark curtains that block out all the harsh sunlight from my room!)

sheer curtains!

These ones made from old sheer dupattas, are for her living room. I made those straps also from stash of chiffon fabric that I had. It turned out pretty good!

The patchwork curtain!

This one’s for her bedroom. It is co-ordinated with her bed spread and uses the same patches as it. This creates a much more cosy atmosphere.

The loop

And this is the detail of the loops that I made to hang the curtains!

Price : Rs. 100/- per running feet length – 4’height

Rs. 175/- per running feet length – 7′ height

(you give the dupattas / dresses)

Shipping extra

Product # 4 : A sunny cotton quilt

The Sunny Cotton Quilt

Made from bright orange and white pure cotton, this traditional three layer quilt looks as fresh as the flowers in spring!

Price : Rs 1750/- (does not include shipping)

More to come in the next few days!

i love the binding... it came out much better than i thought it would...

About

This is my blog and its mostly about my new venture – Shruti’s – the ‘up’cycle shop. Although you’ll find other posts like my poetry and a few personal moments too.

About Shruti’s : There is a lovely story behind this venture. It starts in 2007. After the birth of my son, I was left with tonnes of ill-fitting clothes. I did what normal Indian women would do. Selected a few and gave them away to my maids. But still I was left with three bagful of them. I gave them to a ‘boharin’ – a Maharashtrain woman, who goes from door to door collecting old clothes and giving stainless steel utensils in return.

Prema – that was her name – told me then that with the dropping prices of new clothes and an awareness about looking good, people were not buying these old clothes as much as they did earlier. All that she could give me, in return of 3 bagful of clothes was a small ‘dabba’.

The thoughts lingered in my mind for quite a longer time than I thought it would. The next time, i had a few old clothes left – and this time there were just a couple of dresses, i decided to make something creative out of them. I ended up using the dupattas to make these lovely pillow covers.

They were just wonderful and my friends didn’t believe i had used my old clothes to do them.

I was happy. But still was left with the dresses of those dupattas. My mind got racing again. What could i make out of them?

My living room was being renovated at the time. Complete with a wooden trussed roof and a warli painting on one wall, it was a complete traditional looking. I was looking for a good seating to be kept there. My husband, Rohit, and I both liked the idea of having a ‘bajla’ a woven cot mostly foundon indian ‘dhaba’s, in our living room.

Then another idea struck me.Instead of buying a woven cot, why dont i weave one out of my old clothes? I got my carpenter to make a frame using leftover wood and got to work. I cut up strips of my dresses and made them into a stool. Both of us were happy with the result. And we made 3 more.  (I gave away one to my brother)

As a part of project at work, i had to visit the slums in the city. Meeting the women there really changed the way i thought. I felt i had to do something for them. But at that time, i did not know what.

It was in November 2009, when i thought of ‘up’cycling old clothes as a business venture. I started off with just a couple of women doing the sewing. But soon the idea grew to a larger scale and today i have about a 50 women who work for me.

I am happy to say that, these women earn a decent INR 200, working from home. And since i teach them to sew new things, they increase their skill also.

My future blogs will give you an idea of what we manufacture. The range of products is from doormats to bedspreads and cushion covers to mobile pouches.

We also came up with the idea of making grocery bags from old newspaper. Currently we can manufacture about 50,000 to 1,00,000 bags a month.

Shruti’s – the ‘up’cycle shop, was started as something that I could occupy myself with during the break that i took from my work, following a short illness. But soon, it has been a very successful enterprise with an ever-increasing list of clients.