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Re-purposing Northern Voice Swag

Northern Voice shirts, pre-pillow-ifying

Northern Voice shirts, pre-pillow-ifying

Ever since I got back from Toronto, where I dropped a rather uncharacteristic amount of money on gorgeous clothes at Preloved‘s warehouse sale (who re-use clothes from thrift stores in funky and awesome, hand-cut ways), I’ve had my eyes peeled for what I can do with the fabric in my life. When Richard started culling out his tech conference t-shirts, an idea quickly dawned on me. I seem to have unofficially made 2009 the year I follow through on my crazy ideas, so here goes with another one!

Tomorrow, I’ll be heading over to my brother’s house to borrow his sewing machine to turn these Bloggable t-shirts from previous Northern Voice conferences, into a gorgeous set of cushions! I haven’t sewn in quite a while (and was pretty crappy at it in high school), but I’m looking forward to having a good time with it and making something cute.

Plus, thanks to James (for letting us know about it!) and Monique (for the ride!),  our hallway also has a box of more Northern Voice t-shirts for us to turn into pillows or other fun items.

Richard and I would like to run a silent auction for these pillows during lunch at Northern Voice, with the proceeds going to charity. We’re a little stuck on which charity to go for so far. We were thinking perhaps an overseas bloggers rights organization, or media literacy… do you have any suggestions for a good cause in the spirit of our intrepid blogging conference? Please leave a note in the comments if you can think of one!

Also, that corner of pink fabric in the above picture is pink material I bought for a back of a pillow – even though Richard doesn’t have a shirt! If you have a pink Bloggable shirt that you’re not doing much with, toss it my way and I’ll queue it for the next round of sewing.

…and as an aside, I love throwing myself into random skill tests. At least before I’m actually doing them… ;)


  1. Yes – it’s a pity they closed their Vancouver store some time ago. I made it a top priority on my Toronto trip – especially when I found out they were having a warehouse sale…

    Posted February 16, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Permalink
  2. Thanks for bringing them up, Nancy! It’s been a while since I’ve looked into their work but I’ll definitely do some further digging.

    Posted February 16, 2009 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  3. preloved sounds like a great store, i'd be tempted to spend quite a bit of money there, too.

    looking forward to the pillows!

    Posted February 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm | Permalink
  4. Global Voices is a good support org for NPO bloggers in countries that don't get heard as often as they should.

    I have thought about making a quilt with old T-Shirts, but I'm not a sewer.

    Posted February 16, 2009 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
  5. I love the idea! The thought never crossed my mind, those would really turn out adorable! Looking forward to see the gorgeous results. :)

    Posted February 19, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

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