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Giving voice to the voiceless, Tiffany Threadgould is a true advocate for junk. Not for making it, of course, but re-making it. In her own words, “After all, garbage has feelings, too.” The girl has a knack for taking overlooked items bound for the recycling bin, and making them useful as well as stylish. We checked in with Tiffany recently to see what she’s been up to, but first let’s take a look at what Tiffany has contributed to the pages of CRAFT magazine.
Tiffany made her CRAFT debut back in Volume 03, when she asked us to take another look at plastic bottles and taught us how to revise them into “pop art” in the form of a soap dish, trinket dish, photo cuff, and vase:
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Then, in Volume 04, she gave new life to old shirts, combined them with soda caps, and offered a how-to for making this adorable Checker Bag that’s just the cat’s meow:
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In Volume 05, Tiffany gave the term “wine sleeve” all new meaning when she showed us how to take old shirt sleeves and make them into this great little gift bag for wine bottles:
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And that’s just a few of her contributions. Here’s what Tiffany told us she’s been crafting up these days:
“My ReMake It recycling kits are selling like eco-hotcakes, so I’ve been working on the next round. For this next set, I’ll be weaving with plastic bags and playing with bottle caps.”
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“I’ve been designing projects galore for TerraCycle, the eco-company that started off making worm poop. TerraCycle works with schools to collect non-recyclable items like Capri Sun juice pouches and yogurt tubs. Then they get sent my way to turn into new products like backpacks and planters. TerraCycle has a new show called Garbage Moguls coming out in April, so keep an eye out for me turning cookie wrappers into kites. Quite possibly the first time flying garbage has been sold to large retail stores.”
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“I also host regular crafty gatherings at my design studio and the most recent one resulted in googly eyes everywhere! It’s so fun to get like-minded crafters together. The googly eyes make it seem as if there are extra friends around all the time. Adding eyes give personality to inanimate objects, kind of like recycling. Giving garbage a second chance and a new personality. After all, garbage has feelings, too.”
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“You can always see the latest happenings in my recycling world on my RePlayGround blog.”
Thanks for all the eco-grooviness, Tiffany — Mother Earth loves ya! Here’s Tiffany’s Checker Bag project in our Digital Edition for your crafting pleasure. And be sure to pick up any back issues of CRAFT you don’t already have in the Maker Shed (before they’re all gone!).

Goli Mohammadi

I’m senior editor at MAKE and have worked on MAKE magazine since the first issue. I’m a word nerd who particularly loves to geek out on how emerging technology affects the lexicon as a whole. When not fawning over perfect word choices, I can be found on the nearest mountain, looking for the ideal alpine lake or hunting for snow to feed my inner snowboard addict.

The maker movement provides me with endless inspiration, and I love shining light on the incredible makers in our community. The specific beat I cover is art, and I’m a huge proponent of STEAM (as opposed to STEM). After all, the first thing most of us ever made was art.

Contact me at goli (at) makermedia (dot) com.


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  1. Stephany says:

    What cool ideas! I wish I can just a little of her creative genius…if I did, I’d be well on my way to making the world a way better place.

  2. tiffanytomato says:

    hi stephany – but you can create your own “upcycled” products on your own. making recycling easy for others is what I’m all about. giving people the tools to create their own products – like the lamp frame and base for the glass bottle lamp, and the template and stickers for the magazine stationery kit. see – recycling should be fun, but for those that don’t have the time or energy to come up with their own projects, our remake it kits have made recycling easy. happy recycling!