Posted by: michelenel | 3 April, 2015

Cill to Clapper….

You should know by now that I will try to repurpose just about anything!

It is in my nature to make and use things for purposes that the manufacturer never intended or dreamed of.  With a bit of imagination and determination, there is so much potential for creating things from items most people throw away….NOT ME!

My latest little upcycling project involves a discarded item from the house restoration.  I bet the joiner never in a million years thought that little off-cut from the window restoration would be so handy in the sewing room….and nothing to do with windows!

I have wanted a clapper for the ironing board for a very long time; in fact, I have a design and pattern on my computer waiting for a date and time to make one.  When our window restoration man finished restoring the sash windows in the Assembly rooms, he left a little pile of rubbish for the skip, and that is when I spotted this…..

If you have never had old windows, or anything to do with old houses, then you may not recognise this.  It is in fact an off-cut from a window cill. This is the bit of wood (or plastic in most modern houses) that sticks out from the house below your windows; it catches and moves water away from the house – hence the slope on one side.  Luckily for me, these are cut from hardwood – exactly what you need for a good ironing clapper.

I haven’t been able to wait for it to be cut and shaped properly and have been using it as-is until hubby can afford to take some time away from the much more important restoration jobs around the house – which are MANY, so I might have to wait a while.  However, in the meantime it works incredibly well and I cannot believe it has taken this long for me to get hold of something to use as a clapper!  Honestly, this is a real marvel and has revolutionised my sewing – seams are impeccable, crisp and stay in!

Who knew that a window cill would be so useful in a sewing room 🙂

Once it has been modified, I will post some new pictures so you can see where my vision is going on this one.

Truly thinking outside the box!!

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  1. Oooh that is an excellent piece of kit! I love a well-pressed seam after applying the clapper (mine is a wooden rolling pin…)

    • There certainly is a quiet satisfaction in a well pressed seam 😊Ooh, nice! I love an object that can serve a dual purpose – great space saving technique too!


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