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re-cycle old kites

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:38 pm
by supachip1
hi there,

i have an old kite or 2 sitting in a cupboard that i don't want to just bin, i have seen some bags, jackets made from old kites online, has anyone here actually made anything out of them or can tell me where to look for patterns?

i am going to keep on looking online, but thought i'd ask here too

cheers

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:45 pm
by kjorn
louise hadlow (Aarons mum) makes bags out of his old kites. I've got a laptop bag she made, it's very nice.

She is on facebook, not sure if it's a public profile? Google "sewn again recycled kite bags"

Not sure why he can't sell his kites 2nd hand? But she says he can't, so she tries to recycle them best she can.

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:34 pm
by tautologies
Check out these guys if you want to donate your kite. https://www.exkite.it/
Regular people can't just make products like this, but damn these jackets looks good.

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:42 pm
by Lokihel
I wouldn't buy anything made from an old kite canopy.
If the kite was really too old/worn to be useful, the material should be just about dead; you'll get a very fragile fabric out of it.


Old sails is a different story, as there are a lot thicker and tougher, and are usually chucked away because they are stretched, not because they tore to pieces too easily.

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 6:25 pm
by knotwindy
How about an older c-kite that has been in storage and barely used? Not really as fun to fly but might have plenty of life left in it.

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:22 pm
by SENDIT!
tautologies wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 5:34 pm
Check out these guys if you want to donate your kite. https://www.exkite.it/
Regular people can't just make products like this, but damn these jackets looks good.
Holy shit, did you see the prices for these things?!!!

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:04 am
by PugetSoundKiter
I made a coat...
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http://www.thegreenpepper.com/product/1 ... t-pattern/

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:50 pm
by JaZone
kjorn wrote:
Tue Oct 03, 2017 4:45 pm

Not sure why he can't sell his kites 2nd hand? But she says he can't, so she tries to recycle them best she can.
Just my speculation , but I suspect that is probably part of the deal with the kite manufacturer.
I doubt he's buying them to begin with, so he probably doesn't care about recovering any money spent on them.
I think it's cool that they get recycled rather than go into the garbage.

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:52 pm
by JaZone
Nice job on the coat PugetSound.

Re: re-cycle old kites

Posted: Wed Oct 04, 2017 2:58 pm
by JaZone
I use the old kites as patch material.
Old Kite lines are great for household uses.

I came up with a great way to hang my kites using the bridles from an old kite, I will post some photos later.