Quick & Easy Fold Over Clutch Tutorial

Quick & Easy Fold Over Clutch Tutorial

It’s so easy to love a clutch, and just as easy to whip one up for your favourite summer dress. Perfect for holding your keys, lipstick, wallet and mobile:)

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Follow a step by step tutorial to easily make one in less than an hour. Plus its super easy to customise to your own style.

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This denim clutch is made from former jeans and shirts.

To see the fold over clutch tutorial visit So Sew Easy, you will find a wealth of sewing hints and trips plus other free sewing patterns.

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Fabulous Upcycling Ideas with Tutorials

Fabulous Upcycling Ideas with Tutorials
I have been mentioning the word upcycling a few times in recent posts.. so what does it mean? Good question – I think it is the process of transforming something old and/or reaching the end of it’s lifespan into something new, adding value to the original item through the transformation.
An amazing day took place on twitter yesterday #NationalUpcyclingDay. It was truly inspirational!! Trending for part of the day at number 1 on twitter, what an amazing achievement by Gumtree and partners. Max McMurdo took over Gumtree’s twitter account sharing stories and tips.
Plus Ecochic Interiors, Makedoandmend, Remade in Britain each tweeted an A-Z list relating to upcycling. read more here.
I have set up a NationalUpcyclingDay Pinterest Board, pinning images shared on twitter. I have not yet, and may never quite, manage to pin all images shared – there is so much to see!! If you would like to become a pinner to the group board follow me on pinterest and drop me a message so I can add you:)
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I shared tutorials relating to upcycling, you can see them all plus more below:-
Fabulous Upcycling Ideas with Tutorials
Interior Decoration:
Bench made from old chairs
Clock, made with fabric and buttons
Jam Jars into tea light holders
Notice board from old baking tray
Wreath from newspaper
Floating shelves from cake tins
Clothing related:
Infinity Scarf from a former skirt
Toddler pants out of baby grows
Sundress from old tshirts
T-shirt into a dress
Soft toy rattlesnake out of a tie
Denim shorts, free pattern and tutorial
Great round up post with links to many childrens sewing clothes free patterns – upcycling former clothing into new

If you would like to read more about upcycling there is an interesting article by Gumtree here, and a perspective on whether upcycled furniture will appeal to the general public the Guardian here.

Why am I passionate about upcycling? The process saves items from landfill, maximises earths resources, it’s creative, challenging plus cheaper!!

Go on – have a go at transforming something into a great new item. I would love to know what you make:)

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DIY Denim Rag Quilt

DIY Denim Rag Quilt

 

It will be no surprise that I have a rather large fabric hoard, mainly made up of former clothes and bedding:) For some time I have been planning on making a denim rag quilt.

DIY Denim Rag Quilt

We are fortunate to have a spare bedroom, with none of our family local the room is used by regular visiting parents doting on their grandkids.  The room is rather bland, ready to serve its function. It needs a touch of personality, and some upcycling.

I took inspiration from some beautiful denim quilts on line. A denim rag quilt deals with my bulky denim stash, and is relatively quick and easy:)

DIY Denim Rag Quilt

You will need:

lots of denim

lining (I used pillowcases)

scissors

sewing machine

denim materials

Trim your denim, removing all zips, waist bands. Make a decision re pockets, you may like to keep them as a feature or remove them. I removed them for ease of sewing.

You will be making panels of quilted denim, and then sewing the panels together. Decide on the size of quilt

Cut denim into rough sizes for your panels. My finished panels measure between 10-17″ and 104″ long . These were trimmed to size once sewn.

Layout out your pieces in order to choose which denim you like next to each other. Pile up in the order you would like to sew them.

Next think about your lining, you will be adding your lining as you sew. I used different pillowcases, using the width of the pillowcase as my size guide for the width of the panels.

To sew your first two pieces of denim trim your denim to provide a straight line down the grain (this is often easier to see on the back of the fabric).

Lay down the first piece of denim right side to the table, next lay your lining right side up, then your second piece of lining right side towards the table, and lastly your second piece of denim right side facing you. Stitch a seam 1 cm wide.

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Trim the pillowcase lining to the width of the denim panel.

Lay your next piece of lining and denim on the second side of the denim (as previously) and stitch. Continue until your panel is as long as you require.

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Trim the panel into a long rectangle, I used the edge of the rug for the first side and a large book as a guide for trimming the width of the panel. Pin each seam to stop it coming apart. Stitch along the long sides to hold these seams together, 1cm in. Remove pins.

Trim denim panel

Create as many panels as you need.

To make the ragged frayed edges cut into the seam allowance every centimetre. Be very careful not to cut into the stitched line,. If you accidentally do re stitch. It is easier to do this now as there is less bulk.

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Once you have cut into each seam allowance layout your denim panels and choose the order you like them in.

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Stitch together along your 1cm stitched lines so the seam is on the right side of the quilt. Cut into the seam allowance to create fraying.

You are nearly their, sew round the edge of the quilt 1cm in, then cut into this 1cm seam allowance to create the fraying.

Wash denim rag quilt to fray edges

 

Lastly wash, and then wash and wash again. Each time you wash the quilt the seams will fray a little more.

Pillowcase lining of denim rag quilt

Hang out to dry.

frayed denim rag quilt by vickymyerscreations, tutorial

I love the texture of denim, what is your favourite upcycled denim project? There are plenty more ideas on my recycled denim pinterest board.

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