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Handsewn Christmas decorations

Handsewn Christmas decorations

Today we finished trimming up, adding lights to the pallet Christmas tree I created last year. I love the addition of lights, they add the missing sparkle:)

If you would like to make a pallet Christmas tree the tutorial is here. However I neglected to share how to make the fabric handsewn Christmas decorations. So here you are, ever so simple:)

You will need some fabric scraps, pieces of ribbon, stuffing, needle and thread – plus cookie cutters for templates.

Start by stitching ribbons across fabric. Use a cookie cutter as a template and cut out to pieces of fabric. Place the right sides together and stitch round allowing a turning gap. Turn the right side out, stuff then slip stitch together along the turning gap.

Ever so easy and great for using up  fabric scraps. Have you made decorations this year? Christmas is a great excuse (if I ever needed one!) to make and create:)


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How to line a picnic hamper (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

How to line a picnic hamper (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Lining a picnic hamper adds a splash of personality, modernising the hamper. I picked up this old picnic hamper in a charity shop, but lets be honest it’s seen better days.


It is transformed by relining. I found licensed Volkswagen fabric with a quick google search, I love it 🙂


If you would like to reline a picnic hamper, strip back the original lining being careful not to rip it.


This old lining forms the template for your new lining. Place the former lining on top of your new lining. Cut your new lining to include fabric for the sides, and to fold over the raw edge at the top.


Cut at a diagonal angle into the corners. Fold the fabric at the corners as per the picture.




Stitch a straight line down to form the corner of the lining. Trim the excess fabric. Repeat for each corner.

If your picnic hamper is not already lined place the base onto paper to draw round. The base fabric should be cut to be slightly smaller than your paper template to allow for the width of the wicker. Don’t forget to add fabric for the sides.

Place the lining inside the base of the picnic hamper. Jiggle it around a little bit so that it lies nice and flat, fitting into the corners.


Fold over the raw edges. Hand stitch into place starting with the edges of the base. I used invisible thread (or you could use an old fishing line).


Next, line the lid. This needs a base to secure the leather straps, I have used old foam board (I use white foam board for blog photography but over time it becomes worn).

Start by cutting your base to size. Cut your lining fabric to size following the instructions as per base. Stitch your corners.

I have reused the original straps for my new plates, but you could use an old leather belt. Measure to ensure your placement of the straps is central.


Use a bradawl to place a hole through the fabric and foam board. Insert a cap rivet through the leather strap, fabric and foam. Repeat for each piece of the strap.

Use a strong glue to secure the foam against the wicker basket. I weighted this down whilst the glue dried.

Hand stitch the lining in place.



Why not make co-ordinating serviettes?

Cut 4 fabric 19 “squares, I have used former curtains. Fold over twice the raw edge and press stitch. Fold the next side over twice and stitch.


Create a pocket for your cutlery. Cut your pocket fabric 5 1/2 by 6″.

Fold over the top edge twice and stitch.


Fold in the raw edges of the rest of your pocket and press. Pin onto the corner of the serviette.


Stitch round twice.


I love the transformation of this basket, it may be 4 degrees outside but anyone up for a picnic??! I’m good at making soup :)!!

This post is sponsored by Volkswagen – check out other recycled and/or car related tutorials by fellow bloggers on the Volkswagen collaborative pinterest board “DIY Bloggers for Volkswagen“.



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Recycle Plastic Cotton Reels – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

Recycle Plastic Cotton Reels – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

I’ve finally hit upon an idea for recycling cotton reels… upcycled Christmas decorations. I hate throwing cotton reels away, but generate quite a few over the course of the year. I have to admit I love this idea!

You will need:

cotton reels

double sided tape

scraps of wool

embroidery floss


spray paint

To make:

Spray the ends of your cotton reels to cover up the writing.


Once dry wrap double sided tape at the bottom and top of the barrel. Cut lengths of wool and place along the barrel.


Thread beads onto your embroidery floss. Wrap this around the barrel, spreading the beds our randomly as you go.


Using invisible thread or whatever you have to hand, thread a needle through the middle of the cotton reel, through a large bead and then back through the cotton reel. Thread a second bead on at the top and create a loop to hang the Christmas decoration.

Upcycled cotton reel transformed into upcycled christmas decoration, click through to the blog for the full tutorial

Whats colours will you choose? Do you have a favourite upcycled christmas decoration?




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I am inspired by our wonderful world, creation is constant and yet changing. I feel it is important to respect the environment and where possible to upcycle/recycle. Blessed with creativity I try to appreciate it and develop it:) Thanks for taking the time to read my blog, please do sign up to follow my journey:)

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