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Upcycled Essential Denim Dress Pattern Review

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Do you ever virtually shop on Pinterest? For some time I have contemplated making a block denim dress, in particular the pattern Essential Denim Dress from Sewdifferent. I have finally done it!! The dress I have made is made six old pairs of jeans!!

Essential Dress Pattern Review

The pattern covers sizes 8-22, a great range. It prints off clearly, this pattern prints all sizes (some more recent PDF patterns you can choose to print only the size you want).

The sewing instructions clearly show you how to piece together the various pieces.

Described as an adventurous beginner I agree, the dress is straightforward to out together, no zip in sight! The pattern does make some assumptions regarding your knowledge of sewing with no suggestions how to finish your seams or how to apply bias binding to finish the neckline.

So how did I get on?? The back pattern piece is wide and long, which I was unable to achieve in one piece from a pair of jeans. Therefore I created blocks for the back, in keeping with the front design.

The seams for the dress I top stitched, the seams from the original jeans I left therefore differentiating the two types of seams apart.

When it came to hemming the neck and sleeves with bias binding I did a quick google search and followed these instructions from Sew It Over.

I overlocked the hem before turning up and machine stitching in place.

 

Essential Denim Dress Pattern Review

The layout of different jeans with their different weights, stretch and colour I am delighted with. Handy as I had only just enough denim to make the dress!!

Essential Denim Dress Review

Overall I am delighted with the Essential Denim Dress pattern and the end result. Its great to have a pattern where you can piece together various recycled fabrics. Any gaps in sewing knowledge can be easily found on line.

Having loved the pattern for too long an upcycling competition being held by the Sewing Directory and Korbond has provided the impetus to make it. You still have time to enter, the deadline is tomorrow!!

The necklace is made from an old t -shirt, find a tutorial to make your own here. I encourage you to go and make whatever it is you have been coveting on Pinterest for far too long!!

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Egg Shell Easter Table Decoration

Egg Shell Easter Table Decoration
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Easter is around the corner but you still have time to make an Easter table decoration. Personally Easter is about spending time with family, creating new traditions, eating, crafting. My son particularly loves the rhythms of the seasons, decorating the house.  Table decorations are not my strong point but even I can manage this egg shell table decoration, its so simple to make but so effective:)

The cress takes about seven days so you do have time to make this yourself.

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Egg Shell Easter Table Decoration

You will need:

To make:

Spray the egg shells, set aside to dry (preferably not in a windy place, you don’t want to know how many egg shells I lost!)

Fill the shells with soil or cotton wool, add cress seeds and water.

Find a log, drill three holes with a wide drill piece (the one I used was marked 32).

Place eggs in drilled holes.

That’s it, one finished DIY easter eggs shell table decoration, easy to make yet stylish. Alternatives you could try, dye the eggs with onion seeds before cracking and scooping out the cooked egg, or let your children decorate the shells with sharpies? Or you could use the sharpies yourself to make intricate patterns – this would look great with white shells.

However you choose to spend Easter I hope you have a lovely time,

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DIY recycled planter – don’t throw rusty loaf tins away!

DIY recycled planter – don’t throw rusty loaf tins away!
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Wondering what to do with your rusty loaf tins? I hate throwing away old rusty baking tins when they reach the end of their baking life. But let’s face it no one wants rust on their cakes!!  This DIY recycled planter is inspired by the storage potential of the old rusty baking tins plus a love of reclaimed wood. It’s perfect for the kitchen making a great DIY herb planter:)

 

DIY Recycled Planter, DIY Herb planter

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DIY Recycled Planter

To make the DIY recycled planter you will need:-

Equipment needed:-

  • Sand paper
  • Drill
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Chalk Paint Pen

Prepare your baking tins. If they have any flaky rust sand this off. Thoroughly wash to ensure they are completely grease free, I suggest using sugar soap.

Spray the chalk paint over the outside of the baking tins. It is best to spray a light layer, allow this to dry and then spray with a second coat. The beauty of using Novasol Spray is the paint dry’s in fifteen minutes.

Prepare your piece of wood. Saw it to size. Sand to reduce the chance of splinters.

Apply a stain or wax to your wood. This will protect the wood and provide a longer lifespan for the tin shelf unit. Allow to dry. I used Ronseal woodstain satin teak –  the darker stain adds contrast to the white tins. Resand for a rustic look.

Mark on the back of your tins a straight line to use as a guideline. Drill two drill holes in the back of the tins along your pencil line. Use a drill piece suitable for wood and metal.

Measure the plank of wood and your tins. Place your tins in position ensuring they are at right angles to your plank of wood. Using a pencil mark through your drill holes into the wood. Predrill a small hole in the wood at the marked places. Screw the tins into place.

Drill two holes an inch down from the top of your plank of wood. Mark on the wall. Using a masonry drill piece drill two holes for your screws. Add raw plugs into the predrilled holes. Screw the plank of wood to the wall.

Label the tins with chalk paint stickers. Mark the tins with the contents of your shelves with a chalk paint pen, finally fill your tins and admire your handy work!

You DIY recycled planter can store anything you, not just plants!! How about as laundry/cleaning materials or packing supplies such as parcel tapes, string, scissors. I have to admit my herbs were rather quickly replaced by cacti!

This project is linked upwith DIYideacenter a website I have just discovered – its full of great ideas for your home. Why not visit and be inspired?

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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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