We have recently had the builders in, lets just say I am delighted they came, and then went!!!
The tot now has a double bedroom and his toys are now in his room, hurray for an adult space in the front room in the evenings!
We are rather partial to foot puffs for sitting on, leaning against whilst sitting on the floor playing trains/cars/tower building – you get the picture. So I was delighted to pick up a new to us foot puff in the local fantastic charity shop – just required a new cover and few extra polystyrene beads. Perfect for his new room:)
I happened to have rather a large stash of jeans from maternity leave days, a perfect blue colour, and hard wearing for a boys bedroom. Five pairs of jeans, plus two denim skirts later and I have a new foot pouf:)
I had a debate about sharing what not to do, or a step by step how to – this feels somewhat more positive attitude to take! Tips for recovering your own foot pouf (or should I say learn from my mistakes!).
- Measure and make a template for one side. I used old newspaper.
- Cut out fabric and pin together to create six different squares. Ensure your pinned square are bigger than your template to allow seam allowance all round.
- Create six different squares by including different tones of denim, pockets, and different seams.
- Sew your applique style squares, and trim to square shape (with seam allowance).
- Lay them all out as you would to make a box out of paper, not as I did in a grid format!
- Sew four pieces to together, in a line.
- Add your bottom, and sew all seams from your bottom and sides.
- Next attach your lid along one side.
- Hand stitch your lid on.
One finished recycled upcycle denim foot pouf:)
What are you making with the remainder of your denim? Check out my denim pinterest board for more ideas:) http://pinterest.com/vickymcreations/denim-recycling/
As usual I will be stopping by Handmade Harbour to see what others have been making this week. Trusting you have a creative week,
This blog post is linked up here.
This week I became carried away with a new design and shape of recycled handbag that I completely forgot to photograph the size 8 summer dress before I cut it up!!
I felt a compulsion to make a new summery style of bag, may have had something to do with carrying my felt wool handbag to work in the heat! I am not complaining about summer arriving at last:) This was coupled with meeting a fellow upcycler bag maker Helen over at Doodlebags, I fell in love with this velvety bag, for the fabric and shape.
This is my take on a round bag with deep waist band.
I started with an A4 piece of paper and drew freehand oneside of the bag, adding a piece of paper I cut out two and sellotaped together to create the mirror image pattern. For the waist band I folded the complimentary fabric into various sizes and played until I was happy with the dimensions.
I have to admit that I like the back of the bag as much as the front:) Now contemplating how to make the style with some width to it, starting with no width at the top but widening with side panel widening to a couple of inches at the bottom. Having never done this before I may contemplate a while:)
On a separate note I have signed up to a blog hop with Creative Crafting, how exciting:) The date I have been given is the 4th of August, I have two ideas for blog posts:
Tutorial to create a swimming bag/PE kit bag for children, made from a former shirt – hoping to find a
garish bright Hawaiian shirt in a charity shop
Tutorial to felt jumper and create applique felt bag
Can you hep me decide which?! There is still time to sign up to the blog swap, why not join me?
Have a good week, I’m off to have a look at what everyone else has been making this week over at Handmade Harbour
What do you make with old denim trousers? I don’t know about you but I always seem to have some poor fitting jeans around ready for recycling.
There are lots of great tutorial around, I’ve started making some denim baskets for my sewing room for storing odds and sods in!
If you fancy making your own they are ever so easy, there’s a great tutorial on Threading My Way.
Plus I’ve started a Pinterest board, if you fancy checking it out:)
The storage baskets use up the legs of denim trousers, and my sewing machine, gorgeous though it is won’t cope with reusing and stitching through a waistband. However I can still squeeze another project out of the jeans, plus make a further effort to sort my sewing room out (one day I will share my space but I keep waiting for a tidy moment, you may be waiting a while!). Here is a denim pocket storage idea, a Pinaddict challenge.
To make your own unpick a few denim pockets
Find an old picture frame to stretch your fabric around
Arrange your pockets, and stitch on.
Sew onto your backing fabric
Stretch around the frame. I was delighted that I remembered a few pointers from screen printing days. Start with stretching across the middle, stapling at the middle central points along each edge. Step by step stretching and stapling along, always at each side in turn. At the corners I created a hospital bed corner, folding under. Finish by masking taping the fabric edges down to the frame for a tidier finish.
Thanks for all those who took the time to read and comment last week to help me identify my Unique Selling Point for my social media course. It was really helpful and I am very grateful. The course continues to be really interesting, just wishing I had more time to give to it:)
Please do stop by Handmade Harbour and see what other people have been up to this week:)