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Upcycled Denim Tablet Case – Quick DIY Gift

Upcycled Denim Tablet Case – Quick DIY Gift

Dare I mention the C word? Are you beginning to think about DIY gifts? I love this denim tablet case:) The DIY will be published in the Reloved magazine but I thought it only kind to share the tutorial here. Its quick and easy to make plus makes a great gift:)


Measure your tablet, add an extra 6cm along the width and 3cm along the length. This allows 1cm seam allowance. This case is for a mini IPAD. The IPAD measures 20 by 13.5cm, the finished case is 16 by 21cm. I therefore cut the fabric 18 by 23cm.

Cut two pieces of denim. Utilise the pocket of your former trousers to add detail plus additional storage.Cut two pieces of shirt.

Cut two pieces of interfacing. Iron the interfacing to the denim, think about the grain of the denim.

Cut two pieces of a type of wadding, I used fusible fleece. Bear in mind the thicker the material the more protection but also the impact this has on the internal size of the finished case. Attach to lining fabric.

Pin your denim right sides together. Stitch round three sides, leaving the top open.

Pin your lining right sides together. Stitch down the sides, and a couple of cm’s along the bottom of each corner.

Trim the corners of your denim, and lining as shown.
Turn your denim right side out, carefully turning the corners neatly out (I used a knitting needle to help turn out crisp corners).
Create a button loop from thin elastic. Pin on the back, in the middle. I suggest you measure and mark the middle.


Place your denim inside the lining, so that the right side of the denim faces the right side of the lining.

Pin together, ready for stitching together.

Stitch round the top of the case.

Turn right side out. Sew on the button, in the middle of the front of the case.

Slip stitch the bottom of the lining together, and carefully push the lining into the denim.

One finished table case:)


How many will you be making this year? Have you started to think abut Christmas?





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Refashion runaway – buttons (free bag pattern)

Refashion runaway – buttons (free bag pattern)

This weeks runaway refashion is all about buttons… that’s one item I am not short of! I inherited my Gran’s button box, and my mother-in-laws. There is something special about using buttons passed on down through the generations. Some of the buttons have stories attached to them, sadly lost now as he generation passes away.

Button box

The refashion seems a great way of using lots of odd buttons to add a twist to one of my favourite tutorials.

Recycled Tweed Bag Tutorial Vicky Myers Creations

This makes a super cute small bag. I started with some wool fabric I had been passed on in a gorgeous burgundy colour.

To make your own cut out the bag pieces as per the downloadable Tweed Tote Bag instructions. Add fusible fleece to the main bag piece. Mark out 1″ squares with tailors chalk and a quilters ruler. As you can see from the image I started from the top of the bag each side marking out 8 squares towards the base of the bag (central column on image below).

stitch lines

Stitch these grid lines in a complimentary colour, I chose a strong orange.

Have fun selecting a variety of buttons.

Choose buttons for the upcycled button bag


Hand stitch the buttons into place, leaving the top and side line of squares. This enables you to stitch the side seams in place. It has the added bonus of providing a frame around your gorgeous buttons.

Tack into place Annies Soft and Stable to the main bag piece, this adds strength and stability to the bag (mine is quite heavy with the weight of the buttons)

Button bag in progress

Sew up the bag as the tutorial. I did moderate slightly, placing the lining inside the bag with the top seam allowance turned in (as the outer is shown above) and top stitching the two together.

Wool Burgundy Tote Bag - step by step instructions to make your own


Free tote bag pattern, great use of your button stash

This bag is available from my Etsy shop  – its that time of year where I need to start building up stock ready for Christmas sales.





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Tips for Thrifty Shopping


With the New Year upon is many of us are probably feeling the pinch after the Christmas frivolities. There are many reasons to try and avoid fast fashion, working conditions of those creating the fashion items, quantity of clothing ending in landfill each month, never mind the financial reasons.

Thrifty Shopping

I am a great believer in shopping in charity shops where I can satisfy my desire of new clothing in a thrifty manner. A trip this week produced a great haul, in just the one shop.

Clothing. Have a list of what you and your family need but be prepared to think differently. Can you alter the hang of the item by taking in a seam, dye the item a different colour, alter the length of the skirt or dress? I found a wonderfully thick and 100% wool jumper. I would not normally buy a drab charcoal grey jumper, but this is thrifty shopping!!  Paired with a denim skirt and purple tights I have introduced some colour to the outfit, next to spot a purple top to wear underneath to peep through at the neckline:)

Purple infinity scarf

Upcycling. Search through the bric a brac, one persons unwanted gift is your treasure. I have found a clock – the plan is to take this apart for the clock mechanism to create a new clock. This will involve an embroidery hoop and buttons to hang in my sewing room, “I will not be late for the nursery run, I will not be late”!




Games. Many of my childrens games come from frequent trips to charity shops. Have you come across Orchard Toys before?  They are educationally themed, and are made in my county (Norfolk). What’s more if you have a missing part drop them an email and they will do the best to replace it free of charge. How amazing is that?


Orchard Toy games

My daughter is just waiting for maths to click into place but in the meantime a game which practises counting in units of 10, and adding up to over a 100 is worth every penny. The four year old happily joined in learning how 10, 20 and 50 appear in numerical writing.

Gifts. As people have a tidy up/declutter after Christmas this is a perfect time to pick up books, CD’s, games and toiletries as gifts. This week I found Cadoo, which is a junior version of Cranium, and again perfect for my 8 and 4 yr olds. This one is a gift for an 8 yr olds birthday. She and her family also love playing games and will enjoy the variety of acting, playdoh, drawing etc.. All I need to do is replace the playdoh with fresh and a pad of paper to complete the gift.



Refashioning /sewing. Regular readers will know that I love sewing. I like to source my fabric from former clothes and bag hardware from old bags. This nappy changing bag has an adjustable shoulder length strap perfect for a man’s messenger bag. If you are looking for some upcycling clothes into bags free tutorials pop over to my guest post at onthecuttingfloor for five fabulous tutorials.

Nappy changing bag


For the grab total of £12 I have a scrummy warm jumper, a game for my children, a gift, a clock for upcycling, and a bag strap for reusing.

The knack with charity shop shopping is not to buy something because it’s cheap or a bargain! What is your favourite charity shop purchase?




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