How to make a large denim tote bag

Learn how to make your own large denim tote bag with this free tote bag pattern. The large tote bag is made with a variety of upcycled materials, with hand stitching for embellishment, your own padded fabric handles plus a magnetic closure. This large denim tote measures 20 by  18 by 3″ once complete, with … Read more

Soap Making – from Scratch

Eight years ago I decided to have a go at soap making – I invested in the book ” the handmade soap book” by Melinda Coss. A great decision. There are quite a few books around that say they can teach you how to make handmade soap when in reality they teach you how to add essential oils and … Read more

DIY Notebook Covers – Thank you gifts


It’s that time of year in the UK – the end of the school academic year. The kids are filling up with goodwill and the pressure is on to come up with thank you gifts. This year I decided to revisit my blog post 10 Teacher Gifts for teachers, made with fabric, hunting through for a gender neutral, quick project!!

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Thrifty Sewing Fabric Sources

As regular readers know I LOVE sewing, finding the process relaxing, challenging, absorbing, plus it nurtures my creativity. But it is not always that cheap. Today I am taking part in Sew thrifty’s series Savings Made By Sewing. I am sharing tips about sourcing fabrics from charity shops, car boot sales and jumble sales. Other options include signing up … Read more

Deconstructing a bag

Recently I received a request to make a replica beach bag. Having not constructed anything similar I loved receiving the challenge. I decided to start with a few photographs of the original bag, before gradually unpicking it and photographing each step of the way. The beach bag turned out to be made with a rectangle … Read more

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:)   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. This denim clutch … Read more