10+ Easy fabric flower tutorials

Looking for that fabulous fabric flower to add to your hairpiece, to your fashion accessories, as home decor items or even a wedding bouquet? These easy fabric flower tutorials cover a whole range of material, from fabric to leather, to felt to burlap. I don’t know about you but I seem to have an endless … Read more

The 100% wool upcycled tweed skirt… what can you make?

For a bit of fun I decided to see what I could make from the one of those pleated tweed tartan wool skirts, which I traditionally think of older ladies wearing… frustratingly I didn’t take a picture before I started! Naturally I started with unpicking all the seams/darts at which point my daughter begged for … Read more

Inspiration strikes

Last week I have had a delightful couple of days with my mum who came to stay.. A trip to the local toddler group for some superb singing, followed by lunch out at one of my favourite cafes in Holt, plus just a little clothes shopping. I was very pleased to pick up a pair of … Read more

Storage ideas for knitting needles, how do you store yours?

Whilst tidying my studio and making knitting needle rolls I have been contemplating various ways of storing my precious knitting needles. Why not reuse an item from around your home? Although I have to admit to craving  a beautiful upcycle wine crate: How do you store your knitting needles? Check out my knitting needles case tutorial here.

Sorting your wardrobe out? Fresh Start? Recycle those shirts…

I thought I would share with you some ideas for those shirts you may be parting with… My husband has had a great sort out, so I have lots of shirts for recycling:) Recycled Shirt Ideas: I started with making some PE Kit Drawstring bags for restocking my Etsy shop. There are lots of tutorials … Read more

Recycled Jumper Cushion Cover – Tutorial

Not sure what the weather is like with you but it is rather cold and snowy here. The perfect time to set too and make the woolly jumper cushion cover then! The previous cushion cover had seen better days!! I am using this jumper I gained from a local clothes swish:) It is acrylic and will easily … Read more

Recycled eco bags… my journey so far

2012 has been quite a year, my creativity was resparked with a Christmas gift from my husband…”the perfect handmade bag” by Clare Youngs. I was inspired to set to and make some of the bags from the book, which I greatly enjoyed. Prompted on by a friend setting up a Facebook Page and attending craft … Read more

The sales… tempted, are you?

My inbox is flooded with flyers for shops offering great discounts. Always one for a bargain I would love to spend a day browsing at gorgeous clothes, and treating myself to the odd new item. Several reasons are stopping me – what do I actually really need, time and finances! However there is also a … Read more

Homemade Christmas Presents

Time is rapidly running out for making homemade Christmas presents. My original christmas card design was pressed bracken trees on handmade paper. However I quickly became covered in sticky adhesive spray, and found the bracken difficult to stick down (as you can see!). So instead I have gone for an old christian music score folded into a tree … Read more

Homemade Christmas decorations

Thoughts are turning to Christmas… I am loving this advent calendar, and think my daughter would really enjoy helping to make it. I’m considering a visit to a few DIY stores for green wallpaper samples 🙂 Other ideas include a rag fabric wreath, or felt flower wreath, tinsel made of scraps of felted wool jumpers… I do … Read more

Bags, bags, bags.. Upcycled .. recycled

I am loving pinterest to see what other people are making, feeling inspired by the following upcycled creations: I particularly like the use of old fashioned wooden coat hangers for the handles, coupled with mens shirts. Plus Zinc White have a rather stylish website which also features jewellery made from crayons. Interesting facts are featured “in the … Read more

Jacket Bag Tutorial.. Recycled Bag

Recycled Bag Tutorial   The sleeves are used to make the handles and straps, and the body of the jacket makes the bag. Before we start some quick tips – your sewing machine is going to be taking some strain stitching through various amounts of bulky fabric. Help it to cope by using the appropriate … Read more