Mens button down shirt refashion – womens off the shoulder top

Are you inspired by the clothes you see around you? On our recent holidays in France a woman walked past in an off-shoulder top, dip dyed, blue at the top fading to white at the bottom…It looked so chic.  My French is fairly non-existent so I was unable to be cheeky and ask her if … Read more

15+ Back to School Sewing Ideas

Today my children broke up for the summer school holidays, but here I am thinking about back to school sewing!! It’s never too early to start sewing a project for back to school, especially, if like me, your summer holidays just fly by with lots of fun outdoor activities. 15+ Back to School Sewing Projects … Read more

How to box the corner of a bag: Two methods

Many bag patterns refer to boxing the corner, are you wondering what this means and how to do it?! Learn how easy it is with these two methods of boxing bag corners. Boxing a corner takes a straight forward rectangle into a shaped bag – it transforms the bag giving it three dimensions. Learning how … Read more

How to put a zipper pocket in a purse lining

  Learn how to sew a zipper pocket for any bag, either in the lining or as a feature on the outside of the bag with this super easy sewing tutorial. I use a zipper pocket in my latest tote bag pattern designed to hold a tablet. A zip pocket is an essential tool in … Read more

How to attach magnetic snaps

Magnetic snaps are a super easy way to add a closure to any bag you make. They are super useful for pockets too, available in a variety of sizes and colours they are versatile fastening. Learn how easy it is to attach magnetic snaps. I love them, personally, I’m not a zip closure girl when … Read more

How to make a hair scrunchie with pompom trim

Wishing to relive your childhood? Loving scrunchies the second time around? Learn just how easy it is to make a hair scrunchie with pompom trim. Using fabric scraps from you stash means you can make a different scrunchie for every outfit!  All scrunchies involve straight stitching, therefore they are a perfect sewing project for children … Read more

How to sew a table runner – DIY shibori table runner

Summer is here so it is time to make the most of our outdoor space, to eat al fresco as frequently as possible. As an untidy person, I am often surrounded by clutter but I aspire to beautiful decor, a clear table beautifully laid. Today I am sharing with you how to sew a table … Read more

How to make a DIY beach cover up dress

My daughter loves swimming, she has been eyeing up bathing suit cover up dresses in the shop but they are expensive, flimsy and don’t seem quite long enough. Time to make her her own DIY beach cover up dress. It is super easy to do, taking less than an hour and some pretty cotton fabric. … Read more

What do you refashion men’s shirts into? Refashioning clothes into a Kamino

Did someone mention a challenge which involves refashioning clothes? I can’t resist taking part in the local social enterprise New-u‘s request to refashion men’s shirts into something suitable for the catwalk. New-U are hosting a clothing swap event, encouraging people to appreciate preloved clothing. The fashion industry is the second-biggest consumer of water, producing 20 … Read more

DIY Doorstop with handle

If you are a regular reader you know I love working with old jeans, the fabric is hardwearing, so versatile and free! – the perfect material for my DIY doorstop. With this version of the doorstop I have added a leather handle, using different tones of jean to add interest to the finished DIY.   If … Read more

Use your fabric scraps to make a top

Where do you find inspiration for sewing from?  Dare I confess to sometimes catch myself staring at a garment a person is wearing wondering how it is made?! Plus of course Pinterest. On televisions, I am slowly watching Project Runaway on Netflix, and on UK TV The Great British Sewing Bee. The Great British Sewing … Read more