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

Sashiko Inspired Dress

If you have not heard of sashiko before it is a Japanese word describing embroidery frequently used to repair clothes with patches. It is simple running stitches made by hand. Sashiko is usually made with white thread on indigo fabric. I have been contemplating making a dress adorned with sashiko inspired stitching for some time. … Read more

DIY Unicorn Wings

How could I resist the request for unicorn wings to match the most beautiful spirited five-year-old in her unicorn like dress?!! A quick search of Pinterest brought up very few results – time to come up with my own design. I found some sparkly fabric at my local sewing shop to inspire my make plus super … Read more

Free PDF T Shirt Patterns Reviewed

Today I am sharing with you a review of several FREE long sleeved T-Shirt PDF Patterns. It’s been a while since I took part in Me Made May over on Instagram, since then I have made several clothes for myself but done absolutely nothing about plugging the identified gaps in my handmade wardrobe, namely long-sleeved T-Shirts and … Read more

Free Wallet & Coin Purse Tutorials

Today I have a great round up of wallet and coin purses to sew – I am sure there is a free wallet pattern that suits you. The beauty of sewing your own wallet means not only can you can choose the style but also the colour and fabric. I personally love a very bright … Read more

Easy DIY embroidered cushion cover, upcycled sweater

Update your home with this gorgeous embroidered cushion cover. This tutorial will take your envelope cushion cover up to the next level with hand embroidered trees, perfect for snuggling up and enjoying the long winter evenings. If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen me sharing pictures of the cushion in the making. The trees are inspired by … Read more

How to make patch pockets, A Line Skirt pattern Hack

Do you spot clothes on others and think “I could make that?” I have been squeezing a little selfish sewing in, a red cord A line skirt with large patch pockets seemed the perfect addition to my wardrobe. As the basis for the skirt I used Pattern K6106, New Look from Dressmaker Magazine Make it today. … Read more

Denim DIY Mini Stocking Advent Calendar, Reusable Advent Calendar

My passion for repurposing old ripped jeans just has to be directed towards Christmas decorations – in particular, a DIY mini stocking advent calendar. Perfect for mini gifts, chocolates, Christmas activities  (read on for a free downloadable list of activities for your own advent calendar). But be warned this project takes a little time – note … Read more

Sewing Gift Ideas

With the countdown to Christmas beginning now is the time to sew a few gifts for friends and family. Here’s a round up of my recent  12 Days Of DIY Christmas Gifts series.     Sewing Gift Ideas     Sashiko Cute Coin Purse    This coin purse is the perfect size for coins, gift cards, small selection of makeup … Read more