DIY Reusable Snack Bags, super quick make

Making reusable snack bags with waxed fabric is super easy, and such a practical way to carry snacks in your bag for toddlers, or yourself. These rather cute little snack bags with a waxed fabric waterproof lining are perfect for a lunch bag, handbag or pocket on the school run! Personally I find them useful … Read more

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

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

DIY Lunch Bag

I have been contemplating making my own insulated DIY Lunch Bag for some time. For my day job, I carry an A4 notebook plus tablet, due to the weight I use a leather rucksack (spreading the weight across both shoulders), but it is rather hard to squeeze my lunch in too. Time to make myself my … Read more

How to make a shibori scarf

As a child tie-dye was fashionable, bright colored t-shirts hand dyed. Recently there has been a resurgence in interest in shibori. These scarves are inspired by the Japanese shibori style. Shibori originated in Japan, it’s a technique which involves folding, twisting or bunching cloth and binding fabric, then dyeing with indigo. It’s easy to either … Read more

Free large beach bag pattern with pockets

Large Beach Bag Pattern

I don’t know about you but a trip to the beach always contains a little anxiety – I dread the thought of my car keys becoming lost in the sand!! A recent trip to the charity shop found me eyeing up beach bags, my daughter stopped me in my tracks by asking “Why aren’t you … Read more

DIY Cutlery Bag

Cutlery bag DIY Sewing tutorial

Today I am going to share with you a great handy cutlery bag, perfect for picnics or taking to work for a lovely salad lunch. The cutlery bag is super easy to make, using a former shower curtain (or you could use PUL fabric) to line the inside. Body image and women is a complex … Read more

Refashioning shirts – toddler dress pattern

Have you been following Makery’s series The Refashioners 2015 . There’s been some fabulous designs created from former shirts by a wide variety of sewing bloggers. There’s an opportunity to join in, entering your own refashioning of a shirt for the chance to win a prize worth over £700. I have so many ideas re shirts, I’m not … Read more

Upcycled Bag Sandwich Case, DIY Sandwich Wrap

Upcycled Plastic Sandwich Wrapper , take two – Yesterday I wrote about fusing plastic to create a thicker plastic, which can be sewn. Today I am going to share with you another DIY sandwich wrap- perfect for zero waste week (anyone notice a theme?!) Start by fusing your plastic, I have used plastic shopper bags but … Read more

DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial

DIY Picnic Blanket Tutorial For this project use whatever fabric you have to hand, as long as it is similar weight. This picnic blanket is made with old curtain for hemming, shirts, fat quarters, and some from the fabric from my stash. This is lined with a fabric shower curtain, just in case the grass … Read more