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

Super Quick and Easy DIY Maxi Skirt

It has crossed my mind that my wardrobe has NO long skirts…. not sure how, or why?! A long skirt is perfect when you are not quite sure how warm it is going to be. This week I was talked into buying this dress by my daughter, she fell in love with the fun print. As … Read more

Refashion – Floral and Stripes Combo

Have you heard of Refashion Runaway hosted by Renegade Seamstress? Eight refashion bloggers are taking part in a weekly challenge, we get to vote for our favourite refashion of the week Plus we can sew along too… To see what the contestants came up with go check out Beth’s post. Initially tempted to  sew along I … 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

Creating A Simple Life

One of the aspects of blogging I love is being inspired by fellow bloggers. One of the blogs I am regularly inspired by is MommyEmu. Emma (said blogger) recently set up a six week course Creating a Simple Lifestyle run through a facebook group. I signed up in a rash moment – I did not … Read more

20 Jam Jar Tombola Ideas

Each year my daughter’s school have a Jam Jar Tombola for the children. Naturally, the kids are just mega keen on gaining a jar full of sweeties but I like to add a twist. After all, it’s far more fun to win one of my random ideas, right?   Twenty Thrifty Jam Jar Tombola Ideas   … Read more