Upcycled tablet case – Creative fun with a former jacket

For some time I have had a former suit jacket in my stash waiting for inspiration to strike. When I saw a great clutch bag on instructables from a former jacket (see here) I knew I had to dig it out and have a play:) Inspired I decided to play with the idea of an upcycled … Read more

Top tips for converting jeans into a skirt

For a ridiculously long time I have been meaning to try my hand at converting jeans into a skirt. You may wonder how this fits with one of my New Years goals to slim my wardrobe down. One of my christmas gifts was the book “The life changing magic of tidying” by Marie Kondo. So … Read more

Printers press tray for cotton reels

Printers Press Tray is ideal storage for cotton reels – easily accessible and beautiful to the eye. The other day my husband delighted me with the words “I have a present for you” for a brief moment I wondered what it would be, after all the last gift I gave him was a pizza cutter!! … Read more

DIY Upcycled Pallet Christmas Tree

Are you still trimming up? We finished yesterday – the final touched an upcycled pallet Christmas tree for the front porch. Our porch is often neglected, and not very welcoming. I was determined to give it a little personality for the Christmas season. We have an old pallet waiting to be transformed, so this is the … Read more

Gift wrapping ideas using recycled materials

It’s that time of year – I love the idea of beautifully wrapped gifts but confess it’s not my natural forte. Did you know that experts estimate that paper waste over Christmas is equivalent to 5-12 million litres of biofuel – enough to power a bus to go to the moon 20 times (source – friends of … Read more

Quilted Notebook Cover

I am delighted to join Radiant Home Studio 2 year blog celebration. Sara has  an inspiring sewing blog… Plus beautiful photographs (good photographs on a blog are always a great plus). Today I am sharing with you one of her tutorials ” Quilted Sketchbook Cover”. As an avid fan of upcycling I naturally turned to my … Read more

Upcycled Felt Mug Cozy

Its coming up to the time of year to be thinking about thank you gifts for teachers. It’s nearly winter so I thought it would be fun to come up with a practical gift which combines upcycling with keeping mugs of tea warm whilst on playground duty… hence the upcycled felt mug cozy:) To make your … Read more

Worst Witch Costume DIY Cape

I adore how kids love dressing up – but I’m not quite so keen on coming up with costume ideas which appeal and are achievable!! This years Children in Need led my daughters school to hold a dress up day with a movie theme. She is seriously into her books and has just discovered The Worst … Read more

Fabric Cable Tidy, Cable Roll DIY

Tidiness is not my forte, for some time I have been meaning to tackle the cable drawers in our sideboard. Surely I’m not the only person to have a pile of messy cables and leads?? So when I received this bundle of fabric from Little House on the Prairie® Andover Fabrics Collection I knew exactly … Read more

refashioned tshirt into new top

Remember the three tshirts transformed into two baby dresses from last week? Before I chopped up the tshirts I had a thought about creating myself a top too. I started by comparing the navy long-sleeved top with a knit top which fits me well. I used this as a rough pattern. The idea to utilize … Read more

Refashioned t-shirt dresses

A recent conversation with my sister-in-law left me with the thought my gorgeous niece could do with some additions to her wardrobe. I have recently attempted a tidy of my craft room, this led me to the conclusion I could ideally do with using some of my stash waiting to be upcycled (someone advised me … Read more

10+ Free Patterns for Recycled Bags

The theme for this years Zero Waste week is reuse, why not refashion clothes into bags – I love the challenge and creativity involved in this. It costs little, have a go:) Here are my top 10 plus tutorials for upcycling clothes into bags. Loving this sweater bag from Renegade Seamstress – Taking less than … Read more