Bethany Pants Pattern Review

July 15, 2018

When the opportunity came up to test the new pattern Bethany Patterns released by On the Cutting Floor I leapt at the chance. The pattern comes with two length choices, full length and culottes. Here in the UK we have been experiencing a mini heatwave so it seemed the natural choice to pick the culotte length with a medium weight linen type fabric (a former…

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How to make a Recycled Denim Waistband Cushion

July 1, 2018

A passion for recycling jeans often leaves me with a pile of waistbands that I am not sure what to do with. This denim cushion cover is inspired by the variety of tones of colour in the waistbands. It is such a shame for any part of old jeans to go to waste. Make fun & unique denim cushions with a pompom trim. These denim…

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DIY Dress refashion into a kamino top #restylingexchange2018

June 22, 2018

A few weeks back I signed up to take part in #restylingexchange being run by AmyNicoleStudio and Pilar Bear:- “Our hopes for this year’s restyling exchange is to get even more participants, raise awareness for refashioning and being sustainable in our sewing practice” My immediate thoughts were what fun to take part in a global refashioning event – to post a garment from my wardrobe…

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Spring Blooms Tote Bag – Free Pattern, Wool Tote Purse

June 17, 2018

Did you see the Sapporo coat I made a couple of weeks ago? It seemed only fitting to use the remaining wool blanket to make a  coordinating bag to go with the coat. I spent Sunday morning with newspaper, creating a variety of templates. My son kindly named the bag for me.   If you are a newsletter reader you will find this pattern in…

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Denim Peg Bag Pattern

June 11, 2018

A couple of years ago I made my lovely sister-in-law a peg bag for her flat in Amsterdam, for her balcony. Much as I liked the peg bag, the opening for the pegs was a little wide. Unfortunately, it blew away, but this gave me a chance to modify my design. I was happy to remake the peg bag, refining my design. The key feature of this denim…

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How to paint over a gold mirror frame with Fusion Mineral paint

June 3, 2018

For the first time in a few years, we have a mantlepiece. The perspective of our new living room is focussed on the gas fire and mantlepiece, a little change from our former home which had an enormous picture window overlooking the garden. I have to admit my first thoughts did immediately turn to a large mirror, not quite the same as the view of the garden but…

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