Give and Take Re-use Event

I have just been to the most fabulous event hosted by my local council ” Give & Take Re-use Event” – Wow. The premise is simple bring along a variety of items you no longer require, and take items for free which you do need. This covers electrical items (which are PACT tested on the … Read more

Tips for Thrifty Shopping

With the New Year upon is many of us are probably feeling the pinch after the Christmas frivolities. There are many reasons to try and avoid fast fashion, working conditions of those creating the fashion items, quantity of clothing ending in landfill each month, never mind the financial reasons. I am a great believer in … Read more

Sewing Studio Ideas

I don’t know about you but I fight(ignore) a constant battle re the volume of “stuff” in my sewing space. A few months back my husband hit upon the idea of fitting kitchen units for storing all my fabric in, sadly I fail to keep my stash down enough to be able to successfully put … Read more

Recycled Denim Foot Pouf

We have recently had the builders in, lets just say I am delighted they came, and then went!!! The tot now has a double bedroom and his toys are now in his room, hurray for an adult space in the front room in the evenings! We are rather partial to foot puffs for sitting on, leaning … Read more

Drawstring Waterproof Swimming Bag Tutorial

Welcome to those joining us as part of Creative Crafting blog tour, hope you are enjoying the various stops. This is where I blog about items I make, either for our home or for sale. I often write about recycled and upcycled projects. What do you make with your former shirts? I love upcycling former … Read more

Upcycling & Recycling Denim

  What do you make with old denim trousers? I don’t know about you but I always seem to have some poor fitting jeans around ready for recycling. There are lots of great tutorial around, I’ve started making some denim baskets for my sewing room for storing odds and sods in! If you fancy making … Read more

Are you confident to adapt clothes to fit??

I know I’m not.. I’ve been watching the Great British Sewing Bee avidly, wishing I had the skills of the contestants. For those who do not live in the UK it a contestant show where the contestants are set sewing tasks, to find the best amateur UK sewer. The first weeks tasks were to sew an … Read more

Scrap fabric flower tutorial

Last week I was sharing the inspiration my friends flower corsage provoked. She advised me it had been made on a course, and involved two washer taps and three metres of homemade fabric ribbon. Here’s my version of the scrap fabric flower tutorial. This week I have visiting various DIY store to try and find large washer taps.. … Read more

10+ Easy fabric flower tutorials

Looking for that fabulous fabric flower to add to your hairpiece, to your fashion accessories, as home decor items or even a wedding bouquet? These easy fabric flower tutorials cover a whole range of material, from fabric to leather, to felt to burlap. I don’t know about you but I seem to have an endless … Read more

The 100% wool upcycled tweed skirt… what can you make?

For a bit of fun I decided to see what I could make from the one of those pleated tweed tartan wool skirts, which I traditionally think of older ladies wearing… frustratingly I didn’t take a picture before I started! Naturally I started with unpicking all the seams/darts at which point my daughter begged for … Read more

Storage ideas for knitting needles, how do you store yours?

Whilst tidying my studio and making knitting needle rolls I have been contemplating various ways of storing my precious knitting needles. Why not reuse an item from around your home? Although I have to admit to craving  a beautiful upcycle wine crate: How do you store your knitting needles? Check out my knitting needles case tutorial here.

Sorting your wardrobe out? Fresh Start? Recycle those shirts…

I thought I would share with you some ideas for those shirts you may be parting with… My husband has had a great sort out, so I have lots of shirts for recycling:) Recycled Shirt Ideas: I started with making some PE Kit Drawstring bags for restocking my Etsy shop. There are lots of tutorials … Read more