camera bag – last minute sewing!

So how do you fill the day before you go on holiday?? I found myself whipping up a camera bag. The day before you go on holiday focusses the mind and prioritises the sewing to be completed..  A new case for new camera, what else? Oh yes the sun dress for my daughter that doesn’t quite … Read more

Affordable crafting and sewing supplies?

I have set myself a challenge, to visit one of the many economy stores that are popping up and to see what supplies I could find. I think you may be surprised… Fabric, table runners, t-towels, and of course bed linen. This single duvet cover for £6.99 which is the equivalent of 4 metres of … Read more

Dolls Baby Sling

It’s the summer holidays, which means the children have lots more time for playing at home. It has not escaped my daughters attention that she has three baby dolls, one in a supermarket trolly, and one in a pushchair – how is she going to transport baby no three??? A dolls baby sling, what else?! … Read more

Upcycled Cargo Pants

We are having a glorious summer, which we are all loving:) Except my tots knees – he suffers from excema, which is exasperated by warm weather. Earlier in the week I realised that 10 days of shorts had taken their toll on the back of his knees, which were almost about to break out into open … Read more

Infinity Scarf Tutorial- Upcycled Skirt

Infinity Scarf  Tutorial – make your own scarf in less than half an hour out of an old much loved skirt. I found a lovely and soft cotton skirt in my local charity shop, which I just had to go back for (a bargain at £2.99)   To make your own: Cut off the waistband and … 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

Free style embroidery

This week I have felt inspired to join in Lola Novas’s “Stitched Journal Project” link party. It is a long time ago since I completed a HND in Craft at my local art college, the course contained lots of tasters of various crafts including embroidery. I suspect I have not experimented in stitching since then. … Read more

Curtain Fabric for Bags

UToday I am sharing with your  variety of bags you can make from curtain fabric. There are many benefits of using curtain fabric for creating your own stylish bag. The weight and strength of the fabric – it tends to be heavier and therefore require less interfacing to hold its shape. Plus it is often … Read more

Upcycled Skirt and broach

This week I have been inspired by Kids Clothes Week. This great project encourages you to sew for one hour a day for seven days – I’ve made one of the seven!!   I am delighted with my upcycling project – one rather large skirt altered to fit my daughter. I trimmed off from both sides … Read more

Create a jewellery roll

  Midweek it dawned on me that I was about to attend a 40th birthday with no gift – which is just not right! I find making an item for someone I know I add pressure to myself, am I going to make what they are envisaging? Is the finish going to be good enough? … Read more

California Sunshine Bag‏

      I’ve been busy pattern testing for Charmed Liebling, this time for a ladies shoulder bag. My gut instinct was that I would be keeping the bag for myself, so I raided my wardrobe, there’s nothing quite like a recycled bag!   I just love this olive green, which goes perfectly with a pair of shoes … Read more

Upcycled Bottle Bag

This week has been busy writing guest posts and magazine articles. My research reminded me of the shocking amount of fabric that geos to landfill. The ‘Valuing our clothes’ report from Wrap includes news that around 350,000 tonnes (31%) of used clothing out of a total of 1.13 million tonnes are sent to landfill. There are … Read more