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Update a wicker basket with chalk paint and pompom’s, quick & easy upcycle

Now the children are back at school I am attempting to tick off projects on my to-do list. I bought ...
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How to make net bags for fruit and vegetables

You know that feeling, you have a project in mind, but somehow you don't get round to it for months/years! I ...
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DIY Denim Chair, seat reupholstered in denim jeans

How to reupholster a dining room chair with denim pockets

I am passionate about using what I have, making the most of available resources. Whilst making the denim curtains for our ...
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DIY Garden Table, upcycle an old shed side into a table

You don't have to be an expert DIYer to make this stunning DIY Garden Table. Upcycle an old shed to ...
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Ombre Furniture DIY, Upcycle with Fusion Mineral Paint

I am so excited to share with you my ombre sideboard - my storage solution for the sewing room. Costing a ...
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Drawer Shelf DIY

I have to admit I have always fancied turning a drawer into shelves - I think they look super cool. So ...
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DIY Gold Leaf Necklace

I don't know about you but I go through a variety of thoughts re costume jewellery, sometimes I love it, ...
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How to make a Recycled Denim Waistband Cushion

A passion for recycling jeans often leaves me with a pile of waistbands that I am not sure what to ...
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Spring Blooms Tote Bag – Free Pattern, Wool Tote Purse

Did you see the Sapporo coat I made a couple of weeks ago? It seemed only fitting to use the ...
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Denim Peg Bag Pattern

A couple of years ago I made my lovely sister-in-law a peg bag for her flat in Amsterdam, for her balcony ...
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How to paint over a gold mirror frame with Fusion Mineral paint

For the first time in a few years, we have a mantlepiece. The perspective of our new living room is focussed ...
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How to update your mid century furniture with fusion mineral paint

How to update your mid century furniture with fusion mineral paint

Having settled into our new home we inevitably have the odd bit of furniture to replace - to be honest, our ...
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free reversible toddler bag pattern -

Free toddler bag pattern – toddler purse

It brings me great delight to sew for my niece and nephew - they live in Amsterdam so I don't ...
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vintage sewing box makeover, DIY Sewing Box

Wooden Sewing Box With Legs Makeover

When I stumbled upon this rather cute wooden sewing box with legs in a charity shop I just knew I ...
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Boro Cross Body Bag Pattern – Free!

A couple of week ago I was fortunate to go and see the book Kite Runner as a play at ...
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How to make a reusable sandwich wrap plus giveaway

As a child, I remember hating the fact we couldn't go anywhere without a picnic being made first - as ...
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How to make a fabric lampshade cover – Rust Fabric Lampshade

There is something beautiful about rust dyed fabric, the results are unique, different each time. You can create semi-regular patterns ...
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DIY Campervan Wall Art

Create your own stylish campervan embroidery hoop art, with a slogan to encourage you to follow your dreams. There is ...
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DIY Pompom Valentine Wreath

In this rather gloomy post Christmas period I thought it would be fun to use up some fabric scraps and ...
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Fabric Covered Journal DIY – Last Minute Gift Idea

Today I am delighted to be joining in a last-minute gift blog hop - its reached that point where you ...
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DIY Rustic Christmas Decorations- Transform Wood Offcuts

Welcome to the last of my DIY rustic Christmas decorations. These are inspired by bits of wood left over from ...
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How to make Denim Christmas Decorations

It is no secret that I love working with old jeans it's such a versatile fabric. Somehow over the years, I haven't made ...
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How to make Sea Glass Christmas Decorations

Welcome to my first recycled and rustic DIY Christmas decorations for this year. I love Christmas, the build up, the ...
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How to make a Denim Floor Cushion

Experiments in shibori dying lead me to contemplate treating dark jeans with bleach. My rather large denim stash was due ...
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Large Recessed Zippered Tote Tutorial, Free Bag Pattern #largezippertote #largetotebag

Large Zippered Tote Bag, free PDF pattern

Recently I was offered some of Tilda's new Autumn range of fabric to play with, I knew immediately I would ...
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How to make old sweaters into scrap fabric Christmas coasters

Today's theme for zero waste week is upcycling, in case you missed it here is a bit more information about ...
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Are your towels looking a little tired, frayed around the edges? Learn how to update them with scrap fabric bias binding. #biasbindingtutorial #scrapfabricbiasbinding

Update old towels with scrap fabric bias binding

Today I am super excited to share with you how I have updated my scrappy towels, giving them a new ...
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Easy DIY Headboard, transform old planks of wood into stylish headboard, tutorial

How to make an easy DIY Headboard

This project has been brewing for quite some time, initially put off by a lack of woodwork skills I was ...
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Tutorial for easy striped crochet cushion, DIY Crochet cushion for garden chair, Tutorial

Easy Crochet Cushion- for the none crochetter

For some time I have been contemplating attempting making a crochet cushion, however, I am far from confident at crochet ...
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How to make a shibori scarf

As a child tie dye was fashionable, bright coloured t shirts hand dyed. recently there has been a resurgence in interest in shibori ...
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Box Bag Tutorial, lined box bags with both written step by step instructions and video. Great DIY gift. Storage

DIY Denim Box Bag – Box Bag Tutorial

I love working with old jeans, worn denim has a such a lovey feel to it and it is so ...
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UPcycled denim chair DIY Upcycle

Denim Upcycled Bedroom Chair

For some time I have been a fan of Kelly Swallow who sells the most beautiful bright patchwork chairs. Last ...
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T Towel Tote bags Tutorial

Quick and easy tote bag, transform an old t towel

Here in the UK the summer term is coming to an end, the children have three weeks left at school ...
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Large Beach Bag Pattern

Free large beach bag pattern with pockets

I don't know about you but a trip to the beach always contains a little anxiety - I dread the ...
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DIY Denim Chevron Cushion

One of my go to fabrics is denim - it is so versatile and strong. Old jeans have endless possibilities for ...
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T shirt Refashion

Update your wardrobe with a quick t shirt refashion. Playing with former clothes, having a go at adapting them doesn't ...
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Cutlery bag DIY Sewing tutorial

DIY Cutlery Bag

Body image and women - a complex area. So many factors influence how we feel about our body shape, dependent ...
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Upcycled Dining Room Chair, waxed stain resistant seats

Upcycle Dining Room Chairs – Stain resistant seats

I love mismatched chalk painted, applique covered dining room chairs. Upcycle dining room chairs to add personality to your dining ...
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What to make with fabric scraps?? Free fabric scraps clutch tutorial

Do you have endless piles of fabric scraps?? I know I do ... over the years I have had a ...
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Rust fabric – Create beautiful patterns on fabric with rust

Love collecting pieces of rusty metal off the beach? Wonder what to do with them once home?! My eye has ...
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DIY Tyre Bug Hotel

How to make a recycled tyre bug hotel (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Bug hotels are all the rage, its not hard to see why. Building a bug hotel is a great activity to ...
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Egg Shell Easter Table Decoration

Easter is around the corner but you still have time to make an Easter table decoration. Personally Easter is about ...
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DIY recycled planter - loaft tins transformed into herb planter for kitchen

DIY recycled planter – don’t throw rusty loaf tins away!

Wondering what to do with your rusty loaf tins? I hate throwing away old rusty baking tins when they reach ...
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DIY Mans Messenger Bag (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Fancy creating an alternative mans messenger bag utilising a car seat belt?? Regular readers will be familiar with my passion ...
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DIY drawstring car play mat (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Do you have children, nephews, friends who love playing with cars? Why not create a DIY drawstring car play mat, ...
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Create your own shibori book marks

Have I ever shared how I love to read? I am a massive fan of my local library service, visiting ...
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UPcycle Keys into Heart Picture

DIY Valentines heart and key picture

Remember the large box of keys my husband brought home for me to upcycle?? It prompted some thoughts about keys, ...
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Shibori Trend – DIY Denim Heart Pencil Case

I confess to spending far too much time on Pinterest - browsing many inspiring images often sparks ideas. I love ...
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How to sew a doorstep, use your own home as inspiration

DIY house doorstop tutorial

I love sewing for friends and family when it involves creativity (shortening trousers is not quite so interesting!). A recent ...
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Upcycling Old Keys, have fun making creations/animals with keys

Ideas for upcycling old keys

My husband and I chose not to give each other gifts this year, but he surprised me and brought me ...
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DIY Sweater Hot Water Bottle Cover

Today I finished all Christmas makes.. a bit overdue. A friend asked me to make her a sweater hot water ...
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Large fabric scrap pom pom. DIY upcycled christmas decoration

Large Fabric Pom Pom – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

I don't know about you but this week is flying by, it's almost Christmas. I love this season but I'm ...
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DIY Cereal Packet Gift Tags, chalk paint gift tags

How to make chalk paint gift tags

This is my annual gift tag plea... there's nothing worse than trying to remember who gave you which gift in ...
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How to make rustic Christmas decorations

Handsewn Christmas decorations

Today we finished trimming up, adding lights to the pallet Christmas tree I created last year. I love the addition ...
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How to line a picnic hamper (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

Lining a picnic hamper adds a splash of personality, modernising the hamper. I picked up this old picnic hamper in ...
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Recycle Plastic Cotton Reels – Upcycled Christmas Decoration

I've finally hit upon an idea for recycling cotton reels... upcycled Christmas decorations. I hate throwing cotton reels away, but generate ...
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DIY advent calendar from toilet rolls

The last couple of years the kids have been truly spoilt with expensive toy advent calendars, creating an entire Christmas ...
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Recycle sweet tins into gift boxes

Dare I confess we have become quite attached to the boxes of sweets available at this time of year. Our ...
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Make your own family naughty and nice Christmas game

What to do on a wet weather sleepover? We recently had our friends children to stay for 22 hrs, it ...
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Upcycle your old stained t shirts into necklaces

I'm super excited to be taking part in One Planet Norwich's Refashion event on Monday 21st November. "On average we ...
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Use your fabric stash to create a Christmas table runner

Today is challenge 12 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges. I have to admit I am rather sad to reach the end. I've had ...
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Create a fox pencil case, a perfect stocking filler gift

Today is challenge 10 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The challenge - Make a small stocking filler gift from your fabric scraps. I have ...
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Transform your ribbons into Christmas earrings

Today is challenge 9 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The challenge - Make something to wear for Christmas using what you have in your ...
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DIY Christmas decorations with crisp packets

Today is challenge 8 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The challenge - Use up those old chip packets instead of throwing them away – ...
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Rustic Christmas decoration with items from the garden

Today is challenge 7 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The challenge - Take a walk around your garden or the park and find ...
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Fabric scraps as gift wrap – drawstring bag tutorial

Today is challenge 6 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The challenge - make some gift wrapping from your fabric scraps. It's incredible just ...
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Garden Shed Christmas Decoration

Today is challenge 5 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The challenge - What do you have in your garden shed or outhouse? Find something ...
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Turn cereal boxes into Christmas cards

Welcome to day 4 of the #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The challenge - Use old cereal or other boxes and supplies you find ...
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Upcycled Denim Apron – DIY Gift

Welcome to Day 2 of #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges The video for today's challenge stars yours truly, be kind, I'm not a natural!! The challenge ...
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Recycled jumper transformed into Christmas decorations #12DaysofChristmasDIYChallenges

For 12 days starting on November 2nd we will set a challenge a day to create something for Christmas using ...
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Beetle Changing Bag Tutorial (post sponsored by Volkswagen)

There are many many changing bags on the market - none of them cheap. Why not sew your own using ...
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Sew your own beetle shorts, create your own shorts pattern (sponsored by Volkswagen)

It's autumn - the time of year where we normally dig out the long trousers, however my son is clinging on ...
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Upcycled Denim Tablet Case – Quick DIY Gift

Dare I mention the C word? Are you beginning to think about DIY gifts? I love this denim tablet case:) ...
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Whip up an A Line skirt for your autumn wardrobe

What's not to love about an A Line skirt? The shape flatters every body shape!! It is a great style ...
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DIY painted furniture is a great way of personalizing a bedroom. Find a full tutorial for the chalk paint beetlecar chest of drawers here and visit the collaborative board "DIY bloggers for Volkswagen" for more inspiring DIY instructions and ideas: http://www.pinterest.com/volkswagen/diy-bloggers-for-volkswagen"

DIY Chest of Drawers (Post sponsored by Volkswagen)

What's not to love about chalk paint? It's perfect for transforming old furniture into a modern look. I'm not sure ...
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Sew your own baby changing mat in thirty minutes

I am delighted to be taking part in the Thrifty Baby blog hop organised by Dana at Sewthrifty. This is ...
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Sashiko Denim Tote, large denim bag, How to make sashiko denim tote Free PDF

How to make a Sashiko Denim Bag

Do you follow Makery? Are you aware of Portia's fabulous refashioning competition she hosts each August/September? This year the theme is ...
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How to make a tea towel apron

I admit to a little skepticism when my Mum asked me to transform her tea towel into an apron. But ...
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Sewing for a golfer – DIY golf gift

It is so easy to spend time on Pinterest browsing many lovely ideas and creations. When I questioned my daughter ...
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Quick and effective plant pots – Teachers gifts

I can't quite believe how the time has flown, it doesn't seem but a blink of an eyelid since my ...
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Transform a wicker chair

Last weekend my husband came home with a "project" for me, along with the question do you hate me? Definitely ...
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Create a fun busy toddler bag with fabric scraps

Do you ever get an idea and just can't resist making it?? This is how I feel about this busy ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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DIY Upcycled Pallet Christmas Tree

Are you still trimming up? We finished yesterday - the final touched an upcycled pallet Christmas tree for the front ...
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DIY Christmas Decoration Light Up Star

Are you busy trimming up for Christmas? In our home we have a conflict in Christmas decoration styles. The children and my ...
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4 DIY Christmas Jumpers Ideas

I love Christmas, the decorating, lushus food, time with family and friends. I can be a bit of a bah ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Need a small cross body bag for your wallet, keys and mobile? This is the bag for you. This DIY cross body bag includes a zip pocket for personal item. Tutorial

Small Crossbody Bag DIY

Need a small crossbody bag for your mobile, keys and wallet? This bag is quick to sew, using a fat ...
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Make a DIY fabric pinboard #MyHomeMade #Giveaway

Today I am sharing with you how to make a fabric pinboard. They are quick and simple to make, perfect ...
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How to make an emery pincushion

I have been wondering for some time why my pins no longer felt sharp... and eventually my mind came round ...
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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 ...
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Make your own phone case with upcycled ties

I recently received a request for an upcycled tie phone case, with a sketched design. The idea to make the ...
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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 ...
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How to make a large denim tote bag

Create yourself a stylish large tote bag with this free tote bag pattern. The large handbag is made with a variety ...
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Quick & Easy Fold Over Clutch Tutorial

It's so easy to love a clutch, and just as easy to whip one up for your favourite summer dress. Perfect ...
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Fabulous Upcycling Ideas with Tutorials

I have been mentioning the word upcycling a few times in recent posts.. so what does it mean? Good question ...
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Super Easy DIY Denim Rag Quilt

Do you collect old worn out jeans? Do you wonder what to make with them? They are a great source ...
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DIY Bench Seat – Upcycled Furniture

Revealing my entry for gumtree's #upcyclerevolution - upcycled garden bench seat made from former dining room chairs:) The DIY bench seat ...
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