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This and that…

This week has been half term, so not quite as much sewing as usual:)

I seem to have started projects, rather than finishing anything!!

Upcycled jacket bag ideas

This is the start of a new design for upcycled jacket bags. The idea is to use the higher back of the jacket as a fold over piece for the front of the bag, all cut as one piece.


However I have lost my mojo with it… the lining was an easy choice with a former duvet cover but I just have not resolved the strap/handle. The sleeves are really worn and not up to the task, the denim I have stashed is just the wrong shade, and the webbing I bought as an alternative is also the wrong shade.. still I have the accessories from a former bag for attaching the strap (a grand 50p).

  Shirt Stash

Next up a successful start on the quilt for my daughter… cut off all seams from the shirts so I now a neat pile of flat and washed fabric ready for sewing:) A good friend kindly helped whilst the children played:)

Button stashAs you can see we did not quite get as far as rescuing all the buttons, once I have found my seam ripper I am sure it is a quick job.


I did manage to finish an application for a scholarship for an on-line photography course “Photocraft”- there is still time to apply but you will need to be quick as the deadline is TODAY.

I hope you have had a creative week, as usual I am popping by Handmade Harbour  to see what other people have been creating:)


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  1. February 23, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    Wow I think you got a lot done considering it’s half term. I’m sure the bag won’t beat you. I really like the idea of a jacket bag, built in pockets 🙂 Thanks for the heads up about the photocraft scholarship. You might want to check out Hillarys blinds competition. They send you a piece of fabric and you make whatever you want from it. Post about it on your blog and there’s the chance to win £1000. The details are on the UK craft blog. If the link doesn’t work get in touch and I will email it to you. Have a very creative week.
    Ali xx
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    • Amylouise5
      February 23, 2014 / 7:09 pm

      Thanks Ali. I have sent off for a fabric sample but completely forgot to mention the opportunity!! A £1000 of fabric would be amazing!!!

  2. February 23, 2014 / 7:47 pm

    Great projects, do let us know how they turn out. Inspires me to make more use of my sewing machine! Claire x
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    • Amylouise5
      February 23, 2014 / 8:57 pm

      I am sure to share the results, when I get there!!!

  3. February 23, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    Will be good to see how the shirt quilt turns out as I have a pile waiting to be cut up and made into one. I was wondering about cutting them into strips instead for a rag rug – have you ever tried that with clothing fabric?
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    • Amylouise5
      February 23, 2014 / 8:52 pm

      Thanks Jan, I like the principle of the bag design it may just be the specific jacket!

  4. February 23, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    Sometimes if you’ve lost your mojo you just need to put it aside for a couple of days then go back to it. I usually have brain waves when I’m relaxing in the bath….

    I love making making things out of old shirts as the fabric is so versatile. Mr Gertie is taking early retirement from work in seven weeks – not that I’m counting – and I’ve already earmarked his work shirts… xx
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    • Amylouise5
      February 23, 2014 / 8:53 pm

      Great!! I have to admit mine are from the church jumble sale at the grand expense of 20p each!

  5. February 23, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    I’m picturing you drowning in a pile of unloved shirts! You’ve been busier than you think. That bag will be great, you’ll probably come back to it in a week or so and it will all slot into place x

  6. February 23, 2014 / 10:29 pm

    Wow, you’ve salvaged some really gorgeous fabrics from those shirts!

    I’m sure the denim bag will come together – some projects need a bit more mulling over than others don’t they… 🙂 x
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    • Amylouise5
      February 24, 2014 / 6:42 am

      Thank you:)

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      February 24, 2014 / 6:41 am


    • Amylouise5
      February 24, 2014 / 6:41 am

      Thanks Kate:)

  7. February 24, 2014 / 7:34 am

    Sounds like a really productive week. I have used charity shop shirts, etc for the fabric wreaths I make – reduces the cost drastically. Hope you have a good week
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  8. Pickle-Lily
    February 24, 2014 / 8:43 pm

    You haven’t lost your mojo – it’s just thinking time! Making a bag out of a jacket is an amazing idea!!! Looking forward to seeing the finished item, Jo x

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