This and that…

February 23, 2014

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. Ali says:

    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 says:

      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. 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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  3. 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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  4. Sometimes when things aren’t going as planned it’s best to put it away for a while and return to it at a later date, I’m sure that the bag won’t beat you. 🙂

    Jan x
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  5. Gertie says:

    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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  6. Love natalie says:

    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

  7. 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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  8. Tracee says:

    I hope that you get your Mojo back soon, nothing worse than being in a sewing rut.
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  9. The colours in that quilt you are making look gorgeous 🙂
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  10. 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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  11. Lucy Blossom says:

    I’ve never considered using shirts as fabric, but it looks like you’ve got some lovely pieces there. I can’t wait to see the quilt you make from them.
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  12. Pickle-Lily says:

    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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