What do you get when you combine a pile of fabric scraps, a bit of spare time and a vintage sewing pattern? A stashbusting, scraptastic, patchwork dress of course!
This was a project that started off with no real objective, apart from sorting through and minimizing my excessive stockpile of fabric scraps and remnants. Then as I was separating the bigger scraps I had the urge to piece them together to create a fabric that I could make a garment from. Originally I was thinking about making a skirt, but as the patchwork grew, I decided a dress to wear on my holiday in Hong Kong would be perfect.
Woolworths has teamed up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to launch a collection of Aussie Animals collector cards, available exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets. There are 108 trading cards for your children to collect.
We love playing dress ups at home, and with Halloween coming up I thought it would be fun to make a cute Koala Mask inspired by the Aussie Animal cards we’ve been collecting. Get the kids involved with tracing, colouring, cutting and pasting, it will keep them entertained for a little while and will hardly cost you a cent.
This mask is easy to make and it’s likely you’ll have most of the materials required at home already. It’s a great way to upcycle cereal boxes, and I used the faux fur from the collar of an old coat I picked up at the op-shop (thrift store) for only $1. If you can’t find faux fur inexpensively try fluffing up some cotton balls.
Holiday time! Well that was the idea until a Super Typhoon Usagi decided to disrupt our travel plans! Our flights to Hong Kong were cancelled and we had to wait patiently for two days for new flights. So in the mean time whilst twiddling my thumbs, I decided that our luggage needed a special personal touch…custom Fabric Scrap Luggage Tags.
I believe in bright luggage, the kind you can spot from the terminal getting loaded onto the plane, or recognise straight away on the conveyor belt. It always baffles me when I see people checking luggage tags to see if that black suitcase is theirs.
But if you can’t afford bright colourful luggage, it’s super easy to make these colourful luggage tags and make your bags stand out from the crowd.
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Looking for a way to make grocery shopping with the kids fun? Dress them as a kangaroo of course! Today we headed to our local Woolworths store to do some shopping and check out their new Aussie Animals collector cards. In partnership with the Taronga Conservation Society, Woolworths has launched an exclusive collection of educational cards to help kids learn about Australian Wildlife and have fun at the same time. (more…)
I’m a big fan of my local library, Emma and I visit about once a week to stock up on movies, books and magazines. Of course I hover around the craft section and immediately take home anything that catches my eye. Last week I was delighted to find Abigail Glassenberg’s new book Stuffed Animals – From Concept to Construction*. Abby and I are twitter friends, and I’d been meaning to get hold of a copy to take a look. I was so impressed that I wanted to share my thoughts with you. (more…)
The weather is warming up here in Melbourne, so it was time to update my every day handbag to something a little lighter and brighter. Problem is leather bags cost a pretty penny and I was having a hard time finding something to suit my needs, style and budget. Of course I saw that as a challenge and was inspired to flex my creative muscles to make a bag of my own.
You will never believe what I made this tote bag from. I’ll give you a hint, it was an 80’s fashion disaster!
What can you do with an old suitcase? That’s the question that Samsonite wants us all to think about. If you have old suitcases collecting dust in the shed or under the bed, it’s time to dust them off and enter the Samsonite Suitcase Amnesty. It’s time to get repurposing and upcycling to turn those old cases into something really cool.
Samsonite would like you to submit pictures of your own repurposed suitcases which will be featured on Facebook and Instagram, the most creative entry wins a brand new Samsonite Suitcase!
They asked me to get the ball rolling and create something special with an old case of my own. I didn’t have to be asked twice because you all know how much I love up-cycling!
I’ve been looking for an old dollhouse for Emma without any luck, so turning an old case into her own mini doll mansion was the perfect project.
Does the ‘Tooth Fairy’ struggle to find those tiny little teeth tucked securely under you child’s pillow? This cute tooth softie is here to save the day.
Designed with a little pocket in the back for the tooth and of course, money! Quite easy to make only requiring some basic hand stitching. I think older kids would enjoy making this little guy.
This softie was the first PDF pattern I ever designed and was previously for sale, but because I’m awesome, I’ve shared the instructions and you can now download the template for free!
Emma keeps this guy next to her bed in hopes of tricking the tooth fairy into leaving a little treat.
I, Oops! She wasn’t born yesterday you know! (more…)