I’ve had this Bedside Organiser on my To Do list for well over a year. I don’t know what took me so long because it’s awesome and has made my space so much more pleasant to be in. I’m not a very organised person and can sort of ignore a moderate amount of mess, but after a while it gets me down, so it was time to do something about it. This Bedside Gadget Caddy is designed to hold everything that I like to keep on hand so I’ve designed it to suit my needs. Originally (last year) I was just going to make a pocket for my iPad but I’m quite happy that I waited and made a caddy to hold everything, as you can see from the picture below, I really had to sort out the clutter situation. (more…)
Recently I’ve been doing some speaking (in real life) to groups (of real people) about Upcycling, Refashioning and Re-imagining old stuff into new stuff. It’s been a great experience to share examples of my work and inspire others to give old objects new uses. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive and it was very encouraging to meet enthusiastic people wanting to consume less and improvise more.
In one of the workshops I taught attendees how to make these decorative tassels from old unwanted t-shirts, they take about 15 minutes and you only need a pair of sharp scissors. Read on for instructions (more…)
This project is almost too simple to be a DIY so I’m calling it a makeover. I picked up this house shaped shadow box shelf at a thrift store for $2 quite a while ago and it’s been sitting in my laundry collecting dust for over a year. The shelf is hand made but finished quite shabbily, so it was never going to display anything fancy.
I’m quite a late convert to chalkboard paint, but it’s matte finish was perfect to hide the shelves many imperfections and rough surfaces.
My sewing room is quite small and needs a massive tidy up, so using the limited wall space to store my mess of threads gets one thing off the much needed surface space. Now I can see all the threads at a glance, which is not only pretty, but practical too. (more…)
I’m really trying to inject more colour into my home. I went through a very long brown/wood/teak phase which took over my lounge room making everything look a little drab. Because I can’t really afford to redecorate fully I’m slowly making brightly coloured accessories to lift the mood of the room. (That wallpaper behind the chair is just photoshop magic).
So I present the very colourful Flower Pillow inspired by my big pile of felt scraps and a lovely piece of red wool cloth thrifted a long time ago. It has quite a scandi folksy vibe which makes me happy. It’s fairly easy to make and I’ve created a template for the applique. You can construct the cover whichever way you like, I’ve inserted a zip and have linked to a detailed tutorial showing you how.
It’s been a long winter here in Melbourne, and I’m craving a little sunshine and COLOUR !
I can’t control the weather outdoors, but I can control the weather on my blog, so I present…The Rainbow Cloud Mobile. Just a little bit of whimsy to brighten up a corner of your world. It was so dark and stormy yesterday when I took these photos, that I was doubtful I’d have anything worth sharing, but thanks to the magic of photoshop and a late night of editing, I’ve managed to cobble something decent together.
This mobile is fairly easy (although not quick) to make. Only a few inexpensive supplies are required, and I’ve included a template for you too! It would look great in nursery, or any corner that needs a little brightening up.
I’ve used an ingenious but easy construction technique to assemble this rainbow hued Patchwork Hexagon Table Runner. After making hundreds of Paper Pieced Hexagons, and sewing them all together, I thought a table runner was a nice project that would to show them off to their full potential and that I could see and enjoy every day.
Hexagon project edges can be tricky to work with, I didn’t like the idea of squaring off the sides, as I’d lose the beauty if the zig zag edges, and binding all those corners wasn’t an option, so it took me some thought to devise my construction method. I like to imagine all the steps in my mind, truth be told, I wasn’t even sure it would really work until the final stages when it all came together perfectly. I’ve share some tips to keep your hexagons organized as well as a few methods of stitching them together. You could also make coasters and place mats with the same method.
I hope you enjoy this project, it was over a month in the making…
I finally found time to make a patchwork duvet cover for Emma’s new big girl bed after making the fitted sheets. Originally it was going to be plain on both sides made from vintage sheets, but I started poking about in my fabric stash and thought it may be fun to patchwork a top together. After working out my measurements (not brilliantly as I will explain later), I had a ton of fun picking my fabrics and arranging the pattern. If you’ve always wanted to try patchwork, this triangle/chevron design is super simple and can be made to look really different depending on how the blocks are arranged. Feel free to play around.
I’ve included the pattern and measurements to make your own, but be aware it is based on Australian standard single duvet size, which is different to US and European sizes. You could adjust measurements or use this design to make a quilt instead. I’ve included some handy links for this option.
I’ve used metric measurements in cm throughout as our duvets are made to metric sizes.
To make a single bed duvet cover (Australian Standard size) 140x210cm read on…
My baby is growing up, Sob!
Emma has grown out of her toddler bed and has graduated to a single bed (you call them twin in the States). We were lucky to enough to inherit this cool vintage one from a family member in great condition. I didn’t have any single size bedding so rather than hitting the stores, it was the perfect opportunity to make use of all those thrifted vintage sheets I’ve been collecting, the only hitch was vintage sheets are all flat, which is a pain in the backside.
No drama, with a few easy steps, all flat sheets can be converted to practical fitted sheets.
The instructions below apply to any sized sheet, so you can use this tutorial to make cot sheets right up to a king sized bed sheet.
Vintage sheets are great for this, but I if you don’t tend to use the top sheets that come in a sheet set (I use a duvet without a top sheet), it’s a great way to double the value of your bed linen purchase.
Read on for full instructions…