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! Continue reading →
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. Continue reading →
Do you like cable knits? I do. I love the chunky texture of the cables, and the way they automatically evoke the feeling of ‘cozy’. I’m not a knitter but appreciate the skill involved in making all the patterns and designs, so sometimes I wonder why knitters spend so much effort making such labour intensive projects with less than pleasant yarns?
The sweater I’ve refashioned here was once a sad, shapeless and unloved acrylic sack, passed onto me by a family friend who no longer had a need for it. She knew that I like to felt knitwear, so thought it would be useful for one of my projects. Because acrylic doesn’t felt, it has sat around my sewing room waiting to be remade into something wearable.
Now that the weather is cooling down in Melbourne, it was the perfect opportunity to refashion the sweater into an Easy Cable Knit Skirt.
Both easy to make and easy to wear, I’ll be making a few more before the season is up.
Read on for instructions… Continue reading →
There is nothing I find more satisfying than reusing something unwanted to create something practical. This Monster Tote bag is made from an unwanted cushion cover that has seen better days. The fabric was still good but the design a bit tired, so rather than throwing it away, I put is aside for the right project to come along. I’m not one to craft or make just for that sake of it, and am more inspired to create an object if there is a need. I’ve been feeling a little uninspired to craft lately because we just don’t need much stuff at the moment, so when one of the mums at school was a little concerned that she’d forgotten to get a book bag for Library day, I came to the rescue and told her I’d make one. The truth is, she came to my rescue, because I was needing a project to get motivated to sew again.
This bag is super easy to make even for a beginner, I’ve photographed every step and even created a template for the monster face. If you aren’t into monsters, you can still use the basic steps to make a tote bag from a thrifted cushion cover you like the design of. Continue reading →
I’m so excited that the weather is warming up here in Melbourne after a very long winter. I had a child free hour up my sleeve last night so decided to tackle two projects at once! Clean out my wardrobe and make a new spring dress. Not really as ambitious as it sounds when you throw a little creative wardrobe refashioning in the mix.
I have so many delicate silver chains sitting in the bottom of my jewellery box, unloved and unworn. I’m not one for dainty jewellery pieces and thought adding some colourful beads to this silver chain would be fun makeover. Paper beads are easy to make and will only cost you pennies, but make quite a fashion statement. Why not make a whole bowl of different coloured beads, then mix and match to add a fun twist to any outfit. The kids will have fun playing threading games with these too. I’ve made a video showing how to roll the beads…
You will need:
Colourful paper strips, the wider the strip the longer the finished bead Quick dry craft glue A pencil A long chain with fastener (look in your jewellery box)
How To: I’ve made a video which shows you how to roll your beads. They are fun and super quick to make. The longer the strips of paper, the thicker and more durable your beads will be. The ones I’ve made here are quite light weight and sit well on my delicate silver chain. If they get squashed I’ll just make another quick batch.
I just bought a new compact camera to take on my trip to Japan next week. Eeeep! Exciting! It takes fab photos and has super cute retro styling, but unfortunately the camera strap that came with it was a little bit blah. The only solution was to ‘get crafty’! I found some cute ribbon in my stash that was the same width as the strap and it only took me a few minutes to totally transform it into something pretty special. Here’s how I did it…
You will need: Your camera strap, webbing or faux leather is suitable Ribbon the same width as your strap (or slightly narrower) Sewing machine and general sewing supplies
How to: -Measure the length of ribbon required to cover the camera strap adding about 1.5cm (1/2 inch) on each end for folding under. -Either pin or clip into place (cutesy heart hair clip optional) -Stitch ribbon onto strap (use a long stitch length on faux leather or it may split), try to sew as close to the edge as you can. Make sure the ends are tucked under neatly. -You’re done! That was seriously easy.
A little while ago I posted this tutorial on how add knee patches to jeans. It’s a simple way to get some extra life out of your kids clothes. This week the lovely and very talented Draw!Pilgrim has created some free printable templates that can be used to create cute patches to make those tired duds into something special. Read on for links and instructions for using template…
Follow knee patch tutorial for general sewing instructions.
Print out the template to your required size 100-120% is a good size depending on your hole.
Iron on your fusible web onto scrap fabric as per product instructions.
Trace on your template shape and cut out.
Position your patch.
Peel off backing paper and iron on to pants.
Now with a thread that matches the colour of the patch use a wide zig zag stitch (satin stitch) to sew the patch onto the leg.
For pear or apple, iron on and sew the stem piece first, then the body of the fruit.
Thanks Miss Pilgrim for these cute designs, I bet they’d look cute on all sorts of sewing projects.
I’m thinking on bags, pockets, pillow cases, tea towels…