On our recent trip to Japan I couldn’t resist picking up a colourful assortment of washi tapes. Emma loves to use them to stick up her artwork around the house, but unfortunately she is a little heavy handed and some of my favourite designs are nearly running out. In an effort to resolve the disappearing washi tape ‘situation’ I created some pretty washi tape magnets from unwanted advertising magnets that were just cluttering up the fridge.
Those advertising magnets just seem to multiply, where so they all come from?
I salvaged the strongest and largest ones for this project and the rest went in the bin.
The fridge looks much happier now with cute reusable magnets that look like pieces of tape.
The response to my Scrap Fabric Twine tutorial a few weeks ago was overwhelming. It seems to have captured everyone’s imagination. I think the beauty of twine making is that it requires no special tools, although some commenters were very keen to try it using spinning wheels or electric drills to speed up the process.
So many people asked me what the twine can be used for. Well I suppose what ever you use yarn or rope for is a good answer. Some suggestions were basket making, crochet, weaving, macrame, cording for garments…the list is endless, but I was drawn to my sewing machine (as usual) and wanted to see how it sewed together.
I started sewing circular disks as an experiment really, I didn’t have anything particular in mind, but as the circles grew, the idea for a spiral mat was born. This technique can be used for a mat of any size, you can even keep the circles small and make place mats or coasters.
Read on for instructions… (more…)
Here it is, by popular demand…How to make rope from scrap fabric. It’s an idea that came to me whilst I was in the process of tidying up my sewing space, I tend to keep all my fabric scraps ‘just in case’ and all those really long thin pieces were tangling together and making a big mess. After doing a bit of online research on rope making, I found this video showing how to hand twist rope from tree bark, so I’ve used the same technique with fabric and it works a treat.
I’ve made a video tutorial to go with the instructions.
I like my envelopes to be sturdy, sometimes paper doesn’t cut it when you want to include something that needs a little extra protection. Also plain white envelopes are BORING, why be blah when it’s so easy to make something really special that won’t cost you a cent.
Magazine covers are abundant, why not recycle them into eye catching, sturdy envelopes that won’t get lost in the mail.
This envelope was made from a Marimekko catalog cover, but you can use any front or back cover with a colourful design. Sewing instead of gluing is an easy mess free alternative especially if you are short on time.
I don’t often get a chance to sew for myself, most of the time spent in my sewing room is dedicated to blog projects, repairing garments or making soft furnishings, so when Megan Nielsen asked me if I’d like to review a couple of her patterns I jumped at the chance to make something I could wear. Something for me…doesn’t sound like much of a big deal, but you other mothers out there know that we often put ourselves last on the to do list for everything, so some ‘just for me’ sewing time was quite the special treat.
I little while ago I had the great pleasure to meet the super talented Maryann Talia Pau, weaver and artist. She was running a star weaving workshop as part of a
little huge community project and art installation she is working on called 1 Million Stars to End Violence.
Here is my chat with Maryann… (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…)
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!