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!
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.
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…
I love making projects that involve at least one of the following criteria: decluttering, upcycling, sewing and a need. This Braided T-shirt Rug ticks all the boxes, so when I spotted a circular rug made by Sewing For Life on Pinterest, I was itching to start on my own immediately. Here’s why…
Declutter – I’d been hounding Mr Man to clear out some of his old t-shirts that he no longer wears, the bottom actually fell out of his t-shirt draw from the weight of all the excess clothing!
Upcycle – Most of said t-shirts were well past their use by date with most of them having holes, stretching or stains, so charity donation was not an option. Usually I tear old shirts up for dusting rags, but the truth is, who needs to dust that much?
Sewing – enough said
Need – With a chilly winter on the way in Melbourne, I thought it would be lovely to finally have a bedside rug to treat my feet to some cushy comfort on a chilly morning.
This Upcycled Rug is a super satisfying project to make but it wasn’t all smooth sailing, so this tutorial is less about ‘How To’ and more about what not to do and troubleshooting solutions. Read on to see how I made mine…