Tutorial: Recycle old jeans into storage baskets

Tutorial: Recycle old jeans into storage baskets

You will need: A pair of old jeans lining fabric scissors sewing machine coordinating thread paper for making the pattern Step 1: Cut the legs of your jeans into tubes, I left mine quite long so I could change the hieght afterwards, but you could make more if you cut them Continue reading

Aprons from Tea Towels

Aprons from Tea Towels

A while ago I decided I wanted to have a go at making these aprons from tea towels.I thought they would make an excellent beginner sewing project, and they would have. I just didn't get round to making them until recently. As soon as I saw the Russian doll tea towel I knew that I wanted it for this Continue reading

Free Machining at Make

Free Machining at Make

I spent some of my birthday money on a great workshop which took place last week at the lovely venue Make. I loved that we got a goody bag to take home with everything we would need to amke more. I have ruched out to buy and embroidery foot for my sewing machine. Each picture only takes an hour Continue reading

Crochet Hook Rolls and Project Bags

Crochet Hook Rolls and Project Bags

Last week's sewing day was all about using up scraps. I have only recently got into crochet  and didn't have anywhere to store my hooks. Cue - make some crochet hook rolls. I made on to match my knitting needle roll. I then decided to use some really bright colours and a daisy trim that i got in Continue reading

Tutorial: How to customise a t-shirt – add a pussy bow collar

Tutorial: How to customise a t-shirt – add a pussy bow collar

Turn this Into this Materials: A v neck t-shirt ½ metre of chiffon or similar fabric Coordinating thread Scissors Tape measure Rotary cutter and mat (optional) Sewing Machine Step 1: Cut the collar and edge of the sleeves off your t- shirt   Step 2:  Continue reading

hexagon patchwork pin cushions

hexagon patchwork pin cushions

I have wanted to try the English paper piecing method for hexagon patchwork for a while and so I suggested making these small pin cushions to my knitting group on Tuesday evening. Everyone brought their fabric and a needle, thread and scissors. I took lots of tiny paper hexagons which I drew on Continue reading

Dress in elephant print cotton

Dress in elephant print cotton

One of my great achievements last week was this dress. I am new to dress making and have only made one other pattern before. I have had the pattern and the fabric waiting to make it for ages and I love when a plan suddenly comes together. My friend Emma also likes dress making and so we made a day Continue reading

Great Gifts for a Creative person

Great Gifts for a Creative person

I know Christmas was a while ago, but I would like to share some of the brilliant gifts I recieved. I'm still really looking forward to having a play with them. Some were gifts and others I have bought with money I got for Christmas. They have now all found homes and I have been waiting to finish Continue reading

The finished card

The finished card

I know you've all been waiting to see the finished result of dressing up Toddy, my Dad's staffie. Here is the final card front. A bit of wizardry by my Dad using photo shop to select the best wings and halo on a good picture of Todd. What do you think? We are already planning next years card Continue reading

Handmade Christmas presents

Handmade Christmas presents

The weeks up to Christmas have been very busy, as it has not only been a very long term, there have also been some life changing decisions made and a hectic time as a result. I have also been beavering away to get as many people as I could a handmade gift. I found a great tutorial for these little Continue reading