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Pocket board – another upcycling project

Gotta pick a pocket or two!

Gotta pick a pocket or two!

(Firstly I can’t claim this was all my idea – I saw something similar floating around on facebook which was made as a fabric wall hanging.)

My pocket board is mounted on an artist’s canvas – 4 pockets cut from old clothes, machine stitched onto a fabric panel, embellished with a bit of embroidery chopped off a blouse and some buttons I had lying around.

I love it, it makes a perfect place to keep my favourite pens and scissors!



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Upcycled pyjamas – can you tell I’m an eighties child?




What better use of a duvet cover than some lovely comfy jim jams?

I bought this Harlequin and Columbine duvet cover in a charity shop, because it was 50p and because I can’t resist a bit of 80’s tat nostalgia.

Because it’s been washed about a million times in the last 30 years the cotton is lovely and soft. (The brand is St. Michael, and you know your mum would tell you how the stuff from Marks and Sparks is made to last.)

I used an experimental pattern.

Which means I made it up as I went along.








Basically, I drew around a top I already had, to make one piece for the back, and three pieces for the front. I didn’t want to have the stress of needing buttons so made sure it would fit over my head. I also drew around some existing PJ trousers to make two pieces for the bottoms.

As an inexperienced dressmaker I did made a few bad decisions – I should have hemmed the neckline before sewing the shoulders together, and I could have been a bit more generous in the size of the channel for the elastic on the trousers,  but hey ho, they fit and I made them myself!




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Mine… all mine!

No, this bag will not be appearing in my Folksy shop.
It’s just too darn cute.

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Christmas is coming!

Listed my first Christmassy offering in my Folksy shop today.

Little drawstring bags (oh, how I love a drawstring bag!!) to hang on your tree with little surprises inside.

You can buy them here in a handy pack of 6.

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Soppy sentimental stuff

I’m not renowned for my soft, sentimental side.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a nice person but I don’t do the soppy, gushing, happy happy memory stuff very often.

I have three children, but I haven’t got a memory box for them. I’ve got a few odd things, their first shoes and those little plastic bracelets from the hospital.

But I haven’t kept the pregnancy stick with the blue line, or every single birthday card they ever received. I throw away tickets and drawings, and certificates for “being super in maths today.”

Well recently I found an old dress of Poppy’s, a little jersey “songbird” dress from Frugi, well worn and well loved with a few stained patches to prove it. One of my favourite dresses.

I almost threw it back in the cupboard, to gather a bit more dust and be forgotten again.

But instead I made myself a bag tag.

It’s just a heart shape, a little bit of padding and backed with pink corduroy and embellished with the buttons from the same dress. It makes me smile because it reminds me of little baby Poppy and all the times she wore it. Now she is a big girl, just started school, and she won’t go near a dress.

But she’s still my little baby and I’m secretly a great big softie.



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I just love this bag I made! Designed with little boys in mind, it is also the perfect size to be a grown up’s shoulder bag.

I really want to keep it, but I have about a zillion handbags already. It’s in my Folksy shop right now.



What do you call a dinosaur that never gives up?

A Try-try-try-ceratops!


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old vs new

This week I made some laundry bags from a duvet cover which my friend had given me. It had had an unfortunate meeting with some airfix paint and was deemed no longer fit for purpose. I love a bit of recycling and often make things out of pre-loved fabric. Eighty percent of the material of this duvet cover was perfectly fine, but I know many people would have sent it straight to the wheelie bin.

 I listed this bag on Folksy but it made me wonder  – would there be potential customers out there who would be put off by something made out of previously used fabric? Would they prefer the crisp feel of brand new cotton? Would they accept that I would have to charge twice the price for new material? By purchasing upcycled they are saving money as well as the Earth’s resources.

What do you think? Is second hand fabric okay with you?


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