Posts Tagged ‘upcycle’

It’s Giveaway Day!

Happy Giveaway Day!  And welcome to all who are visiting today!

Today I am giving away this corduroy satchel. 

It is upcycled from a pair of corduroy pants, and lined with new fabric.

To enter, let me know what great books you have read lately! (This could be anything from fiction to a cookbook to the book you read to your kids before bed last night.)

The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada.  (Please check out my other blog for an international giveaway!)  The winner will be announced the evening of Dec. 16.

Thanks for stopping by!  And have fun entering all of the giveaways!

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I love necklaces.  I could live without earrings, I usually forget to wear the rings I own, and I have yet to find a bracelet that sits nicely on my small wrists, but an outfit seems incomplete without a necklace.

And I own many of them.

For the longest time they were folded, rolled, and stacked several necklaces deep in one of four little jewellery boxes that I own.  It kept them out of sight, but often made it impossible to grab the right one in a hurry.  What I really needed was a hanging necklace organizer.

And so I made myself one.  Gathering inspiration from here, here and here, I headed to the thrift store and found a framed print that would work perfectly. 

I removed the glass and since the print was glued to sturdy cardboard, decided to reuse it as the backing for the organizer.

I covered the entire thing in Mod Podge and stuck down the fabric.

I then folded in the corners, using a little of the Mod Podge to make them stick, and then folded down the sides over the back, to keep the fabric in place.


After putting it back into the frame, I was ready to add hangers. 

To create the hangers, I hot-glued small plain buttons to the surface, and then covered them with larger, prettier, buttons from my stash.  (Due to the shallowness of the frame, I couldn’t use nails or push pins without having them poke too far through, but I think the buttons were a fun solution!)

Then I hung it on the wall and filled it with necklaces!  Isn’t it pretty?

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The Family is Growing

I have become quite excited about sweaters lately.  The more I look at them, the more I see animal personalities trying to break free.    Here are a few new additions to the sweater friend family:

I must admit that my house is quickly becoming a bit of a sweater menagerie!  All of these guys are for sale in the shop

I still have quite a pile of sweaters to work with, so I don’t think this family is done growing yet.  Hippos are quite popular around this house, so I might have to attempt that next, although their big nose might prove to be a challenge!

What are your favourite animals?

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A few More Satchels

What a great week-end for sewing!  I locked myself away all day Sunday and got a lot of things made, and came up with a whole list of other things I want to tackle.  I woke up this morning with my brain spinning with ideas…but alas, had to head off to work instead. 

I have definitely discovered that I am not a sewer who can handle making the same thing over and over.  I made two more satchels and have to admit that I am all satchelled out for the time being.  I do love the finished bags, though. 

The one on the right is made with some of my Grandmother’s fabric.  I think it is my new favourite.  The one behind was made from a pair of worn-out pants.  I love giving old fabrics new life!  I used blue for the topstitching to coordinate with the blue shirt I used for the lining.  The pocket inside is the pocket from the shirt. 

Isn’t recycling fun?

If you missed it, you can find my first group of satchels and information about the pattern here.

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I tucked myself away in the sewing room for as long as I could yesterday (if only cooking and eating didn’t take up so much time I’d have more time to sew!)  Sometimes I think my sewing room is a time warp.  I walked in there around 1:30 and couldn’t believe that it was 5:00 when I walked out.  I also discovered that I was hungry and thirsty once I left the room, but didn’t notice it at all when I was sewing, does this happen to you when you are being creative? 

I started by making this Small Satchel.  It is a Keyka Lou pattern.  It is the first of their patterns that I have tried and I love it.  It was super easy and the instructions were very well written.  I am really happy with the final result. 

I made the two-handle version because I like the way it looks with a bag of this size. 

I liked the pattern so well that I actually cut out 3 more to make right away.  I did, however, have to change it up a bit!   This second bag is made from a pair of corduroy pants.

Try as I might, I could not get the seam lines to be centered on the bag the way that I wanted (the seams on the pants weren’t straight to begin with….grr…)  Do you think it matters?  I was thinking maybe a fabric flower on the right would add a little pizzaz to the bag and help it not look so unbalanced.  Suggestions?

Instead of making the inside pocket from the pattern, I used one of the pants pockets.  I love the way it looks!

While in a recycling mood I decided to make another sweater friend.   I have always loved this grey sweater and thinks it looks great as a pig.  I added the contrasting ears and nose to this one just for something different. 

Oink, Oink!

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After being inspired by sweaters I thought it was time to do something with the old jeans that were piling up.  I knew I wanted to make pillows, and then I came across a picture of a pillow with a remote pocket.  Perfect!  A few hours and 4 pairs of jeans later, they were done.

No more wondering where the remote is…..

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Sweater Friends

One of the things I really wanted to do when I first started to get into sewing, and thinking about a sewing business, was to learn how to turn things that had outlived their purpose into something new and useful.   The Laundryontheline sentiment strikes again as I dream of being more like my (mythical?) penny-pinching, earth-saving,  waste-not want-not ancestors.  (Actually, this is not a myth where my grandmother is concerned, I can attest to that having inherited the piles of zippers and buttons that she carefully saved from years and years of worn clothing…)

 And so it is that I have saved every worn sweater and pair of jeans (the ones that for one reason or another aren’t in good enough condition to donate) for that day when I was ready to create something wonderful and new out of them.

That day was Saturday.  And I’m pretty happy with what I came up with, although I’m not sure about the useful part…. 

My inspiration started from here (you will see some similarities) and then I branched out into other animals.  There was one casualty along the way.  One blue elephant that just didn’t work out.  I have learned from that experience that ribbed cotton sweaters are too stretchy for animals that require some structure.   He would have made a very nice octopus if he had had more legs!

I’m pretty happy with this little menagerie and I think I might just have to make a few more (after all, there are still sweaters in the pile!)

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