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new idea for a linen closet

I currently have 3 linen closets in my hallway, yes three!! I also have another funny little room that is perched over the stairs. I shall show you this another day.  Anyway, I was thinking to convert one of my linen closets to a chest of drawers. This one is outside the bathroom/WC  and I thought it would make it a bit more open.

I don’t really like linen closets. Do you? I think they always end up messy, with the things underneath never being used. Plus all those small things that get lost at the back of the cupboard. I would like to have drawers so I could organise them as I did in my bedroom with my clothes.

I want to take out the cupboard a paint up a set of drawers, maybe decorate in a stencil design. Read about some ideas for stencilling in my post stencil tabletop ideas.

A set of drawers with deep drawers would be great, perhaps some smaller ones up the top for items such as placemats and serviettes.

In the space above I would put some hooks or shelving to allow for pretty things. I also want a place to put my clothes when I take them off to shower. This is usually my nightie and I put it on the sink but sometimes the sink is wet and that is damn annoying! Does anyone have any ideas for where to put your clothes while showering. There may also be times when I want to dress in the bathroom as my hallway is opened to the living area and my dressing room is off the hall.  This Tarva one from Ikea might be OK.tarva-chest-of-drawers__0213289_PE367596_S4


Alternatively I might pick one up off Gumtree for a lot less, which I did for my dressing room tall boy that I repainted.




While I was in the UK I saw a great cushion made with the selvedges from fabrics. Selvedges are the bit on the side of the fabric. Many times they are printed with words, many have spots of colour on them so you know what colours match the fabric you are buying. I just loved the look of the cushion, planning to make one as soon as I can save or find enough selvedges to do so.

Here is the cushion I found using them.



I was surfing the web and came across some examples at Sew Mama Sew blog. They look great. Apparently I am not the only one who likes this look.

If you want to see more just following the link below.

Sew Mama Sew



Doily Cushion

Look at the lovely cushion I made with an old doily. I used some thick muslin to make the cushion and then sewed a large doily on the front. Just beautiful!




I made this pretty apron out of an old tablecloth. I love the way it turned out. It sold first thing at yesterday’s markets. I am glad someone loved it as I might have kept it myself otherwise.

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Recycled jeans made into aprons

I have been creating more things with my stash of old jeans. This time I made half aprons.

They are for sale in my Etsy shop for $15 each. They are all lined.

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This one sold today at the markets.




This apron also sold at the markets today. It had red mattress ticking for the lining and the ties. So cute. I may have to make some more like this one and I really liked it. Using the recycled jeans means you have instant pockets.

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Aprons with a vintage feel

Aprons are lovely, especially if they have a vintage feel. I was thinking the other day what else I could make for the markets, and I decided on aprons. They have become the newest addition to my market stall.

These aprons have a pocket. I think it is always good to have a pocket in an apron, comes in very handy for putting things in. For me that would be tissues but useable for other things as well.

This apron is made from a vintage French linen tea towel, it is a very big tea towel so was perfect for this project. I added a vintage doily to the front, red grosgrain ribbon and made a pocket with another tea towel. I love the stripes on the side of it. This one is not lined but the linen is so thick I didn’t think it needed to be. I love the vintage look and feel of this (of course!). It is displayed here perfectly on my dolly.

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This next apron is actually the first one I made. I had some fabric that I had bought ages ago (because I loved it) with no special project in mind. I know a lot of sewers will relate to that. Anyway, I was looking through my stash found it and thought “aprons”. I have used a heavy canvas fabric as the lining for this one and also the ties. I added some gorgeous cream lace to the top and the edge of the pocket.  The third picture shows the reverse of the apron. I just love how it turned out.

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You can buy these aprons from my market stall or on Etsy for just $15 each. My next market is at Morningside on 23 Feb (The Mummy Tree Markets) and the one after that is at Handmade Redcliffe, Humpybong State School, Margate, Qld.



Baby Pin Cushions

These baby pin cushions were made using old egg cups. Love them!



Turn them into pin cushions by getting some stuffing used to stuff toys and then roll it up in a ball and cover it with fabric.  Secure the bottom by sewing it, then run hot glue around the edge of the cup and insert the pin cushion part. I sewed a button on before I did this step and then added some lace to the edge of one of them. There you have it, a lovely pin cushion.

Other things you can use to make pin cushions include tea cups (see my previous post here), old jugs, silverware. Use ceramics or silver rather than glass as that way you can hide the messy part underneath the stuffing.

Another thing you can use for the cushion part are foam balls. I have used these in the past, I just didn’t have any that were small enough for this job. I like the foam balls as they give a nice round finish, but these certainly look more handmade to me, so I like them too as they are kind of uneven and definitely one of a kind.  Foam balls can be sourced from craft shops or places like Crazy Clarks or other $2 shops. They can vary in price so check out various places before you purchase. I have seen them in art shops but they are always very expensive. Last week I found an unopened packet for $1 in a charity shop but I think that was a rare find.

Until next time,



Recycle jeans into a bag

Today I am going to show you how to recycle jeans.  This is something I have always wanted to do.  I purchased a bag of jeans (5-6 pairs) from a charity shop during the week with the thought that I could recycle them.  I used Google (what did we ever do without Google!!) to find out the best way to do this, there are hundreds of tutorials on doing this so I am not going to repeat the steps here. I needed an old shirt so I hunted in my husband’s wardrobe and found one where the neck was a bit scruffy.  After that I followed the tutorial, using the jeans and the shirt to make a fully lined bag. Here is my finished product.  This is  a great way to recycle jeans and get a fabulous bag at the same time. There are also plenty of pockets to use.bag1


The shirt I chose was one with script writing on it and then some bold black on one of the front panels. I had to join the panels as the shirt was not big enough for the size of the bag I made. Here is the inside. I think this is rather cool. I still have to do a little bit of hand stitching as my machine needle wouldn’t go through the layers of fabric on some sections, especially around the zipper area.  I managed to break only one needle, but I think that was because the needle size I used wasn’t made for jeans. (note to self, check the needle size!!)




I put some of the fabric on the handles as well as you can see here in this back view.




It took me about two hours to complete this project. I am a pretty competent sewer, but I think this is something a beginner could also do if you find a video and follow along with it.

I liked this so much I made another one.  The jeans I used in this one are a bit darker.  The fabric is some nice cotton linen I had in my stash. Thought I had better refrain from cutting up any more of my husband’s work shirts!




I love this fabric. One they are washed the denim on the handles will fray and give it a great grunge look.





So if you want to recycle jeans, this is a great way to use them.  Here are some more pics.

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This bag has a base so it will sit nicely on the table, I prefer this style rather than just a straight bag shape.  I will be selling these on our market stall on Sunday at Southbank.

You don’t have to recycle jeans, you can also use old demin shorts or skirts.



christmas is coming

I found some items on Etsy that will be useful in my craft work, the seller lives just up the road from me. I saved on postage as she kindly let me visit her at home to pick them up. I got some little cotton reels, new ones, in a variety of sizes. I love cotton reels.

The year is almost over, the festive season nearly upon us. That can only mean bringing out the Christmas decorations. I love decorations, so I had a go at making some of them, vintage, of course!
I started with the cotton reels I brought a few weeks back and some vintage fabric tape, buttons and loose woven muslin.  For some I cut off a piece of fabric tape and wound it around the centre of the reel. This tape is very old; it came from an old carpenters reel and has a lovely brown color and large numbers in black, with every foot marked in red.




After cutting the piece of tape I used a glue gun to fix it on the cotton reel. I used a small button to hide the join. I then put a button on the bottom of the reel. For the top I tied string to a button and tied a knot in the end. I pushed the knot into the hole in the reel and added some hot glue. I then stuck the button down. I also added a button on the bottom of the reel.

For the muslin ones, I cut a long piece of muslin wider than the width of the reel, wound it around the reel and tied it up with a dash of hot glue and a piece of string. I then repeated the steps I used for the tape measure ones.

They will look so cute on a tree. Buy them from my market stall. Dates/times of the markets where I sell my wares are on this page.



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