Vintage Linen is too Good to Part With…

Whilst sorting through our stuff (yes, this process is taking forever) I decided I really should do something about my endless supply of vintage linen. Doilies, place mats, napkins, handkerchiefs, the list goes on and on and I just didn’t think I’d be able to use all of it. I’ve already sold a lot of my lace trims, and I’ve given other stuff away, but what about these larger items? We used a lot of them for our wedding, so I was struggling to part with them. I was laying them out on the table to go through them when it occurred to me that they would make a great patchwork, and as we don’t have a tablecloth, it seemed like the ideal thing to make!

I positioned them all out on the table and pinned them together. I then ran them through the machine, zig zagging them together. This probably wasn’t the correct way to do it, there was a bit of buckling and ruching, but hey! I’m still learning! The result is a little rough around the edges, but I like it that way, and more importantly, I used my linen for something genuinely useful!

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Finishing up toddler makes – a frugal birthday and some dressmaking

Whilst I’ve been sorting out the house and packing ready for our big move, I’ve also been making sure that I’ve finished all my WIPs and projects. The last thing I want is to move with lots of half finished things in project bags that could get lost or damaged in transit. I’ve started with the smaller things, socks and such that I’ve started, and most importantly, I’ve finished the Toddler’s birthday presents! Continue reading

My DIY skirt

I’ve been glued to the telly for weeks watching the Great British Sewing Bee. If you don’t know what this is, it is a program where amateur sewers make 3 garments every week which are judged on fit, technical skill and creativity. One is voted off every week until eventually one is crowned Britain’s best amateur sewer.  Continue reading

DIY Toddler Leggings

My favourite cheap jumper shrunk in the wash one too many times. I love the colours and the mock fair isle pattern, so it seemed such a waste to throw it away. I had a search through all of my magazines and books and I couldn’t find a tutorial that would use it. We went out shopping and I saw some lovely little Fair Isle leggings for the toddler. Then it hit me, I would make some from my jumper. I had seen adults do it with extra large jumpers, so I would do a mini version.

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I took my jumper and cut off the sleeves. Then I used some leggings she already has as a template to see how far down to cut the gusset.

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I sewed the gusset together and almost had a pair of trousers, just needed a way of keeping them up.

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I sewed the original collar to the top of the trousers so I had a little more material to work with. I took a piece of elastic and measured it around the toddler’s waste. Then I folded over the top of the trousers, creating a channel that’s wide enough to fit the elastic through. I pinned and stitched it, leaving a 2 inch gap. I then fed the elastic through using a safety pin and stitched it together. Then I stitched the opening closed. Ta dah! Free trousers!!!

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She doesn’t sit still for long, so this was the best picture I could get, straight from the machine! But what happened to the rest of the jumper…..?

Beautiful sewing goodies

I just had to share these pretties with you. My parents came today, and my mother said she had picked up some bits I might want, but as they didn’t cost much I could throw them away if I didn’t want them! Not likely! One person’s rubbish is a vintage lovers dream!

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Trying to make a feature wall

It is very frustrating to live in a house you cannot decorate when you have so many ideas on the subject. As it is, we rent the property we live in, and we are required to keep it looking the same way it did as we moved in. To try and get round this, I keep trying to create ‘feature’ walls in each room to break up the bland magnolia décor.

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I had taken some plates down from a shelf where I had been displaying them in order to clear some clutter. Having no where to put them, I decided to use them in a slightly eclectic feature wall in the dining room. Our dining room is a little neglected. The front door is in the dining room, so it’s the first room you walk into. This means it’s also where we keep the shoes, as well as Amelia’s toy box and my sewing machine and craft things, including boxes of fabrics. The area was feeling cluttered, but the walls looked bare, so I took the plates and a couple of cross stitches and an embroidery that I couldn’t find a place for. To add to this, I took two embroidery hoops and mounted some nice fabric I had been holding on to. I’m pretty pleased with the result, and the new feature didn’t cost me a penny!

 

The wonder of Skill Swapping

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve read an awful lot of blog posts about resolutions and the idea of ‘new year, new me’. I’m not very good at that sort of thing. I have a short attention span, one day I can be completely adamant that I’m going to do something, and the next I will forget I said it. I stopped making any sort of new years resolutions a long time ago, but there is something I want to do more of this year, skill swapping. Continue reading

Simple scented hangers

We have built in wardrobes, and mine happens to be on an outside wall, so it can get a little damp in there. This often means that it starts to get a little fusty. Not an ideal place to store clothes. Continue reading

A lovely Weekend Workshop

A little while ago I did a craft fair and also taught a crochet workshop at a local church where we go to Toddler Time. I had a lovely time, and some of the women genuinely picked it up and did a great job, but it was very stressful trying to teach quite a few people at different times and all with different skills.

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An excuse to Make-do-and-Mend

As if I need an excuse! Last week my mum picked up an awesome ‘shabby chic’ water jug from a car boot sale. Obviously I thought this was the perfect thing to store my knitting needles in. I was right of course, but this made my knitting needle case obsolete. Continue reading