Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Upcycled Denim Kangaroo Patchwork Pillow

I haven't done any clothes upcycling in a while and thought it was about time I started tackling my large stash of old clothes - in particular jeans.

I have lots of scraps of denim, left over from old jeans and many projects to upcycle them. I keep even the smallest of scraps, so was looking for something to make with them.

Paper piecing is something I've been wanting to try for a while, so I figured that was a good thing to combine with my denim scraps and give it a whirl!

I have a few books and patterns given to me by a friend a few years ago, so I chose one of those,

and a pattern from it to try.

I have to admit I didn't follow the paper piecing instructions too carefully - I printed the template onto some thin cardboard

 then cut the pieces out and kind of held them on my denim scraps and cut around them with a rough seam allowance!

I did follow the order to join the pieces together though - and think I did ok for my first try (considering I wasn't too careful with cutting my seam allowances!)

So then, what to do with this kangaroo block?

Inspired by a recent post from Anna of Tea and a Sewing Machine, I decided to make a cushion cover. Nice and simple!

So I added a border to my kangaroo block using more pieces of denim from the remains of a pair of jeans which had already been cut.

Then for the back of the cushion, I decided to try something I'd seen on Pinterest - a patchwork of jeans pockets. which I stitched together in a very random order.

So here are my 2 cushion cover sides (before trimming) with an old cushion.

And then trimmed, with a zip and ready to join together!

I simply stitched the zip across the top and joined the sides to make the cushion cover. 
I'm really pleased with how it turned out!

Although a little fiddly with the small denim pieces and the thick seams denim produces, I like the effect of this denim paper piecing and think I might try some more.
I have plenty of scraps to work with anyway!

My daughter came home and told me my cushion looked professional! Praise indeed!

So what do you think?
Anyone have any tips for a novice paper piecer?

I have several upcycling tutorials to browse through - many of which use old jeans to work with. Go here to see them all.

I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons and direct links can be found on my linky party page.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Make your own Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers in 5 steps and 15 minutes

For a long time now I've been wanting to make myself some of these fabric bowl covers. I remember when I was a child, we used to have a set that we used when we ate outside in summer, to keep the flies off the food.  
Nowadays I have just been using cling film (glad wrap) to cover my bowls - and feel bad every time I do it thinking of the plastic waste I'm creating!

So I finally got around to making myself some, and thought I'd add another new tutorial to show how easily you can make your own Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers.

All you need is some fabric, elastic and paper for a circle template.
I just used simple cotton fabric from my scrap boxes. I can just through them in the washing machine with a regular wash every now and then to keep them clean.  
For the elastic I used pieces reclaimed from the adjustable waistbands of old worn-out kids' pants!
You can make these covers any size you need.

So here is now to make your very own Reusable Fabric Bowl Covers in just 5 steps and 15 minutes!

1. Cutting out
Cut a circle of paper around 5 cm (2") wider than the bowl you want to cover.

 Lay your two fabrics right sides together and pin on your circle template. Cut.

2. Stitch the circles
Stitch the two circles together around the outside, leaving a small gap, then turn right sides out and iron.

3. Making the casing
Cut your elastic just smaller than the diameter of the top of the bowl you want to cover. Then stitch around your circle in from the edge wide enough to allow space to thread your elastic through.

4. Adding the elastic
Using a safety pin, thread your elastic through the casing you just created. Stitch the ends together securely, 

5. Finishing
Finally, top-stitch the opening closed, either by machine or hand.

And there you have a finished fabric reusable bowl cover!

You can make them whatever size you choose - to cover bowls, plates and cups.
I made several sizes and used up some of my scrap fabric in the process.

I'm really pleased with how they turned out.
Cute, functional and eco-friendly! What could be better?

For the free downloadable PDF version of this tutorial, click here.

And for more sewing tutorials showing things you can make in just 5 steps and 15 minutes - go here.

I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons and direct links can be found on my linky party page.

Monday, May 23, 2016

A Round Tuit 311

Happy Monday!
Today I'm resting my legs as yesterday I ran in the Cairns 2 Kuranda Train Race! This is one of the trail races my husband and I do every year, where we 'race' the train. Only a few elite runners ever beat the train.
This year we'd had torrential rain for 2 days leading up to the race and the train itself was cancelled. 
 The run still went ahead so everyone who ran can now say they beat the train this year !! 
We all had lots of fun on the 18km trail jumping in the endless deep, muddy puddles and rivers where there aren't usually rivers!!!
A great day!


I also have a question for anyone reading.

I am currently planning a social media experiment to see how we can 'use what we've got' to grow our blogs.
It's taking place throughout the month of June and there are still a few spots available if you have a crafty blog and are interested in joining in. Leave me a comment here or drop me an email
 (you can find my address on my Start Here page).

Now it's time to see what everyone else has been up to this past week. Let's get this party started!


Welcome to this week's linky party. A place where you can link up your posts and creations, and be inspired by others.

Tuits are very hard to come by, especially the round ones. For years people have been saying, "I'll do it as soon as I get a round tuit". Well now you can have one of your very own, and all those jobs that have needed doing will finally get done!
Here's my favourites from last week's party:
First of all, this super cool upcycled 
Vinyl Record Tiered Display from Lynda Creates.

Finally, some pretty awesome
 Cork Art for the Cork Dork from The Navage Patch.

For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
Creating my way to Success
Now it's your turn:
Link up your own projects - old or new - no rules - just share your creativity and inspiration!
I'd love if you grabbed the button - then you can have your very own Round Tuit!
And of course we all love visitors and comments so do visit some of the other links!
By linking up here you're giving me permission to use photos from your post in features here on my blog.
I will feature my favourites on this post next week.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Crochet Granny Square Bracelet

This week I've been getting back to my crochet learning.
After a few weeks off thanks to a holiday and family visit, I found I'd forgotten how to make a Granny Square!

So I relearned that and practised by making a few using a selection of embroidery thread I was sent a few years back and still haven't managed to use!

So then, once I felt I had the hang of it again, I had to decide what to do with all these little squares.

So I learned how to join Granny Squares together using

Just a simple slip stitch through both squares you're joining!

My least favourite part was weaving in all the ends!

But I'm quite pleased with how neat I managed it! Not perfect, but not bad for my first try.

I just kept on joining until they all formed a circle, and hey presto - I'd made myself a bracelet!

So now I have a matching bracelet and earring Granny Square set (the earrings I made a few weeks ago)!

I think I might keep on with the Granny Squares for now - there seems to be plenty of things you can make with them!

As always, any and all suggestions welcome.

I shall be linking this post to many of the fabulous linky parties whose pretty buttons and direct links can be found on my linky party page.