Thursday, December 18, 2014

How to make a sparkly Christmas cushion cover

From 1-24th Dec I give to you my blog advent calendar.
Each day you can click on the numbered 'door' to 'open' it and find some Christmas upcycled/recycled goodness!
Enjoy!




Today I'm sharing another of my Christmas sewing tutorials.
This one shows how to make a

 Sparkly Christmas Cushion Cover.

This is also one of my super simple 5 steps in 15 minutes tutorials that anyone can have a go at - even complete beginner sewers!

Happy Christmas sewing!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Puffy yo-yo wreath tutorial

From 1-24th Dec I give to you my blog advent calendar.
Each day you can click on the numbered 'door' to 'open' it and find some Christmas upcycled/recycled goodness!
Enjoy!



Today I'm sharing another of my Christmas tutorials.

This one is for a puffy yo-yo wreath made with scraps from old clothes.


A cute ornament the kids could make themselves!

Happy Christmas Sewing!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Eco Friendly Shopping bags - the perfect Christmas Gift!

From 1-24th Dec I give to you my blog advent calendar.
Each day you can click on the numbered 'door' to 'open' it and find some Christmas upcycled/recycled goodness!
Enjoy!



I had a lovely surprise yesterday to see that one of the pattern testers for my new e-book posted about it on her blog.
Niki from Roonie Ranching shows the gorgeous bags she made from the patterns and tutorials in my e-book.
She was such a big help as a pattern tester and I'm flattered she wrote such a nice post about my book,
 so THANK YOU Niki!

Go here to see her post

I also have to mention another lovely lady at Wesens Art who bought my ebook, made the bags and posted about them too, THANK YOU!!

Go here to see that post

My e-book would make a great Christmas present for someone who sews.

It includes 5 sewing patterns/tutorials to make a selection of eco-friendly upcycled bags to use for shopping. Helping to reduce the use of those nasty plastic bags.

It is a bargain price at just the cost of a cup of coffee.

It's the perfect gift that gives that little bit more!

Happy sewing and upcycling!


Jill

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Christmas Handibag tutorial

From 1-24th Dec I give to you my blog advent calendar.
Each day you can click on the numbered 'door' to 'open' it and find some Christmas upcycled/recycled goodness!
Enjoy!


Today I'm also sharing another of my Christmas tutorials.

This one is for a Christmas Handibag. I've been using mine lots over the past few weeks as I Christmas shop.

 I think I'm done now but still have this handibag in my handbag just in case I find some other presents to buy!

So here is my 

Christmas Handibag Tutorial


Happy Christmas Sewing!

Friday, December 5, 2014

How to make a Christmas Snowman nightie

From 1-24th Dec I give to you my blog advent calendar.
Each day you can click on the numbered 'door' to 'open' it and find some Christmas upcycled/recycled goodness!
Enjoy!


Today I'm sharing one of my Christmas sewing tutorials.

This one is for making a 
Christmas Snowman Nightie.

This was my younger daughter's favourite nightie, until she grew out of it! I might have to make her a new one that's bigger!

Happy Christmas Sewing!


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Crochet Owl Keychain



Yesterday I decided to pick up my crochet hook again. I'm still learning the basics.
I had a breakthough this time and finally cracked making a magic ring! I've watched several short videos and read tutorials, but finally it clicked with this one.

After making a pretty neat looking couple of rings, and showing my daughter how since she's learning too; I decided to keep going and make something from the ring.

I looked on my crochet pinterest board for inspiration and decided on a small owl.

This is the tutorial I kind of followed, but I'm still struggling with the whole counting and patterns in crochet, so winged it a little bit too!
Here's how it turned out.




My daughters loved him and claimed him straight away. Now I have to make another one so they can both have one!

What do you think?


Wednesday, December 3, 2014

How to make a fabric Merry Christmas Banner

From 1-24th Dec I give to you my blog advent calendar.
Each day you can click on the numbered 'door' to 'open' it and find some Christmas upcycled/recycled goodness!
Enjoy!
Today I'm also sharing one of my Christmas tutorials - 

How to make a Merry Christmas Fabric Banner
I made this three years ago, and every year it comes out and is hung on our pool fence by the patio where we spend most of our evenings and weekends at this time of year!

All you need is some scrap fabric and a sewing machine!

Happy Christmas Sewing!