Monday, November 25, 2013

Cloud Nursery Decoration

A new addition arrived in the family a week and a half ago. Prior to his arrival, I made a few decorations for his room, one of which being a raincloud softie wall hanging. I've seen a few similar designs online, and thought I'd have a go at making my own.

 I've used all reclaimed material, sourced from opportunity shops; the coloured yarn, material, embroidery thread, sewing thread, even the sequins.

I've wrapped a stick from the yard in rainbow coloured yarn, and fabric-glued sequins onto each raindrop.

I didn't follow a pattern, just drew a cloud shape onto the back of a cereal box and raindrops to use as templates.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Free Chair Fabric Recover

I saw an ad on Gumtree giving away a high back white chair for free within a half hour drive of my house. I went to collect the chair to discover it was from an op shop sorting facility. The chair could not be sold due to a stain on the seat. In a quick half hour project, I have recovered the seat with some fabric from my thrifted fabric stash.

Feeling quite proud of my chair redo, and first ever home refashion!

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hula Hoop Rug

I've completed my first recycled t-shirt rug, a circular rug which is woven out of strips of old t-shirts, with a hula hoop used as a template. The tutorial can be found here.  This is mine:

 Its a fun project, and looks effective, but there are a couple of discoveries on completion:

1. You need a lot of time to complete a rug, my weaving consumed most of my two day weekend.
2. You need a lot of patience, it becomes tedious.
3. The further down you get, the less neat, you have to pull your weave through a bit tighter toward the end.
4. I started tying knots to attach each strip of t-shirt to the next.  Knots can look quite bulky, so I quickly changed tactic, and used a needle and thread to sew the next strip onto the previous, before weaving through.
5. You don't need to use t-shirts, you can use fabric scraps, but jersey fabric works best as it doesn't fray.
6. I believe you can get larger hula hoops that I did, which will leave you with a bigger rug. Mine will be big enough as a large table centerpiece, or perhaps a bath mat, but it would not be big enough as a rug for a lounge room.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Zipper pencil cases

I saw these zipper pencil cases for sale in the post office yesterday, and thought what a great recycled sewing idea.  I have a stack of op-shopped zippers!

Take a bunch of unwanted zippers, sew together, leave one zipper tag in place for opening and voila, you have a pencil case, or coin purse etc

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Socky snakes

My son and I had an idea.  Make socks into snake puppets; "Socky Snakes"  A pair of old socks, one with a hole in it, buttons for eyes, and a ribbon cut into a tongue.  My son particularly wanted a blue tongue (perhaps he remembered seeing a blue tongue lizard?) 

You can't see that clearly, but he also used a dark red marker pen to make dots and stripes on the body.  I got him to choose the buttons he wanted from my thrifted button stash, I then stitched with needle and thread. 

He called his snake "Teresa" - an interesting name for a snake?!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Car Caddy

Inspired by a sewing project seen on pinterest by, I've had a go at one myself

I've used recycled denim, using a huge off cut from my thrifted stash, along with second hand fabric, thrifted bias tape and thread, and felt off cuts from resource rescue.

The only new material - the velcro, and Lightning McQueen patch, which I got from Spotlight over a year ago, not used till now.

Fold in half

Roll up

Velcro shut

Close up of felt pockets, I doubled up on felt for extra thickness, 
and zig zagged stitched for extra support

These little car caddy's are great to pop in your bag for pre-schoolers to play with in cafes, long journeys etc.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Recycled Bunting

A couple of weeks ago, I held a marketstall at Southside Market, in St Kilda. It was fun to do a marketstall and meet other makers, and sellers. I've often shopped at market's but not held a stall before.

As a cheap/recycled set up for my marketstall, I purchased a wicker picnic basket from the op shop for just $3, and made a small banner with the word 'recycled' made from a jute fabric sample, bias tape, and the words 'recycled' cut from newspaper, and stitched onto each bunting flag.

More on Southside market here