Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Upholstery Clutch Bags

Back in January this year, I made a clutch bag for the QLD Flood Disaster Appeal. The buttercup bag pattern I obtained from the clever Made by Rae, with her easy to use tutorial. I've just completed two more clutch bags using the same pattern.

Both of these bags are actually made with upholstery fabric I purchased on different op shop visits. I am particularly fond of the brocade material. I like the fact that upholstery fabric need not just be used for furniture! The lining used for both bags is also thrift purchased fabric. They are gifts for my relatives. Photos do not really do brocade bag justice, it looks better in the 'flesh'

Lining in brocade bag
I got some labels made up some time ago from an eBay seller, under my Recycled Fashion blog name. I'm not selling anything I make as yet, but I wanted to brand my handmade items which give much more of a professional finish I think?

I added a hand strap to both bags, which is not part of the pattern. Also a flap for the magnetic clasp for the green upholstery fabric bag.

Both bags are being shipped to their new owners in the UK sometime this week.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Butterfly Postage Stamps

I picked up some butterfly postage stamps from etsy. Why? I wanted to decorate some shoes in them, using mod podge, but the idea didn't really pan out. I placed the stamps on my shoes prior to sticking; they didn't look so good.

So what am I to do with these lovely stamps then? I purchased this wooden tray from an op shop last year..

And decorated it with my butterfly stamps, using beloved mod podge of course.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Inspiration; DIY Photograph Holder

Saw this in a magazine the other day whilst at the library; Country Living magazine I think? I took a photo of it!

Very simple idea, but it looks good. Find some dried branches, mount photographs on the back of cardboard, cut into circles, attach pieces of ribbon and tie to branches, put branches into a vase, and that's it.

I love the 'family tree' effect!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Things to do with a shower curtain

I made the frog shower curtain that I purchased at the op shop last week into a swimming bag for my son. The drawstring used to be the inside tie of a pair of shorts.

Frog swimming bag

I have a lot of shower curtain left, so I can make something else if not more frog bags! The shower curtain, I believe, has not been used, its in perfect condition, but was not purchased in a wrapper. I've given it a good clean anyway, and used a little to make some more reusable food wraps out of some car fabric I purchased in another op shop this week.

Fruit biscuits




Secure with velcro strap (strap used to be a belt!)