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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

The Fabric Fairy

It's getting close to Christmas now - but there's still time to get some Christmas sewing in.

I thought I would head on over to 
 and see what Christmas fabrics they have.
Take a look at these...









Some gorgeous fabrics there - but they are only a tiny selection of all the fabulous fabrics and notions on sale at 


Why not pop over there yourself and take a look!
You're sure to find something you like.

Happy Fabric Shopping.


Monday, November 17, 2014

A Round Tuit 232

Hi all

We're into the last 2 weeks of school for the year - and for my elder daughter, the end of junior school! Yikes!
The end of a school year is always a busy time and this is no exception, so I'm going to get straight on and to this week's party!


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, some inspired chip packet Christmas decorations from Upcycled Design Lab:



Finally,since I've been doing some sock upcycling of my own lately - I had to feature this upcycled sock Baymax from I Dig Pinterest:



For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button here.
Creating my way to Success
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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.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sock Lion - more clothes upcycling


After my success a couple of weeks ago making my first sock monkey, I was keen to have a go at another sock upcycle.

This time I tried a sock lion. 
I followed this pattern  which was nice and easy to follow.
These are the socks I used.

I didn't use the whole length - so I still have a section from both socks around 20cm (8") long left over, which I'm sure can be used in another future project!

The sock lion was a little more complicated than the basic sock monkey I made - just for the extra features on the face, and of course the mane!

Before I put the mane on - I was a bit worried. the pattern said that it should now look like a lioness...
I wasn't convinced!

But now that he has his gorgeous pink and purple mane,

He definitely looks more lion-like don't you think?




And I'm sure he and the sock monkey will get along very well!



So which sock upcycle do you think I should try next?

Take a look at my sock upcycling pinterest board for the ideas I've collected so far. Or if you have any other suggestions or links please leave me a comment!


If you're interested in upcycling and sewing - please do take a look at my new e-book too - just released this week, it's great value with 5 detailed patterns for a complete set of eco-friendly shopping bags, including a designer handbag made from jeans to carry them all in!

Thank you! and happy upcycling!

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

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Eco-Friendly Shopping Bags - My New E-book



After several months of pattern development, testing, writing and editing, my e-book is finally available for sale!

It is a collection of patterns and tutorials for making eco-friendly shopping bags.
The main tutorial is for my new

Eco-Friendly Handbag Shopping Bag

This handbag is made from a pair of jeans and co-ordinating fabric, and contains a full set of reusable shopping bags (the ebook will show you how to make those from some old bedding!) in a hidden compartment in the base of the bag. 

So you never need forget your shopping bags again!

The bag also has several other useful pockets, including two hidden pockets on the outside that are perfect for taking a few eco-friendly produce bags in for those fruit and vegetables! (the ebook has the tutorial to make those too!)


And more pockets inside too!


A stylish and oh so practical handbag that you can custom make in your own favourite colours and fabrics!



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I have to send out a huge thank you to the lovely ladies who were my pattern testers for this handbag pattern. Take a look at the gorgeous bags they made:

Lorena


Alison


Judith


Michelle



 and Niki



Just gorgeous aren't they?

So how much is this new e-book?

Well I've decided to price it in the very affordable range as that fits my whole philosophy that you can use what you've got and things don't have to cost a lot of money.

So for the cost of a cup of coffee - just

 AUD $3.99

you get this fabulous e-book, which comprises 5 patterns/tutorials including my new 

Eco-Friendly Handbag Shopping Bag


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Not only is this e-book very affordable, I'm also donating $1 from each book sold to the WWF - to continue to contribute my support for our amazing wildlife and environment, hoping to keep it safe for future generations to enjoy.


My blog now has over 100 of my own free sewing tutorials. 
I try to make them as simple and clear as possible with plenty of photos.
My new e-book is no exception to this, and all the tutorials contained within it can be tried by a confident beginner sewer.
I decided to produce this e-book for sale, to help fund my work and enable me to continue producing more free tutorials and encouraging and helping people to sew!

Buy Now


Since the patterns largely use upcycled and recycled fabrics such as old sheets and jeans, they are the perfect projects to have a go at, even if you don't have much sewing experience. What have you got to lose?  


So why not 'have a cuppa' with me!

Buy my e-book today, and make yourself your own set of eco-friendly shopping bags.


I would love it if you shared this with your friends, family and followers; on your blogs and social media.



To buy this ebook, click on the Add to Cart button, or alternately go to my sales page to purchase there.
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Thank you for your support.


Monday, November 10, 2014

A Round Tuit 231

Good morning from sunny Cairns!

I'm very excited today that the E-book I've been working on for the past few months is finally finished and available for sale!


It comprises 5 sewing tutorials to make a full set of reusable and eco-friendly shopping bags - including a stylish designer handbag that has a hidden set of shopping tote bags inside - so you'll never forget those bags when you go shopping again!

The E-book is available for the very reasonable price of just 

AUD $3.99

or roughly the cost of a cup of coffee.
PLUS, I am donating $1 from each book sold to the WWF to contribute towards protecting our amazing wildlife and environment for generations to come!

To purchase this e-book - go to my sales page here.

Or simply click this button to buy now!

Buy Now

Thank you for your support!


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So now to this week's party - let's see what you've all been up to!


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 awesome 
Minecraft Bedroom from Monkey Makes Three:


Finally, a tasty looking meal that I'd like to try sometime - 
Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon Peach BBQ Sauce from This Silly Girl's Life:


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.
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