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Making a Råtta Dog Toy

Some of you may know that we have a new puppy in our house and like all new puppies they are a bit of work, but bring lots of joy and happiness. And must be amused! The new puppy is not directly mine, but my daughter's. Due to the pandemic, we are frequently required to… Continue reading Making a Råtta Dog Toy

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DIY Recycled Fashion Skirt

Reducing Landfill Waste In my bid to make this a sustainable living year, I decided to re-purpose an old item of clothing and up-cycle it to a new piece. This helps reduce landfill and provides a new item of clothing to wear and enjoy. With a small piece of elastic, a skirt like this can… Continue reading DIY Recycled Fashion Skirt

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Upcycle Tutorial – Environmental Bags

Trying to stop using plastic. Here is a crafty solution. When we think Green bags, what comes to mind? Those ugly, bland ones in garish colours, with some corporate log stamped all over it, offering fresh promotions to someone other than you. They might be practical, but more often, ugly. Or they get dirty and you can’t erase the marks, no matter what detergent you use.

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Kicking out Plastic – Tutorial Signature Shopping Bag

Ten minutes to a pretty Environmentally friendly solution? I will take that! Anyone can try this embroidery hack, and it is a great activity for children. All you need is a calico bag and a fine tip permanent pen.

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Stitching Problems – Trouble shooting common problems

I am often called upon to make a soft splint in my job and thus have to engage the services of a sewing machine, something that I have developed an intense Love- hate relationship with!!

It constantly surprises me that young girls do not know how to use or operate a sewing machine! There are many instructions guide out there but most problems in using the machine fall in to the following categories, and thus I am sharing these with any beginner sewing out there.

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DIY Bathing Towel Apron

Fantastic idea for Mums of little ones. And a wonderful recycling/upcycling idea as well!

Diary of a Mad Crafter

I saw this idea on Pinterest (of course!) and thought what an awesome idea! When pulling babies and kids out of the bath, you can just cuddle with them and dry them off at the same time! I took a good look at the pic, and figured out how to make it. It’s super simple, and a GREAT baby shower gift!

I used a towel I had from home. We have collected way too many towels in this house and no room for them, so I figured I’d give one a good use other than sitting in the closet. I loved this print with the light blue (which was actually a pillow case–same thing, we collect this stuff without realizing, I tell ya)! You can either purchase 1 or 2 yards of the cotton fabric for this project (I’ll explain in the second step).towelapron1

The top part of my apron…

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New Needle Book for Me – thanks to Very Berry Handmade

VeryBerryHandmade  has a great tutorial on making a new needle book. And I really need to make a dent in my voluminous remnant collection. This equals a marriage made in heaven. Destiny. Except for one thing and that is my less than average sewing skills.             Nevertheless it was fun… Continue reading New Needle Book for Me – thanks to Very Berry Handmade

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Up- cycling DIY Tutorial From Tired Placemat to Pretty Tea Cosy

What can you do with an old fabric placemat, that feels too good to throw away. Use the extra thermal padding and pretty fabric as a Teapot Cosy.
10 minute upcycling project, that will leave you with endless cups of hot tea,( or as much as your teapot holds) and you will be helping the planet. Waste less, enjoy more!

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Recycle an Ikea Cushion

A quick up-cycling project One old Ikea cushion was getting a bit tatty and needed some TLC and renovation. Using some pretty quiliting fabric and co-ordinating remnant, I made 2 smaller cushions that look new and trendy! I only had to add some extra stuffing. and Voila.... The larger one I take in the car… Continue reading Recycle an Ikea Cushion