All posts tagged: gifts

Peg Bag Envy And Upcycling a Sports Shirt

It’s almost 2 years since I made my first peg bag, and since then I’ve made quite a few.  Each one I’ve wanted to keep, but instead each was lovingly wrapped and gifted to some lucky friend or family member. For this next one I wanted to use one of H’s Yorkshire cricket shirts as it was for the husband and wife team who’ve looked after the under 13Bs this season. Here’s how you can upcycle a favourite sports or polo shirt that is no longer worn, but has too much sentimental value to give to the charity shops. Firstly you need to find some suitable hangers.  The ones I used are from Wilkinsons and come in a pack of 6 I think (it’s been a whilst since I bought them). The angle of the hanger won’t be the same angle as the shoulders of the top you’ll be using, so you need to do a C.H.A.   Bet you’ve not come across that one before!!??  It’s a coat hanger adjustment, lol!  Tickled me anyway! Turn …

Ideas for homemade gifts – a sewing set for none sewers!

I recently put made a case for a few sewing bits and bobs for a ‘none-sewing’ friend.  By none sewing I mean she doesn’t make frocks, but she does do the odd bit of mending and replaces lost buttons etc. I wasn’t going to share this (don’t know why??!!), but she was so chuffed with it I changed my mind in case anyone was looking for ideas for pressies. For the outer layer I used left over cotton from my Lekala dress muslin, the inside is leftover denim from a skirt, and the inbetween layer is a small piece of wadding. .  It closes with a loop of ribbon and a button – both from my stash. I made a pocket using the ribbing from an old jumper which holds a few buttons and a small box of pins. Some elastic holds some spools of thread and a scrap of felt keeps needles secure. The tape measure doesn’t have a home but is held in place when closed.  Next time I’ll make a space for this.  And you can just …

Draw String Bags & Production Line Sewing

Pump bags… Party Bags…. Could even be made as a smaller version for a bridesmaid in pink….. They’re the good old draw string bag! I was asked by my bestie if I would make some party bags for her son’s 7th birthday party. They needed to be big enough to put a small Easter in, and a few other little goodies. ‘Course I will’ I heard myself saying before I’d asked how many.  30? ….’yeah, no worries’ (T-H-I-R-T-Y……my brain was shouting…..!)   …oh well. In for a penny in for a pound! So here’s how I made them. A little tutorial so to speak. This could be useful if your making 1, a hundred and 1, or any number in between. The secret is to be organised and do it in bite size stages I started with 5 metres of a stable Jersey knit (cotton, or any fabric t that presses well will do). It turned out there was 6 metres, and I did need the extra metre! I planned to make mine 10″ wide and 12″ …

Oh No! I’ve lost a Coco!

First of all, a belated happy new year! What with holidays in Mexico and a poorly mum-in-law there’s not been much time for sewing or blogging, but I’m back! I’ve not made any firm resewlutions this year, except I am only going to make things with a definite outfit in mind. I have a wardrobe full of handmade clothes but not too many full outfits. I’m not carrying on the RTW fast this year but I’m only going to buy things which I can’t make and really need (I’ve bought a waterproof coat today!). After reading about Tilly recent makes of straight style Coco dresses I decided to make one from some fabric in my stash, and also one for my mum. I need more everyday casual clothes for the cold weather, and thought these would look great with some long boots, and they do! Only trouble is I prefer my mums, and so does she! The sleeves are the wrong side of the made fabric, so the tones are perfect. Here’s a close up: …

Peg Bag 1st attempt

Whilst trawling the internet looking for inspiration I came across grannymaudsgirl who has made the cutest peg bags ever. I didn’t follow her tutorial as I wanted to make one with a flap rather than a circle, and I also wanted to try out my ruffling foot but mines pretty average so I’m going with hers next time. Here’s how I made mine: I drew a pattern based on the only small coat hanger I could find (I need a trip to ikea) then used this as a template to make the 2 front pieces. I used some curtaining fabric that I found in the loft. There’s 16m of it on roll, and I don’t remember buying it!! It’s been in the loft since we moved here almost 11 years ago. After rummaging in my stash I found some bias binding and ribbon which would come in useful and also ruffled some strips of fabric. I LOVE my ruffling foot!!!! It’s amazing and so easy to use. I played around with different ways of arranging the trims …