When I started this blog my idea was to share craft projects that normal, busy people can do, you know, people that don’t have the time to spend all weekend working on a project because actually they’re a bit busy with everything else. My idea was that most things could be done between putting your child to bed and having dinner. Which was great! And then child number two came along and suddenly, that spare bit of time has now been changed to the few minutes between taking the elder one to playgroup, putting a clothes wash on and changing the youngest’s clothes again. But I still really want to do something so these spray painted ornaments should hopefully be something that everyone can fit into those fleeting moments.
Hello! I love upcycled stuff, mainly ummm, because I am a bit tight but also because I hate throwing stuff away (starts slight rant about landfill…) Vicky’s blog Vicky Myers Creations is one that I love because she is so passionate about using her sewing skills to create something new and gorgeous out of something that would otherwise be forgotten. I hope you love the tutorial she’s done for me today, do comment and let me know! And of course do check out her blog too and don’t forget to follow Vicky on twitter and on Pinterest too!
Hi, my name is Vicky – I am delighted to have this opportunity to guest blog for Kate. For the last 18 months I have been creating bags out of former clothes. I love the challenge of creating something new out of something old, responding to the fabric to see what I can create.
The ‘Valuing our clothes’ report from Wrap includes news that around 350,000 tonnes (31%) of used clothing out of a total of 1.13 million tonnes are sent to landfill. There are so many different uses for used clothing, reusing as clothing, recreating into new items – even actions as simple as your household cloths being used as, using as packaging.
Recently I was faced with the challenge of making a mans bag. My man is not a bag man, and my dad carries a Travel Men’s Leather Wrist Bag so no help there! The most popular mans bag seems to be a leather satchel/messenger bag, used in the work environment.
My customer liked my idea of creating a bag out of a man’s jacket, using the front collar for interest. I used his former messenger bag for measurements, utilised the strap, and raided my fabric stash (this included a great quality jacket and a work shirt).
So, after an epic amount of procrastination, last night was to be the night that I did some sewing. Child in bed. Husband out. Embellished cushion covers to be made so cushions measured, template created, even the iron was at the ready. And then of course once The Toddler was in bed I realised I’d left the fabric in his room. Or somewhere like that anyway. Hmm.
Not to be deterred (it having taken weeks to get the sewing machine out after all) I then had a quick panic about what I could make, especially due to the mild no fabric issue. Then I remembered two things; one, while baking that afternoon The Toddler had got his top totally covered in cake mixture, two, while trying to be a domestic goddess earlier last week by cooking a mid week roast dinner, I had set fire to the brand new Emma Bridgewater tea towel that Mumma Craftsonsea had sent me. Normal levels of domesticity resumed there then. So rather than throw away my lovely new towel I thought I would try and up cycle it into an tea towel apron for The Toddler. The whole thing was done in less than an hour and that includes me making up a pattern, so with a bit of foresight I think this could be done in 30 minutes easily. Here’s how I did it. …
So, in a former life (which for obvious reasons, we’ll refer to as pre-child) I was a second hand book dealer. Actually I’m amazed I haven’t mentioned that until now, it’s the exactly the kind of thing that sounds cool enough that I should be showing off about it. Only, like many jobs that sound cool on paper, the reality isn’t all that great. Imagine if you will a cold and rainy afternoon while you hunt around in a garage down an alleyway for a book that’s gone walk-abouts or one which a delightful customer has asked a million questions about but then won’t buy. Hmm. And this is why I am an ex-book dealer.
Anyway I digress, the point I am slowly reaching is that I love books. Not just to read but I do still have an eye for a nice plate or coloured edges. Books which are aesthetically pleasing. I suppose this is quite a common thing, why do most of us keep our books on show in a way we never would with old copies of The Times when I’m sure the content could be just as interesting?
Digressing again aren’t I?
So anyway, a little while ago I saw some prints on Etsy which had images printed onto dictionary paper and these rather appealed to me, but at a fiver a pop (reasonable) plus postage from the US (hmmm) I thought I’d leave it. Then I saw some similar ones on Not On The High Street and they were fifty five quid (fifty five quid!!) and I thought hmmmmmmm….. bet I could do that. …