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    Upcycling: Jumper to Little Girls Winter Dress

    Winter dresses have been impossible to find for my little one. As Bella is only in size 1, I wasn’t expecting any trouble in finding winter dresses, but alas I have.  Searching online for inspiration I discovered the idea of upcylcing a jumper into a little girl’s dress, and between both tutorials I was confident to ‘give it a go’, with the result of two lovely girl’s winter dresses. Off to the op-shop Saturday morning and by Saturday evening I’d whipped up a couple of dresses for Bella to wear to Mass Sunday morning. The cream dress is needing further embellishments but for now, with a bright sash of pink…

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    Upcycling: Excess Skirts Become Flattering

    I’ve long been a keen bargain hunter, haunting op-shops (thrift) well before it became trendy to do so. I began my passion because of: financial needs, the fact I rarely find anything I like in the ‘regular’ shops and shopping centres put me on sensorial overload.  Whilst I’ve long had a discerning eye for a bargain and am selective in what I bring home, it wasn’t until I discovered the world of ‘upcycling’ that I discovered ‘a whole new world’. No longer do I discard fabrics, prints or outfits I like with a sad sigh because they are: too big, shapeless, fussy, too whatever’s. Instead I now stop and assess;…

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    Fabric Boxes: Our Storage Solution

    Successfully completing an organisation project always makes me happy. Last week I decided our dress up storage wasn’t working and I wanted a solution that involved minimising visual ‘clutter’. Therefore it was time to make more fabric boxes, purchasing a few doona cases at garage sales I was began cutting.  Dividing the task over several days, I cut out sufficient material for 16 boxes, yep 16!    This actually translates to 32 fabric ‘crosses’, as sewing includes a liner as well as the outer box.   Then there were also the 32 handles to cut and sew.  Handles are fiddly, always a relief to finish them.  Sewing madly on and off…

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    Making a Knight’s Costume

    A fortnight ago we celebrated Jem’s 5th birthday, this year I purchased and created a few dress ups as gifts.  I found a knight’s costume rather doable to make. Whilst op-shopping I was lucky to find a very large women’s silver top. This material was cut down to make the armour, both top and underhelmet. Learning how to make my own pattern gave me confidence to undertake this project. Best of all I can re-use this template now for other small boys if needed.  The hood and top are two separate pieces. Sewing right sides together it didn’t take long to stitch seams.  Armour completed. The surcoat was simply a…

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    Fabric Bin Love

    Fabric bins are my latest love.  It began with three and then I couldn’t resist making more and yet more. These bins reside in our learning room and house all craft supplies.  They look far more attractive than the previous jumble. Keeping with my frugal theme, this was my first purchase, a double doona cover (comforter) for the princely sum of  $5. The liners were made from unwanted valances. This bin is my absolute favourite by far! It sits in the games room and houses the playstation controls.  Far more sightly than the previous set up. I just love these stripes, off set with the blue liner.  Both fabrics were…

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    Creating Maternity Jeans

    A couple of weeks back I was in desperate need of maternity clothes, googling for ideas I came across a tutorial on converting regular jeans into maternity jeans. Inspired I set out on the hunt to op-shops with our two oldest girls.  I fell in love with these stretch, skinny jeans, I also found a lycra T-shirt that I planned on using in place of ribbing. The tutorial directions were easy to follow, though when instructions say, “pull your band tight” that is what you should do;)  I’m not entirely comfortable with the fit, I cut too wide and deep towards the sides, which means they slip down a little.…

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    Fabric Bins

    I’ve been busy making fabric bins.  Due to the nature of our shelving (ex-school cupboards) standard size storage containers don’t fit. The measurement calculations recommended were nearly perfect, although I had to still adjust my height. Making a paper template first is very helpful  (architects’ ‘cast offs’ are perfect) I’m a bit of a ‘cheater’, I cut the outer and the lining together, saving time. After following the sizing directions suggested above I sewed the right sides together of both the outer and inner bins.  These bins used lots of material, I have a big space to fill!  Fortunately I’ve had stored fabric put aside and unwanted sheets.  I’m also scoring…

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    Dress To Apron

    Princess and I have been rather keen to try out our new  sewing machine, we decided our first project would be to upcycle a $3 sale item into an apron. I had purchased the size 24 dress with the intention of converting to a skirt or two. An apron was rather an easy project. A simple matter of cutting the front from the back. Then as the dress was lined, we flipped the dress inside out and sewed the front panel to the lining, creating instant neatness.   We also re-inserted the dress ties for the back and snipped the straps over the shoulders for the neck tie.  Done! To…