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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Upcycled Inspirational Bag Tags

With all the clothes upcycling I've been doing myself lately, I thought it only fair that I give my daughters a shout out.

They have a little Junior Madeit shop called

Currently they have several upcycled denim jean bag tags that they made - with inspirational quotes on them.
Like this one..

Or this one..

My girls are both keen swimmers, so there are a few tags in there with swimming quotes too!

They would love it if you popped over to their shop to take a look. Maybe you'll find a tag you like - or perhaps might make a nice gift for a friend! Upcycled and Handmade - what more could you ask?

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lined Tote upcycled from trousers

This week's clothing upcycle for my
is another bag.

This time I took a pair of plain but sturdy trousers and paired them with some colourful fabric from my stash.

I used this tutorial from The Inspired Wren, which was beautifully clear and easy to follow.

It's a nice simple and very sturdy bag - with double fabric in the base and the handles running all the way down and under too!

I've bagged up the remnants of the trousers - the waistband, zip, pockets and a few fabric scraps for a future project.

To see what I've made so far this year from my clothes to be upcycled stash - take a look here. Then come back each week to see what else I make.
You can also follow along with these and lots more sewing and upcycling on my Facebook page.

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

Monday, March 2, 2015

A Round Tuit 247

It's March already!
How did that happen? The year is already going by so fast. 
Let's get straight to this week's party and see what everyone has 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, and they are all UPCYCLES! My favourite kind of crafts!
First of all, this awesome 
crisp packet upcycled apron from Vicky Myers Creations:

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.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Saturday Spotlight

It's the weekend and time to feature some of the fabulous link ups from this week's Round Tuit party.

First of all, since it's the next celebration that is fast approaching, some St Patrick's Day ideas.

And, some card crafts.

Hope you liked the features.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, February 27, 2015

What bags do you use for your shopping?

Friday for me is grocery shopping day. I always use the handbag above for my shopping day as it has all my shopping tote bags inside so I've always got them with me at the checkout! They are strong, sturdy and pretty. Here they are all full of shopping in the boot of my car.

The handbag above is the final bag I made when developing the pattern for the e-book I published last year.
This e-book is a selection of tutorials showing how to make a whole range of eco-friendly shopping bags from upcycled materials, which then fit into the snazzy handbag..

Each book costs just the price of a cup of coffee, and $1 from each sale is donated to the WWF.
Through these sales, my blog has now been able to adopt a turtle.. 

Meet Mitch the Turtle my blog mascot!

More details of my e-book can be found here.

I appreciate your support - of both my blog and tutorials, and of course of the WWF!

Happy upcycling and sewing!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inspired to Fix It

This is the sorry state that my peg bag has been in for several months now. I've been putting off fixing it but finally got a round tuit yesterday!

It took me less than 5 minutes and looks a lot better now - if a little faded and old!
I was actually inspired to mend my peg bag after reading

This is a peg bag I made about 3 years ago after the one that used to be my granny's bag that I was using finally got too old and tattered.

Funny though, looking at these pictures now I see just how old and faded my current bag is.
Perhaps it's time to make myself a new one.

Fortunately I made a tutorial for this peg bag.

The clothes hanging on the little washing line on the bag are all made from pieces of my old clothing. I think when I make a new one this time I'll use more clothing scraps perhaps from my girls old clothes this time.

I was also thinking these may be good to make for the school carnival from the old clothes stash I have. Nice sturdy ones from old jeans!

  I'm so glad I got around to this quick fix. Not only is it nice to have a peg bag that isn't falling to bits, but it has filled me with even more inspiration for sewing and upcycling!

What do you need to fix in your house? Why not get it out right now? You never know what else it might inspire you to do.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Upcycled crafts in SE Asia

Here are a few more snaps from our trip Backpacking in Asia with our girls.
This time some of the upcycled crafts we saw.

Creatures made from nuts, bots, chains and various other scraps of metal.

Some cool planes made from old cans.

Plant holders from bottles and coconuts.

And lights made from old TVs!

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