Tagged with upcycling

Excuse me, there’s a draft…

Excuse me, there’s a draft…

Drafts. We all hate them. And they are a huge culprit in allowing the hard earned heat we pump into our homes, to leak out. So how do you stop them? Draft excluders-the clue is in the name. Apparently the humble draft excluder can save you 15% of your total heating bill-if that is true, … Continue reading

T-shirt shorts and a Sewing Bee…

T-shirt shorts and a Sewing Bee…

We had our second Make It Better…Charity Sewing Day this weekend. A Sewing Bee no less..! We had a variety of projects available for people to make, including more of the pillowcase dresses we made last time. But being the mum of 2 Small boys I couldn’t help but feel a bit sorry for all … Continue reading

Making Do

Making Do

Making Do. Poor old Making Do. Very much the poor relation to the more glamorous Making or the cooler Mending. Making Do has been somewhat neglected in the blog, but not in My Make Do and Mend Year itself. It’s just that it’s not really that exciting to talk about Making Do. It is often … Continue reading

T-shirt re-vamp

T-shirt re-vamp

The recent sunshine has bought to my attention the fact that I own very few t-shirts. The obvious answer is to go and buy some ‘new’ t-shirts from the charity shop, but that would involve trawling around the charity shops with two very bored, very fractious Smalls in tow. AND I have a bag full … Continue reading

Groovebulb Upcycle…

Groovebulb Upcycle…

I hope you all coped with the suspense ok…. The task (in case you had forgotten) was to Upcycle this cardboard packaging from our lovely energy efficient, mercury-free, LED Groovebulb. The most obvious thing that spings to mind is obviously some kind of pen holder. But I wanted to be a bit more inventive than … Continue reading

Plarn….

Plarn….

My latest crochet project is a bag. But not just any bag. When I met up with Karen Cannard, my Rubbish idol, of The Rubbish Diet fame, at the Trashed screening, I was very taken with her bag made from ring pull tab things. It looked a bit like this This obviously isn’t Karen’s exact … Continue reading

Take one pair of jeans…

Take one pair of jeans…

As you are all no doubt bored to the back teeth by now of my tales of patching, I got to thinking what else could be done with jeans that are ‘past their best’. Last summer, I made an old pair of jeans in to a skirt: I have also made a small bag from … Continue reading

Jam Jar Pincushion

Jam Jar Pincushion

When I was rushing around getting things ready for the Craft-Tea Party and the Upcycling workshop I did recently, I encountered a problem. I needed to take some needles with me, and some thread, and a pin cushion to hold them in. Not wanting to have a pin cushion full of pins floating around one … Continue reading

Craft Tea Party

Craft Tea Party

This weekend, saw the second of My Make Do and Mend Year’s Upcycling workshops! This time at the Craft Tea Party in Bath. The Craft Tea Party was the brainchild of the lovely Janine, and was run in aid of Oxfam to celebrate International Women’s Day. Oxfam is working towards a world where everyone has enough … Continue reading