Sewing (with fabric) is a hobby, yes indeed. But it’s an accepted fact that collecting fabric, is a whole other hobby. They are mildly related, but not completely.

I’ve got a mound of fabric which I’m determined to make smaller.

Some of it is large useable pieces, but some of it is just leftovers.

So I made a couple of things and I will keep making things until I wrestle that pile into submission!

This item was inspired by this.

I say inspired because I’ve yet to meet a furry octopus! I made for a friend who reads a very much a lot.


purple and pink neck pillow

purple and pink neck pillow

Neck pillow

Looks a bit like the horns!




























This scarf was based on this tutorial. I just love this eastern fabric with it’s lavish reds and golds.

Next time I’ll follow her suggestion of tapering the ends and I think I’ll stretch the fleece a little less. But I think I’ll try this one a few more times.

It’s a fun way to make a functional accessory in a variety of colours. Plus I’m sure they’ll go down well as Xmas presents in the northern hemisphere!


fleece and fabric scarf

My first attempt at lettuce edges.


A bag o bags

May 6, 2014

Just a wee thing I made, from a fat quarter. It took minutes, was a great way to reduce my fabric stash, even if only slightly and looks great!

Plus I got to reclaim that drawer that was overflowing with plastic bags.


Making happy stuff

April 20, 2014

A few days off in a row has meant a little bit of time to make stuff. What a treat!

I’m trying to use up my fabric stash so I made this little beauty.

I went a little crazy with the mix and match concept, but the idea was to make something that makes you feel happy when you look at it.

And I think it does.

It’s a wee gift for a good friend who has been a superstar lately.

I used the pattern and instructions from here.





What the Fox?

November 3, 2013

Foxes are pretty trendy at the moment and I can see why! They are super cute, wily and function extremely well as design inspiration.

This hoody was inspired by a picture I saw on Pinterest. Someone way more talented than I came up with this idea.

This was also my first time doing appliqué and I think it came out super cute!




DIY Princess dress

September 26, 2013

For years we’ve encouraged a range of interests for our girls. This year we fully indulged the princess theme for the birthday party for the seven year old and I made the dresses.

You know those pink mosquito net things that some kids have? Well ours had them, but it only took the dog jumping on the bed a couple of times for them to start tearing. They would have let a mosquito the size of a cat through, but I knew there would be a way to recycle them.

So I laid them out, folded them (Which was a HUGE pain to do as they are pretty unwieldy) chopped them up and folded again. I added a casing so I could loop some of the material through to tie them around and added more loops as a halter tie.

Added a spangly bit to a big ribbon to cinch the waist in and ta-daa!

The end result was pretty good for a Friday night effort!

Princess Kadie

Bad pics, awesome top

May 16, 2013

Hi lovely readers…

I kinda got swallowed up by my work for a while. So I haven’t had heaps of time for creative pursuits, but here is something….

I scored this awesome top from a friend of mine. It was a bit short and the sleeves were eeenormous, but the fabric was so vibrant. So I took it in and frankesteined an extension to the bottom.

Thanks F! I love it!

Before sewing

Before sewing













After sewing

After sewing











a little closer

a little closer












I made this top today. The fabric is from the recent Spotlight end-of-bolt sale. It’s a jersey fabric and I’ve been waiting for the right pattern to materialise.

When I saw this one, I knew I had found it.

It’s a pretty simple pattern, but I took my time and tried it on once pinned just to be extra sure that I liked the fit.

I must be getting more mature or something! As I’m getting better at sewing I am getting less slap/dash (or maybe it’s the other way around?)

The result? Me likey…


So I made the girls dresses. I wanted them to have the same material, but I ended up making Kadie’s too small.


Good thing I know a couple of younger girls who might like it, so I’ll give it away.

Anabelle liked her new dress, essentially the same as her previous one. She just loves that blue fabric! Tomorrow, I’ll think of a way to add a little embellishment to the chest area… Three dresses in two days is enough to put me off the sewing machine for the night.

Here she is with her best grumpy face.


So I had to think of something else for Kadie.

I reused the fabric from the pillowcase dresses I made ages ago, which have largely remained unworn. Then I added a wee flower using the ribbon from the pillowcase dresses and it’s done. Kadie loves it.

Here she is eating a tomato with such gusto.


This was a cheap project. I had to buy the yellow fabric and the two yellow zips, but I had a coupon so I only paid a couple of bucks. Everything else I already had.

That blue flower fabric was an awesome score from an op shop and has well and truly done it’s dash.

This was also the first time I’ve ever sewn a zip! It wasn’t as scary as I thought, although I’ve got no idea how technically correct they are. Not that it matters if they work.

Visit the original tutorial here for the pattern and instructions.


March 29, 2013

I was inspired by this post, but I’ve modified it. Instead of making the jeans completely in to a skirt, I’ve left them closed.

Instead of ruffles, I just used a full length adult skirt. Mainly because I was too lazy didn’t have the heart to cut it up more.

Next time, I’ll use fabric that matches the detail on the shorts more and cut the fabrics with pinking shears.

All in all not a bad way to repurpose old clothes in ten minutes flat.



Faux Stained Glass

March 25, 2013

Faux stained glass peacockI love how this turned out. It’s just lovely lovely lovely.

Inspired by this find on Pinterest, I used an old picture frame to create this lovely thing.

I searched for an image I really liked and hand-drew it on a big piece of cardboard. Turns out the image was much too complicated and I simplified it heaps when I piped on the black.

I spay painted the frame gold and will probably just hang it up in the hallway where we have the whitest walls.

Next time I would probably do a reverse image so I wouldn’t have to tidy up so much. (By tidy, I mean, draw black sharpie over the black where necessary.)