Upcycling

Looking for a thrifty way to craft? Then upcycling is your answer! Quickly becoming an incredibly popular form of craft making, upcycling utilises old clothing, furniture and base materials to create amazing masterpieces that not only impress, but are also one of a kind. So turn out your cupboards for old clothes and dig out those unused pieces of furniture, and start having fun with these clever upcycling ideas.

What is Upcycling?

So… what is upcycling? “Upcycling” is essentially taking anything that’s old, worn or unwanted and revamping it to create something fresh, new and, most importantly, desirable! Sometimes this completely changes the purpose of the item, for example transforming an old jumper into a hot water bottle cover. Make It and Mend It, by Clare Flynn,…

Sewing on Sequins | The Great British Sewing Bee

The alteration challenge on the final of The Great British Sewing Bee is embellishing a bag with decorative hand sewing techniques. And what better way to jazz up any project and give it a bit of sparkle than to cover it in shimmering sequins! If you’ve never tried sewing on sequins before, it can be…

Add patch pockets to a skirt | The Great British Sewing Bee

Are you watching The Great British Sewing Bee? I’m addicted! The Alteration Challenge for Week 2 is to add patch pockets to a skirt. If you fancy having a go yourself, try this fab and easy project by Marion Elliott, taken from Get the Most from Your Sewing Machine. Add patch pockets to a skirt…

Projects Using Lace | Lace Belt

There are so many beautiful laces from vintage dresses to store bought. Adornments by Myra Callan is a beautiful book with pretty projects to sew and create using fabric, lace and beads. We love the projects using lace and in particular this sweet and light belt is simple in its construction but dramatic in its…

Mouse Finger Puppets Project

This adorable mouse finger puppets project  makes the perfect furry friend. Add her to the Toddler Jumper Project where the little teacup pocket will keep your mouse safe and sound (and look adorable too!) You Will Need: Wool Pink Felt (or reused jumpers) 2 Seed Beads for eyes Yarn Thread Mouse Pattern 1. Create body…

DIY Armchair Renovation

Do you have an old unloved chair that could use some TLC? This simple DIY Armchair Renovation project from French Country Chic will turn your chair into treasure. With some simple techniques and beautiful fabric, you can up-cycle your unwanted furniture into something grand and new. You Will Need: armchair fine sandpaper acrylic paint, matt…

Make a Felted Bag from Recycled Jumpers

The simplicity of this felted bag makes it such a fun project and it is all made from recycled jumpers. The bag and handles are cut at the same time from a single recycled jumper. Stitching up the base and folding the handles was a cinch. I embellished the front with colourful scraps cut into…