Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sweater Pillow - another upcycle

I'm pushing on with working through my clothes upcycling pile.
Today I decided to tackle an old favourite of mine - this cute pure wool sweater.

I bought it when I was a teenager on a family holiday to York in England. I loved the design on it, and it's such a cosy sweater, so it was worn LOTS.

For the past 10 years we've been living in tropical Far North Queensland in Australia where it very rarely gets cold enough for a sweater, so this one has been in storage for those 10 years.

I still really like the design, but don't think I'd ever wear it again - even if we went somewhere cold, I think I've just grown out of it!

So I decided that instead of keeping it stored away, I might as well get some use out of it. I've seen lots of sweater pillows around on blogs, so thought that would be a good thing to try.

It was nice and simple to make.
Just turn the sweater inside out, and pin across the top:

I checked our cushion size and it was just perfect for the width of the sweater, so I could just leave the side seams, and sew up the arm holes, and across the top.

I used a small stitch to prevent the wool from unravelling.

Then came the hard bit...

Actually cutting the sweater, for years my favourite sweater....

I took a deep breath..
...and cut, then ziz-zag stitched the raw edges.

I'd left the bottom of the sweater open, and decided to close it by sewing on some buttons.

All done!

I'm quite happy with the result, and now my sweater can be useful rather than taking up storage space and sitting in a cupboard!

Now I just have to find something to make with the sleeves.

For more ideas on upcycling sweaters - take a look here. And please do add any of your own sweater upcycling projects to the long term linky there!

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 whose direct links can be found on my linky party page.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shorts to Drawstring Bags Upcycle

Yesterday I worked on more of my clothing-to-be-upcycled stash.
A few weeks ago I posted about ways to upcycle shorts and was really surprised at the lack of projects I could find! So I thought shorts would be a good thing to tackle!

I had 3 old pairs of board shorts that don't really fit me that well and the seams have ripped a little:

First I took the blue and white pair, cut the panels of fabric into 4 even sizes and pulled out the drawstring from the waist:

The other two pairs of shorts did not fit so easily into 4 even rectangles. Each pair had a pocket on the side, 

so I cut the fabric a little bigger from these and used both pairs to make just one drawstring bag.

The drawstring from each pair was a different colour - but since each side of the bag is a different colour, I quite like the resulting effect of this.

The pocket pieces I used for the lining, so there are two pockets inside the bag:

So there you have it - two drawstring bags from 3 pairs of shorts!

Very simple to make, and a great way to upcycle those old shorts!

For more about upcycling shorts, you can go here, please do add any of your own shorts upcycling projects or ideas to the linky party or comments!

To find ideas for upcycling other clothing items, 

Happy Upcycling!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

A Round Tuit 177

Hello again!
I'm sorry I didn't get around many links last week, it was a very busy week and I have a pile of things to catch up on this week!

Best get straight to it!

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:

Since it's almost Halloween, I thought I'd show some of the Halloween ideas that were linked up.
First of all,  some simple scary solar lights from Jellyfish Jelly:
There are always heaps of cool crafty ideas on this blog:
Jellyfish Jelly

Next, a great idea for a 
Halloween window scene from I Dig Pinterest:
Again, this is another great blog to go to for some creative inspiration:
I Dig Pinterest

Finally, a no-sew spooky spider poncho from Being Bianca:
This is a fairly new blog, but already has lots of great stuff to browse through, so do take a look at:
Being Bianca

For those featured, feel free to grab a 'featured on' button from my buttons page.
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 facebook during the week, and also on this post next week.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Inspirational Bag Tags from Upcycled Jeans

Usually on a Saturday I've been posting about upcycling a particular item of clothing.
I've had a VERY busy week this week, and am taking a short break this week from the usual post, but will instead show you more things I've been making from jeans..

First of all a new bag for my eldest daughter:

Made from a pair of jeans and some old cute Minnie Mouse PJ's of hers!

I've also been making some inspiration and swimming quote bag tags from jeans, to sell and raise some funds for our girls's swimming club:

We had a club night last night and they went down really well, with lots sold!

I'll be back next week with another specific item of clothing, looking at different ways to upcycle it!

Until then - you can check out previous clothing item upcycle ideas here.

Happy Upcycling!

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Friday, October 25, 2013


Looking for a gift for someone special, or perhaps just something special for yourself?

Then why not take a look at Madwestdesigns.

There are some gorgeous items in store, like these beautiful 

Or this cute crochet beanie - available for all sizes from newborn to adult.

Or for something handy for lunches, how about an apple cozy!

For a great gift for someone special, Madwestdesigns also offer 
gift vouchers valued from $20 to $50:

There's plenty more in Madwestdesigns shop.

Do go and have a look for yourself !

Happy Shopping!

Madwestdesigns can also be found on facebook here.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mickey Mouse biscuits

My eldest daughter has always been a big Mickey Mouse fan, so when I saw these Mickey Mouse molds I had to try them:

I've never used cake molds before so wasn't sure how much of the mixture to put in.
I tried them for the first time with a batch of chocolate chip biscuits that I made. I put some of the mixture in the molds and here's what they turned out like:

The mixture spilled over the top a little, and I think the chocolate chips (or buttons as I used this time) were maybe a bit big to use in these molds.

My daughters both loved them and wanted them to take to school with their lunches!

I'll try them again with maybe a plainer biscuit or cake mixture.

Or does anyone have any suggestions of what else I could make in the molds?