Refashion: Leather Belt

You know those purchases that you get home but never wear? This belt was one of those. I bought it about a decade ago on a whim, but the leather is just too thick. I tried it on with dozens of outfits but it just never ever looked right.

One wide leather belt cut into three. Who would've thought?!So I got ruthless. The design means it was perfect to chop into three strips, although if that failed I was game to unravel the leather and try plaiting it. Continue reading

Modflowers Brooch

Modflowers Brooch

After Refashion Runway, I was generously given a voucher to spend at Modflowers (update: her store is closed, but you’ll find the Modflowers blog here). Her vintage, handmade items made for some fun browsing, but I must say that I was instantly drawn to these cute brooches.

I think that the wooden edging is handcarved and I love the earthy touch that offers. The fabric inserts are all from vintage fabrics she has discovered on her shopping adventures and she was so sweet to deal with.

Modflowers Brooch

Poppet is so intrigued and loves to admire it while I steal a little snuggle from her. As my first brooch ever, I think I’ll need to add a few more to the collection. They’re a nice pop of colour.

Thank you Modflowers!

No Sew Tutu

no sew tutu

The internet is swimming with tutorials for No Sew Tutu’s exactly like this one. Maybe it’s because they are just so ridiculously easy, fast and fun to make.

What? You haven’t seen it 23 times elsewhere yet? Fantastic! Because I’ve also written a tutorial here just for you. Continue reading

Upcycle: T-Shirt to Baby Hat

There is something about a baby in a hat with ears that makes me just melt.  I don’t consider myself a “clucky” kind of person, but this gets me everytime.  I mean, really, how can you not smile at that?

She may berate me for it in years to come, but I don’t really care.  I think she’s gorgeous.  Although I do wish I had used a better setting on the camera for the photo.  Ah, we live and learn.

Simply made using an old T-Shirt, some scrap fabric and a touch of ribbon.  It’s fantastically quick to sew up, yet looks like you’ve spent a lot of time and effort on it (my favourite type of project!). Continue reading

Quick and Easy Pacifier Clips

Poppet is an avid feeder.  I’m sure if she were allowed to remain attached to me all day, she would.  Ouch!

Such behaviour has seen me become a fan of the sometimes controversial pacifier.  It’s just enough to stop her forming hickeys on my arms in the hunt for more food and that’s got to be a good thing!

But the constant sterilizing everytime she spits it onto the floor had me desperate for a fix.  When a friend suggested using a pacifier clip, I couldn’t believe I’d forgotten about them.  Duh!  These little beauties are truly a sanity saver and they are so ridiculously simple. Continue reading

Upcycle: Tshirt to Bag

Stuck for ideas on what to do with that old, stretched Tshirt?  Here’s a nifty little project to give it a new lease on life.

It can be hard to part with that favourite old tshirt, but it’s equally sad to see it sitting neglected in the drawer.  So why not pull it out and lunge at it with the scissors and sewing machine to create a handy new grocery bag?

This tutorial is such a great idea.  It uses the arm holes as bag handles and even shows you how to convert the removed sleeves into another little bag in case you detest having wastage.

Check out “between the lines” for a full tutorial and more photos.

On a personal note, little Poppet is settling into life well and has an appetite that astounds us all.  She’s a very contented little soul.