Thursday, 30 March 2017

Upcycled mat

Cleaning out the playgroup storeroom at work we found an execise mat with a tear in it. Rather than throw it out, I suggested upcylcing it into a large cushion. There was a large piece of blue upholstery fabric also in the sorting pile which was just the right size.
Around 10 minutes of measuring & sewing last night and ta-dah! One large floor cushion, handy for babies/ non mobile toddlers when they come to our Mytime playgroup at work!   Miss Bunny checked it out when I finished it...

I also did some other sewing for work, but forgot to take photos - will do so for the next post!

Friday, 24 March 2017

Mind your own beeswax!

My lovely in-laws keep bees * and after the most recent honey harvest there was plenty of beeswax left over.  I asked for some to use for various craft projects, and was gifted this lovely block- cast in a milk carton, so I guess it is about a half litre of beeswax! It smells divine!
* I often wonder about the term "bee keeping" - because of all creatures which can be farmed, surely bees- who can travel up to 5 kilometres looking for nectar  flowers- are really not " kept"!

I used some of the beeswax to polish some hand painted beads, and also to stiffen the ends of the thread, to make it easier to thread the beads on.

Now I need to think of some other projects requiring beeswax!

( and is beeswax the actual word, or should it more correctly be  bees' wax"?)

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Shadow stripes

I love the shadow stripes made by the sun coming through the venetian blind...

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Work bag makeover

My work bag started to fall apart last year, and after a couple of months  of searching at op shops ( and using another bag, which I didn't like as much!)- I found another one just the same. I improved on it- and covered up the logo- by adding a zip pocket on the front. It is super handy to keep my lanyard & keys in, I can always find them & they don' t get lost or damaged in my bag.

My lovely work mate & desk buddy Fran turned up with a similar- but slightly larger- bag at work recently, and decided my front pocket addition was a great idea, so she asked me to give her bag a make over too- and she also requested owls! So I sewed up a pocket on the weekend, and bought her bag home tonight to add the pocket on. I also added a key clip and some velcro to bonus pocket behind the zip pocket.  Much more practical now!

Fran's bag

My bag before the makeover
My new work bag.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Trying dyeing again

I bought a blue short sleeved cardigan at an op shop recently.  I liked the style but was not particulary taken with the sky blue colour. So I thought I would have a go at dying it, and found a great indigo denim blue rit powdered dye. The tricky part is you add salt to the dye bath for cotton, but vinegar for nylon- so what if the fabric is 50/50???
I also found a little white crochet top at the op shop today, I already have an almost identical one, so thought I could add it to the dyebath, along with a ball of bright white acyrlic yarn.
Everything looked brilliant in the dyebath, lovely denimy indigo colour, the yarn looked awesome...but then I had to tip the dye out & start rinsing. You can see the yarn colour in the dyebath, and once I started rinsing.  Everything is in the machine now for a final rinse. I think the cardi is a shade or two darker ( of course  I forgot to take a " before" photo.  But really, I suspect the thing that came out with the most colour on it is my right hand!!!

Sunday, 5 March 2017

Saturday sewing

Saurday afternoon I actually got some sewing done! The Jedikid was at work, my H went fishing, and Tigetboy was doing battle with the Gotham underworld on the xbox.
The first sewing task was to make a denim pencil case, under instructions from the Jedikid, made to order & sewn up while he was doing his maths homework at the other end of the dining table. Even with putting in 2 zips I definitely had the easier task!

Pencil case done and given the tick of approval, I then sewed up 2 quick kimono sleeve tees and 1 boxy top ( all pre cut in the hols), finally hemmed the sleeves on a peppermint tee sewn up months ago, and did some minor alterations to some RTW jeans ( stitched down the pocket edges which were poorly made & only folded down, and added some elastic in the waistband to reduce the  gape at the back). 
A satisfying effort ( although there are still plenty more things on my sewing " to do list"!