Thrifty Tuesday – Upcycled shopping bag pouch and butterfly lace headband

I’m back and I’m crafting! Hooray! ūüôā

And what better day to return than on a Thrifty Tuesday?

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My first scoop was found after a quick rummage through the hodgepodge craft section of one of my favourite local charity shops. ¬†Two sparkly sequinned appliqu√©s for a cool 50p total! (not sure if appliqu√© is the proper name, but it’s the best way I can describe them!)

I decided that the smaller butterfly appliqué would be perfect as an embellishment for a headband. A few strips of stretchy lace, a discount shop headband (99p for 5 bands), and a couple dabs of hot glue produced lovely, chic results!appliquecollage

I have plans to make a 1920’s style headband with the leaf appliqu√©. So very Great Gatsby!

My second thrifty treat came by way of a crumpled shopping bag I rescued from a skip (dumpster) at the top of my road.

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It was a bag from Joules — a lovely shop — and the print was simply gorgeous! I had to make something with it. The bag, literally, said it all…

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Ta da!! ¬†A super cute upcycled pouch! ¬†I lined it with a bit of cotton fabric to make it a tad sturdier and perfectly suited to all sorts of make-up, toiletries, and knick-knacks. ¬†I keep thinking of things to put in it — snacks, hair accessories, spare undies for a cheeky night out? Hehe.

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This week’s finds were just the thing I needed to pull me out of my crafting funk and I’m so happy to be able to share them with you!

Have you found any thrifty treats lately?

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Quick Vintage Button Necklace – Tutorial

I love¬†home-made¬†jewellery. ¬†You get to create designs to suit your style and when someone admires it you¬†can proudly say “I made it myself!”

Today I’m going to show you how to make a quick, quirky vintage button necklace. ¬†It really is super simple!

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Lately I’ve been raiding my jewellery drawer to find old, broken, or “out of fashion” pieces that I haven’t worn in ages. ¬†A few days ago I found a bracelet that I’ve never worn. It had a pretty piece of floral chiffon type fabric woven into it so I pulled it out and thought, yep I can make something out of that!

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Have a dig through your own jewellery stash or just snip some fabric from an old dress, sheer curtains, or any type of airy material.  Go on a rummage at your local charity/thrift shop and scoop some vintage-y buttons.  A bit of felt and a hot glue gun are the last two ingredients required to make this snazzy piece.  Ready? Get to it!

You will need:

  • 2 thin pieces of fabric long enough to tie around your neck
  • a piece of felt in your choice of colour, cut into a wide triangle shape
  • loads of vintage buttons, beads, fabric rosettes, whatever you fancy!
  • hot glue gun

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How to make your necklace:

  1. Lay your buttons out on top of your felt until you are happy with the arrangement.¬†Don’t be afraid to overlap or experiment with different sizes and shapes of buttons!
  2. Using little dabs of hot glue, glue each button in place.  Working from the middle outward helps.
  3. Grab your strips of fabric and tie a knot at one end of each piece, leaving about an inch of fabric loose at the end of each knot.
  4. Flip your felt/button piece over and hot glue the one inch loose end (the end with the knot in it) of each piece of fabric to each side of the felt triangle.
  5. Ta da! All done and ready to wear!

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I feel pretty! How about you? ūüôā

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How to Make a Fabulous Fabric Flower Clip – Tutorial

Recently I’ve been collecting fabric like a mad woman. ¬†Remnants, and trimmings, and offcuts, oh my! ¬†All the lovely colours and patterns have inspired me to create loads of cute projects and this fabric flower clip is one of my¬†favourites!

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This tutorial includes an extra special touch as it uses embellishments from a broken necklace I found in the bottom of my jewellery drawer. ¬†If you’re like me, you’ll have the odd earring whose match has gone missing or a necklace with a broken clasp. ¬†Time to UPCYCLE!

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I grabbed a gem from this necklace (hence the gap between the bird and the bead) and used it as the centre for my flower.

Here is how you can make your own fabulous flower!

You will need:

  • gem or bead from an old/broken piece of jewellery
  • fabric of your choice
  • sewing machine and thread (or needle and thread)
  • elastic thread for bobbin (if using a sewing machine)
  • hot glue gun
  • alligator clip

How to make your clip:

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1. Cut a strip of fabric 2 inches wide by 9 inches long.

2. Using your sewing machine with elastic in the bobbin, sew all the way down about 1/4 inch in from one edge. This makes the fabric ruffle nicely. ¬†If you don’t have a sewing machine, simply sew a wide running stitch all the way down one edge.

3. Grab the loose end of elastic (or thread if hand stitching) and pull gently to create the ruffle and bring the two ends of the flower together.

4. Stitch the two ends together

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5. Grab your lovely jewel/gem/bead

6. Place a dab of hot glue on the back

7. Attach jewel to the centre of your fabric flower (I pulled a few of the loose threads from around the flower to create a frayed look)

8. Place a generous dab of hot glue along the length of your alligator clip and attach to the back of the flower

All done!

Now you are ready to clip your flower to anything your heart desires! The possibilities are endless:

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Hair clip

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Headband (simply clip onto a plain headband)

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Handbag clip (my personal fave!)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial — if you make a clip please come back and share a link so that I can see your gorgeous creation!

 

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How to make a Summer Bunting – Tutorial

Today was a glorious, sunshine-y day. ¬†I sat at my dining (aka craft) table in front of the sliding glass doors that lead out into my garden. With the smells of cut grass and BBQ floating in on the breeze, I was inspired to make something quintessentially summer — a lovely, bright bunting. ¬†Perfect for dressing up the mantle or for quick and easy garden party decor, I absolutely love how¬†versatile¬†they are!

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Now, I have to admit that this is my very first sewing tutorial and I am an absolute beginner — I took tons of photos to try to show every step and I am sure there are probably faster/easier/better ways to make a bunting but this is my own little¬†home-made¬†version and I quite like it. ūüôā

You will need:

  • Four 8x8in squares of fabric each in a different colour/pattern
  • A ball of jute twine
  • A safety pin
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sewing machine, thread
  • Iron

To make the bunting:

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1. Lay your first square of fabric out and fold in half with wrong sides together.

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2. Fold over into quarters and turn the square around so that the fat folded edge faces you.

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3. Cut a simple triangle shape from the cardstock. Mine measured 4 in across the top and 4 1/2 in along the sides. This is your bunting template.

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4. Place the top edge of the template against the folded edge of your fabric and cut out.

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5. Remove the template and open out the fabric. You will have 2 diamond shapes.  Fold these in half with wrong sides together. Now you have two double sided bunting flags!

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6. Repeat steps 1-5 with the remaining squares of fabric and give your bunting flags a good press with an iron.

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7. Pop a flag into your sewing machine and sew a zigzag stitch down the long sides (not across the top, that comes next). Repeat with all flags.

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8. Now stitch a straight stitch across the top of each flag, leaving space between the top of the flag and the stitching — approx. 1/2in. ¬†This will allow you to thread the jute twine through each flag.

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9. Grab your safety pin and hook into one end of your ball of twine.  Thread the twine through the top of each flag, spacing them out neatly.

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10.  Continue to thread all of your flags onto the twine.  Leaving about 12in on either side, cut twine and tie two loops at each end.

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Hang and enjoy!

Note: I did not bother to secure the flags to the twine — they can slide along freely. However, the rough edges of the twine help to keep the flags in place and they don’t easily move around. ¬†If you plan to use this bunting outdoors or in a way that it is likely to be touched, you can always stitch or hot glue each flag in place. ¬†I was just too lazy to complete this step and couldn’t wait to display my newest creation! ūüėČ

Please do let me know if this tutorial is helpful to you or if there are any adjustments/suggestions.

Thanks for reading!

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2 minute hairclip – Tutorial

My girls go through loads of hairclips, headbands, bows, etc.  Most often I will send Emilie off to school with some beautiful adornment only for her to return home with it broken in 3 places or simply gone altogether.

I needed a fast, cheap, hair-holding solution.

I came up with this:

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Things you need:

  • snap clip
  • half a pipe cleaner
  • button
  • hot glue gun

This sweet little clip literally takes about 2 minutes to make — a seasoned crafter might even be able to get one done in under a minute!

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Here’s how to do it:

1. Curl your pipe cleaner half up into a neat little circle, tucking the sharp end underneath

2. Apply a dab of hot glue to the end of your snap clip

3. Attach your pipe cleaner circle to the snap clip

4. Add another dab of hot glue to the centre of the circle and apply your button — all done!

5. Stand back and admire your work. ūüôā

My girls love these clips and I don’t have to worry if they lose them — I can whip up a new set in no time at all!

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This is a basic clip.  You could always dress it up by using coloured snap clips, covering the clip with felt, adding a sparkly button, or even using metallic pipe cleaners for a different effect.

Let your imagination loose!

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How does my garden grow?

Out of control.

On my way to take Emilie to a playdate yesterday, I came across a landscape guy working on my¬†neighbour’s¬†garden. ¬†The sun was shining and as I thought guiltily about the jungle that was currently brewing in my backyard, I succumbed to the urge to solicit him for a quote.

I pointed out my¬†embarrassingly¬†overgrown hedges, weed choked flower beds, and swamp-height grass. ¬†He promised he’d give me a great deal on sorting out both the front and the back gardens. And he could start in the morning. ¬†It sounded too good to be true.

It was.

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He turned up an hour late and brought his little brother and wife (neither looked a day over fifteen) to help out.  After approximately 45 mins of the fastest grass cutting and hedge trimmer wielding I had ever witnessed, I was left mind-boggled by the mess they had made!

As I began to protest the horrendous workmanship an older man turned up.  I presumed this was the father of the operation. He had one eye and was covered in tattoos.

I parted with the cash post-haste. ¬†Let’s think of it as a charitable donation.

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In the aftermath, I’ve been ringing reputable companies for quotations to sort out the disaster. ¬†I’ve certainly learned my lesson.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. ¬†And in the words of my mother, “cheapness is never good.”

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Perhaps I need to take up a spot of DIY gardening?