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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Blog makeover and Thrifty Tuesday

Howdy! If you’re reading this, you are seeing my brand new blog theme! ¬†I love the subtle handmade look — the notched ends of the pages bar reminds me of ribbon and the dividing lines on the sidebar are perfect pinked edges! I also added a new header combining my love for craft, photography, and writing. ¬†Yes, that’s my handwriting (hehe) and it is an excerpt from my¬†favourite¬†poem, “The Walrus and The Carpenter” by Lewis Carroll.

What do you think of the new look?

T1Today is Thrifty Tuesday. Which simply means I’ll be showing you my weekly haul from local charity and thrift stores. ¬†I scooped the vintage thread spools, wooden buttons, and ribbon rosettes all for 50p. ¬†Absolute bargain and great craft room decor!

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This is my absolute¬†favourite¬†find of the week — old postcards. From all over the world. ¬†At 10p each I grabbed 19 of those with the most interesting ¬†photos, handwriting, and subject matter. ¬†The oldest is dated 1939. ¬†With a few strips of washi tape I created a collage out ¬†of some of the nicest ones above my mantle. Each time I glance at them I get a wonderful sense of¬†nostalgia¬†and feel a bit¬†privileged¬†to have a sneak peak into the personal correspondence of people I’ll never meet.

PC3I also love trying to decipher the handwriting. ¬†My former job as an archivist comes in handy for this — I used to spend hours poring over historical documents and updating databases! ¬†This one was easy to read:

Thank you so much for the photo, we think it splendid Mr. Wright is a very good amateur; you are on the mantlepiece of our new dining room…

Lovely.

canAnd my final thrifty item is actually something I made rather than bought. ¬†A soup tin, some patterned tissue paper, and a few dabs of watered down pva glue created this sweet little holder for my crochet hooks (or pencils, or scissors, or paintbrushes…). It was simple, took 5¬†minutes¬†to make and cost me nothing at all. ¬†My kind of crafting!

Have you scooped any thrifty finds lately? Send me a link below!

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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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