recycling, Repurposed, Sewing

Tablecloth Cora

I have had this embroidered linen tablecloth for a few years now. It came from the op-shop where it was deemed unsaleable due to the stains, but I was confident that I could get it clean. I pretty much got them all out by simmering in soda ash and laundry detergent. Naturally I forgot to […]

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recycling, Repurposed, Sewing

Detachable Collar

I’ve had a bit of a yen for a detachable collar and found one in the local COS store that really appealed, so set about replicating it. I wanted to use some small table napkins I have, obviously morning or afternoon tea versions. I have a large number of these, as I suspect they are […]

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recycling, Sewing

Cosmos Pinafore

There is a bit of a story behind this pinafore dress, so if you are sitting comfortably, I shall begin. I saw a rather interesting pinafore in the local COS store, and immediately wanted to replicate it. It’s made from some sort of felted wool and I really like the style lines. As luck would […]

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recycling, Repurposed, Sewing

Men’s sweater to Seamwork Astoria refashion

A while back a friend gave me a bag of her son’s cast off clothing, with the idea that I would put anything worn or unusable into an archery target bag and then send the rest to the op shop. I sorted things into two piles, but in the archery bag pile were some wool […]

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recycling, Sewing

Coco and me

I acquired this pattern for the Coco Trouser from Ralph Pink patterns as part of my winnings in the Sewalongs and Sewing Contests group on Facebook. I was not only attracted by the photos, but by the description: “Uniquely Extraverted Coco Trousers: The 1920’s were an awe-inspiring era, and now you can bring a bit of retro-chic into […]

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recycling, Sewing, Stashbusting

Sewing for a cause

When Tom gave me this sign, I decided that I would form my own one-person Dorcas Society and make some bags which could be sold for charity. My chosen charities are Pet Rescue (in memory of our beloved dog, Roxie), Royal Flying Doctor Service (in memory of my Dad), and Unicef for Children with Ebola. Of course […]

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Free pattern, Op shopping, pattern review, recycling, refashion, Sewing, Stashbusting, underwear

More t-shirt refashions

This was my last hurrah in the repurpose, reuse, refashion month – I took 3 t-shirts and made 4 pairs of undies. While having an idle wander around the internet I came across this free pattern from indigorchid and thought I’d give it a go. I started with this t-shirt which Bridgette had thrown out and I’d […]

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recycling, refashion, Sewing, Stashbusting

Repurposed t-shirt

August is the month to repurpose, reuse and refashion so I thought I would attack this big basket of knit fabric garments most of which were kindly donated to me by Tom and Bridgette. I had thought that I would cut up all these garments to make a rag rug for our camper trailer, but […]

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recycling, refashion, self-drafted, Sewing, Stashbusting

Recycled skirt take two

I accidentally published this post a couple of days ago and then had to delete it because it was incomplete, so this is my second attempt. Apologies! This was a skirt given to me by my friend Thelma. This is what it looked like when it was donated last year (being modelled in a paddock […]

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Archie, GCC, Other creative endeavour, recycling

Cycle recycle

One of the things that makes me really happy about my kids is that they are prepared to recycle and upcycle, so when my son, Archie, brought this bike frame home from a verge throwout, we knew it had possibilities. A paint job, a new seat, new wheels and pedals and this is what he […]

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