Two pairs of jeans equals two handbags and two skirts -Part One

If you’re looking for beautiful handmade things have a look at Tabitha’s blog, The Sewing Nook, She is very talented and crafty and is always making adorable bags, hair accessories and bunting.  In her post “A sneak peak and re-purposing jeans”  she used scraps of denim to make a gorgeous purse and cosmetic bag.

During my time off I cut up two pairs of old denim jeans (from the op shops) and made two handbags, a denim skirt for my daughter and a denim skirt for myself.  I haven’t finished the two skirts yet or my handbag, however, the handbag I made for Miss 9 is complete.

*  First of all I cut the legs off the jeans (just under the zip).  The top halves are easily turned into handbags (side seams are already sewn so it’s just the bottom to sew up and you can decorate with pockets/flowers/stripes etc and add the straps).

*  The material from the legs was used to make the skirts.

*  I cut off the pretty floral embroidery at the bottom of the jeans to make pockets for Miss 9’s handbag and pockets for Miss 5’s skirt.

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*  I neatened off the edges to make the pockets and added some pretty pink ribbon, then attached the pockets to the front of the handbag.

*  Then I turned the bag inside out so right sides were together and stitched up the bottom.

*  Using material from the legs I cut 4 long rectangles to make the straps – sewed them right sides together and then turned them back in the right way to sew to the inside of the bag.

*  And… Voila! Miss 9’s bag was ready.  She loves it and has taken it to the movies a few times as it’s big enough to hold a water bottle, snacks and a small cardigan.







Now to finish my handbag and the two skirts!!
What crafty creations have you been making?


Blogging 101 Assignment #1 – What I do and why

When I started my blog a few years ago I was focused on writing a children’s picture book and mainly wrote posts about reading and writing – book reviews, writing competitions, library activities, children’s authors and illustrators etc but then I decided to branch out a bit, adding posts about my hobbies – scrapbooking, cooking, sewing and other crafts.  From now on, as well as writing about these themes, I’m also keen to write about whatever comes to mind.

I’ve got a busy month ahead of me.  I will have bum on seat, eyes glued to my screen pretty much everyday because as well as participating in Blogging 101, reading your posts, commenting and writing posts, I am also participating in a “Pitching to Publishers” Course.   I’m hoping to learn a lot of new things.

Looking forward to meeting lots of bloggers and reading lots of posts in the next few weeks.

Rachel 🙂

Library Holiday Fun

I picked up a copy of the Summer Holiday Program at my local library and once again am amazed by all the fun free stuff they have on for kids. 

Have a look at their website ( to see dates, times and library locations (Redcliffe, Arana Hills, Albany Creek, Bribie Island, Burpengary, Narangba, Woodford, Deception Bay, North Lakes, Kallangur, Strathpine and Caboolture)  You do need to book for most activities and some have age limits. 

Here’s a few activities that caught my eye:

*  Pet Smart the Education K9 – Find out about looking after your pets.

*  Seaside Puppet Show

*  Storytelling with Peter Ball

*  Goo Balls and Snowballs – get sticky, make goo balls and create florescent snowballs using freaky science!

*  Make Yummy Scented Slime and Snowmen

*  Make Peg Dolls

*  Geckoes Wildlife Show – only on once at the Deception Bay Library – Sat 22 Dec 10.30 – 11.30 am.

*  Disgusting Snot – trick your friends with this fantastic icky snot recipe!

*  And last but not last sign your kids up to the Summer Reading Club ( to keep a log of all the books they read over the holidays.  Plus there’s competitions to enter and a Summer Reading Club Party with games, entertainment and prizes, to finish it all off.

Happy holidays and happy reading!