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.
* 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?
Tabitha at The Sewing Nook asked if anyone was making their own clothes. I haven’t made any clothes for myself since I was at Uni but a couple of weeks ago I helped my daughter make an elastic skirt (no pattern) and I also started a skirt for my youngest daughter (still not finished!).
It’s so easy…
All we did was cut out two rectangles (wide enough to go around my daughter’s waist when pinned together and long enough so that when complete it would be knee-length). Then she sewed the two rectangles right-sides together, sewed the hem and waistband, threaded the elastic through the waistband and then finished off with a bit of decorating – cute little ribbon bow-ties for the owls and a pink ribbon trim along the hem. When it was finished I thought, “It would’ve looked nice with some pockets.” Oh well, next time. Also, when sewing the next skirt I’ll cut the rectangles slightly wider as there wasn’t much room for movement.
Here’s the finished product with matching hair scrunchies!
My 8 year old daughter and her friend love anything to do with art and craft so when my friend came across the website Sew Sista (sewing classes for kids) we thought it would be perfect for our girls.
Here’s a quote from the Sew Sista website: “We are passionate about our kids well-being. Offering services and products completely designed with them in mind. Sewing workshops and products is what we do. We aim to give your kids a wonderful experience and teach them some basic hand and machine skills, that may inspire them creatively.”
Sew Sista have great holiday programs and the girls have now been to two sewing classes. Each lesson has cost $40. At the first lesson the girls were delighted to receive their very own little sewing kit containing scissors, pins, needles, buttons, ribbons, material and thread. Here is the gorgeous little heart pillow that Miss 8 made at her first lesson.
During the Easter holidays the girls visited Sew Sista again and this time made this cute Easter bunny.
They both had a fantastic time and are looking forward to the next holidays so they can go again.
Happy Easter everyone!