Week Three – Make do

Making Do

After last week’s shenanigans I’ve been making up for lost time and have undertaken lots of new projects this week. My favourite is this towel hoodie I’ve made for Penny for the summer season.

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I got the pattern (baja hoodie) off www.gotopatterns.com and bought a beach towel in a charity shop for the grand sum of £1. I’ve been trying to get a towel hoodie on ebay for ages but any that look half decent seem to cost £15 upwards. When my own huge bath towel cost less than half of that, I felt it was time to get the sewing machine out!

I haven’t followed a proper pattern in a really long time. I’m not a great one for making things from scratch. I really enjoy altering and up cycling so this was kind of new for me. The pattern was thankfully easy to follow, (although I did make a couple of mistakes) but overall I’m really pleased with how it turned out. If you decide to do something similar my only piece of advice would be to make sure you double stitch any seams as terry towelling is a bit of a demon to keep together once you cut it!

My whole week has revolved around various make do projects, which is lovely! I made some pretty nifty bathroom baskets out of a pair of old jeans and fabric ends which were otherwise going to the scrap. I followed this tutorial and they turned out great. The possibilities for extending this idea are endless I think! I’m going to search for a pair of wide legged jeans so I can make bigger ones next time.

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I was really stuck on wednesday for extra drying space after doing a massive amount of laundry. I find it hard to juggle all of Penny’s stuff with our own washing. I find all the little things like muslin clothes and the washable bamboo wipes take up the bulk of drying space. So I came up with some new dryers for these things and best of all it was really really cheap to do.

Take one coat hanger. (It needs to be one with the little hooks for clothes ribbons.) Tie string/ribbon/t shirt yarn from one side to the other, taking care to double knot it to prevent laundry all over the floor. Add some pegs and Voila! Personally I used t shirt yarn as that’s what I had lying about and it works beautifully!

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As well as these projects I’ve also been working on a millennium falcon star wars cake for Russell’s birthday, a tunic dress for Penny and a scandi print cushion cover – all of which I’ll have to post another time as they are still in progress.

I wish you all a lovely weekend and hope you may have found some inspiration for your own make do and mend projects

Happy Friday

Jessica x

 

Happy New Year

I know it’s been a really long time since I posted anything newsy or projecty, so here comes the new years resolution of catching up with it all! I  have got a good reason though I promise. As well as the general hullaballoo of just having opened the shop, I also found out I was pregnant in November and I’ve been struggling with fatigue and the dreaded morning yuck. But it seems the corner is turning and I’m feeling a bit more myself again!

SO Happy new year to all my lovely readers. As a treat for your well earned patience here’s a photo montage of my latest collection of accessories. I hope you enjoy and I’ll catch you on the blogosphere again v.soon!

Mrs Geach

xxx

 

Blue Velvet cuff with Cameo and aqua gems

Blue Velvet cuff with Cameo and aqua gems

Blue velvet background with pearl and marcasite jewellery statement alice band

Blue velvet background with pearl and marcasite jewellery statement alice band

Blue Velvet sets off this reloved marcasite brooch beautifully on this statement alice band

Blue Velvet sets off this reloved marcasite brooch beautifully on this statement alice band

Blue and pearl resin brooch reloved into this cute hair comb covered in mushroom ribbon

Blue and pearl resin brooch reloved into this cute hair comb covered in mushroom ribbon

Collection of handmade combs, some are buttons some are vintage jewellery but all are unique

Collection of handmade combs, some are buttons some are vintage jewellery but all are unique

1950's necklace reloved into a 1920's style hair piece, looks awesome with a flapper dress

1950’s necklace reloved into a 1920’s style hair piece, looks awesome with a flapper dress

Handmade felt brooches, all made with offcuts and end of roll trims to prevent wastage.

Handmade felt brooches, all made with offcuts and end of roll trims to prevent wastage.

Project 15. . .

Silk Threads & Roses Poses

My Threads have lived in a wire basket for sometime. Not my best organisation I’ll admit. The threads have been getting tangled and I can never find the colour I need. So I decided to relocate them to something a bit more practical. The jewellery box is thick card but it’s lovely and strong and the inside is in great condition. I picked it up from a thrift store years  ago for pittance but never found a use for it. I like the pattern outside but the top is quite stained. Roll on the Re-loving. . .

Ingredients

One old Jewellery box

lots of silk roses

rustic peach roses (silk)

hot glue

a lot of thread spools

Method

 

That’s the end of the catch up marathon, thanks for reading, see you next week for project 16

xox Jessica xox

Project 14. . .

Pin Bored

I have an old office style pin board. It’s a drab grey blue and I’ve never liked it. So I decided to give it a re-loved spruce!

Ingredients

One old boring pin board

leftover thin green cotton fabric

red felt

hot glue

two old tape measures

silver drawing pins

Method

See you tomorrow for project 15, the last of the weekend catch up marathon!

xox Jessica xox

Project 11. . .

The Sewing Box. . .Re-loved

Ages and ages ago I bought this old battered sewing box on legs from a boot sale. It was a bit of a silly buy because it’s quite large but I just really really liked it. Think of it as the craftaholic’s unnecessary purchase. Much like those shoes that sit in the box forever because they just didn’t quite fit the way they should.

Damn. No matter which way I looked at this silly box I couldn’t make it fit in the studio properly, plus it was a bit battered and I couldn’t get to my sewing tools easily. BUT I did need a new display for Deco Paste for the Autumn season of craft events. HELLO solution.

Ingredients

1.) one extremely bulky & quite battered sewing box
2.) a multitude of paints
3.) screwdriver and brute force
4.) peacock stamp
5.) Velvet fabric
6.) hot glue

Method

First I dismantled the box, drawer by drawer. This required one husband, one screwdriver and brute force. As the screws were quite rusted some of them practically fell out and some of them needed. . .persuasion.

2. Then using a scouring pad, I scuffed up all the paintwork on the drawers, this made sure the paint would take.

3.) Then I painted all the boxes in different hand mixed metallic colours. All inspired by the lovely peacock feather.

4.) Once all the frames of the boxes were painted in my nice bright colours, I painted all the insides black.

5.) Then I stamped them all over the outside with my super Peacock stamp which is normally used for business packages. (I couldn’t get a good photograph of this detail though so I’ve included a picture of the stamp on my labels to give you an idea of how it looks.)

6.) Then I changed my mind about the black insides as it just seemed to hard and decided fabric would give a softer finish. Hello sexy old blue velvet fabric. Hello hot glue burns on my wrist. But it was worth it, I’m really pleased that I have managed to make a stall display that reflects the personality of me as a designer and I didn’t spend a penny! BRILLO PADS.

Hope you enjoyed reading this project as much as I enjoyed making it, see you next week for project 12 in Re-Loved 52

Jessica

www.decopaste.co.uk

xoxo

Project 6 . . .

Jute alors

PRINT + FABRIC = JOY.

I discovered a whole new medium today. Frankly I was enthralled. I was searching for a way to transfer photos to fabric, when I stumbled across a method for printing directly onto fabric. I read this post & was completely inspired to try it myself. See the gallery below for how I Re-Loved an old shopping jute bag.


I hope you enjoyed this weeks project & will come back next week for Project 7! There will also be a bonus post midweek about my progress & the “non buying” element of Re-Loved 52.

The image used in this project was downloaded from The Graphics Fairy

See you next time

Jess X0xo

An ebay revelation

So one of my favourite things (I used) to do was stalk ebay for vintage bargains.

The thrill of placing the bid, watching how well you do & if you win, oh the magic feeling of joy & wonder. Then you forget all about it until it gets delivered & the joy starts all over again.

BUT I can’t enjoy this magical experience as a personal buyer for the next 12 months. I’m not struggling at all so far with not buying stuff I don’t need but I am a bit sad about ebay especially when I accidentally stumbled across a beautiful vintage laura ashley dress . . .

Then it hit me, I can SELL on ebay. SO I had a big old clear out of my wardrobe & I’ve listed just 5 items to begin with. All starting at 0.99 with free shipping (because frankly I couldn’t quite figure out the postage rates) And so far 3 of them have bids. What a rush! Now I’ve found a new way to enjoy something I wouldn’t have otherwise thought of & hopefully Ill make a little bit of cash to put in the savings.

**Hurray**

See you sunday for Project 4

Jess xoxo