New use for old fabric

Do you remember the old 1970’s sun loungers?  The metal one with the legs and the two sides that folded out and if you didn’t get it right when you sat down either a leg collapsed or one end folded in on you.

Well, being a child of the 70’s I loved ours, so much so when I got my own place in the late 90’s it came with me.

Now with the rubber bands perished and the metal rusted I’ve had to say goodbye to it, but being the hoarder I am I kept the fabric cover.

70's Sun lounger fabric!

Iconic 70’s pattern!


It’s a bit weak in places, after all it had some use over the years but I managed to salvage some and give it a new life.

With its old life in mind, what else could I do but make a beach bag!


Got to love those colours !

I’m off now to recover an old vintage wooden deck chair, I really do hate to throw anything out.  I’ll post photos soon.


Cath.  x





Chalkboard spray paint

I’ve made a new discovery, well new to me anyway, chalkboard spray paint!  You’re probably thinking that’s been around ages, but to me its new.  My dad used to have a tin of said paint but it always seemed to dry with brush marks, this however is so easy to use.  I masked off anything I didn’t want spraying and then sprayed, seconds later it was dry!

I saw it whilst looking for something else and couldn’t resist getting it although I hadn’t got a plan for using it.

But now…

2015-05-26 08.36.42 2015-04-03 11.23.48 2015-04-03 11.24.28 2015-04-03 11.24.40

I’ve got new plant pots and some stylish up-cycled wine bottles, I even wrapped one with a bit of string something else I’d seen done and liked.

I’ve also purchased some chalk pens so, as with some of the plant pots, I can add little message to the bottles depending what I use them for, table decoration, vases, ornaments, candle holder……etc.

My mason jars may be getting new labels and when I make this years elderflower champagne I can see the bottles having new chalkboard labels. I’m even tempted to spay the door of my sons wardrobe…Oooh the possibilities.





I’ve gone Bunting mad

Up-cycled bunting

There are so many projects that can use old and unwanted fabric rather than buying new, I have been looking at the different thing I can make, my only problem is choosing what to make as I have too many ideas!

One of the projects I decided on is bunting, it seems to be everywhere but I have never made any.

I had a search through my ever-growing stash of material and cut out a few triangles….

phone 047

There are bits of curtains, sheets, a duvet cover a dress lining and a shirt here.

I have to confess though some of the bias binding was bought new, although some is done with ribbon folded over.

My old fabrics have taken on a new lease of life and can be enjoyed for a while yet!

bunting 124   bunting 111 bunting 114 bunting 118 bunting 122 bunting 125 bunting 127

Now I’ve done it and its such a quick and easy make I’m going to be make lots.  I’ve already started some more…..


Cath x


Summer dog and craft show

Hi there, I’ve had lots of little projects on the go recently and over the next few days I’ll share a few with you.  One of them was to add a few extras to my craft stand.

I don’t do many craft shows but when I do I stick to the small local ones, it’s as much about letting people know I do clothing repairs and alterations as it is selling my handmade items.

The latest event has been The Inkerman Buzz, this is a local park, where a group of like-minded folk get together and have a dog show, show off some weaving and woodworking skills promote green living and enjoy the local park.

I thought it would be an ideal show for my up-cycling products, and to promote my business, so in the spirit of the show I added a few doggy things to my usual range.

I put my macramé skills to use and turned some t-shirts, tights and leggings into dog toys.

phone 089

Some scraps of material became doggy bandanas

phone 094

When walking the dog I often didn’t have pockets for keys, phone and poop bags so created these little bags to attach to the lead

phone 053 phone 100

I also made some insulated water bottle bags, handy for carrying a nice cool drink on these warm days

phone 056

I was all prepared and raring to go until I heard the weather forecast, no one had predicted that during the little heat wave that the UK is experiencing that day would be a day of continuous rain and thunder!  I went ahead anyway and set up as did all the others and a few brave souls ventured out to support us, a few sales were made and business cards were taken, so not a total loss, but it could have been so different.

Oh well better luck next time as they say.