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





Repurposed blind

We recently had a change of display at the curtain company I work for and they were taking down some old roman blinds to replace with some new designs, not one to let things go to waste I took the old ones home, not that I had a window they would fit but I knew Id find a use for them.

You may have noticed I have a thing for bags and as its coming up the summer here in England this fabric just screemed beach bag!

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So this one has one large pocket on one side, on the other side I did the same but stitched up the middle to make it 2 pockets.  I used curtain lining for the inside and made another pocket there too.

So there we go a nice light bag with plenty of room for the essentials ready for summer, and another use for fabric that was being thrown out!


Useful jeans

When I do a craft fair I have one of those portable clothes rails that conveniently comes apart for ease of moving, the only problem with that is I usually end up losing a pole or dropping them when trying to carry them.

So why after struggling with it had I not thought of a solution?

The answer was so obvious,

A Bag!

A Bag!

and this bag couldn’t have been easier, I chopped the leg off a pair of jeans (luckily I’m 6 ft tall so my jeans have long legs!) and I added a strap….Voila problem solved.

I didn’t realise how much I needed a bag like this, I’ve carried several rolls of wrapping paper, my sons scooter, my clothes rail, and I’m sure I will find more uses when out and about with my son this summer, spades for the beach, his cricket set……

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Add a strap

Add a strap



box corner

box corner

strap at bottom

strap at bottom

strap at top

strap at top

Beach bag tried and tested

I was commissioned to make a beach bag.  The brief was it had to have enough pockets, be lightweight and not too girly as she hoped to persuade her husband to carry it!

So, I found a thin denim pair of trousers that had wide legs so enough material for a roomy bag, I checked Pinterest for inspiration and found that most beach bags did not have many pockets or the pockets were on the outside, this person is terrible for losing things so pockets had to be inside, and then I got to work.

And this was the result…


Now if you follow me on Twitter you will have seen the pictures I posted of this, I was quite pleased with the result, apart from it’s the wrong way around I had intended on having it wider than it was deep but after I finished sewing the pockets in the lining I realised I had put them in wrong!

As well as being denim which would stand up to being on the sand I lined it with a shower curtain, the theory running along the lines of some kind of waterproofing for wet towels inside or in case it got wet!?

This bag has now been on the first of its jaunts abroad and has been rigorously tested (unfortunately not by me) over the last two weeks and I’m told the outside pocket between the straps was just the right size for flip-flops, when walking in the sand,

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the inside had two open pockets and a zipped pocket, all of which were used, one for sun cream one for her kindle and one for bits she didn’t want to lose.

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And I am now happy to report it passed its tests and the customer was very happy and so I was happy.

I may just have to make some more, I shall try to get it the right way round next time !


Christmas Prep

I’ve not posted for a while but I have been busy, I’ve added some new bags to my stock and I’ve been busy with a few other Christmas crafts. I’ve had my first attempt at my own hand made Christmas cards. I also offered to make Santa’s magic keys for the school Christmas fair and volunteered to make a new Santa hat and coat for a Polar bear prize for school, it seemed an easy task but is proving anything but!The first bag was a clutch bag made from an unloved and never worn skirt I picked up at a boot sale, I just loved the pattern.

Unloved Skirt

Unloved Skirt

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Fab pattern

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New Clutch!


Then another clutch from some old jeans

Old jeans

Old jeans


And a handbag from a tea towel

Old tea towel

Old tea towel


Two versions of Santa’s Magic Keys, I have made these for the School Christmas fair but I’ve had to do them when my 5 year old wasn’t around, I’m not spoiling it for him yet.  I found all the keys in my fathers garage 22 in all, not sure how someone collects that many old keys but I’m glad he did.

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And lastly my first attempt at homemade cards, If your related to me look away now you may be getting one of these!


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Better get back too it lots more to do yet…..

happy Christmas crafting everyone.






What to do with old clothes and fabric….

So having a clear out a while ago and I wasn’t sure what to do with some old clothes and fabric I had, I hadn’t been able to sell them at the last car boot or table top sales I’d done so I guess the next stop was the charity shop, but I thought I might be able to create some thing from them, looking to Pinterest for a bit of inspiration I now have some new bags…..

My sons old jeans, with a strap from an old bag

My sons old jeans, with a strap from an old bag

magnetic fastening and 2 handy pockets

magnetic fastening and 2 handy pockets

After undoing the stitching from the inside leg, I then laid the open fabric over each other and stitched it down, sewed across the bottom, added a lining and a strap from an old bag.
Now it is of use again.

Cargo pants?

Cargo pants?

A friend saw these and brought me some long shorts, unfortunately I forgot to take a before picture but this is how they turned out…

Amanda's old shorts

Amanda’s old shorts

Then I found a piece of linen with some lovely embroidery, where it has come from nobody knows but there it was in my loft and now…..

And now a new shopping tote !

And now a new shopping tote !