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





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,

LG Church display 012

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.

LG Church display 011

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 !


Here goes, why its taken so long

Well as the title says, here goes my first post on a blog that I actually set up some time ago.
I’ve actually had lots to put on here but just haven’t got around to actually doing it, this needs to change! So here’s a quick summary of this summer that seemed to go too quickly.

At the beginning of the school holidays I was made redundant from my job, boo hoo, but hey saved on sorting out child care for my 5 year old!
August was then taken up with an old Derbyshire tradition of dressing a local village well, the art of putting flowers in clay to celebrate water, for more details on this unusual tradition check out our website

Well Dressing

Well Dressing

Then came the village carnival, our theme this year was a summer garden.

Carnival time

Carnival time

Then of course comes harvest what with elderflowers, apples, blackberries, marrows, plums and tomatoes to name a few, I have been busy in the kitchen.
So Elderflower champagne at the start of the summer gives way to elderberry wine now bubbling in the demi john, the marrow as well as making a rather good chutney is also bubbling in a demi john for my first attempt at marrow wine.
The panty is now also brimming with spiced plum jam, sage & apple jelly, various chutneys and there is some blackberry vodka maturing for Christmas.

Elderflower Champagne

Elderflower Champagne

Tomatoes, marrow, apples and plums

Tomatoes, marrow, apples and plums

jams, chutney and Jelly

jams, chutney and Jelly

So now after two months and still no employment, but lots to keep me busy, my son is now back at school, maybe its time to turn to my other hobbies of up-cycling and creating to earn my living until other employment opportunities come my way.

More on that to come…..