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





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.

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Some scraps of material became doggy bandanas

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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

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

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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.




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 !