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





Kusudama Flower Ball

This week I was given some books, a neighbour asked if I wanted some books he was throwing out so not being one to turn things down I said yes. Five large bags were waiting for me. The book stall at the local Autumn fair will now be benefitting, but was there anything else I could do with the ones that were not in good condition?…..

This is one thing I made, a Japanese kusudama flower ball it looked pretty,


Here’s how I did it…

Start by cutting squares from the book pages. Mine were 12cm. Then fold them corner to corner to make a triangle.

Lots of squares

Lots of squares

One triangle

One triangle

With the fold at the bottom, fold the outer corner of the triangle up to the top point to make a square.
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Now open the flaps you just made and fold them half way back on themselves to make two kite shapes, press the sides down.
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Fold down the top triangle of the kite shape, in line with the edge of the square, then fold the rest of the kite shape in half making the shape look like a square again.
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simple so far…?

Now to make the pieces look like petals. You need to run a line of glue down the folded sides of the triangle and glue both folded sides together creating a cone, this may need to be held with a peg until the glue dries. The tip of the square becomes the petal and the folded pieces look like the stamen.

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Ok got that, good. Now just 59 more to go! The flowers have 5 petals, the ball has 12 flowers.

Once you have enough petals you need to glue five together to make the flower. I found it useful to press the glued edges of the petal together so they were flat and easier to push together, it was also easier to do one petal at a time than try to glue five at once.



One flower looks pretty on its own, but once you have glued all twelve and the glue has dried (again you may need to pin the petals together to hold them while they dry) it looks even better.

So with glue ready, start with 3 flowers and glue one petal to the back of another one and then add the third flower and glue this to the other two and build up from there.

and there we go, I’m sure now I’ve done one and got the hang of it the next one will be quicker.

Off to Pinterest now for more inspiration as to what else I can do with all those books.

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 !