Posts tagged ‘upcycling’

June 19, 2013

How to Sew an Upcycled Trouser Leg Bag – Super easy!

I’ve been doing that kind of internet browsing where you are looking for one thing that you think you like then you get distracted and end up looking at other things. This particular search started with a crossover apron that I thought might work as a dress but after a quick muslin don’t think will work. It ended up with this bag which is no longer on their website but remains on the blog

Miss Amoo saw it and wanted one. We have a pair of wild floral trousers hanging around after a friend passed them on to me because the pockets were ripped and she thought I might like the fabric for upcycling.

So here is Miss Amoo’s self-stitched version of the bag – cost £0 Free trousers and a flat kind of cord taken from a trouser waist

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Cut 16″ of trouser leg. With right sides together, sew the raw edge closed to form the base then with right sides still together fold up 1″ or more if you want and use my easy peasy gusset method to create a gusset.

Stitch straps on the ‘back’ side of the bag close to the side seam 5″ down from the trouser hem that is the top of the bag.


She took it out shopping yesterday and managed to squeeze her charity shop finds into it easily!

May 7, 2013

Some bits of Me-Made-May

I haven’t taken photos of everything I’ve worn this week but here are a few. I feel that I am slipping into a uniform again, much like I did last year, and I like it!

I’ve worn one cardigan a lot this week. It’s number 39 from One Day Autumn Sewing which looks like this in the book

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I sewed it from part of 2m+ of  herringbone wool which I found carefully folded and poking out of a neighbour’s bin bag ten years ago! I’ve been wondering what to do with it for all this time but in MMM12 I realised that I didn’t have any me made jumpers or cardigans and I thought it might suit this pattern well.


Sunday was a fail as I wore sportswear all day after doing a zumba thing at a local charity event. On Monday  I wore my old faithful denim 4 gore skirt with the same top as I wore on the first day and now it’s Tuesday already!

This is part of a dress that I’ve upcycled from a long bias cut linen mix skirt that I found at the swap shop last month. I cut the top shape using my favourite Novita pattern which is for bias then just winged the bottom half. It is a work in progress as I’ve made a pocket opening but not added the pocket and I think I want to taper it at the waist a bit so as to be a bit more fitted. Do you like the binding? I have whole skirt of this fabric that came from a jumble sale somewhere.


This is the hem


Here’s a bonus “Mum sewed this” picture of Miss Froo taken after she took my picture in the cardi.


She is in an Ottobre jersey top that I sewed for her sister years ago and still haven’t hemmed!

May 13, 2012

Nothing New but still Me-Made-Maying

My head is full of patterns but I’m not sewing anything. Not even Me Made May has broken my inertia sadly. Never mind.

I’ve had a couple of days when the only me made bits have been undies or a vest. Wednesday was like that as I went to an uninspiring zumba class and didn’t get hot and sweaty so stayed in my ‘sports wear’ all day eek! I’m not keen on sporty looks in general but these trousers are so comfy.

Here are some looks from this week.

This is a half circle skirt which I sewed last year from some fabric my mum bought in Ikea. I made the waist larger than I needed so I didn’t sew the side seam up but overlapped it and added poppers from waist to hip. I’m wearing it with an ancient t shirt and an ebay cardi that didn’t look this colour on the listing… and it was warm that day so I got the crocs out

This was a chillier day so it’s the long grey wrap skirt of old with a long sleeved tee and a loose kind of waistcoat I cut from one of Mr G’s old jumpers. More poppers on this one! I have yet to sew a successful buttonhole.

On Thursday I took a risk and walked to town without a coat for the first time this year. I wore a blue t-shirt, the same grey skirt and same bright cardi again with a me-made drawstring bag. Do you like the girls’ stick collection?

Today is sunny but chilly indoors as we’ve got the doors open and kids running in and out

I started off with just the skirt, t-shirt and cardi then added the over knee socks and scarf after lunch. My hair is a mess so I’ve got a wide headband on to hide it. The skit is my old four gore denim with frayed hem, I knitted the scarf for Mr G two winters ago and the hair hider is upcycled from a cotton voile maternity top.

Ummm I think I might wear a different cardi next week! I’ve got a summer skirt that needs hemming which I might do later on and chant some spells to bring weather warm enough to wear it while I’m sewing.

March 10, 2012

No Sewing

There has been no sewing since 18th February when I put the machine under her lid to make one more usable surface available in the living room in readiness for The Party.

Said surface has since been covered with more things than it is easy to find new homes for quickly so the machine remains hidden and my sewing dreams are becoming more vivid.


I read this today in some research about sports shoes vs barefoot (a link from a link from facebook…) and I wondered how many other things this might apply to?

(There is) a tendency in humans to be less cautious when using new devices of unknown benefit because of overly positive attitudes associated with new technology and novel devices.

This is pretty isn’t it? No new devices here! Art from twigs, thread and toilet roll tubes.

Miss Froo and I had a busy day on Thursday fixing odd jobs around the house and garden that needed hammers and cable clips and curtain hooks and garden shears. Then we made those toilet roll flowers and tried to make a purse from a juice carton which was rather less successful than we had hoped. If we manage to make one that actually works, I’ll let you know.