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Celebrate Earth Day – Craft & Recycle!


Earth Day is just around the corner (April 22nd). In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d highlight some of the crafts you can make from used material. Craft something that’s earth friendly today!


Tealight Decoration using recycled cardboard tubing.

Magazine Bowl – a bowl made of magazine pages. Amazing!

Make your own Paper – Use up your paper scraps and make new paper.

Handbag made from books – This is the coolest! Refashion an old book into a cool purse.


Peasant top – Cute shirt made from a thrift store muumuu.

T-shirt into Tube Top – It even has cute pockets.

Refashioned T-shirt – Make an oversized shirt fit you.

Field Bag – Use your old clothing to make this cool field bag.

Denim Potholder – Cute way to reuse your old jeans.

Knit Tea Cozy – Use up your leftover yarn stash!


Crocheted Plastic Bag Tote – Cute bag made from plastic bags.

Messenger Bag – Another crocheted bag using plastic bags.

Fusing plastic bags – This tutorial teaches you how to fuse plastic bags together, which can then be used to make all kinds of cool stuff!

VCR Tape Evening Bag – Have a bunch of old VHS tapes you don’t need? Crochet the tape into this fabulous bag!


Aluminum Can Jewelry – A beautiful way to reuse an aluminum can. And it’s wearable.

*Photo by aussiegall

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Refashion your wardrobe!

I’m sure you’ve all heard of Wardrobe Refashion, if you haven’t you can read more about it here. I’ve just signed up for 2 months so I won’t be buying any new clothes for that period and will be attempting to refashion some of my clothes. I started with a basic jeans to skirt refashion. There are loads of tutorials on how to do your own such as this one and a search on the Internet will find you many more and in every style you could think of.

I’m now trying to decide what my next refashion will be so I’ve been looking out for suitable tutorials to help me. Maybe you’d like to try some of them as well?

I hope this has given you lots of ideas on how to look at your existing wardrobe in a new light and maybe buy fewer new clothes.


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Bias tape tutorial

please visit and watch a very humble tutorial on how to make your favorite fabric bias tape.

hugs, Dominique


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Reusable Shopping Bag Challenge at Craftster

There’s a new challenge up at Craftster and it combines creation of a reusable shopping bag with stenciling. Leah was inspired by a project called Morsbags Sociable Guerilla Bagging wherein people get together to make reusable cloth shopping bags for themselves and to give to others. From the post:

“So your challenge is to create a kick-ass reusable grocery bag and stencil it with an eco-friendly statement or decorate it somehow with an environmentally-friendly theme.”

I’m really excited about this one because I’ve always wanted to participate in a Craftster challenge but the timing has never been right. I’ve been sewing more lately, so that increases my odds of coming up with a workable bag, and of course I love the idea of reusable shopping bags. The due dates to post your project are between August 1 and August 5. Get all the details, including links to bag tutorials, here.


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It’s a Sunny Day!

When one of my favorite blogs, House on Hill Road, posted a picture of the adorable Sunny Day Dress and wanted to know if we wanted a tutorial, the answer was a resounding yes! I wanted to learn the technique for something for me, but then it dawned on me that I have two adorable nieces whom I have never made a thing for, and this would be perfect. Bad Crafty Aunt! So I ran to the fabric store and hoped to find time to try out the Sunny Day Dress tutorial.

Sunny Day Dress -- ready to start!

First let me say that I’m a beginning sewer at best. I’ve been sewing for about 15 years, but never anything very complicated. I’m not a perfectionist about the art either — good enough was always, well, good enough!

I’ve been trying to do better lately; to make quality things that might actually last. So the best thing this tutorial taught me? Ironing makes all the difference in the world. I’m sure many of you are chuckling right now, but seriously. I always knew you were supposed to iron, I just never did. I have officially moved my (previously rarely used) iron to my craft room because it is now my new best friend. I also officially need some real fabric scissors and those pinking shears.

Now, onto the tutorial itself! I loved how well everything was laid out. I had no problems getting myself organized. I chose to do an 80cm size (which is not specified), because I know my nieces are only just barely into size 80 clothes. I deduced what size to cut out the fabric by the differences between higher sizes. Unfortunately for me, my nieces live on an entirely different continent (I’m in the US, they’re in the UK), so I didn’t have any measurements to go by.

Everything was going smoothly until it came time to wind the elastic thread on the bobbin. This is tricky. In retrospect, I think I pulled mine too tight. In the end I had such a hard time getting it on there at all, I eventually didn’t care that it wasn’t spaced evenly or was too tight or too loose. It was on there! Next! (For what it’s worth, one spool on my Bernina did the one dress.)

My first real problem came on the 7th slide — sewing up the side seams. I didn’t know which side was the side seam. Should the tube be taller than wide, or wider than tall? Because the wider than tall scenario doesn’t look like it could possibly become a dress, even though the slide before that does call them wide and tall correctly. My brain didn’t want to believe it. I did it the incorrect way the first time, decided that couldn’t possibly be right, and sent an email to the author. Fortunately she was very nice and answered my questions pronto! Wider than tall it is.

Next problem came on slide 009. Pinking shears.. don’t have any of those. Zig zag I could do.. but I couldn’t fathom how to do it once the side seams were sewn. So on version two, I zigzagged around both dress pieces before doing the side seams. This worked a charm!

Everything else was incredibly straight forward, with excellent pictures. The one thing I learned about working with elastic thread is that if it is wound in your bobbin too tightly, pulling it out even more than 2 or 3 inches before you cut is an excellent idea. I had to go fishing a few times to get all of the elastic where it needed to be upon finishing.

Sunny Day Dress -- inside elastic

I also had some problems distributing the gathers around the tube, but that’s not a problem with the tutorial. It’s a problem for me because I don’t have anyone to try it out on! I feel like they might be too tight, but then it does stretch. I really don’t know. I have a son so I’ve never even felt these types of dresses before. I have no idea what I’m aiming for! In any case my shirring does resemble the pictures in the tutorial, so I can only hope it will be okay.

On page 025, I ended up sewing down the ends three times because I was not consistent about where I stopped and started each new line of shirring. Good thing my nieces are twins and I get to try it all over again so the next one will be even better 🙂

Sunny Day Dress

One last note: I think the ties are too wide for this size dress, so I’m going to redo those. Otherwise, I’m very pleased! This dress is adorable, it stretches nicely, and I hope it will fit! I learned a lot, and was very pleased with this tutorial.


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Tutorial Try Out 4 – Owl by Moonstitches

After I found this tutowlrial on the 26th of March I could hardly wait to start on these very cute owls. I found a template for the pattern here it’s on the top of the page which I found very handy and together with Moonstiches excellent photo’s there was not a lot to write about. The only problem I had was that my sewing machine has mysteriously broken down after 2, 5 year olds had been touching it. “I did not do anything Mum.. really..” Unable to wait I handstitched my little owl together, I think making it on the machine would give a nicer finish though so I will definately try again once I have figured out which part of my machine has been touched….

Anyway enough talk, here is my first owl.

finsihed owl

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