Upcycled Baby Clothes

Upcycling is basically making new from old (a bit like recycling) but this site is not just about upcycled baby clothes I'll also be giving money saving tips and how you can earn extra, let's face it, we all like to save/make money! There are lots of different ways to upcycle, from re-using old clothing, curtains and bedding, to turning old furniture into something useful again. Subscribe for your free book and be the first to get the latest updates!

The History of Patchwork Quilting

In my tutorial “How to Patchwork Quilt” I gave a brief description of patchwork and quilting. This article delves into the history of patchwork quilting. Ancient Eygpt The word quilt is derived from the Latin word Culcita, meaning a cushion or mattress that has been stuffed. Patchwork and Quilting is thought to have been around […]

The Great British Sewing Bee

The Great British Sewing Bee Book review   Book Title – The Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe Price – RRP £25 – Special Offer Price from Amazon – £12 Website – AMAZON   Did you watch The Great British Sewing Bee? If you’re anything like me you’ll have watched it avidly every week, […]

Magnifier Lamps

With the darker nights coming in it’s time to start switching the inside lights on. Now I don’t know about you but I struggle to see with electric light when I’m sewing or knitting. I’ve seen magnifier lamps in workshops and I’ve seen my son use one, just never thought about it being useful for […]

Brother 1034D Overlocker

Brother 1034D Overlocker You’ve got the sewing bug, have your sewing machine and have now realised you need an overlocker/serger……enter the with differential feed. Now overlockers/sergers can be pretty scary things that can leave you with a headache just thinking about threading it, never mind the sharp knife involved! I’ve put together this review of […]

Compact Sewing Machine

Compact Sewing Machine  Who is it suitable for? My friend is a complete sewing novice and wanted a basic on a very low budget so bought this one. It is what it says on the box, a basic machine suitable for beginners or, if you want a portable sewing machine to take to classes, a […]

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Upcycle Your T-Shirts


A t-shirt quilt history and directions to make your own quilt. You may have a dresser drawer or wardrobe packed with old t-shirts. see more

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jack and jill market

Jack and Jill Market


Not a new concept, selling and upcycling second-hand goods but, with daughter and I having used the Jack and Jill Market to purchase most of the items baby Lilly has needed I decided to write about the experience. this is a great way to make some money as a seller or save money as a buyer. […]

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dress for sewing

Dress For Sewing


Not quite what you think! Not a dress to sew but a question, do you dress for sewing? Do you prepare yourself mentally? In the 40s and 50s, a woman’s place was very much in the home and there were lots of articles and advice on how a housewife should comport herself. Some of the […]

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easy make burp cloths

Easy Make Burp Cloths


Baby Lilly needs burp cloths, she goes through so many! I made this project up as I went along but they really are “easy make burp cloths!” I followed the same simple method that I used for the taggie blanket, only difference being I didn’t add the tags. I made 2 and it only took me […]

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history of patchwork quilting

How to Patchwork Quilt – Part 3


We finished How to Patchwork Quilt – Part 2 with the patchwork completed and now it’s time to move onto the quilting part. There are many different ways to make a quilt but, for the purpose of this tutorial I’m doing it the simplest way. Making the quilt. A quick note here….I decided to add […]

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How to Patchwork Quilt - Part 2

How to Patchwork Quilt – Part 2


In How to Patchwork Quilt – Part 1 we finished by having fabric squares prepared ready for piecing together. How to Patchwork Quilt Part – 2 Lay out your squares in the pattern you want. I decided to put the cream squares down the sides, I liked the look of it better.       […]

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