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Upcyled Bunting

23 May

Choosing fabrics, whether it be for curtains, table cloths, cushions, clothing or just for sewing is a very personal thing.

It says so much about our tastes and personality and can leave an indelible mark others.

In the last twelve months our family has suffered the loss of three grandmothers. All very different and extraordinary women with their own remarkable and unique stories.

I have been lucky enough to collect some of their old fabrics, which I have kept with the idea of giving new life to these seemingly mundane objects.

So when my mother in law asked me to make some bunting for her little summer-house, I had a rifle through my fabrics and found a piece that had belonged to her mother.

It turned out to be perfect for garden themed bunting, the pattern being a mix of summer flowers and summer fruits.

I got to work cutting the triangles using my trusty Kellogg’s template.



I lined the back with a simple cream cotton and chose a bold cherry red bias binding  to bring the whole thing together.


I was quite pleased with the result and my lovely in-laws sent me photo of it in situ. I think it looks pretty good.

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(I’ll skim over the part where I made it slightly too short, simple arithmetic was never my strong point).

I have another couple of upcycling projects coming up using some of my own Grandmothers fabrics. I am still toying with ideas, but I think one may be a cathedral window quilt and the other may involve Suffolk puffs. These two techniques would be great for showcasing many of her fabric choices without needing large quantities of any one pattern. Plus this involves hand stitching which I love 🙂

I’d better get cracking then!



Mod Podge Coasters

22 Apr

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I bought my first pot of Mod Podge weeks ago (I know! I always was a late starter),  but I have been a bit worried about using it on any large projects or wasting good materials by making a mess. So I though I would start small and see how I got on.

I really like the idea of using fabrics in ways other than sewing so thought I’d try glueing it instead.

I took a little trip to my local charity shop and picked up these rather unlovely coasters pictured above. Having only cost 50p I decided that these little beaut’s would be my first Mod Podge experiment.

The first thing I realised was that my choice of fabric,  though pretty and vintage was thin and the original pattern on the coaster would end up showing through. I took a look in the cellar to see what I could find.

A tin of White undercoat was just the ticket to kill off the original pattern. Once that had well and truly dried I cut out circles of fabric and Mod Podged them onto the coasters, making sure that there was plenty of the glue around the edges. I used a dry paint brush to smooth the fabric and ensure there was no creasing or bubbling.

I hoovered and dusted the whole of the downstairs, cleaned the bathroom and had a nice cup of tea whilst the glue dried and then I gave the top a thick coat of Mod Podge to seal, trimming and sanding the edges lightly once dry.

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The result is quite sweet and would make a nice little gift for someone.

The only thing I am not too happy about is the slightly grainy texture of the surface. Maybe someone will have some suggestion as to how to remedy this. I thought I might give it a coat of varnish. What do you think?

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