Tutorial: Plastic Bag Holder…or…Bottle Gift Bag!

For a while now we have been making our plastic bags into little balls and putting them in the cupboard under the kitchen sink.  Well, I didn’t actually realise how out of hand the collection was getting until they started spilling out of the cupboard…I’m sure we had over 100 bags under there!  This spurred me on to make a bag to hold a few plastic bags AND to get rid of the others!

I had an idea of what I wanted to make in my mind but I couldn’t find any tutorials online to match so I decided to draft what I needed myself.  The bag I had in mind was close to the ones from Jeni’s tutorial over on In Color Order.  Only, I wanted an accent piece on the base as well as around the top.  As I wanted a long narrow bag, I also needed to change the measurements.

Untitled

Continue reading “Tutorial: Plastic Bag Holder…or…Bottle Gift Bag!”

Bathroom Makeover – Final Touches

Last week I tied up a few loose ends in the bathroom!  Again, Pinterest had given me a few ideas that I wanted to get done.  Mainly because the bathroom needed a few more pops of colour, but I also wanted to have a go at some other crafts!

1.  You may have seen this runner on my Sunday Sevens post and I finally got it finished!  Man, did it take some time!  I used a method called ‘Quilt as you go‘, where you sew the fabric straight onto the batting.  The tutorial I looked at was for a cushion cover panel, which I may make at a later date!  I really like the effect, and as I worked toward the edge of my batting, the fabric created a chevron effect.

Full runner

close up centre runner

 

Continue reading “Bathroom Makeover – Final Touches”

Bathroom Makeover Part 3 – Handmade Bathmat

I recently borrowed a book from the library called ‘Simple Sewing with Lola Nova’ which has loads of useful projects that are quite different to the ones that get recycled over and over.  The blog is also worth a read!  It was one of these projects that got me thinking about giving the bathroom a little makeover.  The bathmat project was simple but I did change a few things to suit what I needed.  I bought a plain grey hand towel from Walmart that would be used as the back of the mat.  My plan needed to reflect the measurements of the towel so my patchwork squares were different to those in the book.

Plan
Continue reading “Bathroom Makeover Part 3 – Handmade Bathmat”

Bathroom Makeover Part 2 – Shelving Curtains

We do have a good amount of storage in the bathroom; shelves in the bath/shower area, cupboards under the sinks and shelving for towels etc. As I like everything to be hidden, I didn’t love having our towels and bathroom bin being on show so the second part of our little bathroom makeover involves the creation of shelving ‘curtains‘. ‘Curtains‘ being italicised as they aren’t really curtains, they don’t open but they do the same job as a curtain!

Sad shelves

Continue reading “Bathroom Makeover Part 2 – Shelving Curtains”

Bathroom Makeover Part 1

A couple of weeks ago I was very daring and I bought a single crochet hook and a ball of yarn.  Hours of online research later (mainly Pinterest!), I have taught myself to crochet and have made items that I am already super pleased with!  The first was the hat that appeared in my #sundaysevens blog post.

The next thing I had my eye on was some crochet bunting.  The tutorial/pattern was very basic and I was a little dubious that it wouldn’t be very good.  However, it was easy to follow and produced some lovely little triangles that could be turned into bunting.

Our apartment is rented and furnished through the housing company that is linked with the company that Adam works for.  It is lovely, modern and simple; just the right size for us but the colour schemes are not ‘us’.  We like little pops of colour!  Yes, there are different colours around the apartment but they are mainly on the cream and brown spectrum.  This makes me a little sad.  So a few little projects popped into my head and here I am giving our apartment a little makeover!

Starting with the bathroom!
Continue reading “Bathroom Makeover Part 1”

For The Love of Sewing and The Hate of Bias Tape

Recently I have had plenty of time to re-connect with some of my hobbies; mainly sewing and photography.

Back in the UK, I was a Primary School Teacher and absolutely loved my job!  Ensuring that children enjoyed learning and had experienced different things was my passion.  I liked to do alternative activities and worked in a school where everyone worked hard to provide all children with opportunities that would set them up for the future.  As a teacher, I always found it hard to get the work/life balance right!  When I did have spare time, I would be decorating our house, walking the dog or just relaxing!  I know these are hobbies but there are other things that I love doing too; like sewing, photographing, blogging, crafting…..the list goes on!

For the last couple of weeks, I have fallen back into these hobbies and I LOVE it 🙂  There are so many ‘perks’ or ‘positives’ about sewing, so I thought I would list mine!

Continue reading “For The Love of Sewing and The Hate of Bias Tape”