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A needle felting fix!

February 25, 2015

I’m very excited by this ‘mend’. Possible a little too excited, but hey, I take my kicks where I can these days..!

I have this plain grey, slightly boring, but very functional cardi, that has been part of my wardrobe staples for the last few years.
And I managed to get some acrylic paint on it when doing some painting with the kids ages (like more than a year) ago. (I know, I know, who lets the kids paint with acrylics…?)
Needle felting1I keep meaning to try and do something about it, and have mulled over various ideas, but I saw this method using needle felting for mending moth holes in woollens

Image from Woolfiler

Image from Woolfiler

when I was researching an article for the Guardian’s How to Mend series, and have been wanting to give it a go.

My first issue was a lack of wool ‘roving’, but this was solved on a recent trip to the Scrapstore during half term. Yes, it is officially ‘new’, but by buying it I’m supporting a great project, and wool seems a pretty low impact resource (compared to some!), so I decided that under my new ‘conscious consumer rules’, it was ok!
Then I needed some needle felting needles.
I posted a WANTED in the Make Do and Mend-able Pre-loved Craft Stuff Facebook group, and the wonderful Lisa, a textile artisit, and blogger at the Fabrikant blog, very kindly posted me not just one, but two!
Needle felting42Along with explicit instructions not to inadvertently stab them into my finger, as they are barbed, and this will necessitate a trip to A&E to have them removed (the needles, not my fingers…)
I think you can also buy special needle felting pads to use, but I opted for a sponge that I found kicking around in a bathroom drawer.
So I was ready to go…!

And it was super easy, and very satisfying!
I wodged the sponge into the sleeve, and positioned it under the painty bit.
Then I got a teeny bit of the roving, and placed it over one of the paint splodges, and stabbed and stabbed and stabbed with my needle felting needle:

Needle felting2

Needle felting3

And repeated, until all the paint stains were covered up!

Needle felting6

The brown stain is tea I think, and I hope it will come out in the next wash..!)

I am not sure why deliberate splodges of wool, look better than accidental paint splodges, but I think they do.
And I am now on the hunt for other items of clothing I can embellish in a similar way!

What do you think?
Have you needle felted?




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Homemade Christmas Jumpers

December 9, 2014

Have you heard all about it?
Save the Children have a campaign that is now in it’s 3rd year, to raise much needed funds by encouraging the wearing of Christmas jumpers (some people very wrongly term these ‘Ugly Sweaters’…!) in the run up to Christmas. The campaign has raised over£1.6 MILLION to date, and this year the special day is the 12th December.
That’s this Friday!


I have had my eye out in the charity shops for a suitably naff jumper, but they seem very few and far between, and pretty pricey.
So, I decided that the only thing to be done, is to make one of my very own.
And if you want to join in, and have a spare half hour or so, you too can whip up your very own Christmas Jumper, with a little bit of inspiration (see below for inspiration!)

Jumpers collage

Here’s my attempt from last year


My 2013 Make Do and Mend Christmas jumper!

I simply took a plain charity shop jumper, and an old Santa hat. I cut the hat in half and then hand-sewed it on to the jumper-simples!

Another simple idea is this ribbon tree, from BJaneBrewing-there’s a great tutorial here too:

This one is along similar lines, but is less ‘minimalist’! From This Mama Sews

This one from Instructables made me giggle!

The ultimate no sew ugly sweater from Bess Belleau Byers (you could use safety pins to attach the baubles if you needed to!)

I’m not sure if these beads are sewn or glued on, but either way, it’s another simple effective idea

Pic from Pinterest

Pic from Pinterest

There’s a tutorial here from Vixen Made for these kids shirts (although they would make fab grown up shirts too!)

I don’t think that this stylish reindeer appliqué could in any way be described as an ‘ugly sweater’, and there’s a tutorial from The Modern Austen if you want to make one for yourself

There’s a great round up here on Style my Party, that even has ideas for a Christmas jumper for your dog…!


And finally, there are 32 fabulous ideas for Christmas jumpers for kids and grown-ups, here from Creating Really Awesome Free Things:

And don’t forget, if you are donning a festive jumper (or even if you’re not) then it’s all for a good cause


If Christmas jumpers aren’t your thing, then there are lots of other ways to get involved-from knitting mini jumpers, to baking gingerbread jumpers! You can sign up here for free downloads and templates, and share on social media using #teamcreate.
Don’t forget to text WOOLLY to 70050 to donate £2 to Save the Children if you are taking part, whether it’s wearing jumpers, or eating gingerbread 🙂




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Trouser Bag

August 13, 2014

I made a bag. From trousers.

I was planning on making this post into a tutorial, a ‘How-to’, as you would all be so dazzled by my fabulous upcycling, that you would be desperate to have a go yourselves…

Well, ermm, my planned trouser to bag upcycle did not go exactly to plan.
It looks ok from the outside-I used a pair of trousers that I was given on our Buy Nothing page, that were too small, and two ties from a charity shop, to make the body of the bag. So far so good.

Trouser bag1
Then I decided it needed lining, and in keeping with the other components of the bag, it should be lined with an old shirt. AND I could use the shirt breast pocket as a handy phone pocket for my bag. Genius!
Or it would be if I could measure/sew properly.
I made the lining too small, didn’t realise until I had nearly sewn it all in, had to unpick it all, had a strop and couldn’t face trying to sort it out for a couple of weeks. Then I decided I did still want a cool bag made from a pair of trousers, so I set the old grey matter to work, and decided to sew in a bit of old t-shirt to the gap in the shirt (as if a t-shirt was being worn under the shirt-clever hey?!).

Trouser bag3
So I did, and it kind of works.
Except it’s not lined up that well, and the pocket is waaaay off centre, and the whole bag is full of wonk.
But in the spirit of practising what I preach, I am embracing the wonk, and the bag, and I love it!

Embrace the wonk