Quick Projects

Just thought I would mention: I will be posting more sewing ‘makes’ soon(ish): Unfortunately I have issues with my leg/s when I sew too much. I don’t know how to correct this, but if I sew to much I get pain in my legs that can often last for months :(. So annoying!  I have had this problem in the past and its best to avoid sewing for a while. 

One thing I love to do is hold onto necklaces that break or that I feel are not quite my style for whatever reason and shop for craft pieces and trinkets in dollar stores (jump rings, beads etc)  because…

If you have some chain, jump rings and a set of those jewelery making pliers (I don’t even know the technical term for these) you can combine all these things to make jewellery that is more your style, and that no one else will be wearing. I love that!

I tend to love bold colours and the 60s so that influenced how I remixed the beads and materials. I know they are a little kooky and not everyones taste but here you go…

You have been warned- I love brooches! hehe


Above: My favorite. A brooch from leather scraps. More on this later.


This necklace was a mish-mash of beads I took from 3 other necklaces I owned (but didn’t like) so I dismantled them.

I like this piece with my orange top. But then orange is my favorite colour (has been since I was a teenager) so I feel like everything goes better orange. Orange makes me happy!


I like the mix of wood, colour and plastic! I don’t know why I had to use duct tape in this one but bah who cares.


Above is another one made from parts of the same necklaces.


Fun fact: Pill boxes are a great way to store jump rings and small jewellery supplies.

Anyway my point is making something new that is ‘your style’ out of things you already have. That is what I’m about!

I love the PROCESS of sewing and I’m sure you understand what I mean! Something about creating something functional and pretty and being part of the entire process.

But sometimes fitting a garment and alternating patterns part can leave me so disenchanted with sewing. It’s not that I hate it (all the time) but as with doing anything you are not very good at, a lot of frustration and tedium and uncertainty is part of the learning process.

So often I have step away from the fitting process (especially this stupid halter dress) and go back  to doing a super quick basic sewing project(s) to kind of reignite my passion for making stuff. Actually I think I have written about this before.

So I decided I wanted to use some pretty fabric scraps and I make a fair few pencil cases.

I have stopped getting any shifts at my work. I used to work an average of 3 days a week at my job and this week I have zero shifts (they are cutting down on people to save money)… so selling these pencil cases on etsy may not be a bad idea!

They are fully lined and I also added an iron-on interfacing to make them more study.

Most of them are pretty large (25cm/over 9 inchs) but I made one really little one (pictured above). I am keeping it because it wasn’t perfectly straight/symmetrical. I now use it in my handbag for storing my  loyalty cards, ipod, shopping lists and fabric samples. Yay!

Here are the bigger ones…

The bird fabric was from a store-bought skirt that I took apart and re-purposed as was the green floral :). I have two skirts made from the leopard print fabric I used here’s one.

The gingham and the white fabric with black dots are left overs from dresses I made and the cute anchor fabric was leftover fabric from a top I made years ago.

Why am I mentioning this stuff?

Lately I have been thinking a lot about how to use scraps and leftover fabric. Because I always over-buy when I fabric shop so I end up with a lot of scraps.

Quilting has never appealed to me. I am by no means against it though! I have seen some gorgeous quilts on the Internet that are a lot more clean, modern and stylish than the image I have in my head of the quilts and “quilting”.

Last week I donated 3 bags worth of my smaller scraps to a lady who quilts for charity. I felt sort of bad because I filled it with little pieces. didn’t know what she would deem usable or how small was too small for a usable scrap.

What do you do with your fabric scraps?