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Smocked top

16 Jun

A couple of years ago I bought a lovely dress at my local market, just to find out that I didn’t like how it looked on me. Anyway, as I really liked the pattern of the fabric I decided to unstitch it to make something new out of it. It took me almost 3 years to decide what to do, but in the end I came out with this smocked  top….

top

top

 

detail

detail

 

 

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Welcome to my place

6 Jun

I’ve been thinking to re-organize the entrance hall of my flat for a while, and finally I came up with what I think is the most unexpensive solution: I wanted to add a little bench at the entrance but I couldn’t find a suitable one. They all were too big, then my father gave me this old tea-table solid enough to be upcycled to a bench. As it was dark brown and a bit run-down I decided to paint it “ivory” white, and then to make a cushion to match with it.

First I made a squared cover for the pillow stuffing, then I sewed a zippered pillow cover with some lovely Ikea fabric. I also managed to sew an invisible zipper…. which was a first time for me! And guess what? It was easier than I thought!

The final touch is the hanger coat rack that I bought from Ikea too almost a year ago and that finally my brother had the time to come and secure to the wall. …. drilling is definitely not my piece of cake!

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow

My upcycled bench and a brand new pillow

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The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?

The pillow perfectly fits the bench! incredible, uh?

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It looks nice.

It looks nice.

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The invisible zipper!

The invisible zipper!

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An organized entrance hall.

An organized entrance hall.

Too many fish in the sea

29 Apr

Here are a couple of little fish I made during last weekend.

I really don’t know what I’ll make of them. Perhaps they’ll become key-rings or something else.

At the moment they’re hanging from a knob…

cute fish

cute fish

two fish

two fish

Ugly doggie

24 Apr

During Easter weekend I made this little chap here: it was supposed to be a terrier-like keyring but it turned out to be more like an aardvark!

the aardvark-terrier keyring

the aardvark-terrier keyring

 

at least, it works...

at least, it works…

Little monsters

13 Jan

Here are some Xmas gifts I made for  my friends’ children…. I got the tutorial for these little “monsters” from the brilliant REVOLUZZZA blog here, and, with some minor changes I made three of them…. my old sewing machine has some problems with narrow zigzag stitches, so I avoided the mouth, but the result is quite nice anyway. Or at least I’ve been told so….

Monster Ninni

Monster Ninni

mininni

Monster Ninni

mininni 1

Monster Ninni

Crossbody travel bag

27 Aug

My latest addition to my bag collection is this crossbody bag I purposely made for my upcoming holidays…. I needed a small – but not too small – bag to keep my passport, cell-phone, boarding card, etc… at hand, that could also be easily put away in a bigger bag (see here). So I used some Ikea fabric for the outside while the lining is a reminder I bought at my local market some time ago. The shoulder strap is recycled from an old bag, but since it’s black and doesn’t match with the fabric enough, I will probably replace it with a strap made of the very same fabric.

I also added a zip, to keep the precious things safely inside, a big pocket in the front with a hidden magnetic button, and a smaller pocket in the back. There’s also a small pocket inside.

On a second thought I could have used a black zip to match the recycled strap… mmmhh…. 😕

Crossbody travelbag front

Crossbody travelbag front

back

back

Inside

Inside

Paola’s bag

2 Aug

Next week is my friend Paola‘s birthday and since she once told me that she needs a Summer shoulder bag for when she goes motorbiking with her hubby I decided to make one as a present. This is actually my first chronologically serious attempt at fabric bags. Even before this one.

So, I found a tutorial on the web and make quite few changes according to my tastes, and I came out with this zipped lined bag, with a flap with magnetic buttons, a rear – always handy – small pocket and adjustable strap.  Anyway it has some minor imperfections but I think she’ll find it quite useful. Or at least, I hope so.  🙂

PS as we had an early celebration for her birthday yesterday, due to the forthcoming Summer holidays, she has already been given her present… so, no spoiler here. 😉

Paola's bag

Paola’s bag

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Inside

Inside

Back

Back

Front

Front

Summer Travelbag

23 Jul

This past week-end I’ve been working a lot on a project that I longed to for a few years! Yes… years!

Some years ago I bought at my local market this light blue cotton fabric with circles pattern that really intrigued me. This is actually the very first piece of fabric of my collection, and I’ve always thought to make a bag out of it, but I didn’t know how to. So it was left waiting along with my other fabrics until the day would come….. And at last, the day has come!

Few years later, as the fabric lightly faded, I was finally able to make my travelbag! I again followed the template that I found on the Sue Kim‘s “Bags the modern classicbook , and made some changes – it is larger than the one on the book –  and here is the result. The book gives it a 3 stars of difficulty (3 is the maximum), and I would add an extra half star because I changed the misures too. Not bad for a newbie. 😀

It took me 3 afternoons to stitch it and it is far from being “perfect“… moreover it isn’t exactly as I imaginated it back then, but it is quite handy, both as a gym bag or as a travel bag, and I like it! 😎

Travel and/or Sport bag

Travelbag

…but definitely a Summer bag!

My granny Lucia purse

2 Jul

I think I’ve inherited my passion for re-cycling and up-cycling from my grandmother Lucia.

She was always doing things either with her sawing machine or with her crochet. She often used to buy clothes and reshape them to fit her tastes. And she always embellished tableclothes and bathtowel with lace and decorations.

So I’ve been thinking a lot about her while making this my new project… You won’t ever imagine where the outer fabric that I used for this purse, came from… No clue?

Well, some time ago my brother asked my mother to shorten the sleeves of a shirt he uses for work and the light blue fabric is the remnant!

I unstitched the sleeves and ironed them to remove the signs of the old seam and then I added some interfacing to make it stronger. I didn’t have enough fabric to make the string too, so I used the one from the lining that can also be seen on the corsage.

Then I followed the template that I found on the Sue Kim‘s “Bags the modern classicbook …. and voilà!

The instructions on the book were very clear and detailed and I didn’t have any problem at all. I also added the corsage for an extra touch… I think my granny would be proud of me! 😀

my brand new purse

my brand new purse

the up-cycled purse

the up-cycled purse

Detail: made by me! :-)

Detail: made by me! 🙂

Detail: corsage

Detail: corsage

Birthday gift

17 Apr

So, today is my birthday and every year I try to take this day off from work to avoid stress and have a relaxing day all for myself.

And today I used my very well deserved free time for making myself a birthday gift.  🙂

I had a small piece of light pink 50% viscose/50% cotton fabric with a kind of beehive weaving that I cut from the sleeves of a t-shirt because they were too long, and I wanted to do something out of it for a very long time.

I actually never wore the t-shirt, but I think I’m going to wear this bracelet…

I added some charms: an owl to make me wiser (I really need it despite my growing age…), a little rabbit with the word “fuku engraved on it (which stands for blessing, fortune, luck, wealth… you choose!), a little bell to protect from bad spirits (you never have enough protection!), and  a pink glass bead (for a girly touch…).

I quite like it and I think I’m going to wear it pretty often… despite the noise from the bell… 🙂  ..or maybe because of it. 😀

Birthday bracelet

Birthday bracelet

Birthday bracelet

Birthday bracelet

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