Monthly Archives: December 2018

Trying to recycle

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I’ve made an attempt to save the World this Christmas but suspect it’s not a single handed job!

I bought and wrapped my gifts in recycled brown paper. Then realised that the roll I had bought was wrapped in plastic!! Come on WH SMITH!

I used fabric scraps to tie the gifts up but then realised that I still needed sticky tape (because I’m a rubbish wrapper!)

Some recycled gift wrapping ( the paper is recycled not the gifts)

Scrappy Tin ( that has been recycled)

I only bought Charity Christmas cards from the actual charities but spent a fortune on postage stamps! I had thought of not sending cards this year but I actually enjoy receiving them. Any novel ideas about recycling them next year?

Well I have tried so I will try even harder next year . I’ll drink plenty of wine then I can recycle the bottles!

Decorating

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One of the best things about this time is the decorations. Forget the dark days and add twinkle to your life with fairy lights. Get all wrapped up with recycled paper. Make your own cool wreath.

This wreath is so easy to make that even I can do it. I made it three Christmases ago. It squashes flat and fluffs out when the decs go up. It also ticks the recycling, upcycling and reusing boxes. Here’s how:

Take a wire coat hanger and bend and twist into a rough circle keeping the hook as,well, a hook.

Cut plastic bags into approximately 2 x 6 inch strips

Take each strip and knot around the wire

Keep going round the circle pushing the knotted strips close and tight.

When the circle is full fluff out the strips and trim if required.

Add decoration of choice or leave without

You can use coloured bags ( I used clear) and adapt for other occasions e.g. Halloween, Baby shower, wedding, Birthday etc.

Hook up the wreath. Stand back. Admire.

Happy decorating to you all dear reader!

Finished Friday!

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I’ve Finally finished my current project!

It’s scarf called Hitchhiker and can be found on http://www.Ravelry.com and is by Martina Behm This is the third time I’ve made this cosy knit. It is easy to do and attractive when finished.

First I made this one:

Then I made one for my daughter last Christmas, which I forgot to photograph, but that time I sewed purls to each point.

And now I’ve made this one:

Easy Last Minute DIY Gift: Flannel and Fringe Scarf (Tutorial and Video)

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Great idea and fab colours 🌲

The Renegade Seamstress

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Little did my mom know that when she declared the Christmas of 1971 as a “Handmade Holiday,” she changed my life forever. I can still remember feeling so honored and loved when even my dad, who was Mr. Busy and Mr. Uncrafty, spent time putting together presents he thought we would enjoy.  The huge mosaic he made from our shag carpet remnants hung on the wall above the piano for years. The fabric-covered hanging lamp he made for me hung above my bed until I went to college. It was this Christmas that began my own “Handmade Journey.”

Today, I’m still on that journey. It has become such a part of who I am today. All seems right with the world when I’m able to design, create and share my sewing adventures with you.

If you’ve declared your own Handmade Holiday this season, a flannel fringe scarf is an easy, stylish gift…

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