Category Archives: making things

Recycling! Rubbish into toys

I wrote a post over at Natural Parents Network about recycling ‘rubbish’ into toddler toys. However much we try to reduce the amount of packaging that comes into your house and waste that goes out of it, it seems that … Continue reading

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Eco-friendly clothing: links roundup

Over at A Little Bit of All Of It, it’s eco-friendly clothing week! In honour of which, here is a round-up of various links and so on from me and elsewhere, on the subject of eco-friendly clothing. Upcycling Upcycling existing … Continue reading

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Baby tipi, and another guest post

I really wanted to put a willow den in our back garden for Leon to play in. Unfortunately, that was scuppered by the realisation that there’s a sewage pipe running underground through the middle of the garden. You’re not supposed … Continue reading

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Knitting merrily along

I’ve just realised that while I blog occasionally about sewing, I virtually never blog about knitting, despite the fact that I always have at least one (usually more) projects on the go. Leon wearing his jacket Recently finished projects: a … Continue reading

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Sewing beyond my means: halfway through

Back in November, I decided to have a go at a quilt-as-you-go patchwork version of Amy Butler’s Weekender Bag. Since then I’ve been steadily ploughing onwards a bit at a time, and now I’ve finished the piecing, and am halfway … Continue reading

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Travel busy bag for a 10 month old

We travel by train quite a bit, and Leon is getting beyond the age where just waving my keys in front of him will distract him. Today I constructed a travel busy bag for him, with ideas from a couple … Continue reading

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Sewing beyond my means…

Or at least beyond my likely abilities. But what the hell! It’s more fun that way. There’s a sew-along on a forum I’m on of this quilt-as-you-go version of the Amy Butler Weekender Bag. Which I gather is famously Very … Continue reading

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From skirt to (baby) trousers

Another round of decluttering recently unearthed a skirt that I made for myself many years ago, but have never actually worn. After seeing two posts about upcycled baby trousers, one from a T-shirt and one from trousers, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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Making things: a place for things and a place for making

I have a couple of woodwork projects on my making-things list, but haven’t been making much progress with them. I realised the other day that part of the problem was the lack of space in the garage to start on … Continue reading

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Making a laptop caddy

In our household we have a tendency to leave laptops lying around the living room. It occurred to me, as L began rolling and trying really hard to crawl (he is currently managing whole millimetres at a time, often backwards), … Continue reading

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