Sunday, 18 November 2018

Up-cycled fabric gift bags

What do you do when a pair of your favourite PJ's get a huge rip in them? I could have patched them up, but instead, I decided to up-cycle them into six fabric gift bags to put Christmas presents in!

I simply cut the legs into four sections and then sewed along the bottom to create a fabric bag. The hem along the bottom of the legs created a casing that I threaded ribbon through to make drawstring bags. The remaining bags are simply tied with ribbons on the outside. I managed to use ribbons that I've had in my stash for a long time which makes this little project totally free!

A great stash buster and helps you use those worn out clothing items in your wardrobe into something useful that your family and friends will appreciate and hopefully use again!

Sunday, 11 November 2018

Crochet and Culture at the Fashion and Textiles Museum

I attended a fabulous workshop at the Fashion and Textiles Museum in the last week of October to learn how to crochet with the absolutely lovely knitwear designer Katie Jones. She delivered a 3-hour session with the help of her mum where she taught us the basics of crochet and by the end of the session we had all made a crochet necklace.

We used t-shirt yarn in a variety of colours which is a pretty chunky type of yarn made from recycled t-shirts. Due to the thickness of the yarn you created a decent amount of crochet in a short space of time.

Here are some photos of my progress.

Learning how to get into the rhythm of a continuous chain 
The first row was 20 stitches long

My first attempt at adding a new colour to the second row. Still too early to tell if I have done this correctly!?
The finished piece after a third grey row. This final yarn was VERY chunky which gives the illusion of extra volume but it's exactly the same stitch as before

On the first Friday of November, I attended a talk by Amber Butchart on the 'Chronicles of Fashion' her most recent book. She is an associate fashion lecturer at the London College of Fashion and also presented the BBC programme 'A Stitch in Time'. 
Amber spoke about a number of the best-dressed people from history she has selected when writing the book which covers over 100. The talk was extremely interesting and engaging and at the end of the evening, I bought her book which she kindly signed!

The ticket to the event also included entry to the current exhibition 'Night and Day; 1930's Fashion and Photographs' which has an abundance of absolutely glorious bias cut, beaded and embroidered dresses. A true feast for the eyes! I would highly recommend you pay a visit. The exhibition continues until 20th January 2019.