Up, upcycle and away!

This blog features a guest appearance from my new sidekick, my sewing box! I’m not saying I’ve organised everything there is to do – is that even possible? – but I have certainly finished all the major jobs in the house, so today I turned my attention to my craft stash.

I’d had the idea for a quilted Nexus 7 case for a while, and as I found all sorts of cool vintage-patterned fabrics when I sorted my stash, I decided to have a go. Now, bearing in mind I’m not actually great at sewing and did this all by hand, I think it came out ok (the top is wonky, I admit, but either that’s an augur of next season’s look for accessories – “wonky is the new straight” etc etc – or you can just look at it at a bit of an angle) considering I haven’t done any proper sewing for a long time:


I am not quite the new Cath Kidston yet but I feel my worldwide empire can hardly be very far off. Anyway I think it’s a good job for an hour’s work on a Monday night!

January 28th: rejanimated some fabric into a Nexus case


A fresh coat

Looking at the weather forecast for this week, I could see that it’s going to turn from freezing to practically spring-like in the space of a few days.  As has already been discussed in this blog,  my winter coat is seriously warm, so I started thinking about alternatives.  When I did under the stairs, I rediscovered a couple of old coats – one of them a purple smart coat I had a few years ago.  I was actually about to sling it on the ‘throw it out’ pile as I thought it looked musty and faded, but the ever present spirit of ReJanimate guided my hand and I found myself compelled to put it in the washing machine instead.

It came out great, so off I strode to my sewing box (which should by now be given a supporting role in this blog – who knew it would be such a faithful companion along this road?) to sew on the many missing buttons (which is when I remembered why I stopped wearing it in the first place), give it a good press and snip off a few pulled threads.  It’s really as good as new and I feel really happy to have a ‘new’ coat! 


Once again, one task has led to another one, but in a happy way.

January 27th: reJanimated an old winter coat.

Sewing and sandwich bags

Today has been quite an exciting ReJanimate day! We started a project which will hopefully be finished tomorrow, and then I went to tackle the spare room again.  This really is a job and a half, as in order to do anything I need to do other things first, so at the moment the whole room looks worse than when I began. However, at the beginning the room was superficially tidy but in chaos underneath; now I am restoring order at the bottom but it leads to transitional mess on top!

Today I tackled what was actually a big job – my sewing and yarn supplies stash.  Any crafting fan will know that these things just multiply of their own accord – you start off with one ball of double knit and a crochet hook and end up with enough aran to knit a ships’ worth of jumpers, half a dozen balls of baby cashmerino and some pretty but unusable stitch markers you can never throw away.

I had an ottoman full of fabric – skirts with bust zips, old cushions covers and the like that I “might make into something one day” and assorted drawers of wool and needles and god knows what.  So I did a proper cull of the fabric and kept only the most promising bits (I do have a good idea for them, I promise!) and then used a high tech method to organise my knitting stuff.

Bags.  Revolutionary, I know. Who would have thought of using a bag to keep things in? You can also use them to carry your shopping home, fact fans!  I use big clear sandwich bags – one for each project-in-progress (so much nicer than ‘unfinished’, don’t you think?) and one for each lot of wool.  Add to that a little plastic box from Poundland for hooks, scissors (I’ve found five pairs in total sincee I started rejanimating!) and it all now fits into the Ottoman nicely.  Ahhh!


January 19th: reJanimated sewing and knitting stuff