Summer Bikini Top

Summer Bikini Top This summer bikini top might prove useful if global warming kicks in this year. They have been predicting the hottest summer ever in Cape Town. Currently it's snowing on the mountains in some areas. So maybe not just yet. It's exactly the same top as...

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Round Handle Bag

Round Handle Bag Have been wanting lovely bamboo handles to make a bag forever. Could. Not. Find. Them. These round handles came up during a rummage in a charity shop attached to a very tired old bag. Immediately knew I could re-use them to make a new bag. I bought a...

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DIY Drawstring Laundry Bag

DIY Drawstring Laundry Bag These DIY drawstring laundry bags were originally made for our boat. Super handy to divide up washing according to colour and schelp them to the nearest laundry. But they also proved very useful in our accomodation in London. DIY drawstring...

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Blockout Curtains

Blockout Curtains Why would anyone want blockout curtains? Simple. They block out light helping you sleep better. And they add an extra layer of insulation so noise and temperatures are muted. What if you already have the perfect curtains? Make your own DIY Blockout...

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Square Camisole

Square Camisole I made this square camisole a while ago and have the benfit of having worn it a few times now. One thing I would do differently is make a fastening at the side. Or make the back in two parts and make an opening at the back of this square camisole. It's...

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Black Shirt Dress

Black Shirt Dress This black shirt dress is exactly same as the one I made in a tutorial posted a few weeks back. You can find the tutorial - here. I made both these dresses at the same time. It should be warmer in Cape Town, but we've been hovering around 20'C which...

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Pleather Spectacle Case

Pleather Spectacle Case I made this pleather spectacle case along with a set of DIY mobile phone covers - Mobile Phone Covers - and a tote bag - Pleather Tote Bag.  They are all dead easy to make. The only two things to get right are: - cutting the edges straight...

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DIY Accessories – FREE Tutorials

Yet another round up of older tutorials, this time - DIY Accessories - FREE Tutorials. All patterns, tutorials and content here will always be FREE. Click on the link below the image to find the tutorial. Unfortunately, some of the pics are grainy as they were taken...

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DIY Bags – FREE Sewing Patterns

Have been busy putting together a compilation of all my DIY fashion posts and this one is all about DIY Bags - FREE Sewing Patterns. Can't believe how much I've made over the years! Yesterday I was wearing a black off-shoulder dress and someone said, " I love your...

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DIY Tops – FREE Sewing Patterns

This post is a compilation of my free sewing patterns and tutorials for tops. Called it DIY Tops - FREE Sewing Patterns - for obvious reasons. The link to the tutorial is below each picture. Tapestry Top I'm sorry my posts have been so infrequent. I've been on the...

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DIY Skirts – FREE Sewing Patterns

I've been doing reviews of all my patterns and this one is called DIY Skirts - FREE Sewing Patterns because, well it's a recap of all the FREE sewing patterns for skirts. There are some much older DIY Skirt FREE Patterns but the photos are so small that I've left them...

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DIY Jackets – FREE Sewing Patterns

DIY Jackets - FREE Sewing Patterns So I've called this post - DIY Jackets - FREE Sewing Patterns. Following on from last week, when I did a recap of some of my FREE Dress Sewing Patterns and Tutorials. This week it's - DIY Jackets - FREE Sewing Patterns. Hope you find...

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DIY Dresses – FREE Sewing Patterns

DIY Dresses - FREE Sewing Patterns I'm on the move for almost three months. Not going to be able to do much sewing or crafting. So I will do a recap of my favourite DIY's with links to the FREE tutorials or FREE sewing patterns. Click on the coloured text right below...

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Mixed Medium Rings

Mixed Medium Rings     No secret I love fashion. But also worry about the burden cheap throw-away fashion is placing on the environment. This blog is all about how I try to keep up with the latest trends by making my own, or even better up-cycling and...

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Let Out Pants

Let Out Pants You know how life gets in the way and you don't exercise as much as you should. And then the next thing, your clothes are a bit tight. And then they get even tighter. I wish I didn't love making and eating food as much as I do. Now that my other half and...

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Shirt Dress

Shirt Dress The cold shoulder trend or off shoulder trend is showing no signs of abating. Frankly I love it. Am not shy about my shoulders. Not so keen to flaunt my belly, bum or legs. The inspiration for this shirt dress was from a blog called A Pair and a Spare. Her...

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Hot Pad

Hot Pad Honestly not sure what to call this thing. Hot pad? Heat protective mat? Kitchen counter cover? Whatever it is, I had left-over heat protective material and decided to make two of these to match the - Oven Gloves - made a few weeks back. They are super handy...

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Large Winter Shawl

Large Winter Shawl Not sure why I'm posting this large winter shawl as it looks like we're never going to have winter here in Cape Town. Our city gave estimates projecting how temperatures here are going to rise in the next few decades. Downright scary. Ah well, I...

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Easy Summer Sundress

Easy Summer Sundress Variations of this easy summer sundress are all over Pinterest. The patterns are more or less the same. You can also look up - Moldes Moda Medida - for free patterns. Might need to translate them though. Here in Cape Town global warming is most...

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Cheeze Board

Cheeze Board Why did I not think to make our own cheeze boards before? Or as in the picture above, a chocolate and berry board? It's not at all difficult to make a rustic cheeze board like the one here. I might have mentioned in a previous post that we've started...

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DIY Ruffle Shoulder Dress

DIY Ruffle Shoulder Dress I love, love, love this diy ruffle shoulder brocade dress. Made an emerald green diy ruffle shoulder dress a few weeks back and love that one just as much. So easy to wear. So easy to make. Get compliments when I wear them. People ask me to...

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Crochet Glasses Case

Crochet Glasses Case This crochet glasses case is a great way to use up left over wool. If you have really short wool scraps you can layer different coloured stripes for a fun, fresh and funky new glasses case. You need: - wool crochet hook You do: - Start by making a...

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DIY Oven Gloves

DIY Oven Gloves Who makes DIY oven gloves? Not me. Not before this. They're so easy to buy and a bit of a fuss to make. My other half and I love, love, love making food and recently started a Pop Up Dining Experience at our house. Check that out - here. Fair to say...

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Ruffle Dress

Ruffle Dress Let me start by saying this ruffle dress is not my pattern. I found it on a blog called Megan Nielsen. She calls it a - ruffle off the shoulder dress. And she has lovely step by step photos so do check out her blog. You need: - the pattern - print from...

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Luggage Tag

Luggage Tag The last time we went to visit family up north the chauffeur who collected us commented on our luggage tags. He said he could see where we lived. I thought that was the point. Then he pointed out that anyone who walked past our bags could have read our...

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Easy Apron

Easy Apron Trying to get my S.O. to look slightly happy in a photo is a formidable challenge. I particularly wanted him in this easy apron as he spends so much time in the kitchen. You can see his kitchen creations - on this link. My mother spent three weeks with us...

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Burda Sweater

Burda Sweater If I come across a Burda magazine, I page through it, and if I find easy patterns that I like, I buy the mag. Which is how I found this easy Burda sweater pattern. Any pattern that doesn't involve setting sleeves always get's my vote. You could take a...

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Pearl String Bracelet

Pearl String Bracelet The inspiration for this pearl string bracelet came from bracelets I see on yogis when I go to class. They seem to be knotted on, never to come off. And while I like that, I also like the option of being able to remove a bracelet. I came up with...

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Meet Greenie

My name is Karen. I live in Cape Town, South Africa. This blog is about how to make your own, how to recycle, restyle and up-cycle.

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