Moon Choker

Moon Choker This lovely moon choker came about because I had a hammered silver crescent moon and wasn't wearing it. Made it back in the days of jewelry making with left-over silver. All it took was a quick bend of some silver wire plus an O-ring to attach the moon...

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Shoulder Tie Dress

Shoulder Tie Dress This shoulder tie dress is the ultimate summer dress. It's not much more than a big square of fabric, sewn together to make a tube. A bit of shirring at the top. And some shoulder ties. Tick. Done. You need: - fabric matching colour thread sewing...

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Beaded Serviette Rings

Beaded Serviette Rings My daughter made these beaded serviette rings easily two decades ago when she was still living at home. What I like about them is they are light and small and so work well with paper serviettes. We've been experiencing the worst drought since...

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Long Black Shiftdress

Long Black Shiftdress This long black shiftdress is really nothing more than an extra long T-shirt. I used a shiftdress from my wardrobe to cut the pattern. It's made from what they called golf shirt fabric at the fabric shop. Came in a long wide tube. Have to say it...

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Fireplace Restyle

Fireplace Restyle I cannot claim credit for this fireplace restyle. My seriously handy husband did this job. He also made the wooden bit the three lights are hanging from which you can see in the mirror - AND he made the wine racks to fit in the wall to the left of...

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Quartz Crystal Earrings

Quartz Crystal Earrings I did a jewelry making course a few years ago and while I loved it, my soldering was rubbish, so I've turned to wire jewelry and made a few things including this pair of quartz crystal earrings. Most of my inspiration comes from what I see in...

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FREE Backpack Sewing Pattern

FREE Backpack Sewing Pattern There are some trends I warm to instantly, anything in any shade of green will do, hence this FREE backpack sewing pattern. Am on the move again and backpacks are the business to make travel easier. I've made a similar backpack before...

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Broderie Anglaise Top

Broderie Anglaise Top This Broderie Anglaise top is made from the exact same pattern as - this top. Click on the link to get the FREE sewing pattern and tutorial. Amazing how different fabrics can completely change the look and feel of a top? It's a pretty fool proof...

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Delicate Ring

Delicate Rings This tutorial for delicate rings came about because I've been wanting to make some midi rings and wondered if I could make them using silver wire. I did a You Tube search and came across a video called "10 diy rings easy & adjustable" by Helena...

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Balloon Sleeve Dress

Balloon Sleeve Dress I've made a bunch of shift dresses including this balloon sleeve dress which I will post over the next few weeks. They are beyond easy to make as I use no closures i.e. zips or button holes. The difference between a normal shift dress and this one...

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Fabric Charm Necklace

Fabric Charm Necklace This fabric charm necklace is a perfect way to use up a fabric scraps and anything you can lay your hands on from lucky charms, buttons, beads and even plastic junk from lucky packets or Christmas crackers. It's meant to be fun. I don't claim to...

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Culottes Tutorial

Culottes Tutorial I can't get enough culottes at the moment hence this culottes tutorial. If you like the look of the top you can find the free sewing pattern and tutorial - in this link. So let me say up front I make my own patterns for a LOT of my stuff. But with...

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Repurposing Wine Corks

Repurposing Wine Corks Ever wondered how to go about repurposing wine corks? No surpise to find a way in Greenie Dresses for Less. Come spring I go mad and plant seeds, and then they come up, but is it a weed or a seed? And if a seed, which one did I plant in this...

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Muslin Curtains Two Ways

Muslin Curtains Two Ways DIY Muslin Curtains Two Ways is showing how I made two sets of muslin curtains. These muslin curtains are made with with a slot. I had to come up with curtains rather quickly for a London apartment which lacked light - hence this pair of posts...

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DIY Muslin Curtains Two Ways

DIY Muslin Curtains Two Ways DIY Muslin Curtains Two Ways is showing how I made two sets of muslin curtains. These muslin curtains are made with a fold over. I had to come up with curtains rather quickly for a London apartment which lacked light - hence this pair of...

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DIY Summer Sundress

DIY Summer Sundress This DIY Summer Sundress is made from an old sheet. Yip, that's how things roll on this blog. Upcycle, recycle and make it yourself. I took the measurements from around my chest, just above my bust for the top piece - plus 6 - 8 centimetres for...

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African Print Top

African Print Top I love this African Print Top so much that as fast as it comes out the wash I wear it again. It's exactly the same pattern as my - White Frill Hem Top. Head to that post to get the FREE sewing pattern and full sewing instructions. You need: – fabric...

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Half Moon Earrings

Half Moon Earrings The inspiration for these Half Moon Earrings came from Pinterest while I was looking at wire jewellery ideas. Wish I could remember who shared it, but the idea stuck in my head. I bought the silver wire from a local jewelery supply shop and already...

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FREE Sewing Patterns and Tutorials

FREE Sewing Patterns and Tutorials Let's talk a bit about FREE Sewing Patterns and Tutorials this week. Almost every week I roll out a FREE sewing pattern and/or tutorial for something I've made. I make a LOT of stuff. None of the things I make are difficult. I can do...

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Fabric Bag – FREE Sewing Pattern

Fabric Bag - FREE Sewing Pattern I must have made at least ten of these fabric bags with my FREE sewing pattern. They are just so easy to own and use. They are light - no back strain. They wash. You can squeeze anything into them from thick jackets to shopping as they...

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Easy Sweater Tutorial

Easy Sweater Tutorial Never made a sweater before? You can make an easy sweater with this this tutorial. Here's how: - You need: - make a pattern or download a Burda pattern knit fabric contrast colour knit fabric ribbing for the neck and cuffs sewing scissors pins...

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Green Tunic Dress

Green Tunic Dress OK there's no pattern for this green tunic dress from me. For a change. It's a commercial pattern that I've made before and I love it. Am not going to do the whole deal with what you need or how to make it as that is included in the pattern...

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DIY Apron

DIY Apron I made this particular DIY apron for a fancy dress party. My other half and I usually wear - these - aprons. And we wear them a lot since we've now added catering to our already busy lives - Vegan Pop Up Dining. What were we thinking? It's super duper easy...

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Vertical Hanging Laundry Bag

Vertical Hanging Laundry Bag This vertical hanging laundry bag is a long thin leftover piece from a heavy cotton dropcloth used to cover my daughter's sofa. The inspiration for THAT DIY came from a blogger called - budgetsonadime on blogspot. See her photo and...

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DIY Strapless Dress

DIY Strapless Dress This DIY Strapless Dress was actually made as a maxi skirt. I love, love, love this dress. So easy to wear. Nice and cool. And goes from day to night. It doesn't crease so it travels well. What's not to love? I wear it with a skinny scarf which I...

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White Frill Hem Top

White Frill Hem Top I made this white frill hem top from a sheet that had a mark I could not remove. As with all my sewing projects this white frill hem top is ridiculously easy to make. No closures such as zips or button holes. No setting of sleeves. And no tailoring...

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Fabric Bracelet

Fabric Bracelet The inspiration for these fabric bracelets came from a blogger called - Thriftanista in the City. She has lovely step by step instructions to make her bangles. One thing she did, which I was too lazy to do but really should have done, is fold her...

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Maxi Skirt

Maxi Skirt Truth is I'm not really a big fan of gathered skirts. Am unfortuately a pear shape and not altogether petite, so any gathers around my hips make me look like a walking lampshade. If you can find something that drapes i.e falls and elongates, but is still...

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Lace Choker

Lace Choker Am a bit choker obessed at the moment. Made this lace choker as well as a . . . . .  Shweshwe Choker, Strapping Choker and a Ribbon Choker. You need: - a piece of lace trimming about 30 centimtres long (or more for just in case) matching colour thread or...

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Elegant Tote Bag

Elegant Tote Bag Make this simple elegant tote bag in a nice firm printed cotton, bright coloured bull denim, canvas or ordinary denim in just over an hour. Here's how. You need: - 2 x pieces of firm fabric 40 centimtres wide x 50 centimtres long matching colour...

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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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