Poncho + FREE Sewing Pattern

Poncho + FREE Sewing Pattern It's winter at the bottom of the world. And Cape Town is known as the Cape of Storms for a very good reason. The weather gets hectic - howling gales and driving rain. It's a wet cold. Yet few homes have central heating or double glazing....

Easy Pouch for Rain Poncho

This pouch was made to store the rain poncho I made last week. See that tutorial and FREE sewing pattern for the rain poncho - on this link. Leopard print nylon pouch And here are two more tutorials for pouches or cloth toiletry bags - drawstring toiletry bag - and...

Easy Shrug + FREE Sewing Pattern

How to sew a shrug Shrug I have a big fat list going on in my head of things I want to make. As I've said before, there are things I am never going to make. Shoes and hats. Nada. But some things are so super easy that I can't NOT make them. Shrugs are bang on trend....

Kimono Jacket + FREE Sewing Pattern

How to sew a Kimono Summer Kimono jacket I'm in love with these gorgeous Kimono jackets. They are light and cool, but provide cover from the sun. Most of them have almost no sleeves or at best a half sleeve. Right now in Cape Town we have clear blue...

Kimono Jacket + FREE Sewing Pattern

How to make a Kimono style jacket + FREE sewing pattern Kimono Jacket I have been wanting to make a kimono style jacket for soooo long. It's a more time consuming than most of my projects. And not as easy. My husband and I have done a fair amount of traveling this...

DIY Chanel Inspired Jacket

How to add trimming to a jacket for Chanel effect Chanel inspired jacket I seriously think every woman must want to own a Chanel jacket. There's so much to like. No collars that wear and never sit properly. They are soft as a cardigan but still pack a whole lot of...

Adding Lace Applique to a Cardigan

How to upcycle a cardigan Lace trims and appliques My other half spends a LOT of time up north. Sigh! Whenever he comes home, he brings me a mega stash of fashion magazines.  He came home day before yesterday. It's mid winter in the northern hemisphere and mid summer...

Elbow and Knee Patches

How to do patches on clothing Add elbow patches to jacket I've been meaning to get around to this idea for a while now. The English country look is right up my street. Love the soft flowing florals mixed with autumnal coloured tweeds. Knee and  elbow patches give...

Bubble Coat

How to make a bubble coat Bubble coat I showed in a previous post how I turned a regular skirt into a bubble skirt by slipping elastic into the the hem. I thought it might be nice to have a bubble coat too. So I did the same to this coat. It's really easy. You need to...

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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