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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White Frill Top

White Frill Top The inspiration for this white frill top is kind of everywhere in South Africa at the moment. Lovely fluffy, frilly tops and dresses abound. It's summer. Lots of sunshine. No rain. We have 6 weeks of water left before we hit - Day Zero - the day Cape...

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Suedette Business Card Holder

Suedette Business Card Holder I love, love suedette which is why I made this suedette business card holder. Don't do real skin ever due my vegan lifestyle. Suedette is as attractive as well as easier to sew since it doesn't stick to the foot of a sewing machine. Made...

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Window Crystal

Window Crystals I'm a BIG fan of crystals and bought a few window crystals from a friend of a friend. They aren't at all difficult to make so I made a few more. Now every window in our home has a window crystal. They're supposed to be excellent Feng Shui and cast...

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Easy Earrings

Easy Earrings One of my favourite - and easiest things to make - are stud earrings. Easy earrings I call them. If you have a great haberdashery or bridal shop near you, that's the perfect place to take a gander at their buttons. You're looking for a button with a...

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Easy Sofa Cover

Easy Sofa Cover This easy sofa cover evolved out of desperation. My other half and I do - Vegan Pop Up Dining - and someone messed a drink on our sofa. I managed to wipe the mark off out but the original denim cover hadn't been pre-washed and the dye smudged. It...

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Frill Bottom Dress

Frill Bottom Dress This frill bottom dress came about as I had a piece of fabric I couldn't quite work with. It was 150 centimeres wide and 107 centimetres long. Too short for a dress. If I made a top would have left-over fabric I couldn't use. I'm loving all the...

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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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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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