Jeans to oven mitts


The pocket of some neglected jeans (remember, don’t buy bargain jeans any more) is simply layered face up a piece of canvas face down then  insulbright  and felt – I didn’t have any batting to hand. I tucked in a loop of cord for hanging – and sewed around using my walking foot, leaving a gap for turning.


After turning I hand stitched the gap as the bulk was too much for the machine and voila! The pocket works on the oven glove better than it ever did on my jeans.


So so simple that I made a smaller version with the other front pocket immediately.


now to make the two back pockets into a double mitt creation!

What to do with a fabric samples book?

Ideas please as I have a stack of curtain fabric samples to be used. There just isn’t room in my craft cupboard for all the fabric I am accumulating.

imageProject number one – my failsafe door stop design with sizing adapted to fit the fabric square. Four identical rectaingles and two squares to match the width of the rectangles with a strip folded to make a handle. Method; stitch the rectangles to form four sides of cube, keep it inside out.. Top stitch the folded strip and sew on the top square in place as a handle. Stitch  the top into position in the cube and stitch around most of the base square leaving a gap for turning. After turning fill with cushion poly fill and finish with some gravel or pebbles as weight before hand stitching closed the gap.

Wet stuff pouch

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A super cheap IKEA shower curtain is the lining for a simple zippered pouch which will carry wet swim wear or soggy stuff in style this summer

method: cut two identical panels of outer fabric (I used six charm pack squares quilted on to wadding), two of liner (shower curtain) and optional interfacing if you want stability.

sandwich interfacing first then outer then zip then lining to one side of zip – all raw edges aligned then do other side of zip. Optional top stitch afterwards

lay linings to the right and outer space to the left with good sides facing then stitch around leaving a gap for turning on the long lining side

turn then top stitch the gap closed.


to be honest the shower curtain is going to rip under pressure and was tough to sew at zip level so the next one is going to be an envelope style pouch with Velcro fixing instead

Elegant doorstop

imageAny heavyweight fabric (left over curtain or upholstery looks great but still needs interfacing to give it structure.

Method; cut four 20 x 15 cm sides and two 15 x 15 squares for top and bottom plus one 15 x 12 cm strip for the handle. Interface everything.

Create the handle by folding the sides of the strip to the middle then fold in half and top stitch closed. Top stitch the other side for effect. Stitch the handle to your top piece, fixing it in an ‘x’ pattern at either end for strength.


Line up the four sides inside out  and stitch with an even seam width down the 20cm sides to create a cube (sort of) then with right sides still together together pin and then stitch the top into the cube.

Check you have caught all the corners then stitch the base piece in leaving a gap for turning.

Turn,  stuff with wadding, gravel – best in a sandwich or simple mini sack – Try to surround the sack with wadding so the cube sits right and stuff more than you think necessary, then slip stitch the gap closed.

Rustic table mat


Think I found the idea for this in home crafts magazine last year. A simple make to suit a rustic table and a practical recycle of bits

method- disassemble a pack of wooden clothes pegs (ideas please for what to do with the discarded clips) and hot glue to an old cloth place mat. Cut the place mat to leave as much border as you want- you may prefer to do this first if you are confident about size.

word of warning, hot glue re melts if you put a hot pot or pan on the pegs, and they will detatch

Thank you docrafts


I won a web draw prize and a box of very useful goodies arrived in time for me to take to our holiday home and enjoy a lovely play time.


i wanted to try the sunburst card technique so this was a good opportunity.  Make a mat with scratch paper, cover it with glue stick. Take rectangles of patterned paper and cut diagonally to form triangles which you then assemble over the scratch paper. The triangles should overlap the edges and will be trimmed off later.

You might need to trim the last triangle to fit. Trim the edges so the mat can now be put on your card base and place a topper or greeting on the centre, this covers any less than perfect assembly. Great way to use scraps.

the photo shows the card with a box made to hold it and several other Anita’s A6 cards and envelopes all made with paper from the docrafts simply floral A4 ultimate die cut and paper pack