upcycled #7

Sewing related items for the Red Cross this time.

A wingless hen pin cushion made from quilting fabric and felt scraps. Stuffed with polyester toy filling and two small beads added for eyes.


Needle books made from two layers of fabric scraps, simply stitched around the edges to secure and then trimmed with pinking shears to avoid fraying.

Needle books with acrylic felt pages.


A small cutting board was homeless until I made this sewing accessories folder from a table runner remains and a scrap of dressmaking fabric. A simple button and hair elastic made the closure.

Sewing accessories folder interior. The large zipped and lined floral pouch is stitched to the folder along the bottom and another button closure keeps it secure when the folder is closed. Underneath the pouch is another pocket (not visible in image) which can hold a rotary cutter. The small square at the front is a needle book, also permanently attached to the folder.

upcycled #6

This post shows more bags I’ve recently made for the Red Cross upcycling group.


A drawstring craft bag – made from furnishing fabric and other remnants. The drawstrings are a pair of shoelaces.


drawstring craft bag interior pockets


Japanese Oshin bag – made from quilting cotton remnant and a table napkin. The drawstrings were formerly the handles of a retail store’s carrier bag.


Lined tote bag from an old duvet cover. Hearts from various fabrics, fused to the bag and then free-motion stitched to secure.


Originally intended to end up as a clothes peg bag, the addition of the gusset made this bag suitable for storing small toys or even pyjamas. It hangs from an internal child’s clothes hanger and the opening is reinforced with a length of strimmer line. Approximately 15″ x 15″ (40 cm x 40 cm).


A multi-pocket craft bag from corduroy remnant and an old pillow case. The handles are lengths of wooden dowelling. The handles are secure but easily removed.

multi-pocket bag interior


upcycled #5

Still here and still making things for the Cheltenham British Red Cross shop to the exclusion of anything else. Today we filled the shop window with almost everything the craft group has made so far. During the past week I had made doll’s bedding for a wicker crib and a wooden cot and a few people seemed interested in them almost as soon as they went on display so fingers are crossed that they’ll come back and buy. Little Ted, kindly modelling the bed set below, was relieved not to be included in the window display.

The bed linen was upcycled from curtains, old pillow cases, a shirt, and a scrap of quilted fabric. The padding was a remnant of high loft polyester quilt batting donated a few weeks ago.




upcycled #4

I found a basket of old cups languishing in the sorting area of my local Red Cross shop. Each of them were without companion cups or saucers and one or two have small cracks and unlikely to be sold. I’ve now given six of them a new lease of life as pin cushions. Fun to make and they got the thumbs-up from the HQ visitors last week who had come to see what our craft group was up to.

The large orange pin cushion is filled with half a polystyrene ball and the rest with polyester toy filling. For additional stability I hot-glued a stone or two inside each base and the cushions were then hot-glued to the cup rims along with the trims.

upcycled #3

The first image shows lined snap pouches which use short lengths of metal tape measures to create the ‘snap’ closure. The circular purse was made from leftover scraps of fabric used to make a tote bag seen in the previous post. The pencil roll was made from curtain scraps and another table mat.



upcycled #2

Just some of the tote bags I’ve made for the British Red Cross craft group to sell. The patterns for the first and last ones shown I got from YouTube.


tote bag from duvet cover


tote bag from patterned fabric remnant


tote bags from worn out curtains


Japanese bag design for holding supplies while you knit


yoga block cover

I bought a very firm yoga cushion at class this week but as it was just a rectangular block of compressed foam scraps, I wanted to make a cover for it. I used a kind of faggoting stitch on my sewing machine to join felt scraps to each other on a calico ground fabric and I think that was a better choice of stitch than the simple zig-zag stitch that was used to create a similar patchwork fabric for the twa dugs.