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My youngest daughter loved her owl top and was despondent when she outgrew it. I squirreled it away and then on her birthday it reappeared as a cushion much to her delight. To ‘upcycle’ the top, I stabilised the appliqué with Bondaweb which is an adhesive that fuses to fabric when heat is applied so that it doesn’t fray. I then carefully cut out the owl design and sewed it onto a square of pre-washed denim fabric. (Always pre-wash fabric to reduce further shrinkage). I sewed the front and back of the cushion together and popped it over a pillow pad. All done!

This birthday had a bit of a theme as I also made my daughter a Union Jack pillow. It looks complicated but it made from strips of fabric sewn onto a large 60cm square of fabric including recycling old pairs of jeans. The possibilities are endless… my other two children have their own Union Jack pillows. Thanks Ali for all your inspiration – what a great friend. Titanium the cat is not a pillow, he is just so lazy he wouldn’t move while I bustled around taking photos!

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bags bags3Forget the turkey stuffing, the Christmas cake kit (still in its box), the gifts unwrapped because it is time to meet friends. We meet up every few weeks obstensively to sew, knit and learn skills from each other but more importantly it is about supporting each other, laughing, sometimes shedding a tear or two and living life together. (And its cheaper that a psychologist!) I have used this quote before but it still stands true:  ‘I lived outside community, I lived without a tribe. I needed women to listen to my pain and honour my tears. Then I needed women to tell me it was time to dry my tears… and do something. I needed women to grab my hands and say, “Let’s pray about this”. I needed women to tell me to rent a silly film and laugh hysterically. I needed women to say “Celebrate! Go shopping!” The best thing I ever did was tiptoe out of isolation and join the circle of women.’

Normally we work on our own projects but for fun we had a Christmas project again – remember the button wreaths last year? This year it was clasp bags – they looked so professional but with a little tuition from Ali we were delighted to each make our own so they’ll be the ‘must-have school-gate accessory’. Thanks Ali for opening your home and sharing your talents.

Visit this site to buy the clasp and pattern.

Sew the 'pouch' and glue in the clasp - it really isn't too difficult!

Sew the ‘pouch’ and glue in the clasp – it really isn’t too difficult!

I had fabulous fun designing labels as well as sewing

I live in a great village surrounded by wonderful mums and we endeavour to support each other, laugh together, gossip over tea, cry a little and learn from one another. It reminds me of a book I read and I quote – ‘I lived outside community, I lived without a tribe. I needed women to listen to my pain and honour my tears. Then I needed women to tell me it was time to dry my tears… and do something. I needed women to grab my hands and say, “Let’s pray about this”. I needed women to tell me to rent a silly film and laugh hysterically. I needed women to say “Celebrate! Go shopping!” The best thing I ever did was tiptoe out of isolation and join the circle of women.’

And recently we got together for six weeks to sew and to learn some tips from the experts, Ali and Sally. We have made some fantastic items – my favourite are the jammy sewing jars kits – but more importantly welcomed new friends and strengthened bonds (and drank lots of coffee). Sally even went as far as to set up a blog about us. We will meet up as for another stint of creativity in October.

Sip while you sew

Some of our wares – mini sewing kits