Monday, 29 April 2013


I have signed up for an advanced dressmaking evening course at the local college.
 I am so looking forward to it - hopefully I will learn some new techniques and tips!

I needed a case to hold my needles and stop them going rusty.

 I made this one from some remnants of calico, ribbon and gold cord.

I stamped the images using archival ink and used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine.

The back has a little free machine embroidery too!  My first attempt at such a thing!

Hope you like it

Jolanda x

Sunday, 28 April 2013

How to hem jeans tutorial

Here is a link to a fantastic tutorial on how to hem your jeans keeping the original hem
I done this on several pairs of jeans and it really works!!!

Jolanda xx

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Upcycled hessian bag

Hi and welcome to my blog.
I want to show you some of my sewing exploits! Maybe you will get some ideas and tips - I know I have by looking at others' blogs!!

 I originally bought this bag from my local library to carry my books in, but after a little while of use the handles broke apart.  The hessian just wasn't strong enough but the rest of the bag looks as new.  As I didn't want to throw it away, I thought I would decorate it.
 The bag lacked somewhere to put your purse safely so I cut an old pair of shorts and used the leg pocket.
To brighten up the pocket I embroidered and appliqued some hearts on it.
  I also found some pieces of gingham too small to make anything with.
 I love this bag now it's so bright and cheerful and much more useful

Thanks for visiting
I would really appreciate any comments you would like to leave.

Jolanda xx