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Felted Sweater Laptop Cozy Tutorial – on the Canadian Living Blog!

I was featured on the Canadian Living blog today!!!  I enjoy the Canadian Living craft blog and was so excited when I was asked to contribute!  On top of the interview, I also created a tutorial for a laptop cozy made from a recycled wool sweater.

This is the laptop sweater my new (to me) MacBook travels in every day.  I’ve had a lot of positive comments on it, and once the sweater is felted, you can whip one up in less than an hour.   So hop on over and learn how to make your own!

It’s been an exciting day! :)

Monkeying Around

A customer recently asked me to make her a sweater friend that looked like a sock monkey.  Having never made a sock monkey or a sweater monkey before, I did a little experimenting and this was the result!

I must admit that I am more than just a little in love with this guy!  I think I see more monkey making in my future!

Here is his sister, made as a 40th birthday present out of a sweater the recipient wore in college – how awesome is that?

She will be off to her new home soon!

And this little guy will soon be up for adoption in the shop!

I love how custom orders allow me to try new things, and I often am introduced to great ideas I might not have thought of myself!

If you were going to design your own sweater friend, what animal would it be?


The Rabbits are Multiplying

The bunnies in my sewing room have been multiplying (as bunnies are wont to do).  I’ve been having a lot of fun playing with wool sweaters and making puffy little tails.  Here is the newest member of the family:

 This is the first time I’ve made a sweater friend with clothes and I kind of like her little skirt.  But she’s cute without it too!


But my favourite part is definitely her fuzzy pompom tail. 

Has anyone else been creating for Easter?


Hippity Hoppity Easter’s On It’s Way….

Can you believe that Easter is only a month away?

On a snowy blustery day like today it doesn’t seem possible that spring is almost here.

The sewing room has turned into a bit of a bunny workshop over the last few weeks, with easter eggs and soft little bunnies topping my to-do list. 

Photographing Easter bunnies in the snow somehow doesn’t seem right, but I managed to get a few shots in before the snow really started to fall this morning.

Meet my new bunny friends!



Both are made from felted wool sweaters, but the pink one is Cashmere.  (It’s always a happy day when I find a Cashmere sweater in need of a new home!)

Both bunnies can be found in the shop, hopefully soon to be joined by Easter eggs and some other bunny friends.

Bring on spring!

It’s Giveaway Day!

Happy Giveaway Day!  And welcome to all who are visiting today!

Today I am giving away this corduroy satchel. 

It is upcycled from a pair of corduroy pants, and lined with new fabric.

To enter, let me know what great books you have read lately! (This could be anything from fiction to a cookbook to the book you read to your kids before bed last night.)

The giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. or Canada.  (Please check out my other blog for an international giveaway!)  The winner will be announced the evening of Dec. 16.

Thanks for stopping by!  And have fun entering all of the giveaways!

Pretty Fabric Necklace Organizer

I love necklaces.  I could live without earrings, I usually forget to wear the rings I own, and I have yet to find a bracelet that sits nicely on my small wrists, but an outfit seems incomplete without a necklace.

And I own many of them.

For the longest time they were folded, rolled, and stacked several necklaces deep in one of four little jewellery boxes that I own.  It kept them out of sight, but often made it impossible to grab the right one in a hurry.  What I really needed was a hanging necklace organizer.

And so I made myself one.  Gathering inspiration from here, here and here, I headed to the thrift store and found a framed print that would work perfectly.

I removed the glass and since the print was glued to sturdy cardboard, decided to reuse it as the backing for the organizer.

I covered the entire thing in Mod Podge and stuck down the fabric.

I then folded in the corners, using a little of the Mod Podge to make them stick, and then folded down the sides over the back, to keep the fabric in place.


After putting it back into the frame, I was ready to add hangers.

To create the hangers, I hot-glued small plain buttons to the surface, and then covered them with larger, prettier, buttons from my stash.  (Due to the shallowness of the frame, I couldn’t use nails or push pins without having them poke too far through, but I think the buttons were a fun solution!)

Then I hung it on the wall and filled it with necklaces!  Isn’t it pretty?

The Family is Growing

I have become quite excited about sweaters lately.  The more I look at them, the more I see animal personalities trying to break free.    Here are a few new additions to the sweater friend family:

I must admit that my house is quickly becoming a bit of a sweater menagerie!  All of these guys are for sale in the shop

I still have quite a pile of sweaters to work with, so I don’t think this family is done growing yet.  Hippos are quite popular around this house, so I might have to attempt that next, although their big nose might prove to be a challenge!

What are your favourite animals?

A few More Satchels

What a great week-end for sewing!  I locked myself away all day Sunday and got a lot of things made, and came up with a whole list of other things I want to tackle.  I woke up this morning with my brain spinning with ideas…but alas, had to head off to work instead. 

I have definitely discovered that I am not a sewer who can handle making the same thing over and over.  I made two more satchels and have to admit that I am all satchelled out for the time being.  I do love the finished bags, though. 

The one on the right is made with some of my Grandmother’s fabric.  I think it is my new favourite.  The one behind was made from a pair of worn-out pants.  I love giving old fabrics new life!  I used blue for the topstitching to coordinate with the blue shirt I used for the lining.  The pocket inside is the pocket from the shirt. 

Isn’t recycling fun?

If you missed it, you can find my first group of satchels and information about the pattern here.

When Pants Become Purses and Sweaters Become Pigs

I tucked myself away in the sewing room for as long as I could yesterday (if only cooking and eating didn’t take up so much time I’d have more time to sew!)  Sometimes I think my sewing room is a time warp.  I walked in there around 1:30 and couldn’t believe that it was 5:00 when I walked out.  I also discovered that I was hungry and thirsty once I left the room, but didn’t notice it at all when I was sewing, does this happen to you when you are being creative? 

I started by making this Small Satchel.  It is a Keyka Lou pattern.  It is the first of their patterns that I have tried and I love it.  It was super easy and the instructions were very well written.  I am really happy with the final result. 

I made the two-handle version because I like the way it looks with a bag of this size. 

I liked the pattern so well that I actually cut out 3 more to make right away.  I did, however, have to change it up a bit!   This second bag is made from a pair of corduroy pants.

Try as I might, I could not get the seam lines to be centered on the bag the way that I wanted (the seams on the pants weren’t straight to begin with….grr…)  Do you think it matters?  I was thinking maybe a fabric flower on the right would add a little pizzaz to the bag and help it not look so unbalanced.  Suggestions?

Instead of making the inside pocket from the pattern, I used one of the pants pockets.  I love the way it looks!

While in a recycling mood I decided to make another sweater friend.   I have always loved this grey sweater and thinks it looks great as a pig.  I added the contrasting ears and nose to this one just for something different. 

Oink, Oink!

Recycled Denim Pillows with Pockets

After being inspired by sweaters I thought it was time to do something with the old jeans that were piling up.  I knew I wanted to make pillows, and then I came across a picture of a pillow with a remote pocket.  Perfect!  A few hours and 4 pairs of jeans later, they were done.

No more wondering where the remote is…..

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