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kildarechick 30-03-2010 08:55 PM

gormal i wish i had your talents!!

Gormal 16-04-2010 09:46 AM

Mini tote
 
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I ran this up whilst waiting for dinner to cook..... It more or less the same as unapams shopper only smaller and with a base or gusset...is that what they're called?. It's for our tea/coffee flask and lunchbox when we go for a long drive. At least now I won't have to look for a plastic bag.

Gormal 20-04-2010 04:18 PM

My new handbag
 
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Well you know the fabric is part of the load I got. The handle is a belt I got of JT from Angelsfishingrod including the d-rings. The ribbon came tied around something....I think it might have been clothes or cushions. so the only thing I had to buy was the zip. It has an inside pocket for my mobile, a pocket with a flap for other bits and a place for pens, cos I just hate having to rumage for one. And before you ask the pattern I made myself after a lot of thought, and took me 3 days to sew as I've no clue about bag making ......well I'm a bit wiser now! ;) I so love it!!

unapam 20-04-2010 04:30 PM

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Well you know the fabric is part of the load I got. The handle is a belt I got of JT from Angelsfishingrod including the d-rings. The ribbon came tied around something....I think it might have been clothes or cushions. so the only thing I had to buy was the zip. It has an inside pocket for my mobile, a pocket with a flap for other bits and a place for pens, cos I just hate having to rumage for one. And before you ask the pattern I made myself after a lot of thought, and took me 3 days to sew as I've no clue about bag making ......well I'm a bit wiser now! ;) I so love it!!


That bag is GORGEOUS! You are really turning out some beauties. It must be great for the people who gave you the fabric to see it going to such good use.
You have a OOAK bag there (one of a kind) Fab!

Gormal 21-04-2010 07:33 AM

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Thanks Unapam! Well I hope I inspired some a little bit and that guenivere might remember me when she is disposing of the next lot of fabric....... ;)
I plan 2 more bags later, I need to get a couple of bits first.

I also found out today that opening the zip was fiddley so I took an old earring and attached that for ease of use

And in the evenings I knit. Thanks for the wool too

unapam 28-04-2010 08:57 PM

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Thanks Unapam! Well I hope I inspired some a little bit and that guenivere might remember me when she is disposing of the next lot of fabric....... ;)
I plan 2 more bags later, I need to get a couple of bits first.

I also found out today that opening the zip was fiddley so I took an old earring and attached that for ease of use

And in the evenings I knit. Thanks for the wool too


Gorgeous hats. You have a great pair of hands for crafting. Love to see everyones items. Keep 'em coming.

junkista 28-04-2010 10:04 PM

love the things you are making!
 
hi gomal,
you are so talented, those hats are knitted beautifully.. and i love all the other things youve made.. the money tins are a great idea!!

Gormal 12-05-2010 02:12 PM

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I had a really heavy piece of fabric that I couldn't figure out what to do with, until I turned it back to front. So I bought a non slip mat in the euro store, made my own binding and gently teased it through my machine as it is so thick. End result is a cushy mat for the bathroom.

I've also knocked together a garden bench but needs painted before its debut on JT............lol

unapam 12-05-2010 02:26 PM

mats
 
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I had a really heavy piece of fabric that I couldn't figure out what to do with, until I turned it back to front. So I bought a non slip mat in the euro store, made my own binding and gently teased it through my machine as it is so thick. End result is a cushy mat for the bathroom.

I've also knocked together a garden bench but needs painted before its debut on JT............lol


That's gorgeous and is a OOAK (one of a kind) Love it.

Gormal 15-05-2010 03:31 PM

Spanner roll
 
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Our old spanner roll was torn from years of wear and tear so today it got a make over. Oilcloth leftover from the chair, thick material like denim for lining and a shoelace from Eibh. The sewing machine went on strike 3/4 of the way through so have to service it and hope it forgives me.........lol
it will be easy to find the spanners in the boot now ;o)

unapam 15-05-2010 04:26 PM

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Our old spanner roll was torn from years of wear and tear so today it got a make over. Oilcloth leftover from the chair and shoelace from Eibh. The sewing machine went on strike 3/4 of the way through so have to service it and hope it forgives me.........lol
it will be easy to find the spanners in the boot now ;o)


Great idea and a funky colour too! Love it.

Gormal 18-05-2010 08:34 PM

bed sheet/curtain to top
 
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Yes this was a bed sheet and curtain. It's a summer top but I won't be able to wear as it's a bit tenty for me and I think the style is for the little people. If you wanna bash at making your own you will find a tutorial on sewmamasew.com
Oh well back to the drawing board! Might reconstruct it at weekend!

the redesigned top version, plain straight and much neater.

unapam 18-05-2010 10:04 PM

Bedsheet top
 
That's gorgeous. I think it's lovely but I know what you mean...we are our own worst critics and because we have been so close to the piece we know all its little foibles.
Oh and I love the colours and we ARE supposed to be getting a good summer!

Gormal 22-05-2010 04:50 PM

bedsheet and wool
 
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Forgot to add the slippers(thanks for the idea Unapam). Also tried silicone patches on sole for non slip... I don't know how well that will wash/last, but I'm not slipping anymore.

Also made a summer nightie, thanks for the inspiration Unapam same as your pillowcase dress. Made a little corsage to add cuteness. Used some beads (thanks Mandolin) to hide the button holes.

Gormal 24-05-2010 02:44 PM

Fly curtain
 
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I had this huge L shaped fabric, which I cut to fit the length. Stitched a band at the top, then slotted a piece of garden cane through. It's mounted on 2 screws as I had no little cup hooks. The bottom is weighted down [that's how it came]. It was a bit of a rush job, but at least with the nice weather the door is open and the flies are outside!
I think a good idea would be to make a frame, staple netting to it and slot it to the outside, like a second door.

unapam 24-05-2010 05:22 PM

Nightie and shoes and curtain
 
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I had this huge L shaped fabric, which I cut to fit the length. Stitched a band at the top, then slotted a piece of garden cane through. It's mounted on 2 screws as I had no little cup hooks. The bottom is weighted down [that's how it came]. It was a bit of a rush job, but at least with the nice weather the door is open and the flies are outside!
I think a good idea would be to make a frame, staple netting to it and slot it to the outside, like a second door.


Love the nightie. it looks so cool for these balmy nights we're getting, the slippers are lovely too and the fly curtain is a great idea. What did you put on sole of slippers? What kind of silicone? is it the sort for sealing? I was thinking of using insoles with the rubber part on the outside. Will let you know how it goes. Great stuff you have made. Pam

Gormal 29-05-2010 12:34 PM

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What did you put on sole of slippers? What kind of silicone? is it the sort for sealing? I was thinking of using insoles with the rubber part on the outside. Will let you know how it goes. Great stuff you have made. Pam


aye it was sealing silicone. But today I got a backup of "twist-off" gripper pads [last one in shop]. you used to be able to get similar non slip mats for the car dash. It's certainly a neater option.

Gormal 03-06-2010 08:19 PM

Basket bag to.....
 
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I picked this bag up for €2 in the charity shop, it was really filthy inside. I took it for the handles and magnetic snap. I repurposed the lot.
First I made a mini bin, painstakingly handstitched reusing the same gut that held the bag together, lined it with a poly bag [stitched in]that was heading for the recycle bin.
Next I used the Handles and zip and made a bag with inside pocket, fabric from stash.
Magnetic snap is left and will be added to another bag, will add pic when done! If you're not fed up yet...lol

unapam 04-06-2010 11:10 PM

bags
 
Gorgeous bag and great idea to use the rest for a bin. Love it.

Gormal 07-06-2010 03:50 PM

Deckchair revamp
 
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One very dirty shabby chair given a good clean and much paint, new fabric from the stash. Now its nice and fresh again. It actually looks better in the before pic than it actually was.

Mandolin 08-06-2010 08:43 AM

Great catalogue of revamps
 
Gormal, you've a great collection here, you could nearly publish a book now! Great jobs, you've such a knack for using unlikely things. Thanks for all the ideas. Mandolin.

Gormal 10-06-2010 07:39 PM

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Thankyou Mandolin!
Been at the stash again, this time trying to use up the bits I'm not so keen on and a bit that I really like.
1st made some shopping bags [more planned] and a laundry wash bag for washing stuff in, I have a feeling I'll need it when I wash the slippers, it'll catch the bits that fall off. For the tie I just used the sewn edge of the sheet I repurposed earlier......yes I keep everything...lol

2nd I have a family birthday coming up soon so I made a make-up bag and matching toiletry bag. I loved that fabric and really wanted something usefull from it.

3rd Draught excluders one normal stuffed with all the fabric scraps [shredded], then I thought that since we always use that door it's going to be annoying having to replace the excluder all the time so I made one that you slip under the door, by rolling up the outer edges and stitching in place by hand [not my favourite job]. I had to do a bit of shaping at 1 end so the door could close. It seems to be doing the job and staying in place so far.

unapam 10-06-2010 10:10 PM

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One very dirty shabby chair given a good clean and much paint, new fabric from the stash. Now its nice and fresh again. It actually looks better in the before pic than it actually was.


Just yesterday my sister was saying that her mother in law had some old deck chairs in the shed that she was getting and was planning on painting and replacing the fabric for a lovely shabby chic summer look. We were wondering how to get the fabric on to the wooden bars. I thought of using ties in the same fabric. How did you go about it? They look fab I am going to point her in the direction of this post to see how they will look. Great stuff! I also love the bags, is it hard to get the zip in neatly? Lovely fabric.

Gormal 11-06-2010 12:38 AM

Deckchair - I used a heavy duty stapler that I picked up in Lidl for €9.99, I wrapped the fabric round 1 1/2 times after stapling before fixing to the bottom in the same way... yes it was a bit fiddley. Although ties might be an alternative if you want to be able to wash the fabric, but would need good strong stitching and knots. I have to make a little headrest pillow with ties at some point too.

Zips..... well I don't know if they're neat lol, but since I've learnt that you attach everything to the zip first THEN sew up the outer edges, it's made my life easier..... I get so annoyed when I forget that gap in the lining your supposed to pull everything through!

unapam 14-06-2010 12:31 PM

Bargain Tip
 
Hi, Heaton's are selling a wonderful book called "How to Sew" for 3 euro. Perfect for beginners or improvers.

Gormal 17-06-2010 06:12 PM

Managed to get a quick peek at the book, good for beginners. You can get free patterns online too, that you print at home. I use the old tv guides for printing them out.

Gormal 21-06-2010 04:32 PM

Jamjar Storage Pin cushion
 
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I saw this idea in a magazine where they were priced at 48 [Overpriced]. Then I stumbled on it again recently and decided to have a go at making my own.
First you cut a circle larger that the lid, stuff it, stitch and draw closed enough to fit the lid. Glue [I used duct tape] the cushion to the lid around the edges, Then make a decorative border or use a pretty ribbon [haven't any] handstitch the seam slip over and glue in place.

There you have a multi purpose storage jar, for beads, buttons etc...

Mandolin 21-06-2010 05:04 PM

Multipurpose jar
 
What a great idea, looks lovely too! Definitely one for doing in front of the telly one night. M.

Eibhlin ni Sheambrai 21-06-2010 08:49 PM

Jar pin cushion
 
Hi Gormal, I love this idea because it is useful and also I would be less likely to lose or forget to use the pin cushion. Have been following your thread but some nights I have fallen asleep in front of the computer. Have been busy working on my garden and revamping some more contributions fron JTowners. Must put up some more photos soon, Eibhlin.

Gormal 24-06-2010 12:16 AM

Can't wait to see your latest marvels Eibhlin

MisseM 24-06-2010 06:58 PM

repurposed stuff
 
I love all Your ideas Gormal. Well done!

Gormal 01-07-2010 11:10 AM

Handbag #2 & Beannag
 
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Thankyou all for the encouragement!
I've made another bag from the remnants and only had to buy the zips, thanks to Mandolin for the earrings which are now zip pulls.
Inside it has a phone/pen pocket, side zip compartment and a center zipped section for security as there is only a flap at the top of the bag.

Also made a baking beannag (bandana). I folded a square and stitched it all round the edges so that it's reversible.

Gormal 10-07-2010 03:47 PM

Messenger bag
 
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this will be the 1st time I have a hat and bag that match...lol. bought zips, 1m ribbon and belt[charity shop] for the hoops. Draughted my own pattern. Inside it has a zip pocket above a 2 section pocket, that runs the length of the side, opposite side has a pocket divided into 3 for pens and my specs/shades. At one end is a bottle holder and the other is the mobile fone pocket.
It has a deep zip closure as well as hook n loop on the flap. Strap is long enough to wear across body or on shoulder. It's a bit bigger that I had anticipated.

MisseM 18-07-2010 08:53 PM

bags
 
These are so cool ,fabulous bags.You should open Your own shop..

Gormal 07-08-2010 02:55 PM

Neck wrap, tee and old perfume bottle
 
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Thanks for the odd wool Unapam here is the 1st thing. A nice cosy neck wrap, it is neat around the neck and is like a tight cowl when buttoned right up, my scarf always tries to get away from my neck so this should be perfect in the winter.
Also been busy altering t-shirts that I bought last year, which were to low cut but had plenty room to adjust, and this one that got wider and wider and wider, tried all the usual things that shrink clothes but this one just defies it all. So I chopped a few inches out of the center, sewed it back together and stitched some stretchy lace [from some pennys undies] down the middle to hide the seam. Another top saved. You could also make a cardigan or stitch a panel on the front and lace it up to look like a corset t-shirt!
My emptly perfume bottle accidentally went into the fire with all the papers, luckily it turned out to be a good thing as all the plastic melted off, I am going to use it as an incense holder but today it's handy for the Marigolds that got trimmed by accident ;o)

Gormal 03-09-2010 03:59 PM

Water caddy
 
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Quilted holder for my water bottle. Used hook n loop on the straps to hold it in place........ well I hope it does, guess it depends how bumpy the road is lol.

kitty 03-09-2010 04:16 PM

Your brillant!
 
your work is brilliant, feeling really creative now

keep up the good work

regards
kitty :)

Gormal 10-09-2010 05:00 PM

the Roman Blind
 
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This had been on my "to do list" all summer and 2 days ago I finally got around to doing it. Fabric, lining, wood, 2 screws and o rings from stash, bought nylon string and curtain eyes & hooks.
Instructions on how to make it are here

www.alternative-windows.com/roman-blind.htm

I stapled the blind to the wood, but the velcro is a fab idea if you need to wash it regularly. I only used 3 rods and next time I'm going to sew the rod pockets to the lining before I attach the 2 bits of fabric together.
Anyway the arrow in the pic is where it is secured to a cup hook. And it's only partially up.

unapam 10-09-2010 05:33 PM

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This had been on my "to do list" all summer and 2 days ago I finally got around to doing it. Fabric, lining, wood, 2 screws and o rings from stash, bought nylon string and curtain eyes & hooks.
Instructions on how to make it are here

www.alternative-windows.com/roman-blind.htm

I stapled the blind to the wood, but the velcro is a fab idea if you need to wash it regularly. I only used 3 rods and next time I'm going to sew the rod pockets to the lining before I attach the 2 bits of fabric together.
Anyway the arrow in the pic is where it is secured to a cup hook. And it's only partially up.


That's great. I am now inspired to do the same for my bathroom window. I have the blind for two years now but was sure how to go about it. I also love the neck warmer and tshirt you did. Great work. Very inspiring! Pam

mondubics 10-09-2010 10:56 PM

All these great things got me thinking - I need something to protect the surface of my phone from scratches.
I don't mind if I have to slide it out to answer it, so long as it doesn't fall out accidentally.
Everyone must have off-cuts of fabric that would make something like that?
It would be better if the inside wasn't slippy, more like microfleece, to clean the phone going in and out.
But it has to LOOK NICE!!!!!
Can anyone do the pattern or suggest how to do it?


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