Friday, April 27, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - Chalkboard

Now that we have closed here is an archived post from the Ampthill Country Market stall blog...

We have had a chalkboard for many years that we bought from the Keech charity stall on Ampthill Charter Market.

However we have not been bringing it every week as it was looking a bit tired, but with a renewed enthusiasm I have now painted it (and glued it), so no longer primary colours of red and yellow, a little more sophisticated.

We just need to find someone with fab writing!

So it has been saved from the landfill for another year...

...have you re-used or re-purposed something this week?

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Had a play at applique, and made these little bags....have more cut out, just need to make some more - were great fun to do!

these have now all been added to bags, couple already gone and forgot to take pictures:

Friday, April 13, 2018

Re-use and re-purpose - Jeans

Don't just throw away your old jeans - there maybe something that you can repurpose them into!

Google denim re use and there will be lots of suggestions, you don't have to be sewing them, some are glued.

I have been using them to make bags - if the jeans have zipped pockets or other fasteners this will mean that they will have an extra pocket. 

Holes on the knees are perfectly usable.

Above are the latest acquisitions that are destined to be bags in the near future, these were from a charity shop that couldn't sell them and had put them all in a pile to sell out.

So the jeans are laundered and then stared at for a few days :) to try and decide how to make them into pretty bags!  The fabric to line and make the strap is chosen from a large stash of fabric that seems to be ever growing after a visit to the shops....and also a large drawer of haberdashery...oh dear :)

Once cut up into pieces they are accessorised with lace and other trimmings.  The linings are made from a pretty contrasting fabric and have a slip pocket added, and maybe a button pocket, really as the fancy strikes.  Normally a handmade fabric flower added using the same or contrasting fabric as the lining, big button and a strap made that loops around or buttons through and adds to the 'decoration'.  Button holes are great fun on the new machine.

The challenge is to get the right size bag, with enough pockets, It can often mean piecing together denim to make it wider, but it all adds to the charm.

You can be assured that any sales will mean that more fabric can be purchased.....fabric obsession confession

So as you can see they are all made with loving care, and take quite a while...

And here are a few that have been on the stall in recent months:

Friday, April 06, 2018

Re-use & Re-purpose - Mini cloches

Did you want to plant out a few vegetable plants in the garden in spring and it is a bit early as the nights are a little cold, you can put a cloche over the top and they should be fine from April onwards - you may even be OK in March too.

You can use this method to over winter some small plants.

Or cover daffodils as soon as their leaves begin to show and you will get a few early flowers that you can pick and bring indoors

I would suggest that you make sure they don;t get too hot during the day.  Leave the lids off as that will give them some air.

There are other plastic containers that will do the job just fine, just see what you are throwing away, just cut a hole for air circulation...and it didn't cost you a penny.

Just search for plastic bottle cloche - here is a little more reading

Plastic bottle cloche

25 ways to repurpose plastic bottles