Monday, March 25, 2013

Upcycling and sewing

Today I want to introduce you to my sewing machine:
She's a beauty and I've had her for nearly a year now but until now all I've used her for is altering jean cuffs or sewing up holes in old clothes.
But today I've been creative with my sewing machine!
With an pair of my husband's old jeans (I wouldn't be mean enough to take a good pair of his and start cutting them to pieces!) and an amazing upcycling idea
I made a WIP bag! 
It's the perfect size to hold a couple of skeins of yarn, a pattern, hooks, scissors and any other little things a WIP needs :)
My sewing machine embroiders too and I couldn't resist writing a little saying on there, especially one that is so true: so many little time! 


  1. You and your sewing machine are friends and make nice things together:) I like your WIP bag, usable and it looks sturdy.

  2. Very nice !
    Have a great week ! You and your sewing machine...

  3. Great job! I've started collecting old jeans to make handbags with. I love to up cycle!

  4. Oh, I love your WIP bag and the saying that you have on there. It's true, you know.

  5. What a great idea, you are so talented.

  6. Oh how I'd love a machine that embroider's but sadly I don't think I'll get one in the near future.
    The jeans pocket idea is great, I have only just said to Mr.T that my work room is in such a mess, no surface is clear. lol
    When inspiration strikes I like to work quickly and that means nothing gets put away.
    Is it velcro'd onto the arm?

  7. What a brilliant bag Elisabeth I admire anyone who can tame a sewing machine!
    Amazing design too - its great when you can use all your experience to produce a really functional and decorative creation! I'm sure your WIP bag will get lots of use!
    Ali x

  8. What a good idea, it looks really good, and I love the finishing touch with the embroidery :) xx

  9. That's a really neat idea! Having a way to organize what you need for handwork would be quite nice.
    Enjoy your machine,

  10. Looks like you have a gem of a sewing machine there. I am on the look out for a new sewing machine and just wonder make yours is......xx

  11. Well that looks great but I'm a bit worried about your husband's wardrobe - surely you need more than one WIP bag! Jane x

  12. Good way to use an old pair of jeans !!
    I am into a sewing mood myself at the moment.
    You machine looks like it is a serious one !!
    Enjoy your new bag and your machine too !!

  13. oh that's my mantra!

    i like how it hangs on the seat arm!

  14. What a great idea for old jeans!! I had never thought of that one before. What a clever girl. I never throw out old jeans so i have quite a stock pile in lots of varying colours and sizes. Now I know where to start. thanks for sharing.

  15. That's a nice idea! The machine embroidery looks nice. I have a machine that embroiders too but it is not digital

  16. Your sewing machine is lovely
    and I love your upcycling idea : )

  17. Oh I almost had to buy a new machine, I went to use mine and it would not wind a bobbin, then it would not sew..I looked up help on the internet and got it working again!! Whoo-hoo! Love this little bag you made, very clever!!

  18. Yep - the bag ROCKS, Elisabeth! Been gone for a few weeks...need to catch up on my reading. Looks like you've found another way to keep it! Happy Easter - Tanya

  19. What a good idea and a great job. Hope you have many happy stitching hours with your new machine.
    Happy Easter.
    Carol xx

  20. What a fab idea! I love your WIP bag.
    M xxx

  21. What a great idea for a bag! I love it!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success


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