2014/70 – upcycling old jumpers with crochet

So this is another of those clothing amendment tutorials, like the t-shirt one. Except this one is a bit more wintery. It’s pretty easy. I think you could use a similar technique for any number of different fabrics or items of clothing, to decorate or just make clothes bigger. Though it does involve some sewing.

Find it all here:


– Leeloo the Tall

Crochet + upcycling!

If, like us, you’re a bit of a greenie or you just like sewing, this one’s for you! This tutorial will show you how to make something from a scrap of fabric and a quick bit of double crochet! We love chopping up old t-shirts and turning them into other things, but are often left with perfectly good bits of fabric and no idea what to do with them. We don’t want to throw them out – and Jill Goldberg in sunny South Africa came up with this clever idea!

The possibilities are endless. With some carefully placed holes (and we’d love to know how you would make yours), you can crochet something fancy or cute or sophisticated or seasonal along the bottom (or top or side …).

Visit Jill’s blog to find out just how quickly you can make this.

My crochet make-up removers


Following on from the popular post about crocheting your own washable make-up remover pads, here are mine! The net bag is what I’m going to wash them in because, like baby socks, left to their own devices they will vanish down the exit pipe. Also, the jar is what I’m keeping them in – it will be prettified by (when I get round to making it)  a jar cozy.

Thank you again to moralfibres.co.uk for the clever idea and the pattern!

A new idea – crochet make up remover pads!

I genuinely hadn’t thought of this before. I’m a big greenie. I never buy things like cotton wool or anything disposable because green issues are really important to me, so having a teenage daughter who likes to slap on make up, I was very happy to find this pattern: reusable make up remover pads! Fab!

From moralfibres.co.uk, the pattern is very quick and simple. You could churn out a dozen of these while watching Eurovision Semi-Final 1 (guess what I’m doing? :P).